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Biophysical Chemistry (CH 4403 01 link)

As our understanding of life has grown, it has become increasingly important to quantify the behavior of biological systems. Such characterization not only allows us to explain in increasing detail how these systems function, but it also allows us to intervene when something goes awry. The fundamental principles that govern life are the same as those that govern all of chemistry: thermodynamics, kinetics, and quantum mechanics. In this class, we will examine how these physical principles apply to the chemistry of life. When you have completed the course, you will understand how scientists are using physical chemistry to study the myriad of reactions inside the living cell.

Graduate Topics in Biophysical Chemistry (CH 8990 03 link)

Many of the advances in modern biochemistry have occurred because of the intense effort scientists have devoted to studying proteins and protein function. By applying the principles of physical chemistry to biological systems, we have learned much about the chemistry of life, and we have started to understand the molecular basis of human disease. This class is designed to build upon an undergraduate background in physical chemistry and biochemistry; in it, we will study the behavior of proteins, and we will learn about several techniques that are commonly used to study protein structure and function. We will also focus on how mathematical models can be used to describe protein behavior, and we will discuss in depth how those models can be related to experimental observables. When you have completed the course, you will be able to design and interpret experiments for studying proteins, and you will be able to apply biophysical concepts to understand how these molecules work.

Professional Chemistry: Tools (CH 2141 01 link)

Chemists need to be familiar with using many different computational tools in their daily work. It is not sufficient to understand chemical principles without the technical stills to collect, analyze, and present data. This class teaches the essential skills you will need to prepare lab reports and present data as you work through your chemistry degree. The course website is hosted through the MSU MyCourses server.

Biochemistry Boot Camp (Summer Workshop link)

Undergraduate biochemistry researchers must draw from a common set of computer skills to understand their data. These skills include DNA/Protein sequence alignment (bioinformatics), molecular visualization, image analysis, statistics, and increasingly, programming and Linux. This week-long workshop provides an introduction to these crtical topics at the beginning of the summer, allowing you to jump-start your research experience. Look for an email annoucement or contact Dr. Fitzkee late in the Spring semester to register for this workshop.

Courses No Longer Taught by Dr. Fitzkee

Introduction to Biophysical Chemistry (CH 4404 01 link)

This course is obsolete and has been replaced with the 3-credit version listed above.

Professional Chemistry: Research (CH 4141 01 link)

A significant number of chemists devote their careers to investigating chemical phenomena and trying to synthesize and understand new molecules. This research process requires practical skills, including familiarity with literature, scientific ethics, documentation, and presentation. In this class, you will learn and practice these skills. The course website is hosted through the MSU MyCourses server.

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