Course Description

This course is designed to introduce students to basic biochemistry concepts and build upon them to dive deep into topics such as transcription and translation. We will also explore various biochemical and molecular biology techniques such as ELISA, PCR, RNA-Seq and many more.

Learning objectives: By the end of BIOC 301, students will be able to

  • Describe the importance of cellular processes such as DNA replication, transcription and translation.
  • Discuss primary literature related to course material.
  • Create a project based on various biochemical tools and techniques taught in class.

Prerequisites: There are no specific prerequisites, but students are recommended to review chemistry and biology topics such as polarity, chemical bonding, mitosis, and gene expression.

Recommended follow up: Students who wish to continue their studies to explore metabolic pathway are encouraged to register BIOC 302: Metabolism.

Target audience: This course series is meant for students who want to increase their knowledge in biochemistry and molecular biology, and have goals of going into graduate school, medical school, or dental school.


Textbook Information

The required textbook for BIOC 301 can be purchased through FAES or on your own.


Name of Textbook: Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry, 8th Ed.


Textbook Fee: $322.99


Instructions for purchasing textbook: Register for the section with book (BIOC 301-003). Upon receipt of payment and fulfillment of your book order, FAES will notify you that the textbook can be picked up at the FAES Bookstore in Building 10 on the NIH main campus in Bethesda.


If you are unable to pick up the textbook at the FAES Bookstore and would like the textbook mailed to you, contact FAES at: (301) 496-7976 or registrar@faes.org. There is a $11 mailing fee.

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