Reviews for course code BIOCH (Biochemistry)

BIOCHEM 200 – Introductory Biochemistry (2016)

Difficulty: 4/5

Coursework: Midterm (40%), Final (55%), iClicker (5%)

Professor: Dr. Jonathan Parrish

Review: Dr. Parrish was an excellent professor and is a very easy to approach person who is willing to answer your questions at any time. He also set up an eClass forum so you can ask him anytime except right before each exam. However, Biochemistry 200 is one of those courses where everything makes sense in the class, the practice questions seem very doable, and suddenly the exams are impossible to do well. In this particular course, you must know everything to know about, that is, know front and back everything that has been taught in the course. The exam questions are designed in a way that if you are missing even a small piece of knowledge, there is a high probability of making a mistake. As well, read the questions very carefully – there will be instances where one can miss a vital prefix. The iClicker questions for Dr. Parrish’s class are helpful to understand the concept but not so much a good indicator for the test. The worksheets he posts online are more useful, in my opinion, so try to do all those in preparation. Otherwise, this is a very fun class. To do well, keep on top of the lectures, make sure you know the glycolysis and citric acid cycle inside out and front to back, and know every detail.

BIOCH 330: Nucleic Acids and Molecular Biology (2015)

Difficulty: 3.5/5

Textbook: Recommended

Professor: Team taught

Coursework: Midterm (40%), Final (60%)

Review: BIOCH330 is a team-taught course covering everything from DNA/RNA structure to protein synthesis to lab techniques used to purify DNA, so it’s almost like a more detailed combination of BIOCH200 and BIOL207. This course is very content heavy, so it’s important to review lecture material often, especially since most exam questions will require you to apply this knowledge. Exams were difficult (multiple choice, fill in the blank, short answer) because you need to be VERY specific in the fill in the blank and short answer sections, but if you stay on top of the material, they should be a breeze. This class is mainly honours students, so be wary that you may need to get 90%+ in this class to get an A+. Personally, I wasn’t very interested in this class, but it fulfills the biochemistry requirement to apply to medicine at certain schools. If you’re the type that likes learning about many step-by-step processes (e.g. DNA synthesis, protein synthesis), then you’ll love this course.