Students will 

• understand plant cell structure, organization, and apply specific biochemical functions to all compartments of the plant cell. 

• learn the structure, function and biosynthetic pathways of essential biochemical molecules including their key chemical and physical properties. • learn amino acid structures and relate their chemical properties to the synthesis and function of proteins and enzymes. 

• understand protein structural hierarchy and relate structure to function. 

• understand how light energy is captured and used to provide chemical forms of energy to power the functions of cells and whole plants. The importance of CO2 fixation and carbohydrate metabolism will be presented. The nature and composition of plant cell walls will be explored. 

• understand the chemical nature and structure or DNA and it Replication along genetic code, RNA, protein synthesis and gene expression at different levels.

• understand central metabolism, its plant-specific components, and their functional significance at multiple levels.

• learn about the rich diversity of secondary compounds and metabolism in plants and how such compounds contribute to human health.

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