University of Calgary

BCEM 393 - Introduction to Biochemistry - Winter 2024

Emphasis is placed on analyzing the chemistry of biochemical molecules including proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids. The chemistry of biomolecules is applied to prerequisite knowledge of cell structures and life processes. Basic concepts of metabolism are introduced, focusing on the breakdown of carbohydrates for energy. The laboratory component reinforces learning of the lecture material, while teaching technical skills and the analysis and interpretation of experiments involving biochemical molecules.
This course may not be repeated for credit.


  • H(3-3/2)


  • Chemistry 351, Biology 311 and admission to a Major offered by the Department of Biological Sciences or the Neuroscience Major or a primary concentration in Biological Sciences in either the Natural Sciences or Environmental Science Major. Or, Chemistry 351, and Medical Science 341, and admission to either the Biomedical Science or Bioinformatics Major.


  • Credit for Biochemistry 393 and 341 will not be allowed.


This course will be offered next in Spring 2024.
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