This course addresses the chemistry of living systems, including the structure and function of biological molecules and the mechanisms and products of their reactions. Emphasis will be placed on pathways of energy transfer and signaling, especially those that are deeply conserved among eukaryotes. The major classes of biomolecules will be examined with greatest focus on proteins. Students will actively research modern, primary biochemical literature and interpret it in the context of the principles and pathways discussed in class; furthermore, students will learn how to critique data and methods in the literature. Students will integrate prior knowledge and experiences from general and organic chemistry courses to arrive at a personal, and accurate, explanation of living systems through chemistry. Concurrent enrollment in CHM 441 required.
Credit Hours: 4
Prerequisites: BIO 124/125 and CHM314/315