College Science Prerequisites, Course Description, and Textbooks
Biochemistry (CHEM 304) – Prerequisites
High School Diploma or equivalent, General Chemistry 1 or equivalent, and Organic Chemistry 1 or equivalent.
Alternatively, CHEM 150 (included on ISP portfolio of courses) works as prerequisite, replacing both General and Organic Chemistry.
Biochemistry (CHEM 304) – General Course Description
Biochemistry is an upper division, 4-unit, intensive, immersion-learning course that requires four weekends to complete. Classes are held on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:30am to 6:30pm, which includes 2 face-to-face lecture sessions and 2 face-to-face laboratory sessions. In addition, a minimum of 15 to 20 hours per week of self-paced, web-based learning support activities are required.
The course examines the structure and function of the following biological macromolecules in the context of cellular integrity, dynamics and metabolism: carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and nucleic acids. The weekend biochemistry topics include enzymology, bioenergetics, catabolism, anabolism, regulation of gene expression, biotechnology, hormone regulation of mammalian metabolism and the pre-biotic evolution of life on earth.
Additional Unit: If a student needs to earn 5 semester units for CHEM 304 instead of 4 to meet pre-requisite requirements of a given academic program he or she seek to gain admission into, he or she may sign up for an ISP Capstone taken concurrently with this Course. The ISP Capstone is a 1-Unit, instructor-supervised, independent, 45hr research project, which fosters opportunity for empirically based study that enhances, deepens, and further integrates knowledge of an ISP Courses key concept. Students interested in the ISP Capstone pleas click here
Nursing students should learn more about the Chemistry for Health Professions class also offered by ISP. The Chemistry for Health Professions introduces pre-nursing students to the fundamental concepts of organic chemistry and biochemistry, and meets the requirement for pre-nursing curriculums.
Nelson, D. L.; Cox, M. M. Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry. 6 ed. Gordonsville, VA: W. H. Freeman; 2012.
The 5th Edition of the same book may also be used as a textbook for this course (ISBN-10: 0-716-77108-X)