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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
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Career opportunities

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

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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