BIO 220 Course Description
This intermediate-level course is typically offered every Spring semester. We will consider the structure and function of both nucleic acids and proteins, including an introduction to enzyme kinetics and regulation. We will also review carbohydrates and lipids and discuss aspects of metabolism and signal transduction.
BIO 220 is designed to be of interest to those students who may pursue scientific research as well as those interested in a career in the health professions. Note that many medical and other health professions schools require or strongly encourage enrolling in an undergraduate biochemistry class. Many of the topics discussed and examples used will relate to human health and disease.
The course is intended for science majors who have had an introduction to general and organic chemistry (first semester) as well as introductory biology (including, but not limited to, topics in genetics and cell biology). Previous students have recommended taking this course in the spring semester following enrollment in BIO 152 Principles III, and I think you will find that this course builds on the topics covered in that class (particularly those in the molecular biology and biochemistry sections). The course also relates to material covered in other biology and chemistry courses, particularly Organic Chemistry I and II, Genetics, Molecular Biology, and Cell Biology I and II. Previous students have suggested that these connections helped to strengthen their knowledge in these areas as well.