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2022-2023 Catalog 
2022-2023 Catalog
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CHM 120 - Bio-Organic Chemistry

Credits: 4
3 Lecture Hours 3 Lab Hours

Prerequisites: CHM 109  or CHM 110  and CHM 111  

This course is an introduction to the elements of general, organic and biological chemistry which are essential to the allied health professions. Principles of carbon chemistry are presented and related to biologically relevant molecules.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Explain the fundamental laws and principles of organic chemistry.
  2. Relate the physical and chemical properties to the major functional groups.
  3. Describe the structures of fundamental biological molecules.
  4. Explain the metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids and proteins.
  5. Identify the functional group present in an organic compound by laboratory testing.
Listed Topics
  1. Hydrocarbons
  2. Benzene and its derivatives
  3. Alcohols, ethers and thiols
  4. Chirality
  5. Amines
  6. Aldehydes and ketones
  7. Carboxylic acid and its derivatives
  8. Carbohydrates
  9. Lipids
  10. Proteins and enzymes
  11. Nucleic acids and heredity
  12. Gene expression and protein synthesis
  13. Bioenergetics
Reference Materials
Standard texts, multimedia material and the internet
Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC’s definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
  • Quantitative & Scientific Reasoning
Approved By: Dr. Quintin B. Bullock Date Approved: 11/5/2021

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