Chemistry, Structure, and Therapeutic
Applications of Biological Molecules
Chemistry, Structure, and Therapeutic Applications of Biological Molecules introduces students to the basic chemistry, structure, and therapeutic applications of biological molecules. The principles of chemistry are used to solve problems in biology and medicine. The course is designed for anyone interested in understanding the chemistry of biomolecules as it relates to basic biological processes and the design of pharmacologically active agents. Relationships between the chemistry, structure, and function of biomolecules will be emphasized.
The course will also discuss the chemical basis for the action of drugs such as insulin. The course will be taught in two components: The first will show how the chemical properties and structure of proteins enable them to perform their unique functions. The second component will emphasize the chemical and structural properties of carbohydrates, nucleic acids, and fats. Included in this section will be discussions on the mechanism of drug action and the interactions of drugs with various biomolecules.
The topics discussed will help with the Biochemistry, Cell, and Molecular Biology component of the graduate record exam (GRE) and the Biochemistry component of the medical college admission test (MCAT). The course is designed for anyone looking to increase their chemical understanding while decreasing memorization of biological processes.