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 and a further 45 points (of which at least 15 points must be BIOMO coded and 15 points must be CHEMY coded).


There will be no new enrolments into the Biochemistry major from 2018. Students who commenced a major in Biochemistry in 2017 or prior should contact the Division of Health, Engineering, Computing and Science for advice.

Biochemistry papers

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Code and paper title Points
BIOMO101 Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology - Mātai Pūtau a Mātai Rāpoi Ngota Koiora right arrow

An introduction to the central concepts of Molecular and Cellular Biology, including the ultrastructure and function of cells, the biochemical...

15 24B (Hamilton)
CHEMY102 Chemical Reactivity - Tauhohehohe Matū right arrow

A theoretical and practical course covering aspects of physical and organic chemistry. This course is required for the chemistry major.
He pepa...

15 24B (Hamilton)
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BIOMO201 Biochemistry right arrow

The aim of this paper is to familiarize students with the structure and function of proteins, nucleic acids, lipids and carbohydrates (as fundamental...

15 24B (Hamilton)
CHEMY201 Organic Chemistry right arrow

This paper covers aspects of organic chemistry including reaction mechanisms with carbanion and radical intermediates; mechanisms of reactions of...

15 24B (Hamilton)
CHEMY202 Physical Chemistry right arrow

This course covers aspects of physical chemistry including thermodynamics and phase equilibria; chemical kinetics; conductance and electrochemistry.

15 24B (Hamilton)
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BIOMO301 Advanced Biochemistry right arrow

This paper builds on the principles of biochemistry introduced in BIOMO201 to examine molecular mechanisms underlying cellular communication and...

15 24B (Hamilton)
CHEMY301 Advanced Organic Chemistry right arrow

This paper covers advanced aspects of organic chemistry including pericyclic reactions, natural product chemistry, medicinal chemistry and organic...

15 24A (Hamilton)

2024 Catalogue of Papers information current as of 26 Jun 2024 01:00am