Course code:



MA - Intermediate/Advanced

Class size limit:


Typically offered:

Every other year

This course explores the fundamentals of biochemistry. Emphasis will be placed on the flow and regulation of genetic information from DNA to RNA to protein, protein composition, structure and function, enzyme kinetics, metabolic pathways, and sensory systems. The integration of these key concepts will be explored through the lens of drugs:  mechanism of action, metabolism in the body, and manipulation of protein and pathway function. This course should be especially useful to students with an interest in medicine, nutrition, physiology, toxicology, genetics, and pharmacology. This class meets for three hours of lecture per week; some sessions will include laboratory demonstrations and/or experiments. Evaluations are based on class preparation and participation, mid-term exam, and final paper.


At least one term of organic chemistry and genetics is preferred.

Always visit the Registrar's Office for the official course catalog and schedules.