CBC Online Courses

CBC Online Courses

The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry is committed to providing students with engaging learning experiences both inside and outside of the classroom. Our accredited online courses are professionally designed by experienced web developers provided by the Office of the Provost and monitored on a regular basis for quality and content by the UA Office of Digital Learning and Student Engagement. Additional online courses will be coming soon.

Register for online biochemistry courses through UA Online. You can take UA online courses for transfer credit as a non-degree seeking student. 

CHEM 241B – Lectures in Organic Chemistry

(Second Semester)

The topics chosen for coverage in this online course were selected to best serve the interests and needs of undergraduate students majoring in any of the Life Sciences, as well as other pre-professional health sciences students. 

Students majoring in chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering, or materials science may wish to enroll in Chemistry 246B, which is a course designed with these these majors in mind.  Please consult with your advisor.

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Structure of Oseltamivir (Tamiflu)

Course Objectives

The Chemistry 241A/241B lecture series teaches the fundamentals of organic chemistry with a focus on organic structures, properties, transformations (organic synthesis), and the mechanisms of those transformations (organic reaction mechanisms).  The second semester course, CHEM 241B, covers the chemistry of radicals, the chemistry of dienes, the chemistry of carbonyl-containing functional groups (including aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids, acid chlorides, acid anhydrides, esters, and amides), the chemistry of amines (including imines, enamines, and nitriles), the chemistry of carbohydrates (including a brief introduction to nucleic acids), the chemistry of amino acids (including a brief introduction to peptides and proteins), and the chemistry of lipids.

Prerequisites

Chemistry 241A, 242A, 246A, or an equivalent first-semester organic chemistry lecture course.  If your grade in the first semester organic chemistry lecture was below a “C”, you are strongly urged to retake that course before proceeding on to the second semester organic chemistry lecture course. 

Required Textbook

This course uses the Connect/LearnSmart/SmartBook/Proctorio software package associated with the source text, "Organic Chemistry", Sixth Edition, by Janice Gorzynski Smith.  If you register for the course, you should have access to this software package through Inclusive Access.  Also required are a desktop or laptop computer, a stable broadband wired or wireless internet connection, a webcam, speakers or headphones, and a microphone.

CHEM 241B Spring 2022 Syllabus

BIOC 384 - Foundations in Biochemistry

Fundamental concepts in physical biochemistry (energy conversion, water, and membranes), protein structure/function, methods in protein biochemistry, enzyme mechanisms, protein-mediated cell signaling, and fundamental energy conversion pathways.

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

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Protein crystal structure

Course Objectives

  • Demonstrate proficiency with vocabulary used in biochemistry.
  • Describe energy conversion processes and the role of membranes in biochemistry.
  • Describe the structure of nucleic acids and core methods in nucleic acid and protein biochemistry.
  • Explain the principles of oxygen transport and protein transport across biological membranes.
  • Describe the catalytic properties, kinetics, and allosteric regulation of metabolic enzymes.
  • Understand the key differences between four major signal transduction pathways in eukaryotes.
  • Describe the enzymatic reactions and bioenergetics of glucose metabolism.

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 384 Course syllabus (Fall 2022)

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Chylomicron

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.

Course Objectives

  • 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.

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 (Fall 2022)