Foundational concept 1 within the Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems section of the MCAT exam covers the unique properties of biomolecules that determine how the contribute to the function of cells. It also covers how these molecules participate in the processes that are required to maintain life.
As provided by the Association of American Medical Colleges, the categories and the focus of the content within foundational concept 1 is as follows:
The content in these categories is designed to prepare medical students to learn about how the biochemical energy production pathways are regulated, how the synthesis and degradation of macromolecules properly function to maintain health, as well as how different forms of biochemical dysfunction end in disease.
The questions asked in foundational concept 1 will be part of the 59 overall questions in the Biological and Biochemical Foundation of Living Systems section of the MCAT exam. Each question are a combination of passage-based and discrete questions. You will be allotted a total of 95 minutes to complete this section of the MCAT.