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Physical Chemistry for the Life Sciences

MB&B 381
Spring 2013
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: CHEM 381, MB&B 581
Certificates: Environmental Studies, Molecular Biophysics, Molecular Biophysics

This course is designed to provide students of biology, neurosciences, molecular biology, biochemistry, and biological chemistry with the foundations of physical chemistry relevant to the life sciences. The course is driven by consideration of a series of biological processes for which the concepts of physical chemistry provide a framework for explanation and understanding. The course will consist of three parts: thermodynamics, kinetics or rate processes, quantum mechanics and spectroscopy. Each part of the course is based on topics drawn from physiology, molecular biology, and biochemistry, the treatment of which motivates the introduction of physicochemical concepts and reasoning. Examples of topics include respiration, photosynthesis, ATP hydrolysis, active transport, vision, growth and decay processes, enzyme structure, and function and prebiotic evolution. The course is specifically designed to accommodate students with diverse scientific backgrounds and levels of mathematical preparation. An elementary review of all mathematical and computational methods required for the course will be provided. This course may also readily serve students of mathematics, physics, and chemistry as an introduction to applications of their subject area in the life sciences.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: NSM MB&B
Course Format: LectureGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: (CHEM141 AND CHEM142 AND MATH117 AND CHEM251) OR (CHEM143 AND CHEM144 AND MATH121 AND CHEM251)
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CHEM-Track B)(ENVS-MN)(ENVS)(IDEA-MN)(MB&B)(MOBI-MN)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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