Biological Chemistry CHIM-H312

Taught in: english
First term


  • Structure of organic molecules (stereochemistry, chirality, conformation). - Structure and function of biomolecules (carbohydrates, proteins, nucleic acids, lipids). - Introduction to metabolism.- Introduction to phramaceutical chemistry.


Objectives (and/or specific learning outcomes

The general aim of the course is to give the students the basics of organic chemistry so that they can understand biological processes at the molecular level. A general overview of structural (bio)organic chemistry and the basic concepts of reactivity in (bio)chemistry are presented.



Pre‐required knowledge and skills

General Physics and Chemistry, Introduction to Biology

Teaching method and learning activities

Interactive course with powerpoint presentation + exercises.

Course material(s)


A copy of the slides shown during classes is available on the Université Virtuelle. Students are expected to complete these slides with the information presented during class.

Numerous reference books are available in the library of the "Laboratoire d'Ingénierie des Nanosystèmes Moléculaires" (room P2-2-211).

References, bibliography and recommended reading

  • Organic chemistry: structure and function, K.P.C. Vollhardt and N.E. Schore (2007 - 5th Edition), Freeman. - Organic Chemistry: a biological approach, J. McMurry (2007), Thomson. - Fundamentals of biochemistry: life at the molecular level, D. Voet, J.G. Voet and C.W. Pratt (2006 - 2nd edition), Wiley. - Biochemistry, J.M. Berg, J.L. Tymoczko and L. Stryer (2007 - 6th Edition), Freeman. - Foundations of Chemical Biology, C.M. Dobson, J.A. Gerrard and A.J. Pratt (2001), Oxford Chemistry Primers, OUP.


Contribution to the programme profile

This teaching unit contributes to the following competences

  • Understand the chemical processes whithin and related to living organisms



Method(s) of assessment

Written exam in two parts: one without notes and one with notes.

Construction of the mark (including the weighting of the various partial marks)

The final grade for this course is the grade of the written exam.

Assessment language



Other informations


Prof. Kristin Bartik : 02/650 2063; e-mail:; office: P2.2.213.

Teaching location

Campus Solbosch, building P2, P2.2.204

Schedule volume

Theory : 30h

Exercises and seminars : 30h



Questions can be answered during the break or after classes. The practicals are a privileged moment for discussions. It is also possible to make an appointment with the teaching staff to ask further questions.


Programmes proposing this course at the Brussels School of Engineering

Bachelor in Engineering Sciences - bloc 3
Optional course, 5 credits [Lecture: 36h, Tutorial classes: 24h] - first term