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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.

Key information

Years: 3.0
Points: 360
Study Locations: Hamilton; Tauranga
Start Dates: Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)
Fees (Domestic): $6,922 per year
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Fees (International): $29,470 - $29,680 per year
Entry Requirements: Undergraduate International
*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.
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Career opportunities

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

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
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.
CHEMY102Chemical Reactivity18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Secondary School - Unistart)
A theoretical and practical course covering aspects of physical and organic chemistry. This course is required for the chemistry major.

200 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
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...
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.

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.
BIOMO301Advanced BiochemistryThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
CHEM312Organic and Physical Chemistry 218A (Hamilton)
A theoretical paper covering aspects of organic and physical chemistry. This paper is required for the Chemistry major.

The Hicks Scholarship

For students who are enrolled or intend to enrol at any New Zealand University to undertake the research portion of their Masters degree in agriculture, horticulture, arborculture, viticulture or animal husbandry. The Scholarship will have a value of up to $15,000.

Closing Date: 2014-08-23 23:59:00



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