Introduction to Biochemistry
Introduction to Biochemistry (CHM 2201) is designed for dietetics majors, who take it after two semesters of general chemistry (CHM 1101 and CHM 1102). I have taught this course many times using a variety of texts. The problem has been my desire for low to moderate depth with sufficient breadth to have material relevant to the course's purpose. (Low mass and cost are also considerations.) For now I am using Stoker's Organic and Biological Chemistry (Houghton-Mifflin, 4th ed., 2007). It has good and logical coverage, at an appropriate depth, of much of metabolism.
When I first taught the course, I spent an enormous amount of time designing a series of lab exercises from scratch. This course has only a two-hour lab, which limits what can be done. The students are not expected to be strong on quantitative skills. For these reasons, I planned exercises that were more demonstrative than investigative, placing an emphasis on interpretation of observations. Over the years, I've had the chance to get the exercises into what I think is pretty nice form. To find my commentary on any of these exercises, click on its title. I would appreciate your comments and welcome suggestions and questions; please address them to my e-mail address below.
That's it for my current lab curriculum. I have tried other exercises over the years and dropped them for various reasons. I have other ideas I hope yet to develop; check back in a year or so for updates. As I indicated above, let me know any questions or (helpful) suggestions or comments.
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Last modified 10/23/06