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Description: Biochemistry examines the structure and function of the following biological macromolecules in the context of cellular integrity, dynamics and metabolism: carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and nucleic acids. The weekend biochemistry topics include enzymology, bioenergetics, catabolism, anabolism, regulation of gene expression, biotechnology, and hormone regulation of mammalian metabolism and the pre-biotic evolution of life on earth. This course is designed to enhance, deepen, and further integrate knowledge of the subject by developing different problem solving skills and conceptual organization.

This course will serve as an extension of organic chemistry, in that a thorough understanding of bio-macromolecules will be achieved. The structure, function, and mechanism of polymerization will be investigated as pertains to proteins, carbohydrates, and nucleic acids. Metabolic processes will be studied, including glycolysis, the citric acid cycle, electron transport and oxidative phosphorylation. A goal will be to comprehend these complex biochemical processes with a rigid mechanistic approach, similar to that of organic chemistry.

Highly Recommended Prerequisite: Organic Chemistry II (OCHM316 and OCHM316L) or equivalent and General Biology II (BIO116 and BIO116L) or equivalent
Lecture Hours: 45
Lab Hours: 0 (online lecture only) or 30 (in-classroom and hybrid)
Total Units: 3 (online lecture only) or 4 (in-classroom or hybrid courses that include lab)

Course Format: Accelerated Science Courses take place in 4 or 5 weeks. Classes and laboratories are offered in many formats such as daytime, nights, weekends, in-classroom, hybrid (classroom and online), and 100% online. All courses repeat regularly, giving many opportunities to complete the course(s) you need.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) changes: Starting on March 13th all in-classroom courses and labs have been shifted to online. If the graduate program you are applying to requires in-person labs, SCU recommends you contact the graduate schools’ admissions office to see how they are treating online instruction. The Department of Education has asked all schools to take into consideration these emergency circumstances related to COVID-19 and online instruction.

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Registration for in-classroom or hybrid course offerings include lecture (BIO322) and lab (BIO322L).


Spring 2020 In-Classroom Offerings (4 units with lab)

Class Start Date Class End Date Days Class Times*
Feb 29, 2020 Mar 25, 2020 Sat, Sun 9:00A-6:00P
Mar 13, 2020 Apr 15, 2020 Fri 5:00P-10:00P Lab
Sat 9:00A-6:00P Lecture


Spring 2020 Hybrid Course Offerings (4 units with lab)

3 units Online class

Class Start Date Class End Date Days Class Times
Mar 26, 2020 Apr 29, 2020 Online – no daily requirements No specific times


1 unit On-Campus Lab

Class Start Date Class End Date Days Class Times*
Apr 27, 2020 Apr 30, 2020 Mon, Tues, Wed – Lab on-campus 8:00A-5:00P
Thurs  – Lab Final on-campus 8:00A-10:30A


Summer 2020 In-Classroom Offerings (4 units with lab)

Class Start Date Class End Date Days Class Times*
May 2, 2020 May 27, 2020 Sat, Sun 9:00A-6:00P
June 27, 2020 July 29, 2020 Sat, Sun 9:00A-6:00P

*Class times are subject to change

Classes fill quickly, so please do not wait to apply. Students are registered on a first-come, first-served basis. All courses are listed in SCU publications and the application regardless of the current number of registrants. Registration is not confirmed until an email is sent. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please confirm registration by emailing [email protected].

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