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Atm, I thinkof them as the following: Organic II => Synthesis of organic compounds Biochemistry => Organic molecules in organisms and the processes surrounding them
u gud in hydrocarbons??
Both are important. Taking organic chemistry II will give you a very thorough grounding in the actual reaction mechanisms and physical properties of organic molecules which are incredibly important and necessary things to understand in medicine. Taking biochemistry will give you a more thorough grounding in how those molecules function (are produced, used, transported, etc.) inside cells which is also very important. My knee jerk reaction would be to recommend organic II. Introductory biochemistry is not that good a class (at least it wasn't at my school). It was far too general; most of the material was at least introduced in first year cell biology and the details taught were nothing I couldn't read and understand in an intro biochemistry textbook. Whereas organic II goes over harder concepts for which the prof's input and guidance was actually helpful. The only condition in which I'd recommend Biochemistry I is if you need it as a prerequisite to higher level biochemistry classes like "Proteins" and "Metabolism" and "Intracellular Signal Transduction" which would be more immediately pertinent to biologic systems than another level of organic chemistry. That wasn't clear but I hope it's helpful. Bummer about Stanford's online anatomy course, by the way. March 5th. "We're still dotting the is and crossing the ts." Humph.
@blues Right about the anatomy class. :( What textbook should I get for that one?
They tell us we won't need a text for anatomy. That said, I have got many happy miles out of a book called "Human Anatomy" by Martini, Timmons and McKinley. I'm not sure whether you're actually asking for a recommendation for a organic chemistry or the biochemistry book. For organic, I like everyone else learned from "Organic Chemistry" by Paula Yurkanis Bruice - except I bought an old edition on amazon for $4.95 + shipping, never took the class and learned it all from the book just fine. And I can recommend a superb book on biochemistry called "Biochemistry" by Garrett and Grisham. Some unsung hero of the open learning movement uploaded a copy which you can download in .pdf form for free and I suggest that you do so. ;D