Distance Education Courses

BCH 4024  Introduction to Biochemistry and Molecular Biology – Distance Learning.
4 credits  Offered each semester and runs along the same timeframe as the regular UF semesters.
Course Administrator Contact: BIOCH-Online@ad.ufl.edu

This section of BCH4024 is not only intended to fulfill the required coursework for pertinent UF Distance Learning degrees, but to also provide the Biochemistry course requirements for admission to UF and other universities graduate and professional schools.

The Distance Learning section of BCH4024 covers the same material as the on campus course (see sample syllabus above). Lecture notes are available as downloadable PDF files and video recordings of each lecture can be streamed directly from the UF E-Learning website. Please refer to the above PDF file for specific information on online testing, as well as available tutoring and exam review.

ELIGIBILITY: The prerequisites for this course are the same as the on campus sections of BCH4024. Eligible students are those enrolled in a Distance Learning Degree Program at the University of Florida and those students with Nondegree Enrollment Status.

Note: By UF Provost Policy and Florida Board of Governors Regulation (BOG 8.002), students who are currently enrolled in courses on the Gainesville campus are ineligible to take the online section of BCH4024. Please refer to information concerning the on campus sections of BCH4024 outlined above.

ENROLLMENT: Students interested in taking the distance learning section of BCH4024, or have questions as to eligibility are encouraged to contact the Course Administrator by email. Once it has been determined that a student has completed the prerequisite course work, then enrollment in the course will be done by our departmental office. Enrollment in the online section of BCH4024 can only be done by the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: If a prospective student is not currently enrolled at the University of Florida, then the student will need to apply for Nondegree Enrollment Status before enrollment in BCH4024 can be allowed. Since this application can take up to 2 weeks to process, applications must be submitted by the deadline listed below for your enrollment in that specific semester.  You must choose the College of Medicine-Online Biochemistry Course from the College dropdown list in order for your application to be coded properly for this course.

  • Fall 2017:  August 11, 2017
  • Spring 2018:  December 10, 2017
  • Summer 2018:  April 27, 2018

Please note, Nondegree enrollment applications submitted after the deadline will need to apply for the next semester’s enrollment.


GMS 5905 Fundamentals of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
4 credits  Offered each semester and runs along the same timeframe as the regular UF semesters.
Course Administrator Contact: BIOCH-Online@ad.ufl.edu

This course is designed to provide early-stage graduate students in the life sciences with a firm foundation in the structure, function, and metabolism of amino acids, proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids. It also introduces concepts in cell structure, replication, cell signaling, growth control, and metabolic regulation. The course also introduces students to critical evaluation of primary research literature and small group presentations.


BCH 5413 Eukaryotic Molecular Biology and Genetics
3 credits, Offered each semester and runs along the same timeframe as the regular UF semesters.
Course Administrator Contact: BIOCH-Online@ad.ufl.edu

This course is designed for graduate or advanced undergraduate students desiring a course in molecular biology beyond an introductory course. Lectures and discussions will emphasize modern molecular and biochemical approaches to solving problems of current interest.

NOTE: BCH 5413 replaces BCH 6415, and is a prerequisite for BCH 6415.  Students should have a working knowledge of molecular biology such as that covered in “Lehninger’s Principles of Biochemistry”, third edition; or Mathews and van Holde’s “Biochemistry”, second edition. We DO NOT recommend this course for students who have not had an introductory course in molecular biology, e.g., BCH 4024 or its equivalents.