BC 351 - Principles of Biochemistry

  • 4 credits
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Structure and function of biological molecules; biocatalysis; metabolism and energy transduction; gene expression.
For majors in biological sciences, engineering, and preprofessional students in the health sciences.

Section 801 Required Textbooks:
Principles of Biochemistry (2016)
Aaron J. Sholders and Brian Kalet
ISBN 9781615496952

Section 802 Required Textbooks:
Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry, 7th Ed. (2017)
Nelson and Cox
ISBN 9781429293129
This textbook textbook is available electronically through the Unizin Engage program. Enrollment in this textbook program occurs automatically as a default through the course learning management system. If you prefer to use a hard copy of the text only you will need to let the CSU bookstore you wish to opt out.


BZ 110 (Principles of Animal Biology) or BZ 120 (Principles of Plant Biology) or LIFE 102 (Attributes of Living Systems); CHEM 245 (Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry) or CHEM 341 (Modern Organic Chemistry) or CHEM 345 (Organic Chemistry).

Important Information

If you have not taken and completed 1 semester of 100-level general biology and at least 1 semester of 200-level organic chemistry, enrollment may be granted on an as-approved basis. Please contact the faculty member to seek approval ONLY IF these minimum requirements have not been met.


Dr. Paul J. Laybourn
Dr. Paul J. Laybourn

(970) 491-5100 | Paul.Laybourn@colostate.edu

Dr. Paul Laybourn earned his BS in Biology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. After working in the Biotech industry for three years in the San Francisco Bay Area he went on to obtain his Ph.D in Biochemistry at the University of California, Davis. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Diego he was excited to land a tenure track faculty position in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO just 40 miles from where he was born (Cheyenne, WY). Dr. Laybourn has taught courses in genetics, cell biology and biochemistry from the freshman to graduate level for over 20 years. He currently conducts research in cancer biology and how to improve learning outcomes in science courses at the college level in collaboration with faculty in Biology, Chemistry and TILT.

Aaron J. Sholders
Aaron J. Sholders

(970) 491-7916 | Aaron.Sholders@ColoState.edu

Dr. Aaron Sholders received his B.S. in Chemistry in 2001 from University of Northern Colorado. He then continued his studies at Colorado State University earning an MS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 2003 and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 2006. Following his doctoral work he was fortunate enough to be offered a faculty position in the Biochemistry department at CSU and currently works as the Undergraduate Program Coordinator.