Biochemistry (4 Credit Hours)
As a fundamental preclinical course, this subject conveys basic principles and phenomena which define how the human body works at the molecular level. Topics include protein structure, enzyme kinetics, and metabolism of amino acids, fats, carbohydrates, and nucleic acids. A basic understanding of these issues lays the groundwork for making insightful diagnoses of disease states and managing the treatment of illnesses effectively. Knowledge of these subjects is reinforced through discussion groups, iTunes pre-recorded lectures, descriptive PowerPoint slides, and evaluation of actual medical cases. The goal of this course is to comprehend the overall integration of the metabolic pathways into the coordinated operation of the body chemistry as a unit responding to environmental conditions and biological needs.