Introduction to Biochemistry
September 5 through December 13, 2024
RECOMMENDED FOR: Juniors and Seniors
COURSE LISTING: Science
PREREQUISITES: Biology and Chemistry
APPROXIMATE TEXT/RESOURCES COST: $100
This course provides an overview of the main aspects of biochemistry, especially as related to human biology. Topics will include a thorough study into the four major biochemical families including proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids. Select biochemical functions will be discussed in the context of chemical structures and of specific chemical principles for each of the families of molecules (for example: enzymes and enzyme regulation, carbohydrate needs in the body, lipid functions, and nucleic acid structures). Finally, the course provides and overview of metabolism and metabolic pathways which are fundamental to understanding molecular biology. This course requires weekly engagement but is primarily asynchronous which allows students to work around their school schedule. There is a synchronous meeting that will take place one evening per week that students are expected to attend. Meeting times to be determined at the beginning of the term.