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Plan your degree in Biochemistry at Otago

studyThis page shows how a Biochemistry degree can be structured in order to accommodate a number of different fields of interest. It contains information that is relevant to all students planning a Biochemistry major, and also to those who may be interested in adding a Biochemistry minor to another degree.

Biochemistry aims to explain the structure and function of all living things at the molecular level, and so is important as a foundation for many fields of endeavour.

For specific queries on biochemistry-related course advice, please email bioch.evision@otago.ac.nz.

Pathways of study for a Biochemistry major

In addition to these requirements, your course can include other papers related to your main interests.

Interest Papers to include
Biochemistry and molecular biology Genetics and Microbiology and Immunology papers at 200-level, and Genetics or Plant Biotechnology papers at 300-level
Biochemical basis of disease Anatomy, Genetics, Physiology, Pathology papers at 200- and 300-level
Biochemistry of drug design and function Anatomy, Chemistry, Physiology, and Physiology at 200- and 300-level
Bioinformatics, genomics, and proteomics Computing papers in the first year are highly recommended; Computer Science, Genetics, and Microbiology and Immunology papers at 200- and 300-level
Molecular genetics Genetics, and Microbiology and Immunology papers, plus Plant Biotechnology at 300-level
Metabolism and nutrition Anatomy, Human Nutrition, and Physiology papers at 200- and 300-level
Plant molecular biology BIOL 113, ECOL 111, and Genetics and Botany papers at 200- and 300-level
Structural molecular biology MATH 160, PHSI 131, plus Chemistry, Genetics, Microbiology and Immunology, or Pharmacology papers at 200- and 300-level

This information provides suggestions only, as there are many different ways of tailoring the basic structure of a BSc degree in Biochemistry to individual interests. You can discuss your options with Biochemistry staff at course advising sessions.

Biochemistry as a component in other degrees

Biochemistry papers can complement your skills and knowledge in a BSc majoring in another subject, such as:

They can also contribute to undergraduate degrees other than a BSc, for example:

Double majors (eg Biochemistry and Genetics) are also possible in a BSc.