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 Course Title:   Intro to Organic/Biochemistry

 Title Abbreviation:   INTRO TO ORGANIC/BIOCHEM

 Department:    CHEM&

 Course #:    131

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5.5

 CIP:    400501

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2017

 Course Description  

One-quarter course of organic chemistry and biochemistry for non-science majors, nursing, and environmental science students. Includes study of structure, nomenclature, and reactions of organic and biological compounds. Applications to living systems. Not recommended for students continuing chemistry beyond CHEM& 131. Lab included.


Prerequisite: Appropriate placement or grade of 2.0 or higher in ENGL 099 and MATH 98. CHEM& 121 or 161 passed with a 2.0 or better.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 44

Lab: 22

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Academic Natural Sciences  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

Other Institution Equivalencies Table
Institution Course # Remarks
CWU 112 & 112.1 112.1 is a lab
U of W 220
WSU 131
WWU 251

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Understand the structure, nomenclature, and reactions involved in organic and biological compounds.
  2. Apply the above to living systems.
  3. Develop an appreciation and respect for the scientific contributions of individuals from different cultural, ethnic, social, and geographic backgrounds, recognizing that diversity can be a positive source of creativity.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.
2.3 Identify, interpret, and evaluate pertinent data and previous experience to reach conclusions.

8. Mathematical Reasoning

Definition: Understanding and applying concepts of mathematics and logical reasoning in a variety of contexts, both academic and non-academic.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
8.2 Correctly apply logical reasoning and mathematical principles to solve problems.
8.3 Interpret information and reasoning expressed mathematically (for example in spreadsheets, diagrams, charts, formulas, etc.).

9. Scientific Literacy

Definition: Understanding scientific principles, and analyzing and applying scientific information in a variety of contexts.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
9.1 Demonstrate an understanding of fundamental scientific concepts.
9.2 Demonstrate their understanding of the principles of scientific methods, analysis, and reasoning.
9.3 Analyze, apply, and communicate scientific concepts and principles in context (for example, in technological, personal, and/or professional situations).

Course Contents

  1. Introduction to biochemistry
  2. Carbohydrates
  3. Carboxylic acids and derivatives
  4. Lipid function in biochemical systems
  5. Amines and amides
  6. Protein structure and function
  7. Enzyme catalysts
  8. Carbohydrate metabolism
  9. Metabolism and energy production
  10. Introduction to molecular genetics