Prerequisite Biochemistry Knowledge for Alaska WWAMI First-Year Students

Alaska WWAMI's first-year medical students are expected to understand the following:DNA Strand

  • Acid-Base chemistry
  • Concept of pKa
  • Amino acids
  • Proteins
  • Hemoglobin
  • Myoglobin
  • Collagen
  • Enzyme action
  • Enzyme kinetics
  • Plasma membranes
  • Principles of energetics

In addition, a basic understanding of genetic principles and the fundamentals of cell biology (cell division, cell organelles, etc.) is expected.

The depth of knowledge should be at the level of an upper-division Biochemistry class. You may want to look at standard Biochemistry textbooks (Principles of Biochemistry by Nelson & Cox; or Biochemistry by Champe to refresh your knowledge of these prerequisite topics.