Course Descriptions



This course is intended for Life Science majors or those with a strong background in the Biological Sciences.

This course may be used to fulfill the elective requirements of the Biological Sciences major.

Molecular Biology & Biochemistry majors should take 694:407 instead of 694:301.

Offered:  Fall 2020 (asynchronous): Due to the current CoVID19 crisis and in line with University guidelines, 01:694:301 will be offered remotely for all sections (see below for specifics regarding remote instruction). Given that there is no space limitation due to these guidelines, the enrollment caps for these sections have been lifted.

Section 01 is open to Pharmacy students exclusively.

Sections 02 & 03 are open to all students

Plans for remote instruction:

  • Concepts will be covered on a weekly basis.The list of topics and in which weeks they will be covered is listed in the course syllabus.
  • Prior to the dates listed in the syllabus, lecture recordings will be posted on the class Canvas site.
  • During the week in which a topic is covered, aside from the pre-recorded lectures, there will be several opportunities for live meetings with both the Teaching Assistants and/or the course instructor, Dr. Villegas.
  • At the beginning of every week (after lecture recordings have been posted), a short quiz graded for effort and completeness will be given to both assess understanding and to inform which topics need to be covered more extensively during live interaction sessions with the teaching staff.
  • The grades in this class will be made up of:
    • 92%: 4 equally weighted exams administered via lockdown browser
    • 8%: Weekly quizzes to be completed 

Credits:  3

Prerequisites:  Organic Chemistry 01:160:209 or 01:160:307 or  01:160:315

Course Description:  This course is intended for Life Science majors or those with a strong background in the Biological Sciences and can be used to fulfill elective requirements of the Biological Sciences major.  This class will provide a detailed overview of many biochemical topics with an emphasis on conceptual understanding of the underlying mechanisms and roles in biological systems as it applies to other fields of biology.  This class is intended for non-majors and the learning goals will reflect this.  Topics to be covered in this course include

Topics include:

  • Amino Acids and Proteins
  • DNA
  • Hemoglobin
  • Enzyme Kinetics
  • Membranes
  • Signal Transduction
  • Metabolism
  • Carbohydrates
  • Glycolysis
  • Citric Acid Cycle
  • Mitochondria
  • Glycogen
  • Fatty Acid Metabolism
  • Biosynthesis of Amino Acids and Nucleotides
  • DNA Repair and Replication
  • RNA Metabolism
  • Protein Metabolism

Course URL: Sakai site

Course satisfies Learning Goals:

1. Students should demonstrate an understanding of the knowledge that is needed to begin biomedical research and that is required for post-graduate exams and studies.

Exams, Assignments, and Grading Policy:  3 Hourly exams and a non-cumulative final exam

Course Materials

Biochemistry, 8th edition, by Berg, Tymoczko, and Stryer with Gatto, 2015 WH Freeman  eText ISBN: 9781319116361 Print ISBN: 9781464126109

Student Companion to Biochemistry, 8th edition ISBN possibly [11-4641-8803-3]

Course Closed?

In the fall semester, Section 01 is reserved for pharmacy students. If you are not a pharmacy student and are trying to register for section 02, please email Dr. Villegas for assistance. If you are trying to get into the fall section 03 contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for assistance.  For Spring and Summer courses please email Dr. Villegas for assistance.


Fall sections and Spring and Summer: Dr. Villegas

** All information is subject to change at the discretion of the course coordinator.