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Biochemistry

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.

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.

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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.

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Key information

Study Locations:Hamilton, Tauranga
Papers offered differ by location. The Catalogue of Papers has full location info.
Faculty:

Career opportunities

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

100 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
BIOMO101Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology19B (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 Reactivity19B (Hamilton) & 19B (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
BIOMO201Biochemistry19A (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 Chemistry19B (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 Chemistry19B (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
BIOMO301Advanced Biochemistry19B (Hamilton)
This paper builds on the principles of biochemistry introduced in BIOMO201 to examine molecular mechanisms underlying cellular communication and trafficking of proteins between organelles, cellular stress responses, cell death, and the degradation of biomolecules. Students will also examine the molecular basis of human diseases suc...
CHEMY301Advanced Organic Chemistry19A (Hamilton)
This paper covers advanced aspects of organic chemistry including pericyclic reactions, natural product chemistry, organic synthesis including retrosynthetic analysis and stereo-electronic influences in carbohydrate chemistry.

Chris Wakefield 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.

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