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Prominent colleges and universities offer free biochemistry courses online. The courses are the same as the ones taken on campus, with the exception that a student does not earn college credit for coursework. Some colleges provide opencourseware (OCW) programs to online students. The courses are free, and are the school's way to pay back the community that supports them. Massachusetts Institute of Technology is one of the first universities to provide OCW programs.
Biochemistry , sometimes called biological chemistry , is the study of chemical processes within, and relating to, living organisms . [ 1 ] By controlling information flow through biochemical signaling and the flow of chemical energy through metabolism , biochemical processes give rise to the complexity of life . Over the last 40 years biochemistry has become so successful at explaining living processes that now almost all areas of the life sciences from botany to medicine are engaged in biochemical research. [ 2 ] Today the main focus of pure biochemistry is in understanding how biological molecules give rise to the processes that occur within living cells , which in turn relates greatly to the study and understanding of whole organisms. Biochemistry is closely related to molecular biology , the study of the molecular mechanisms by which genetic information encoded in DNA is able to result in the processes of life.