Biochemistry is the explanation of life in chemical terms. It involves the study of proteins, lipids, carbohydrates and nucleic acids, which are the fundamental molecules of life. Biochemists try to understand how these molecules interact in living organisms, in health and disease.
- Food Biochemist
- Laboratory Technician
- Medical Laboratory Technologist
- Agritechnology Research Industry
- Biotechnology Industry
- Crown Research Institutes
- Food and Dairy Industries
- Medical Laboratories
- Pharmaceutical Industry
Biochemistry is one of the fastest-growing areas of modern science. By taking a combination of papers from both Biological Sciences and Chemistry, students will gain a solid grounding in the molecular and chemical principles underlying Biochemistry.
School subjects required
If you wish to study Biochemistry you should take biology and chemistry at secondary school. Mathematics or statistics may also be useful. Some first-year papers have specific prerequisites so check the paper list carefully.
Planning Your Degree
To complete a major in Biochemistry, students must complete 120 points above 100 Level, including 60 points at 300 Level, from compulsory papers.
As this is an interdisciplinary major taught between two or more departments, it is recommended that you contact the Dean's Office, Faculty of Science and Engineering as you enrol in your second year of studies for programme advice, if you are considering pursuing postgraduate study on completion of your bachelor degree. This is to ensure that you enrol in the required papers that would gain you entry into a Postgraduate qualification.