CBEMS 119 Biomaterials: Structural Biology and Assembly (2014-2015)

CBEMS 119 Biomaterials: Structural Biology and Assembly

(Not required for any major.)
Catalog Data:

CBEMS 119 Biomaterials: Structural Biology and Assembly (Credit Units: 4) Application of fundamental concepts in structural biology (proteins, DNA/RNA, carbohydrates, lipids), biomolecular thermodynamics, and molecular interactions to the design of novel biomaterials via self-assembly. Prerequisite: CBEMS45C, and CBEMS110. Chemical Engineering and materials Science Engineering majors have first consideration for enrollment. Concurrent with CBEMS 219. (Design units: 0)

Required Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0138004644.

Recommended Textbook:
Relationship to Student Outcomes
No student outcomes specified.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Understand important molecular interactions in biology

2. Understand bioenergetics especially thermodynamics in biological systems

3. 3Analyze molecular architecture of living matter (nucleic acids, amino acids, carbohydrates and lipids)

4. Understand self-assembly concepts in biological systems

5. Apply self-assembly concepts in Nature to the design of novel biomaterials

Prerequisites by Topic
Lecture Topics:
  • Interactions in an aqueous environment
  • The energetics of life: thermodynamics in biological systems
  • Structure of nucleic acids
  • Proteins: primary level to protein structure
  • Protein function and evolution
  • Structure of carbohydrates
  • Structure of lipids
  • Molecular graphics and simulations
  • Self-assembly in Nature
  • Design of novel biomaterials via self-assembly
Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture and 1 hour of discussion each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:

Students will use visualization and molecular simulation software.

Laboratory Projects:
Professional Component
Design Content Description
Lectures: 100%
Laboratory Portion:
Grading Criteria:
  • Homework: 20%
  • Midterm exam: 40%
  • Final exam: 40%
  • Total: 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 4.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 4.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 0.0 credit units

April 15, 2014
Senate Approved:
April 5, 2013
Approved Effective:
2013 Fall Qtr