SYLLABUS, FALL 2011
Dr. Miriam Ziegler (course coordinator) and Dr. Thomas Baldwin
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Biochemistry is the science dealing with how biological processes occur at the molecular level, and our
primary goal is to begin understanding those processes, using your strong backgrounds in chemistry,
biology, and mathematics to do so.
We will study the structure and function of the molecules of living
cells, with a particular emphasis on proteins.
BCH 110A provides the intellectual framework you will need
to approach the concepts covered in the other two courses in the biochemistry core sequence, BCH 110B
and BCH 110C. A second goal is to become adept at reading and understanding biochemical literature,
and reading, understanding, and solving biochemical problems; this goal is addressed particularly in
The lab courses, BCH 101 and 102, and the physical biochemistry course, BCH 184,
provide a thorough treatment of many of the experimental tools used by biochemists to gain these insights.
BCH 110A is a majors course; it is assumed that you have the necessary math and science
background to be taking this course.
A lot of study time outside class will be necessary (at least 3 hours
outside class for each
of the four hours a week in class), and performance expectations will be high.
hope is that by the end of the 3-quarter BCH 110A,B,C sequence you will have developed not only an
understanding and a real appreciation of the molecular bases for life processes, but also new knowledge
and tools to apply in your intellectual approaches to other courses and to your professions.
Dr. Miriam Ziegler
Tues. & Wed. 1:30-2:30 pm, group office
; individual meetings
Please email course questions
only to Dr. Z, not to Dr. B. (use
Dr. Thomas Baldwin
CBN 305, 827-3101
by appointment only, CBN 305
(Dr. Baldwin is Dean of CNAS)
(put BCH 110A in subject line)
Ms. Jacqueline (Jackie)
Tues. 11:30-12:30; Fri. 10-11, Boyce 4473
Ms. Kathryn (Kasia)
Mon. 9:00-11:00 am, Boyce 2476
Mr. Srigokul (Gokul)
Wed. 12:30-2:30 pm, Bourns A120
(See "Where to get additional help" on p. 3)
Expected Student Background
Biochemistry 110A,B,C is a 3-course sequence that provides an in-depth introduction to biochemistry and
Students are required to have successfully
BIOL 5A and 3 quarters of
organic chemistry (through CHEM 112C) or equivalent before enrolling in BCH 110A.
Biochemistry 100 is an another course available for students who are not biochemistry majors and are