Nutritional Biochemistry I – NUTR 641

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 05/10/2022

Course Description

Advanced study of biochemical molecules with emphasis on the composition and structure of organic functional groups, carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, DNA, and RNA. Enzyme function, cellular membrane dynamics, protein synthesis, and genomics will also be discussed.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


The human body was designed by God to be a dynamic interplay of chemical reactions, pointing to Him as Creator.  Knowing the underlying chemical framework of the cell and the chemistry occurring within is vital to understanding how the body uses the chemicals in various foodstuffs.  This course is uniquely designed to provide a graduate nutrition student with the background in biochemistry necessary for understanding the complex chemical reactions that occur during the process of the body’s digestion and utilization of nutrients in food.

Course Assignment

Textbook Readings, Websites, Articles, and Lecture Presentations

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. Each thread must be at least 500 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 200-250 words. (Satisfies CLO A, B, C, E, F)

Research-oriented case studies allow students to focus on specific details related to a topic beyond baseline understanding of biochemical concepts. By posting the results of research to a discussion and critiquing peers’ research, the assignment fosters an interactive collaborative learning experience for the student. Each student must post an initial thread of at least 1000 words inclusive of criteria listed in assignment instructions. In addition, students must reply to at least 3 classmates’ threads with at least 300 words. (Satisfies CLO A, B, C, D, E, F)

Short papers allow students to provide an in-depth evaluation of a topic with evidence-based research to support their ideas/opinions. In response to a specific topic and associated list of prompts, students will submit a 2-3 page short paper summarizing the current research addressing the issue(s).

Each quiz will cover the Learn material for the assigned modules: weeks. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes and have a 90 minute time limit. Quiz format includes 35-40 multiple-choice or short answer questions. Quiz time overruns will incur a 1-point deduction per minute over the set quiz time.  (Satisfies CLO A, B, C, D, E, F)