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BIOC 385 – Metabolic Biochemistry

Fundamentals of metabolism at the cellular and organismal levels, with a focus on regulatory mechanisms that control metabolic flux. Topics include metabolic flux through energy converting pathways, metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids, and nucleotides.

This course is designed for undergraduate students with majors in any of the Life Sciences and other pre-professional health science students. Bioc 385 is the companion course to Bioc 384 “Foundations in Biochemistry.” Note that it is possible to take them out of sequence since Bioc 384 is not the prerequisite for Bioc 385.

Recommended Prerequisites

MCB 181R (Biology)
CHEM 152 (General Chemistry)
CHEM 241A (Organic Chemistry)
A prerequisite waiver can be an option

Required Textbook

Miesfeld & McEvoy Biochemistry, available at the UA bookstore and online.
Bioc 385 Course syllabus (Summer 2017)

Course Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Describe the meaning of metabolic flux and mechanisms of metabolic regulation.
  • Describe the relationship between molecular structure and function of biomolecules.
  • Describe the enzymatic reactions and regulation of key carbohydrate metabolic pathways.
  • Describe the enzymatic reactions and regulation of key lipid metabolic pathways.
  • Describe the enzymatic reactions and regulation of key amino acid metabolic pathways.
  • Describe the enzymatic reactions and regulation of key nucleotide metabolic pathways.
  • Describe the key biochemical processes mediating DNA, RNA, and protein metabolism.

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