Biochemistry I

Biochemistry I is a one-semester course with two scheduled hours of lecture and three scheduled hours of laboratory exercises per week. This course provides an introduction to food chemistry and nutrition, and the biochemistry of the biological molecules, particularly amino acids, proteins, and enzymes. Emphasis is placed on the structure, chemistry, and function of these molecules. Thermodynamics and the biochemistry of water, acids, bases, and buffers are also examined. The roles of biological molecules are discussed in the context of the organism by way of a survey of major metabolic processes. Laboratory experiments closely follow the progress of the lecture and are slanted towards practical applications in the food, pharmaceutical, and biotechnological industries.