Introductory Organic and Biochemistry

This course is delivered by Westcott Courses in partnership with University of Massachusetts Global 

Introductory Organic and Biochemistry

Prerequisite: Introductory or General Chemistry suggested

Course Description: A course demonstrating the basic elements of organic and biochemistry. Topics covered include: the structure and function of essential biomolecules (proteins, enzymes, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids) in relationship to biological and metabolic processes. Other topics include basic biology and chemistry, states of matter, bonding theory, solutions, acids, buffers, and pH, structure of biomolecules, membrane transport, metabolism of organic and biomolecules, biochemical energy, DNA processes and gene expression. This course is intended to be an introduction to basic organic chemistry and biochemistry for healthcare majors. Students will learn to relate organic chemistry to biochemistry which involves the study of reactions and processes that happen inside living organisms.



Duration: 5 months to complete (Single 30 day extension if needed)

Ways to Learn: Online 

Enrollment Schedule

Enroll any day of the year, and start that same day. Students have five months of access, plus a 30 day extension at the end if needed. Students can finish the self-paced courses as soon as they are able. Most students finish the lower level courses in 4 - 8 weeks. The upper level math classes, such as Calculus and above, usually take students 3-4 months. (Note: The 30-day extension cannot take your total course time six months beyond the date of enrollment. At the end of the six months, we must post a grade with the university.)

Course Topics:

  • Chemistry, Matter, and Measurement
  • Elements, Atoms, and the Periodic Table
  • Ionic Bonding and Simple Ionic Compounds
  • Covalent Bonding and Simple Molecular Compounds
  • Introduction to Chemical Reactions - Redox Reactions in Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Energy and Chemical Processes - The Energy of Biochemical Reactions
  • Solids, Liquids, and Gases
  • Acids and Bases
  • Organic Chemistry: Alkanes and Halogenated Hydrocarbons
  • Unsaturated and Aromatic Hydrocarbons
  • Organic Compounds of Oxygen
  • Organic Acids and Bases and Some of Their Derivatives
  • Carbohydrates
  • Lipids
  • Amino Acids, Proteins, and Enzymes
  • Nucleic Acids
  • Energy Metabolism


Lab Description: The laboratory part of Introductory Organic and Biochemistry is taken in conjunction with the main course. An introduction to common laboratory techniques and the process of science is presented. The laboratory experiments are designed to complement the topics presented in the companion lecture course. Topics include organic compounds, structural isomers, properties of carbohydrates, lipids and proteins, titration, crystallization, synthesis of fragrant esters, properties of enzymes, DNA, and forensics. The laboratory component of this course is delivered using downloadable labs and simulations.

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Syllabus - Laboratory

University of Massachusetts Global has partnered with Westcott Courses to offer online remedial, general education and other courses that count towards degree completion.

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These individual courses are available to anyone in the public who would like to enroll in a math or general education course. Unlike traditional colleges where one must enroll in a degree granting program, Westcott Courses offers individual courses where filling out a one page form makes the course immediately available. Westcott Courses is the teacher of the course and your official transcript with academic semester credits will come from one of our partner universities which are regionally accredited by WASC. Westcott Courses does not appear on the transcript; the transcript will show our courses the same way it would show a traditional class taken on the universities campus without being enrolled as a regular student. View transferring the credits.

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The classes are self-paced; however, a teacher is attached to each course who holds at least a master's degree in their field of study (or related). Most of our teachers are teachers who teach the exact same course on either a California State University or California Community college campus.

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