Skip to content

Read more about Biochemistry: Free For All

Biochemistry: Free For All

(6 reviews)

Kevin Ahern

Indira Rajagopal

Taralyn Tan

Copyright Year: 2018

Publisher: Oregon State University

Language: English

Formats Available

Conditions of Use

Attribution-NonCommercial Attribution-NonCommercial


Learn more about reviews.

Reviewed by Josie Mitchell, Assistant Professor, Kalamazoo College on 6/1/23

This text provides a great overview of essential biochemistry concepts and gives great "real world" examples. Sometimes the organization of the book was a little tricky to navigate, but I used the book as a supplemental resource (not primary... read more

Reviewed by Bonnie Hall, Associate Professor, Grand View University on 12/18/21

The topics covered in this book are useful for a first semester survey of biochemistry course. It covers the basic topics found in most biochemistry courses. This includes the major macromolecules (proteins, nucleic acids and lipids) and the major... read more

Reviewed by Jeffry Nichols, Associate Professor, Worcester State University on 6/1/21

The material covered is fairly similar to other biochemistry textbooks, but does lack some of the details of a more comprehensive biochemistry text (i.e. Lehninger's text). This isn't a negative, just an observation. The order in which the... read more

Reviewed by Joyce Easter, Professor, Virginia Wesleyan University on 5/31/21

The foundational concepts, as identified and defined by ASBMB, within Energy & Metabolism, Structure & Function, Information Storage & Transfer, homeostasis, and evolution are all covered sufficiently for an undergraduate survey course... read more

Reviewed by Quan Wang, Research Associate, Indiana University - Bloomington on 5/18/21

The authors have provided a thorough coverage of core concepts with key information of a first-semester college course in biochemistry. Descriptions are kept brief and to the point. With over 30 years of classroom experience and their three... read more

Reviewed by Justin P'Pool, Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Franklin College on 4/22/21

This is a comprehensive text which can be used for a one-semester introduction to biochemistry, or for a two-semester sequence. The glossary is thorough and illustrated read more

Table of Contents

  • Basic Biology
  • Basic Chemistry
  • Water and Buffers
  • Amino Acids
  • Protein Structure
  • Structure and Function of Nucleic Acids
  • Structure and Function of Carbohydrates
  • Structure and Function of Lipids
  • Membranes: Basic Concepts
  • Membranes: Transport
  • Membranes: Other Considerations
  • Catalysis: Basic Principles
  • Catalysis: Control of Activity
  • Catalysis: Mechanisms
  • Blood Clotting
  • Energy: Basics
  • Electron Transport and Oxidative Phosphorylation
  • Photophosphorylation
  • Metabolism of Sugars
  • Metabolism of Polysaccharides
  • Citric Acid Cycle
  • Metabolism of Fats and Fatty Acids
  • Metabolism of Other Lipids
  • Metabolis of Amino Acids and the Urea Cycle
  • Metabolism of Nucleotides
  • Genes and Genomes
  • DNA Replication
  • DNA Repair
  • Transcription
  • RNA Processing
  • Translation
  • Regulation of Gene Expression
  • Cell Signaling
  • Basic Techniques
  • Point by Point: In the Beginning
  • Point by Point: Structure and Function
  • Point by Point: Membranes
  • Point by Point: Catalysis
  • Point by Point: Energy
  • Point by Point: Metabolism
  • Point by Point: Information Processing
  • Point by Point: Techniques

Ancillary Material

  • Oregon State University
  • About the Book

    We are happy to welcome you to our second Open Educational Resource (OER) textbook, Biochemistry Free For All. Biochemistry is a relatively young science, but its rate of growth has been truly impressive. The rapid pace of discoveries, which shows no sign of slowing, is reflected in the steady increase in the size of biochemistry textbooks. Growing faster than the size of biochemistry books have been the skyrocketing costs of higher education and the even faster rising costs of college textbooks. These unfortunate realities have created a situation where the costs of going to college are beyond the means of increasing numbers of students.

    About the Contributors


    Kevin Ahern

    Indira Rajagopal

    Taralyn Tan

    Contribute to this Page

    Suggest an edit to this book record