Jun 16-Aug 01, 2014
Credit: 3 graduate
Tuition & Fees: $915.50
Instructor(s): Angie Sower

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Course Description

This course is designed to serve as the second semester of a two-semester sequence of biochemical principles. The course will build on topics covered in CHMY 591 (Exploring Biochemistry I) such as carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and nucleic acids. The proposed course will investigate the metabolism of each of these biological molecules while exploring applications of these topics to a classrooom setting. The textbook will be used as a basis for the course but students will be required to utilize materials from various resources including chapter summaries, related internet websites, scientific journals, and material compiled on the students's part.
    Students will be assessed through the following methods:
  • online discussions of a topic related to the weekly material
  • homework sets and/or unit/chapter exams that reflect the application of material from weekly content (composed of multiple-choice questions)
  • final exam (composed of multiple-choice questions)
  • development of a project (classroom lesson or other application) that incorporates content from the course

Meeting Place and Times

Teachers log into the course at a time of day that best fits their schedule. It is necessary to connect at least 4 - 6 times per week and spend 16 - 20 hours each week while the course is in session, either online or offline working on course related assignments, to stay current and successfully complete this 3 credit graduate course.


Angie Sower, PhD. Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Montana State University. Research Interests: General Chemistry Education, Honors General Chemistry Laboratories, Biochemistry


Graduate standing; one year of general chemistry at the undergraduate level; Exploring Biochemistry I; two years of teaching experience; or permission of the instructor.

Target Audience

9-14 grade science teachers.
The course is designed primarily for 9-14 grade level practicing science teachers with at least two years of teaching experience, seeking graduate credit in Chemistry.

Time Commitment:

16-20 hours per week. If you are unfamiliar with this field of study and/or method of delivery, you may require more time.

Tuition and Fees

 Program Fee $105.50
 Computer Fee$10.50
 Distributed Learning Fee$0.00

A $30 registration fee is also charged once per semester.

The costs above assume that you are taking only MSU Extended University courses during the semester that the course is offered. If you also registered for courses through the MSU Registrar, the regular MSU fee structure may apply.

A $40 late fee will be assessed if payment is not posted to your account by 3 pm (Mountain Time) of the course start date (or the business day before if the course starts on a weekend or a holiday).

To learn more about tuition and fees, please see the University Business Services' Student Accounts Web page.

Course participants will need to purchase the text on their own. See the text below.

NSTA Members are eligible to receive a 10% discount on tuition. Enter your NSTA Membership Number when you are asked for it on the registration form.

Required Books/Materials

  • Principles of Biochemistry by Moran, Horton, Scrimegeour, and Perry
    Prentice Hall
    ISBN: 9780321707338
    5th Edition, Copyright 2012.

You can order the text through the Montana State University Bookstore by calling 1-888-247-2546. Ask to speak with the Textbook Department. It will expedite your order if you tell the sales representative:

  • the course number (CHMY 591)
  • the title of the text
  • that the course is offered online through Extended University

  • The text may also be available from other sources.

    Computer Requirements:

    • Internet access
    • A device and browser that pass the system check for Brightspace LE, MSU's learning management system.

    This course uses a learning management system. You will learn more closer to the course start date.

    For More Information

    contact Diana Paterson at or 406-994-5679.

    How to Register

    Register Online