Id like to get peoples opinions on whether ye think there is more understanding involved in biochemistry as opposed to other subjects?A classmate of mine who is mind bogglingly brilliant at anatomy struggled to just pass an MCQ on biochem(think he got 50%). A friend and i discussed this and he believes its because there is a larger need to understand what is going on in biochemistry. Personally,im not sure I totaly agree with this,it seems pretty similar to the rest of the modules to me but a lot of my classmates struggled with it and they are all really bright kids.
I love biochemistry and my mate loves phys. We both research various aspects of it for fun and that plays a major part in how well we will do in the subject.
There has been a gradual decline in the popularity in biochemistry and some universities are even trying to phase it out. This year in UCD only 7 people going into third year will have picked it as a degree choice. The only reason why I'm not worried is because biochemistry will always be needed. It underpins the basics of all life sciences.
The modules that are offered to med students and first year biological science students involve learning pathways like gluconeogenisis, the pentose phosphate pathway or basic molecular structures like nucleotides or amino acids. I think there should be a greater emphasis on working in labs and working with basic biogenic substances rather than rattle off pathways.
Understanding for me came when I could work with these molecules. Modifying genes or enzymes really gave me an understanding of how biochemistry is relevant.