Course Summary
Credit Type:
9 weeks (144 hours).
Dates Offered:
Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 6 General, Organic, and Biochemistry


This course gives an overview of the concepts in general, organic, and biological chemistry that are necessary to understand human biochemistry and pharmacology in health science fields. These include measurements, use and conversion of units, significant figures, chemical bonding, stereochemistry, acidity, functional groups, thermodynamics, carbohydrates, lipids, nucleotides, nucleic acids, amino acids, proteins, enzymes, and metabolic pathways.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Explain how chemical processes work in the body
  • Use chemical concepts to explain how chemistry is used in various occupations, including health care
  • Demonstrate the ability to think critically and employ critical thinking skills
  • Read and interpret graphs and data
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of science on society
  • Describe the major chemical reactions, chemical constituents of the body, and the equilibrium state

General Topics:

  • Introduction to General Chemistry (Chemistry: methods and measurement
  • The structure of the Atom and the Periodic Table
  • Structure and properties of Ionic and Covalent compounds)
  • Chemicals and Matter (Calculations and the chemical Equation
  • States of Matter: Gases, Liquids, and Solids
  • Solutions)
  • Reactions and Their Effects (Energy, Rate, and equilibrium
  • Acids and Bases and Oxidation-Reduction reactions
  • The nucleus, Radioactivity, and Nuclear Medicine)
  • Introduction to Organic Chemistry (Intro to Organic chemistry, the saturated hydrocarbons
  • The unsaturated hydrocarbons: Alkenes, Alkynes, and Aromatics
  • Alcohols, Phenols, Thiols, and Ethers)
  • Protein and Carbohydrate Organic Chemistry (Aldehydes and Ketones
  • Carboxylic Acids and Carboxylic Acid Derivatives
  • Amines and Amides)
  • Introduction to Biochemistry, the Chemistry of Life (Carbohydrates
  • Lipids and their functions in biochemical systems
  • Protein Structure and function)
  • Biochemical Reactions (Enzymes
  • Introduction to molecular genetics
  • Carbohydrate metabolism)
  • Biochemical Energy Production (Aerobic respiration and energy production
  • Fatty acid metabolism)
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Case Studies
  • Discussion
  • Lectures
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations
  • Quizzes

Minimum Passing Score:

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