Course Overview

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the main concepts in biochemistry with a focus on clinical correlations. Topics covered include structure of biological macromolecules, transmission of information, functions of proteins, review of metabolic pathways and control, and essential physiological processes. Students will discuss clinical relevance, providing concrete examples of how basic biochemical knowledge translates into health or pathological conditions. In the required lab component students use a lab kit to conduct hands on labs.

Type Combined Lecture/Lab


Sreerupa Ray, PhD


4 undergraduate


Online Asynchronous


HBIO-450 or equivalent, HCHEM-452 or equivalent, or consent of instructor


$2,160.00 (Fees included)


What to Expect in this Course

This course is fully asynchronous – there are no required meeting times.

Course activities are organized into modules of 1-2 weeks in length.

Our format allows flexibility so you can fit the learning activities into your own schedule.

While instructors make regular course updates to enhance your experience as a learner, the table below provides a general idea of what you can expect from a typical week.

Course Activity Hours Per Week

Self Directed Learning

  • Reading Textbooks, articles
  • Watching mini-lectures / problem demos


  • Problem sets
  • Mini quizzes
Lab and Lab Reports 3-4

Other Assignments

  • Homework assignments
  • Case studies
  • Research summaries
  • Exams

Discussion Boards

  • Initial posting
  • Reading posts
  • Responding to peer posts
Total Time 13-18
  • Eukaryotic cells, DNA and RNA, Proteins
  • DNA Replication, RNA: Transcription
  • Protein Synthesis, Gene Regulation
  • Proteins II, Enzymes
  • Biological membranes, Signal Transduction
  • Bioenergetics, Carbohydrate Metabolism
  • Lipid Metabolism, Amino Acid Metabolism
  • Metabolic Interrelationships, Hormones
  • Cell Cycle, Digestion and Absorption
  • Vitamins, Minerals, Macronutrients

Course Materials

D2L Required
Textbook Required
Lab Kit / Supplies Required
Web-Based Learning Application Not needed
Standard word/ data processing capabilities Required
Ability to video conference Recommended
Ability to upload images/videos Required

D2L: All of our online prerequisite courses use the learning platform software called Desire2Learn (D2L). D2L integrates text, video, and audio. You can check your system compatibility by reviewing the D2L system recommendations.

Textbook: If a textbook is required, every effort is made to choose high-quality, low-cost materials that students can buy and sell, rent and return, or buy and use again in future courses.

Lab Kit / Supplies: Lab kits/supplies allow students to conduct hands-on experiments at home. Information about ordering lab kits and/or supplies will be provided to registered students approximately 6 weeks before the start of the semester.

Web-Based Learning Application: Web-based applications often serve as an alternative to a traditional textbook or lab kit. Most require students to register for a separate application that will integrate seamlessly with the D2L platform.

Standard word and data processing: Technology that allows the student to create, edit, and save documents and files.

Ability to video conference: Technology that allows live, visual connection between individuals who are in different locations.

Ability to upload photos/videos: Technological capabilities through which a student could record a short video or still image and upload it to an online learning system.

Course Faculty

Sreerupa Ray, PhD

Lecturer, Biochemistry Online Prerequisites for the Health Professions

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