Spring 2023

Biochemical Principles of Life at the Molecular Level

Listed in: Biology, as BIOL-330  |  Chemistry, as CHEM-330


Anthony C. Bishop (Sections 01, 01F and 02F)


(Offered as CHEM 330 and BIOL 330) What are the molecular underpinnings of processes central to life? We will explore the chemical and structural properties of biological molecules and learn the logic used by the cell to build complex structures from a few basic raw materials. Some of these complex structures have evolved to catalyze chemical reactions with an enormous degree of selectivity and specificity, and we seek to discover these enzymatic strategies. We will consider the detailed balance sheet that shows how living things harvest energy from their environment to fuel metabolic processes and to reproduce and grow. Examples of the exquisite control that permits a cell to be responsive and adapt its responses based on input from the environment will be considered. We will also consider some of the means by which cells respond to change and to stress. A student may not receive credit for both CHEM/BIOL 330 and BCBP/BIOL/CHEM 331. Note: BCBP/BIOL/CHEM 331 is a requirement for the biochemistry track of the BCBP major, so prospective BCBP majors should not enroll in CHEM/BIOL 330 if they are considering the biochemistry track of the major.

Requisite: BIOL 191 and CHEM  221. Limited to 40 students with 20 students per discussion section.

Spring Semester: Professor Bishop.

How to handle overenrollment: Over-enrollment will be handled by permission of instructor; preference will be given to seniority.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Emphasis on keeping up with content through textbook reading, active engagement during lecture and discussion meetings, exams, collaborative group work, and independent research in the literature culminating with the design and oral presentation of a poster.

Cost: $75.95 ?

BIOL 330 - LEC

Section 01
M 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM SCCE E108
W 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM SCCE E108
F 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM SCCE E108

BIOL 330 - DIS

Section 01F
Th 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM SCCE E208

Section 02F
W 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM SCCE E212


Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Spring 2020, Spring 2021, Spring 2022, Spring 2023, Spring 2024