Chatham University

Biochemistry Curriculum

Major Requirements (B.A. Degree)
18 courses, including:
BIO 143
The Cell
3 Credits
This course is designed to provide a broad overview of current biological concepts, including cell structure, function, division, and basic genetics. Biologically important molecules also are presented. This course is a prerequisite for all upper-level biology courses. Three hours lecture per week.
BIO 143L
The Cell Laboratory
1 Credits
Experiments to complement the material presented in BIO143. Two hours of laboratory per week.

Co-requisite or prerequisite: BIO143.

Additional Fee(s): Laboratory fee.
BIO 144
The Organism
3 Credits
This course provides a general survey of animals and plants at the organismic level, with emphasis on their evolution and various physiological processes such as respiration, circulation, digestion, and reproduction. This course is a prerequisite for all upper-level biology courses. Three hours of lecture per week.
BIO 144L
The Organism Laboratory
1 Credits
Experiments to complement the material presented in BIO144. Two hours of laboratory per week.

Co-requisite or prerequisite: BIO144.

Additional Fee(s): Laboratory fees.
CHM 105
General Chemistry
3 Credits
This course covers the same material as Chemistry 107 below, but is specifically structured for students who have had little or no previous chemistry experience, or who need extra help with algebraic problem solving. Three hours of lecture and one hour of recitation per week.

Prerequisite(s): Co-requisite: CHM 109
CHM 107
Chemistry I
3 Credits
This course begins with a study of atomic structure, then expands to cover chemical naming, patterns of reactivity, thermochemistry, the interaction of light and matter, atomic orbitals, ionic and covalent bonding, and molecular shapes. This class concludes with an introduction to organic chemistry and biochemistry. Three hours of lecture per week.

Prerequisite(s): Co-requisite: CHM 109
CHM 108
Chemistry II
3 Credits
The second semester of general chemistry continues exploring the structure, properties, and bonding of atoms and molecules, with emphasis on the physical characteristics of gases, liquids, solids and solutions, chemical equilibria, thermodynamics, and kinetics. Three hours of lecture per week.

Prerequisite(s): CHM 105 or 107. Co-requisite: CHM 110.
CHM 109
Chemistry I Laboratory
1 Credits
Introduction to the basic experimental procedures and laboratory techniques in chemistry. Experiments are correlated with the lectures in Chemistry 105 and Chemistry 107. Three hours of laboratory per week.

Prerequisite(s): Co-requisite: CHM 105 or 107.

Additional Fee(s): Laboratory fee.
CHM 110
Chemistry II Laboratory
1 Credits
Continued introduction to the basic experimental procedures and laboratory techniques in chemistry. Experiments are correlated with lectures in Chemistry 108. Three hours of laboratory per week.

Prerequisite(s): Co-requisite: CHM 108.

Additional Fee(s): Laboratory fee.
CHM 205
Organic Chemistry I
3 Credits
Development of the structural theory of organic compounds. Relationship of structure to reactivity, stereochemistry, types of organic reactive intermediates, and the chemistry of alkanes, alkenes, and aromatic compounds are covered. Three hours of lecture per week.

Prerequisite(s): CHM 108 and 110; Co-requisite: CHM 215.
CHM 206
Organic Chemistry II
3 Credits
Discussion of organic functional groups and their chemistry. Spectroscopy, mechanisms, and synthetic type-reactions are included. A discussion of biologically important compounds is covered during the last third of the term. Three hours of lecture per week.

Prerequisite(s): CHM 205 and 215
CHM 215
Elementary Organic Laboratory
2 Credits
Basic manipulative skills, including introduction to several chromatographic techniques, are followed by chemistry of alkenes and aromatic compounds. Four hours of laboratory per week.

Prerequisite(s): CHM 205

Additional Fee(s): Laboratory fee.
CHM 216
Organic Chemistry Laboratory
2 Credits
Chemistry of organic functional groups. Identification of unknowns and a multistep synthesis. Four hours of laboratory per week.

Prerequisite(s): CHM 215; Co-requisite: CHM 206.

Additional Fee(s): Laboratory fee.
CHM 338
Biochemistry I
3 Credits
This course covers the structure and functions of proteins, polynucleic acids, and biological membranes. Enzymes and kinetics are taught. Metabolic pathways, with emphasis on the thermodynamics of the equilibria and the storage and usage of energy, are covered. Three hours of lecture per week. Cross listed as BIO 438.

Prerequisite(s): CHM 206 or permission of the instructor.
CHM 339
Biochemistry II
3 Credits
Metabolism is studied with an emphasis on anabolic pathways and special pathways such as cytochrome P450. Other topics include molecular genetics and protein synthesis, hormones and receptors, and immunology. Three hours of lecture per week. Cross listed as BIO 438.

Prerequisite(s): CHM 338
CHM 340
Biochemistry, Cell, and Molecular Biology Lab
2 Credits
An advanced laboratory course for junior and senior science majors who wish to gain theoretical and practical experience with the techniques and equipment commonly used in the fields of cellular biology, molecular biology, and biochemistry. Topics include PCR, electrophoresis, enzyme kinetics, aseptic cell and tissue culture, cell surface receptors, and molecular modeling. Five-hour laboratory with one-hour pre-lab lecture each week. Cross-listed as BIO 440.

Prerequisite(s): BIO 431 or CHM 338.

Additional Fee(s): Laboratory fee.
CHM 498
Tutorial
4 Credits
No description available.
CHM 499
Tutorial
4 Credits
No description available.
BIO 498
Tutorial
4 Credits
No description available.
BIO 499
Tutorial
4 Credits
No description available.
IND 350
Scientific Research Methods
2 Credits
No description available.
  • 3 credits of biology at the 200-level or above.
  • 3 credits of chemistry at the 300-level or above.