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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.
Your knowledge of biochemistry can be applied in broad and diverse ways, such as developments in genetic engineering, conservation and restoration, biomedical science, and disease treatment.
- Hands-on learning through 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.
For the major in the Bachelor of Science, complete the following courses:
- BCHM111 Cellular Biology and Biochemistry
- BCHM112 Structure and Reactivity in Chemistry and Biochemistry
The following courses are also recommended:
- BIOL112 Ecology, Evolution and Conservation
- BIOL113 Diversity of Life
- CHEM111 Chemical Principles and Processes
If you have not taken chemistry to Year 13 level you are also strongly advised to take CHEM114 Foundations of Chemistry.
- BCHM202 Foundations in Molecular Biology
- BCHM212 Chemical Reactivity
- BCHM222 Biochemistry B – Metabolism; the reactions of molecules in cells
- BCHM253 Cell Biology I
- BCHM281 Practical Biochemistry
BCHM206 Organic Chemistry is also recommended.
- BCHM305 Protein Science
- BCHM306 Biochemical Pathology
- BCHM338 Chemical Biology and Protein Chemistry
- BCHM339 Bioinorganic and Bioorganic Chemistry
BCHM381 Biochemical Techniques is also required if you intend to go onto postgraduate studies in Biochemistry.
For the minor in the Bachelor of Arts, Commerce, Digital Screen, Health Sciences, Science, Social and Environmental Sustainability, Sport Coaching, or Youth and Community Leadership, complete the following courses:
- 75 points in 100 to 300-level BCHM courses, with at least 45 points above 100-level
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.
Some career pathways could include:
- Medical diagnostics and drug testing
- Biotechnology design.
Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Biochemistry.
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