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BSc - Biochemistry as a major

If you're intrigued by the natural world around you, or enjoy understanding how things work, Waikato's Bachelor of Science (BSc) is what you're looking for. Putting into practice what you learn in your lectures is a major part of this degree. You will gain hands-on experience with some of the most up-to-date and high-tech computing facilities and laboratory equipment.

Biochemistry – the study of life in chemical terms – is one of the fastest growing areas of modern science. You'll learn about the fundamental molecules of life – proteins, lipids, carbohydrates and nucleic acids – seeking to understand how they interact in living organisms, both in health and disease.


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Key information

Years: 3.0
Points: 360
BSc Study Locations: Hamilton; Tauranga
Papers offered differ by location. The Catalogue of Papers has full location info.
Start Dates: Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)
Fees (Domestic): $6,922 per year
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Fees (International): $28,290 per year
Entry Requirements: Undergraduate International
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*Tuition fees shown are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.

Career opportunities

  • Biochemist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Food Biochemist
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Medical Laboratory Technologist

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Biochemistry is the explanation of life in molecular 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. 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.

Biochemistry is available as a minor.

To complete a minor in Biochemistry students must complete 60 points from the papers listed below, including BIOMO301, a further 45 points of which at least 15 points must be BIOMO coded, and another 15 points must be CHEMY coded.

100 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
BIOL101Cellular and Molecular BiologyThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
BIOL102The Biology of OrganismsThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
BIOMO101Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology18B (Hamilton)
An introduction to the central concepts of Molecular and Cellular Biology, including the ultrastructure and function of cells, the biochemical processes involved, and the role of DNA in cellular function, inheritance and evolution.
CHEM111Structure and SpectroscopyThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
CHEM112Chemical ReactivityThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
CHEMY102Chemical Reactivity18B (Hamilton)
A theoretical and practical course covering aspects of physical and organic chemistry. This course is required for the chemistry major.
STAT111Statistics for ScienceThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
STAT121Introduction to Statistical MethodsThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018

200 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
BIOL210Introduction to GeneticsThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
BIOL251BiochemistryThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
BIOMO201Biochemistry18A (Hamilton)
The aim of this paper is to familiarize students with the structure and function of proteins, nucleic acids, lipids and carbohydrates (as fundamental molecules of life). Students will be introduced to molecular techniques used to study these molecules and gain an appreciation of how they interact in living organisms in health and d...
CHEM200Analytical Tools for the Life and Environmental SciencesThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
CHEM211Analytical and Inorganic Chemistry 1This paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
CHEM212Organic and Physical Chemistry 1This paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
CHEM213Analytical and Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory 1This paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
CHEM214Organic and Physical Chemistry Laboratory 1This paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
CHEMY201Organic Chemistry18B (Hamilton)
This paper covers aspects of organic chemistry including reaction mechanisms with carbanion and radical intermediates; mechanisms of reactions of carbonyl groups and multiple electrophilic substitutions of aromatic rings; an introduction to carbohydrate chemistry.
CHEMY202Physical Chemistry18B (Hamilton)
This course covers aspects of physical chemistry including thermodynamics and phase equilibria; chemical kinetics; conductance and electrochemistry.
SCIE279Preparation for the Professional WorkplaceThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018

300 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
BIOL310Advanced Genetics18A (Hamilton)
A study of advanced microbial and eukaryotic genetics, DNA topology, nucleotide sequencing, regulation of gene expression, uses of recombinant DNA technology, and population genetics.
BIOL351Advanced Biochemistry18B (Hamilton)
This paper will examine mechanisms underlying cellular communication and trafficking of proteins between organelles, cellular stress responses, cell death, metabolic regulation in relation to control of enzyme activity and stability as well as human diseases (eg diabetes), mammalian vision, toxicology and inflammation.
BIOL362Molecular Biology and Biotechniques18C (Block)
This paper examines the molecular biological technologies used to analyse and manipulate DNA, RNA and proteins. It includes coverage of the major recombinant DNA techniques during an intensive two week course.
CHEM311Analytical and Inorganic Chemistry 218B (Hamilton)
A theoretical paper covering aspects of analytical and inorganic chemistry. This paper is required for the Chemistry major.
CHEM312Organic and Physical Chemistry 218A (Hamilton)
A theoretical paper covering aspects of organic and physical chemistry. This paper is required for the Chemistry major.
SCIE371Science Work Placement 1This paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
SCIE372Science Work Placement 218C (Hamilton)
This paper requires a period of work experience in an appropriate and approved industry or applied field. Assessment is by written reports and employer feedback.
SCIE373Science Work Placement 318C (Hamilton)
This paper requires a period of work experience in an appropriate and approved industry or applied field. Assessment is by written reports and employer feedback.
SCIE374Science Work Placement 418C (Hamilton)
This paper requires a period of work experience in an appropriate and approved industry or applied field. Assessment is by written reports and employer feedback.
SCIE379Reflection on Professional Workplace Experience18A (Hamilton)
This paper will encapsulate post-placement reflection and will focus on reflective learning from the placement experience, self-assessment outcomes initiated in the pre-workplace paper, portfolio completion, skill-gap revisited, career mentoring/direction, CV update, next placement selection process.

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