Not too easy. Not too difficult.
I highly recommend this class to everyone interested in a career in biomedicine and pharmaceuticals. Understanding the different aspects of biology at the molecular level is very important. Almost all of the other upper level biological and chemical classes I have looked into require an understanding of biochemical principles.
The class starts with different chemical bonds such as hydrogen and covalent bonds. Afterwards, we studied different molecules found in living cells such as DNA and Protein. Some basic physical principles such as entropy and enthalpy are covered as well. Physical calculations for enzymatic processes are taught. There were multiple questions every exam that required mathematical calculations. Towards the end, we learned the chemistry of glycolysis, photosynthesis and other important pathways.
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Advice for students:
This class will teach you most of what you need for specializing in a biological field. However, there are some important information and skills that you should learn on your own. I highly recommend reading the assigned textbook (Appling). All the exam questions are based on the information in the texbook. Appling is presents a simplified version of biochemistry. For those interested in a more advanced alternative, I recommend Biochemistry by Berg. Also, for viewing PDB files (protein structures), you can ask the instructor for an access code for PyMOL access code. Almost all the companies and research labs use the mentioned program. Unfortunately, Dr. Staros uses Swiss PDB viewer which is very basic PDB viewer and is not practical for biochemistry research.