Course Description

In this course we will discuss biochemical concepts within the context of metabolic pathways and disease. The topics will include, cell respiration, fat metabolism, protein metabolism and diseases associated with a perturbation of these processes. We will dive deep into the primary literature to gain knowledge of cutting-edge research being conducted. We will start from the beginning to discuss the different macromolecules present in our cell, and then continue to build until we have a comprehensive understanding of various metabolic processes occurring in the cell.

Learning objectives: At the end of this class, students will be able to:

  • Identify key concepts that are common in most metabolic pathways
  • Describe how the disruption of these processes can cause human disease and the treatments available to combat these diseases.
  • Compare various metabolic techniques used to conduct research in the field of metabolic diseases.

Prerequisites: BIOC301 or equivalent background knowledge

Textbook Information

The required textbook for BIOC 302 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 302-003). 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 an $11 mailing fee.

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