Biochemistry Courses and Classes Overview

Students examine life at the molecular level in biochemistry courses. These classes are generally completed as part of a full degree program at the undergraduate or graduate level. Learn about what topics these courses cover.

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Degree Level Bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree
Career Options Laboratory technician, research assistant, grant writer, educator, professor, research scientist, pre-med, or nursing
Common Topics Genetics, metabolism, enzyme structure and function, plant processes, biotechnology, practical applications, and ethics

Biochemistry courses are typically offered through bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs in biochemistry. Undergraduate programs can lead to employment opportunities as a laboratory technician, research assistant or grant writer, while graduate programs can lead to opportunities in advanced research or teaching at the K-12, college or university level.

Some common concepts covered in biochemistry courses include:

  • Enzyme structure and function
  • Macromolecules
  • Biochemical reactions
  • Metabolism
  • Genetics

Introduction to Biochemistry Course

Introduction to Biochemistry Course his beginning, bachelor's degree level biochemistry course introduces students to the basic ways in which chemistry affects life processes. Typically, introductory biochemistry classes include both lab and lecture components and incorporate organic, inorganic, physical and analytical chemistry processes.

Biotechnology Course

Through a biotechnology course, students apply what they learned in other biochemistry courses to biotechnology, which also refers to genetic engineering. Students examine cell structure and organization, biochemical regulations, enzymology and protein structures. Research and advances pertaining to DNA cloning and modification are addressed, and students examine the agricultural, medical and industrial applications of biotechnology research.

Practical Applications of Biochemistry Course

Practical applications of biochemistry in an advanced bachelor's degree course, students examine specific uses for biochemistry through biotechnology. They research the legal, ethical and social ramifications for using biotechnology in medicine, agriculture, industry and the environment. A practical applications class covers both the practical uses and the limits for using biochemistry in areas like forensic science.

Gene Expression in Biochemistry Course

Gene Expression in Biochemistry is an advanced master's degree course. In this course, students examine the basic cell structures of DNA and RNA. Typically a research-based course, students identify methods and theories for repairing damaged genes and the replication process. Studying molecular theory at this level can lead to new medical and scientific discoveries.

Plant Biochemistry Course

A plant biochemistry course is usually an advanced class. Students examine the parts of a plant and learn how the different parts interact with one another. The course covers ways in which the parts of plants, such as the oils, can be useful for different things, such as flavor or health. By studying plants, students are able to identify possibilities for modifying a plant's chemical makeup or replicating it, which could lead to solutions to hunger and health problems.

The different biochemistry courses allow students to study topics involving plants, gene expression, chemistry and legal ethics.

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