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Summer Intensive Biochemistry Course for High-School Students: BIOC 101 Biochemistry in Health and Diseases

Do you ever wonder why you should eat fruits and vegetables? Do you know how insulin helps people with diabetes? Find out the answer, and more, this June through FAES Graduate School’s summer course held at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, MD!

The course will provide a broad overview of basic biological chemistry and its relationship to human health and disease. Each class will cover a major category of the molecules of life and an actual human disease or health issue, such as lactose intolerance, insulin and diabetes, the role of vitamin D supplements in milk. Particular emphasis will be placed on the interactions between metabolic pathways, the basis of human diseases and current medical therapies. By taking this course, students will gain a fundamental knowledge of biochemistry and the role of molecules of life in controlling human health and wellbeing.  Classes will consist of lectures, group discussions of case studies and media screenings.


Designed for high-school juniors and seniors with an interest in science and basic knowledge of chemistry and biology. 

Upon completion, students will earn 2 academic credits and will be issued a transcript of records.


To register, click here.

If you have any questions, please contact the FAES Graduate School at (301) 496-7976 or email


Building 10, Room location TBD.

Dates and Time

Course will be held Mondays through Fridays, on the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD.

June 6-17, 9:30 AM -12:30 PM

Tuition Fee

Tuition fee is $300