Organic and Biochemistry: Key Pathways to Success for the Pre-Med Student

Course Description

All life as we know it is based on organic chemistry. It is the source of energy that drives life processes. It is the basis of the structural features that shape life. It is the mechanism of data storage for the replication of life. All of these and more are chemical processes.

This course will introduce you to the basics of organic chemistry. This will include nomenclature (the language of chemistry), structure, basic reactions, and some instrumental analysis. After these are mastered, we will move into the region of biochemistry. Biochemistry is organic chemistry that is related to the functioning of life. We will study the basic structures of biochemistry; carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins, highlighting the chemistry of these species. With this basic understanding, we will move into the functioning of enzymes.

Moving up the scale we will look briefly at molecular biology. Chemistry is the very smallest molecular scale with biochemistry moving up to larger molecules and structures. The organization of these biochemicals into even larger structures enters the realm of molecular biology.

We will complete several labs where we will analyze materials, synthesize active pharmaceutical ingredients (API), and separate components of natural materials.

By the end of this course, you will gain:
• A broad understanding of the basics of organic chemistry
• A general understanding of the basic biochemical components
• An appreciation of the larger perspective of molecular biology

The preparation for college-level chemistry and biochemistry will be valuable.

On-Campus Supplemental Fee: $75


One year of high school chemistry is highly recommended.


Two Sections Available to Choose From:

Online sections of Pre-College courses are offered in one of the following modalities: Asynchronous, Mostly asynchronous, or Blended. Please review full information regarding the experience here.

Dates: June 27, 2022 - July 15, 2022
Duration: 3 Weeks
Meeting Times: M-F 12:15P-3:05P
Status: Closed
Format: On-Campus
Instructor(s): Ramsey Steiner
Course Number: 10098

Dates: July 18, 2022 - August 05, 2022
Duration: 3 Weeks
Meeting Times: M-F 12:15P-3:05P
Status: Closed
Format: On-Campus
Instructor(s): Charles Ebersole
Course Number: 10099