Laboratory of Microbial Biochemistry

Skidmore College



Fall 2017

CH 342 Lecture

Spring 2018

CH 341 lecture and CH 343 laboratory

Course materials can be found on the Skidmore Blackboard site.

















CH 125 Principles of Chemistry

An introduction to the fundamental principles of chemistry that provides one of the bases for the in-depth study of natural science disciplines; appropriate for students who intend to major in the natural sciences. Topics include atomic and molecular structure, periodic relationships, properties of gases, kinetics, equilibria, acids and bases, electrochemistry, and thermodynamics. Laboratory experiments serve to illustrate concepts learned in the classroom.
Prerequisite: CH 115 or consent of the department based on an online diagnostic exam and QR1 results.
Note(s): Three hours of lecture/discussion and one three-hour lab per week. (Fulfills QR2 and natural sciences requirements.) Partially fulfills the writing requirement in the major.

CH 341 Biochemistry: Macromolecular Structure & Function w/Lab

A study of the organic, physical, and biological chemistry of proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids, and enzymes. Structure-function relationships are explored at the molecular level using structural geometry and chemical reactivity concepts. The lab includes modern techniques for the purification, characterization, and identification of biomolecules.
Prerequisite: CH 222.
Note(s): Three hours of lecture-discussion and four hours of lab a week. Designated a Writing-Enhanced course. Partially fulfills the writing requirement in the major.

CH 342 Biochemistry: Intermediary Metabolism

Builds off the understanding of biological macromolecules learned in CH 341 to examine intermediary metabolism, bioenergetics, and how these processes are regulated in an organism.
Prerequisite: CH 341.
Note(s): Three hours of lecture discussion a week.

CH 343 Experimental Biochemistry Laboratory

A project driven laboratory course to provide advanced training in experimental biochemistry. The course focuses on the isolation, purification, manipulation, and characterization of biological macromolecules, in particular proteins, in an investigative context. Students will be asked to apply previously learned biochemical knowledge and skills to answer an open question in biochemistry while also learning new laboratory techniques. Emphasis is placed on the proper collection, interpretation, synthesis, and presentation of in vitro and in silico results.
Prerequisite: CH 341.
Note(s): Four hours of laboratory a week, plus additional time as needed.

Previous Courses Taught

CH 106 Chemical Principles II

CH 106L Chemical Principles II Laboratory

CH 377/378 Senior Seminar in Chemistry & Biochemistry

SSP 100 Scribner Seminar-Coming of Age:Food, Drugs and Sex after the Biotech Revolution