Introductory Biochemistry MCELLBI X105

Course Description

Get an introduction to some of the basic chemical, physical and biological processes responsible for the survival and growth of humans and other complex life forms, bacteria and viruses. Explore the basic chemistry and overall structure of the most important biological macromolecules, including the study of enzyme catalysis; cellular architecture; intermediary metabolism; and special processes such as photosynthesis, biological oxidation and energy production. You also study the various ways that biological systems react to their environment. Learn to apply module topics to aspects of exercise, nutrition or inborn errors of metabolism that people have likely already been exposed to in their day-to-day lives.


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Applies Toward the Following Certificate(s) and Program(s)


College-level courses in elementary chemistry and biology required; one or two semesters of organic chemistry recommended.


MCELLBI X105 - 020 Introductory Biochemistry
2015-2016 - Ongoing 2015-2016
Geoffrey Sargent
  • Online
  • 45.00
  • 3 semester units
  • Course Fee credit (3 units) $850.00
Textbook (Mandatory) Biochemistry: A Short Course
Textbook ISBN: 9781429283601
W. H. Freeman
John L. Tymoczko, Jeremy M. Berg, Lubert Stryer
Copyright 2013

Online, enroll anytime. This continuous enrollment course begins when you enroll. (Learn more.) You have a minimum of 90 days and a maximum of 180 days to complete the course. This section requires a proctored final exam.

Students must score a 70% or higher on the final exam to pass the course.