Course description

Comprehensive introduction to biologically important molecules and polymers. Topics include: protein structure and function, enzyme catalysis, metabolic regulatory pathways, DNA and RNA structure, DNA replication and repair, modern DNA technologies, gene expression, and protein synthesis.

Outcome 1: Discuss and/or describe in writing the structure and function of biologically important macromolecules, general catalytic and regulatory mechanisms of enzymes, the energetics and organization of metabolic pathways, the mechanisms underlying gene expression (transcription), protein synthesis (translation), DNA replication, DNA repair, and DNA recombination.

Outcome 2: Think analytically and use quantitative reasoning to solve biochemical problems.

Outcome 3: Formulate conclusions based on the analysis of biochemical experimental results.

Outcome 4: Establish foundations to understand concurrent progresses in biology and medicine.

Outcome 5: Students should recognize that the advancement of sciences is contributed by collaborative work from a wide variety of backgrounds and beliefs.

Biological sciences majors must take course for a letter grade. Forbidden Overlap: due to an overlap in content, students will receive credit for only one course in the following group: BIOMG 3300, BIOMG 3310 and BIOMG 3320, BIOMG 3350, NS 3200.


one majors-level biology course and one year general chemistry, any of the following organic chemistry courses: CHEM 1570, or CHEM 3530, or CHEM 3570, or CHEM 3590, or equivalent, or permission of instructor.

Summer 2024: Ithaca campus

Kevin Siegenthaler
Kevin Siegenthaler
Lecturer, Molecular Biology and Genetics