Essential Biochemistry


Principles of Biochemistry combine a biochemical approach to cellular function with an introduction to macromolecule structure. Students will begin by learning the fundamental principles of chemistry, physics, and mathematics as a foundation for understanding biology in this lecture-based course. Weekly homework problems, as well as a quiz or major exam, will allow students to assimilate the fundamental principles while mastering the complexity of biochemistry in a systematic manner. The structure and properties of DNA, DNA replication and repair, the synthesis and processing of RNA and proteins, the regulation of gene expression, and the principles and applications of recombinant DNA technologies, genomics, and proteomics will be covered in this comprehensive molecular biochemistry course. Enzyme kinetics, the characterization of major metabolic pathways and their interconnection into strictly regulated networks, and the manipulation of enzymes and pathways with genetic variations or drugs will be among the topics addressing protein function. Students will also gain problem-solving and analytical skills that will be useful in the life sciences in general.

Course content

We’ll take a comprehensive look at biochemistry principles. The main topics that will be covered are:


  • Structures, properties, reactions, and mechanisms of biomacromolecules such as amino acids, peptides, proteins, carbohydrates, and nucleic acids.
  • Synthesis and regulation of macromolecules.
  • The eukaryotic cell’s molecular biology.
  • Biochemical genetics and enzymatic metabolic pathways.
  • Cellular, molecular components.
  • A general overview of bioenergetics and metabolism.
  • Nutrition-related metabolic pathways.
  • Folding of proteins and key synthesis and catabolism reaction, etc.

Who this course is for

The course is suitable for anyone with a general interest in the science.


You do not need to have any prior experience in order to take this course.


This course’s edibility includes:


  • Biological Sciences and Engineering.
  • Students pursuing a career in the Health Sciences as paraprofessional.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the students should be able to:


  • Explain the structure and function of the chemical building blocks of life, as well as how each biochemical component relates to the others.
  • Use PyMOL to navigate, manipulate, and explain protein and carbohydrate images in terms of biochemical principles.
  • Recognize the importance of enzymes in the catalysis of biological reactions.
  • Understand the main metabolic pathways that provide energy to cells.
  • Identify the complex mechanisms that control cellular metabolism.
  • Know how biochemical processes are intertwined in the context of cells, tissues, and entire organisms.
  • Explain the chemical reactions that are important in biology, as well as the enzymes that catalyze them.
  • Discussed and described in writing: nucleic acids, genomes, chromatin, DNA replication and recombination, transcription and translation in prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.
  • To solve biochemical problems, think critically and apply quantitative reasoning.
  • Form conclusions based on biochemical experimental results analysis.

Unforeseen circumstances

If the course has to be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, we’ll endeavour to give you as much notice as possible and you’ll receive a full refund for the course cost.


You’ll receive a certificate at the end of your course.

Further information

If you have any questions about the course you can email at

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