Chatham University

Biochemistry Curriculum

Major Requirements (B.S. Degree)
28 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 311
Physical Chemistry I
3 Credits
Thermodynamic descriptions of chemical systems, emphasizing gases and solutions. Phase transitions and phase equilibria, chemical equilibria, kinetics, and electrochemistry. Three hours of lecture per week.

Prerequisite(s): CHM 205 and 215; MTH 152; and PHY 252.
CHM 317
Integrated Chemistry Laboratory
2 Credits
Experiments are selected to illustrate important principles of advanced experimental chemistry and familiarize students with important experimental methods. The course is intended to encourage students to think critically about the reliability of their experimental results in the light of their previous chemistry experience. Five hours of laboratory per week.

Prerequisite(s): CHM 216.

Additional Fee(s): Laboratory fee.
CHM 318
Chemical Analysis Laboratory
3 Credits
his laboratory teaches the proper design, implementation and analysis of modern techniques in instrumental chemistry, encompassing spectroscopy, electrochemistry, and separation science. In addition, several inorganic compounds are synthesized and characterized. Student-originated research projects are used extensively throughout this course. Seven hours of laboratory per week. Cross-listed as BIO 418.

Prerequisite(s): CHM 216

Additional Fee(s): Laboratory fee.
CHM 322
Topics in Analytical Chemistry
3 Credits
This course explores the fundamental chemical principles underlying modern chemical instrumentation. Students learn the advantages and limitations of these instruments, how to select the proper instrumental configuration for a specific experiment, and how to evaluate emerging chemical technologies. Three hours of lecture per week.

Prerequisite(s): CHM 215; Co-requisite: CHM 318
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.
MTH 151
Calculus I
4 Credits
This is the first course in the calculus sequence. Topics include differential and integral calculus for algebraic and trigonometric functions with applications. Three hours of class per week.

Prerequisite(s): MTH 105 and 106, or MTH 108, or equivalent.
MTH 152
Calculus II
4 Credits
This is the second course in the calculus sequence. Topics include differential and integral calculus for the transcendental functions, advanced methods of integration, and infinite sequences and series. Four hours of class per week.

Prerequisite(s): MTH 151
PHY 251
Principles of Physics I
4 Credits
Introduction to the concepts, laws, and structure of physics. This is the first course in a calculus-based sequence that focuses on classical mechanics. Topics include vector analysis, kinematics, Newton’s laws, work, conservation of energy and momentum, collisions, gravity, harmonic motion, and wave phenomena. Four hours of class per week.

Prerequisite(s): Prerequisite or Co-requisite: MTH 151.
PHY 252
Principles of Physics II
4 Credits
Introduction to the concepts, laws, and structure of physics. The second course in a calculus-based physics sequence. Topics include thermodynamics, fluids, electricity, circuit analysis, magnetism, Maxwell’s equations, properties of light, and optics. Four hours of class per week.

Prerequisite(s): PHY 251
PHY 255
Physics Laboratory I
1 Credits
Experimental techniques of classical mechanical physics. Three hours of laboratory per week.

Prerequisite(s): PHY 251

Additional Fee(s): Laboratory fee.
PHY 256
Physics Laboratory II
1 Credits
Experimental techniques of classical physics with applications to electricity, magnetism, sound, and optics. Three hours of laboratory per week.

Prerequisite(s): Prerequisite or Co-requisite: PHY 252.

Additional Fee(s): Laboratory fee.
2 courses from the following:
BIO 221
General Microbiology
3 Credits
The study of fundamental characteristics of bacteria and related microorganisms, including taxonomy, physiology, and distribution. Three hours of lecture per week.

Prerequisite(s): BIO 143 and 144; Chemistry 109 and 110.
BIO 231
Principles of Cell and Molecular Biology
3 Credits
A lecture course covering the organelles and activities of cells. Topics include the structure of proteins and other biomolecules, bioenergetics and enzymes, membranes, the mitochondrion, the chloroplast, the endo-membrane system, the cytoskeleton, and the nucleus and cellular reproduction. Three hours of lecture per week.

Prerequisite(s): BIO 143 and 144, and CHM 109 and 110
BIO 417
Genetics
5 Credits
Genetics laboratory consisting of investigation in molecular genetics, genomics, and classical and population genetics. Both computer and wet lab techniques will be employed. Five hours of laboratory per week.

Co-requisite or prerequisite: BIO 417
BIO 431
Advanced Principles of Cell and Molecular Biology
3 Credits
An advanced course for the junior or senior science major. Topics include genes and genomes, transcription, translation, the control of gene expression by prokaryotes and eukaryotes, DNA synthesis and repair and cell signaling. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite(s): BIO 231, or permission of the instructor.

Co-requisite: BIO 340. Recommended: BIO 317, CHM 205, or CHM 338.