The course has the learning objective to provide the students with a solid knowledge and understanding of the essential principles of chemistry, the electronic structure of atom, chemical bonding in inorganic/organic molecules and the macromolecules of biological interest.
The student will be required to know and understand:
1) the main concepts of chemical reactions;
2) the functional role of biomolecules that compose the living matter;
3) the essential aspects of cellular metabolic pathways.
At the end of the course the student will be required to show knowledge and understanding about the name and corresponding chemical drawing of main classes of compounds with biological relevance; be able to identify the functional groups of organic molecules responsible of their reactivity; know the general scheme of metabolism, the major metabolic pathways and their connection with energy production and energy consumption; understand the connection between chemistry and biology.