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Biochemistry Summer Undergraduate Course

Biochemistry is being offered as a summer course at Drexel University College of Medicine and is designed for:

  • Premedical students who are in preparation for the MCAT
  • Undergraduate premedical students who attend small colleges where a biochemistry course is not available
  • Undergraduate premedical students who attend area colleges and universities and wish to take a summer course
  • Post-undergraduate students in preparation for medical or graduate school

The course will run from June 13 until July 27, 2016. The intensive course will meet Monday through Friday, two hours a day in the morning. It will be taught by the same faculty members who teach first year medical students at Drexel University College of Medicine.

View the undergraduate summer biochemistry course syllabus/schedule [PDF], or to learn more about the course, you can download a course overview [PDF], including course description, policies and contact information.

The course will cover the topics in general biochemistry divided into three parts (fundamentals, metabolism and molecular biology), with an exam on each part.  


  • DNA, RNA and protein structure
  • Membranes
  • Enzyme kinetics
  • Lipids and carbohydrates


  • Glycolysis
  • Gluconeogenesis
  • Citric acid cycle
  • Oxidative phosphorylation
  • Lipid and amino acid metabolism

Molecular Biology:

  • Recombinant DNA
  • DNA replication and repair
  • Transcription
  • Translation and protein processing
  • Control of gene expression

This course is ideally suited for pre-med students. Due to the major changes to the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) in 2015, the MCAT now includes a section covering the biochemical foundations of living systems. The summer biochemistry course will cover material included in this essential portion of the MCAT and help you prepare for the test.

* Students are expected to prepare for class by reading the assigned materials.

How to Apply

Current Drexel students:

  • Enroll in the Biochemistry Summer Course by registering for course #BIOC 400S

Non-Drexel students:

  • Visit the application website.
  • Click "apply online."
  • New users create an account; returning users enter your username and PIN.
  • Select "Biochemistry Summer Course" from the drop down window.
  • Fill out all of the information and submit.
  • You will be notified via email once your registration is completed.

Apply online to the Biochemistry Summer Course

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A graduate student in the Biochemistry program at Drexel University College of Medicine.

   Biochemistry provides the only experimental basis for causal understanding of biological mechanisms.   
Sydney Brenner