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 and those interested in a career in the health professions. Many of the topics discussed relate to human health and disease.  Students are also encouarged to explore ways in which science broadly intersects with the academy, the clinic, and the community. 

The course learning goals are:
Students will be able to…
1. Correlate chemical structure and biological function of macromolecules and analyze metabolic pathways
2. Apply course content along with new information to interpret research and clinical scenarios or predict outcomes in short case studies
3. Frame issues at the forefront of biochemistry and related disciplines, making connections to other areas of academic discourse and/or contemporary societal issues

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.

Amy T. Hark
Associate Professor of Biology and Co-Director of Biochemistry
New Science 225