Spring 2022 - MBB 323 D100

Introduction to Physical Biochemistry (3)

Class Number: 2679

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
    AQ 3153, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 20, 2022
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    WMC 3210, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    MATH 152 (or 155), PHYS 121 (or 102, or 126, or 141), CHEM 122 (or 102), MBB 222 with a minimum grade of C.



Introduction to physical biochemistry including thermodynamics, spectroscopic principles and applications, and molecular transport and interactions. The physical properties and structure determination of biomolecules will be emphasized.


Students will be introduced to three major topics forming the basis of Physical Biochemistry: thermodynamics, spectroscopy and kinetics.

Weeks 1 – 5:     Thermodynamic principles and applications
Weeks 6 – 10:   Introduction to spectroscopy - from energy levels to biomolecular structure
Weeks 11 – 13: Kinetics – reaction rates and mechanisms  

Class structure: 3 lectures, 1 tutorial, 0 lab hours/week


  • Problem sets 25%
  • Quizzes 10%
  • Midterm 25%
  • Final 40%



Raymond Chang, Physical Chemistry for the Biosciences. 2005. University Science Books.
ISBN: 1-891389-33-5

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