Medical Biochemistry Course Overview

  • CHEM 1005 is a four-credit lecture-only online medical biochemistry course that focuses on human medical biochemistry. The goal of this course is to learn the core concepts of biochemistry that apply to human health and disease and to cite specific examples of their application. You will be able to analyze and evaluate the most common biochemistry cited in medical literature. Furthermore, these basics will facilitate further learning in biochemistry and the health sciences.

    *This course is considered an upper-level undergraduate course (300 level or above)

Medical Biochemistry Course Outcomes

  • Evaluate how enzymes facilitate chemical reactions and the necessity of metabolic cofactors or vitamins in these reactions; relate how enzyme activities and concentrations may be used in clinical diagnosis.
  • Evaluate the different mechanisms by which hormones signal and influence metabolic pathways allowing for homeostasis within the body.
  • Describe the metabolism of carbohydrates (glucose, galactose, and fructose) and their role in generating ATP for the cell.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of lipid metabolism, transport, and storage in the fed and fasted conditions.
  • Relate how amino acids are used in the processes of protein synthesis, precursors for the synthesis of necessary compounds, and as substrates for glucose production; determine the role of the urea cycle in coordinating amino acid catabolism and nitrogen disposal.
  • Describe the synthesis of nucleotides from carbon donors and how this process is coupled with DNA synthesis and nitrogen metabolism.
  • Interpret the role and regulation of the metabolism of proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids in normal physiological conditions and the changes that occur in disease processes.

Medical Biochemistry Course Prerequisites

  • One semester of college-level biology (BIOL 1010)
  • Two semesters of college-level general chemistry (CHEM 1010 and CHEM 1011)
  • One semester of college-level organic chemistry (CHEM 1020)
    Please note these prerequisites are highly suggested and support course preparedness and success. We recommend having completed the listed prerequisites before enrolling and within the past seven years.

How do exams work?

All exams are taken online. Major exams are required to be proctored online through ProctorU. For instructions on how to take your exams online, visit UNE Online’s ProctorU site. Please note exams must also be proctored with the UNE-approved external webcam.


How do labs work?

CHEM 1005 is a lecture-only course. We do not offer an associated lab component for this course.

Tuition & Fees

CHEM 1005: Lecture


  • Credits: 4
  • Tuition: $1,760
  • Registration: $30
  • Total: $1,790*

*Total payment is due in full at the time of registration. The cost of the materials is not included in this total.

Required course materials

  • Mandatory External Webcam and Whiteboard for Proctored Exams
  • Textbook
    • This course is aligned to four texts; students may CHOOSE which text to use. All texts and readings are freely available online or from the UNE library and are linked in the course materials in D2L Brightspace. 
      • Rodwell VW, Bender DA, Botham KM, Kennelly PJ, Weil PA. Harper’s Illustrated Biochemistry. 31st ed. McGraw-Hill Education LLC; 2018.  (UNE Library Access)
      • Lieberman M, Peet A, Marks AD. Marks’ Basic Medical Biochemistry: A Clinical Approach. Fifth ed. Wolters Kluwer; 2018. (UNE Library Access)
      • Ferrier, D. Lippincott’s illustrated reviews: Biochemistry. 7th ed. Wolters Kluwer Health; 2017. (UNE Library Access)
      • LeClair RJ. Cell Biology, Genetics, and Biochemistry for Pre-Clinical Students. Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine; 2021. (OER Online Edition from Pressbooks or LibreTexts.)
  • Lab Materials
    • CHEM 1005 is a lecture-only course. We do not offer a lab component and therefore no lab materials are needing to be purchased.
As a Reminder

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Courses Typically Begin Every Two to Three Weeks

Working at the pace typical for a four-semester hour course, the average student will complete this online course in approximately 16 weeks. Many students have elected an online course for the sake of flexibility. Since the course is self-paced, you may be able to complete the course in less than 16 weeks.

You may enroll for a course at any time through our self-service registration portal. Payment is needed in full at the time of registration.

You must be registered for your class by 12:00 noon EST the Monday before the class starts. Your official start date is the date that the course opens and you will have 16 weeks from that date to complete your course.


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