Dr. Terry L. Helser, Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry
227 Physical Sciences Building, Oneonta, NY 13820-4015
Phone: (607)436-3193 or -3518 or Email to:

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This course is a survey of the basic biochemistry needed to understand the current advances in biotechnology, medicine, agriculture, etc. The structure and properties of atoms, molecules, water and proteins are studied in the first third of the course. This leads to the functions of enzymes in metabolism and energy flow, and the chemistry of carbohydrates and lipids in the second part. The final third focuses on the flow of genetic information from DNA to RNA to protein and metabolism. Whenever possible topics of current interest are discussed.

Class sessions (3 hours a week) and laboratories (3 hours a week) are required, with cooperative teamwork used extensively. 2 hourly exams and a cumulative final exam are evaluated. Extra credit puzzles and problem sets are also given. The laboratory teams produce library and internet research reports in oral, poster and written formats, based on discovery-type projects. Electronic mail (email) and the Internet are used extensively.

Text: Biochemistry, 4th Ed., 2008, T. & J. McKee (Oxford Publishers), safety goggles and a quad ruled notebook are required. Students must obtain their usercode at a PC or Mac (PSci 122A) to access email. Copies of prior tests, student papers and handouts are available in Milne Library for perusal or reproduction.

This course, with a prerequisite of organic chemistry (Chem 226 or 221), satisfies the requirement for the Liberal Arts: Biology Major, the Dietetics Major in Human Ecology and qualifies for LA attribute. 

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Internet Resources

  • Links to most major search engines.
  • For searches specific to human genetics, chromosomes, WAIS and Medline
  • Lots of biochemistry Links
  • Lab Safety - MSDS list or Sites to search and Contact Lenses
  • Search for properties and information on individual compounds
  • My lab appendix also has some procedures specific to this course.
  • and THE site for links to all types of chemical education resources
  • If that is not enough, try the Journal of Chemical Education for more links
  • Sequences of Genomes
  • Links to Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering
  • Information on Natural Polymers like cellulose, starch, etc.
  • An Image Gallery of Biochemicals - well worth a look around
  • Download Rasmol or Rasmac to look at DNA models

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