Biochemistry (non-laboratory course)

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CHM 229

       Course Name: Biochemistry (non-laboratory course)

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

CHM 207 and CHM 122, or CHM 224, or CHM 222, with minimum grade of C in all courses, or consent of instructor. BIO 101 or higher BIO course is recommended.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course introduces molecules, macromolecules, and processes found in living organisms. Content includes structures of amino acids, nucleotides, lipids, and sugars; corresponding macromolecular structures, i.e., proteins, nucleic acids, membranes, and polysaccharides as related to their biological functions; kinetics and mechanism of enzymatic reactions, the central metabolic pathways, the genetic code and developments in biotechnology.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. Analyze the properties of biomolecules, which are the unifying features common to all living things from the simplest bacterium to the human being.
  2. Evaluate the relationship of structure to function for proteins.
  3. Evaluate the specificity of enzymes (biochemical catalysts) and the chemistry involved in enzyme action.
  4. Evaluate the relationship of structure to function of biological membranes.
  5. Assess the role of nucleic acid molecules as the genetic material.
  6. Summarize in detail the central dogma of molecular biology.
  7. Analyze the structure and function of carbohydrates in living systems.
  8. Summarize the various metabolic pathways involved in cellular metabolism.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. The Context of Biochemistry
  2. The Organization of Cells
  3. Water, Hydrogen Bonding, pH, and Buffers
  4. The Molecules of Life
  5. Amino Acids and Peptides
  6. Carbohydrates
  7. Lipids
  8. Energy Requirements for Life:  Thermodynamics
  9. The Three-Dimensional Structure of Proteins
  10. The Behavior of Proteins:  Enzymes
  11. The Dynamics of Membrane Structure
  12. Metabolism and Electron Transfer
  13. Glycolysis:  Anaerobic Oxidation of Glucose
  14. The Citric Acid Cycle
  15. Electron Transport and Oxidative Phosphorylation
  16. Lipid Metabolism
  17. The Metabolism of Nitrogen
  18. Summary of Metabolism
  19. The Structure of Nucleic Acids
  20. Biosynthesis of Nucleic Acids
  21. The Organization and Biosynthesis of Proteins

VII.  Methods of Instruction

  • Lectures which may be supplemented with classroom discussion, use of molecular models, use of multimedia, and/or use of computer based materials at the discretion of the instructor.
  • Student Reports
  • Individual and/or Group Problem Solving

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

  • Participation in discussion
  • Preparation of reports
  • Completion of reading, problem solving, and report assignments
  • Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Textbook:  Biochemistry, 8th edition (2015) by Mary Campbell (ISBN:  9-7812-8542-910-6 or comparable text.

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton’s Schedule of Classes.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Depending upon the instructor, any combination of the following assessments may be used to evaluate student progress and determine the course grade.

  • Quizzes, tests, and/or examinations which may include essay, short answer, multiple choice, true/false, and/or problem solving questions
  • Individual and/or group written reports
  • Individual and/or group oral reports
  • Individual and/or group problem solutions

XI.   Other Course Information

  1. Reading the text ahead of class sessions is expected.
  2. Attendance at all sessions is expected.
  3. Class policies on make-up of exams and accepting of late work will be determined by the individual instructor.
  4. Support services include the availability of open computer laboratories, the college library, and the availability of free tutoring through the Learning Center and/or office hours with the course instructor.

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.