Introduction to Biochemistry (BIOC 405)


Course Details

  • Location: Online
  • Duration: 11 weeks
  • Times: Flexible
  • Cost : $1,128

About this Course

In this course you’ll learn the basic principles of biochemistry, with an emphasis on the chemical events occurring in living systems in terms of metabolism and structure-function relationships of biological molecules. We’ll cover thermodynamics, amino acid and protein structure-function, enzyme kinetics and mechanism, structure and biological roles of lipids and carbohydrates, glycolysis and gluconeogenesis, citric acid cycle, oxidative phosphorylation, and pentose phosphate pathway. You’ll gain the foundational knowledge required to understand diseases such as diabetes and sickle cell anemia.


Those interested in biochemistry and related academic and professional fields.

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What You’ll Learn

  • The scaling nature of modular systems, including nucleotides, chromosomes, amino acids and protein assemblies
  • The catalytic structure, function and biological role of enzymes
  • How to trace diseases and medicines to the source of their biological function
  • Insights into cellular functions as physical and mechanical processes

Earn Academic Credit

By completing this course, you can earn undergraduate credit. Learn more about credit courses.

Learning Format

Online, Group-Paced

Start and finish your course with the same group of students, with frequent opportunities to interact with your instructors and classmates along the way. This course is 100 percent online, with set due dates for assignments but no class meetings. Learn More »

Course Sessions

Closed Sessions

This course is offered 100 percent online and runs from September 27, 2017, to December 15, 2017.


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Credit Course

You’ll earn 3 academic credits for successfully completing this course. Learn more about credit courses