First-semester biochemistry. Molecular components of cells, chemical structure and function, enzymes, metabolic transformations, photosynthesis.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesCHEM 352 & PDBIO 120; or CHEM 352 & BIO 130
 NoteFor chemistry majors and students in biological sciences who contemplate pursuing advanced degrees, including medicine. (For prerequisite, Chem 352M may be used in place of Chem 352. Get a permission-to-add code from the course instructor.)
 TaughtFall, Winter, Spring
 ProgramsContaining CHEM 481
Course Outcomes

Mastery of Key Concepts

Demonstrate mastery of key concepts in the Biochemistry subdiscipline and articulate the relationships between chemistry and biology. This outcome is elaborated in outcomes 2-5 below

Explain How Structure Determines Biological Function

Explain how the structure of biomolecules such as proteins, nucleic acids, lipids, and carbohydrates determines their biological function

Enzymes Catalyze Reactions

Describe how enzymes catalyze reactions in terms of thermodynamics, kinetics, and mechanistic strategies

Energy from Metabolic Reaction

Understand how energy is generated from metabolic reaction pathways

Understanding Reactivity in Metabolic Pathways

Push arrows to predict and understand reactivity in metabolic pathways

Communicate in Writing

Communicate scientific ideas clearly to other specialists in writing


Identify and understand primary research articles relevant to a specific biochemical question of current interest

Interpret and Critique Experimental Data

Interpret and critique experimental data relating to biochemical models