Biochemists study the molecular structures and processes that form the foundation for living matter.
In this major, you will study the core principles of chemistry, molecular structure and chemical reactivity, and how they can be applied to biological molecules.
You will study second- and third-year units in biological, medicinal and natural product chemistry; and complementary units in cell biology, molecular biology and molecular genetics.
You’ll investigate molecular systems that regulate cell growth, including signalling and defence, and related metabolic pathways.
You’ll also study molecular recognition and its applications in biosensors, drug design and optimisation, and in monitoring the effects that exogenous compounds can have on living systems.
You can specialise in either the Chemistry or Environment streams:
In this stream you’ll explore how an understanding of the molecular world can influence areas such as bionanotechnology, IT and new biocompatible materials.
Depending on your interests, you can learn to use sophisticated scientific instrumentation to solve complex, real-world analytical problems, or you can learn how to rationally design and synthesise new molecules for a variety of purposes.
In this stream you’ll gain first-hand knowledge of how biochemistry and molecular biology are implemented in an environmental setting.
You’ll gain theoretical knowledge and practical skills in various environmental applications of biochemistry. This includes detecting the biochemical signals of pollution, and conducting genetic sequencing of soil microbial systems to assess the impact of human activity.
This major sits within the Bachelor of Science (Science) degree.
See our handbook for more course information.
- Forensic scientist
- Medicinal scientist
- Bachelor of Science (Honours)
- Master of Science (Water Quality and Treatment)
- Master of Teaching
- Master of Philosophy
- Doctor of Philosophy
What you'll learn
- have demonstrated knowledge and understanding in biochemistry that is typically at a level that, whilst supported by advanced textbooks, includes some aspects that will be informed by knowledge of the forefront of biochemistry, GC1
- can apply their knowledge and understanding in a manner that indicates a professional approach to biochemistry, and have competencies typically demonstrated through devising and sustaining arguments (to both specialist and non-specialist audiences) and solving problems within biochemistry, GC2
- understand the constructs of the scientific method and apply these principles in biochemistry using digital technologies, GC3
- can gather and interpret relevant data within biochemistry to inform judgements that include reflection on relevant social, scientific, or ethical issues, including being aware of the diversity of international perspectives associated with biochemistry, and how these impact upon the practice of biochemistry, GC4
- understand and appreciate cultural diversity and how it impacts on the practice of biochemistry, GC5
- display a high standard of professional behaviour, including effective time management, both independently and as a team member, GC6