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.

Erena Calder Hawkins

Bachelor of Science
Erena has played badminton since she was eight years old and has gained many achievements in her passion. Her biggest achievement to date is competing at World Junior Championships in Peru 2015.

Chris Wakefield

Bachelor of Science (Technology)
St Paul’s student, Chris Wakefield, has been passionate about Chemistry and Biology from a young age so his decision to enroll in Waikato’s Bachelor of Science (Technology) with a biochemistry major was relatively straight-forward.

Alice Wang

Bachelor of Science (Technology), Master of Science
Waikato Masters Graduate Alice Wang spends a lot of her work life travelling throughout the world.

Students studying a Biochemistry minor at the University of Waikato take a combination of papers from the Biological Sciences and Chemistry. It's a vital combination, providing a solid understanding of the molecular and chemical principles underlying Biochemistry.

Biochemistry combines biological and chemical technologies to investigate cellular processes such as how cells communicate with each other during normal and disease states.


As a Biochemistry student at the University of Waikato, you will have access to the University's well-equipped laboratories, becoming familiar with complex research equipment and techniques. You'll be working alongside, and learning from, well-respected researchers, industry professionals and academics.

 Career opportunities

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


Study Biochemistry in any of these qualifications

Minor subject:

100 level

200 level

BiochemistryBIOMO20115.0 Points
Organic ChemistryCHEMY20115.0 Points
Physical ChemistryCHEMY20215.0 Points

300 level

Advanced GeneticsBIOL31020.0 Points
Advanced BiochemistryBIOL35120.0 Points
Advanced BiochemistryBIOMO30115.0 Points
Organic and Physical Chemistry 2CHEM31220.0 Points

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


Faculty of Science & Engineering

Phone: +64 7 838 4625 / 0800 438 254