Dr. Terry L. Helser, Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry
120C Physical Sciences Building, Oneonta, NY 13820-4015
Phone: (607)436-3518 or Email to: Strand

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This course is the first semester in a two semester biochemistry sequence. 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 metabolism of these cellular components.  Whenever possible topics of current interest are discussed.
Class sessions (3 hours a week) and laboratories (4 hours a week) are required, with cooperative teamwork used extensively. Two hourly exams and a cumulative final exam are evaluated. Extra credit puzzles and problem sets are also given. The laboratory teams produce research reports, both oral and written, based on discovery-type projects. Electronic mail (email) and the Internet are used extensively. Whenever possible, topics of current research interest are discussed.
The text is Biochemistry, 5th Ed. (2002) by J. Berg, J. Tymoczko and Lubert Stryer, W. H. Freeman and Co., NY. Students must obtain their usercode (Phys.Sci. 122A or 106, etc.) to access E-mail and search the Internet. The text's Web site is Copies of prior tests, student papers and handouts will be available for perusal or reproduction in Milne Library and on the cork board opposite PSCI 205.
The only prerequisite is organic chemistry (Chem 322), but some exposure to genetics and microbiology will help. The course also qualifies as LA, CW and is required in the Biochemistry Track for the B.S. in Chemistry.

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Internet Resources

  • Links to most major search engines
  • Biochemistry Links
  • Sequences of Microbial Genomes, the yeast genome and project
  • Links to Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering
  • Information on Natural Polymers like cellulose, starch, etc.
  • How to join the GenTalk list
  • How to make your own Web page at OSC
  • Extra Credit Puzzles/Projects (Links to be added when they are available.)
    1. Amino Acid Wordsearch
    2. Gene Expression Game

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