Introduction to Biochemistry (BIOC 406)


Course Details

  • Location: Online
  • Duration: 10 weeks
  • Times: Flexible
  • Cost : $1,128

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About this Course

This course, which builds on the content of BIOC 405, focuses on the synthesis, degradation and transfer of major biomolecules, and how metabolic pathways are integrated at the molecular, cellular and physiological levels. We’ll explore the central dogma of biology thoroughly at the mechanical level, especially as applied to multicellular animals.

You’ll study the primary metabolism of lipids, amino acids and nucleotides and examine fascinating enzyme machinery, such as fatty acid synthases. Learn how these pathways and enzymes are associated with well-known metabolic disorders and how they can serve as drug targets. We’ll also focus on how the small molecule building blocks — amino acids and nucleotides — are assembled into macromolecules such as proteins, DNA and RNA, and study their synthesis, processing and modification, degradation and regulation. The course will provide you with the foundations to understand diseases related to errors in metabolism and cellular function.


Those interested in biochemistry and related academic and professional fields.

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What You’ll Learn

  • How to trace organism-wide metabolic routes across a cell and through organ systems using knowledge of hierarchical organization
  • Methods for relating enzymes by name to their catalytic structure, function and biological role
  • Ways to incorporate cellular communication and compartmentalization as a core component of healthy function

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 January 3, 2018, to March 16, 2018.


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Credit Course

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