WM212 Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry
3 Units/30 Hours
This course builds on the concepts learned in chemistry and biology to examine how cells use simple molecules: the basis of biochemistry. Students gain an understanding of biochemistry, focusing on carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids and their relationship to the human body. This course examines the biochemistry of macromolecules in the formation of cell structures and in the performance of cellular function and the relationship to human physiology. This course includes a thorough examination of the biochemistry of cellular communication via hormones, transmitters, and other signals by which cells control metabolism, gene expression, cellular proliferation and differentiation, and the mechanisms within the human body. These communication mechanisms are important in growth and development, healing, regeneration, and aging covered in later courses.