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Biomolecular Structure

BIOC 2000

The target audiences for this course are current or future science school teachers in the mid-west.  This is a graduate-level course that will promote an understanding of the atomic structure of biomolecules like proteins, nucleic acids and their complex macromolecular assemblies and will also provide teachers with tools and resources to teach their students.  This is an opportunity for school science teachers to earn credit for professional development, enabling them to incorporate items listed in the National Science Education Standards in their instruction.


To ensure that teachers are:

  • well-versed in the principles of biomolecular structure;
  • introduce and provide them with pedagogical tools and resources to disseminate this information to their students;
  • the expected long-term outcome is to instill a better understanding in high school students of molecules that execute the biochemistry of life, leading to a better performance in competitions such as the National Science Olympiad on protein/DNA modeling and preparing them better for science-related programs.

"This course is an excellent addition to the professional development of any high school biology or chemistry teacher. Content provided is cutting edge and pertinent to real world analysis of molecular structure that one can bring back to his or her classroom." 

"An excellent introduction/refresher on biochemistry! Presented us with most recent advances in the area of protein structure. Hands-on building of models solidified complex structural concepts. Both presenters were passionate about their topics and spent great time  and attention making certain we as students fully grasped the information."

"Instructor is so knowledgeable, interesting & caring. She was so patient as we worked through the model making."

"The activities were very useful for understanding the content and can be adapted to use in my high school classroom. The instructors were very enthusiastic about the course content and passed the enthusiastic to me for teaching the information. The instructors were very helpful and patient in showing us how to complete the activities correctly."

"The course is very useful in a STEm classroom."


All essential materials will be provided through Blackboard at NDSU. Lecture notes will be posted on NDSU Blackboard.

Optional Text: Principles of Biochemistry (Lehninger) by David Nelson and Michael Cox, 5th Edition, WH Freeman and Co. (2008)

Required Student Resources: 

Internet-enabled Laptop