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.
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).
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.
Textbooks and Materials
Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.
- Principles of Biochemistry (2016)
Aaron J. Sholders and Brian Kalet
Dr. Paul J. Laybourn
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
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.