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Mātai Matū Koiora

23 October 2023

Biochemistry brings together a number of branches of science with a view to understanding the chemistry of life.






Biochemistry is the study of life at the cellular level, giving us insight into the history of all living species — animals, plants, bacteria, and viruses — and how they function.

Biochemistry knowledge can be applied in broad and diverse ways, such as genetic engineering, conservation and restoration, biomedical science, and disease treatment.


What will my study involve?

  • Practical exercises and labs.
  • There is exciting research happening at UC and you can learn from many of our experts through Te Pokapū Taunekeneke Rāpoi Ngota | Biomolecular Interaction Centre, with connections to other universities, industry, and international collaborators.
  • You can also minor in Biochemistry within many different bachelor’s degrees to give your other studies a biological focus.



Biochemistry major

For the major in the Bachelor of Science, complete the following courses:


The following courses are also recommended:

If you have not taken chemistry to Year 13 level you are also strongly advised to take CHEM114 Foundations of Chemistry.


BCHM206 Organic Chemistry is also recommended.


BCHM381 Biochemical Techniques is also required if you intend to go onto postgraduate studies in Biochemistry.

Biochemistry minor

For the minor in the Bachelor of Arts, Commerce, Digital Screen, Health Sciences, Product Design, Science, Social and Environmental Sustainability, Sport, or Youth and Community Leadership, complete the following courses:



Career opportunities

Biochemistry is an ever-evolving area of study and you will be prepared for many opportunities like research, working in the industry, international opportunities, or further specialisation.

Your contribution to the field can help address challenges and advance many areas of life.

Career pathways could include:

  • nutrition
  • medical diagnostics and drug testing
  • agriculture
  • biotechnology design.

Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Biochemistry.

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