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Study Biochemistry at Otago

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Overview

Biochemistry combines the molecular approach of chemistry with the breadth and diversity of biology. Very much a laboratory science, it explores, unravels and explains every aspect of the structure and function of all living things at the molecular level.

Biochemistry continues to advance our understanding of how cells are constructed, how they function and communicate with each other, how genetic information is stored, expressed and passed on to the next generation and how all of the cell's chemistry is co-ordinated and controlled.

Because it covers the spectrum of complexity from bacteria, yeasts and viruses to humans, and includes plants, Biochemistry underpins other life sciences such as Microbiology, Physiology, Zoology and Botany as well as being a foundation subject for all the Health Sciences.

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Contact details

Email biochemistry@otago.ac.nz
Website otago.ac.nz/biochemistry

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Qualifications

Papers

See the full list of Biochemistry (BIOC) papers.

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Programme Requirements

Bachelor of Science (BSc) majoring in Biochemistry

Level Papers Points
100-level

BIOC 192  Foundations of Biochemistry

CELS 191  Cell and Molecular Biology

CHEM 191  The Chemical Basis of Biology and Human Health

At least one of:
BIOL 112  Animal Biology
BIOL 123  Plants: How They Shape the World
CHEM 111  Chemistry: Molecular Architecture
HUBS 191  Human Body Systems 1
HUBS 192  Human Body Systems 2
STAT 110  Statistical Methods
STAT 115  Introduction to Biostatistics

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18

200-level

BIOC 221  Molecular Biology

BIOC 222  Proteins in Industry and Medicine

BIOC 223  Cellular Biochemistry and Metabolism

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18

300-level

BIOC 351  Advanced Protein Biochemistry

BIOC 352  Advanced Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics

BIOC 353  Molecular Basis of Health and Disease

BIOC 360  Research Perspectives in Biochemistry

With Head of Department approval, one 300-level BIOC paper may be replaced by another relevant 300-level paper.

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18

18

Plus

162 further points (GENE 221 Molecular and Microbial Genetics strongly recommended); must include 54 points at 200-level or above.

Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Science.

162
Total   360

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Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc(Hons)) in Biochemistry

Papers
  • BIOC 490  Research Project

  • Three of:
    • BIOC 461  Research Design and Analysis in Biochemistry
    • BIOC 462  Molecular Biology
    • BIOC 463  Contemporary Technologies in Biochemistry
    • BIOC 464  Applied Biochemistry

    With approval from the Head of Department one 400-level BIOC paper may be replaced with a 400-level paper from another relevant subject.

    Prerequisites:
    At least five 300-level papers including at least four of BIOC 351, BIOC 352, BIOC 353, BIOC 360 

    With approval from the Head of Department one 300-level BIOC paper may be replaced with a 300-level paper from another relevant subject.

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Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Biochemistry

Papers
  • BIOC 480  Research Project

  • BIOC 461  Research Design and Analysis in Biochemistry

  • BIOC 462  Molecular Biology

  • BIOC 463  Contemporary Technologies in Biochemistry

  • BIOC 464  Applied Biochemistry

  • Note: With approval from the Head of Department, one 400-level BIOC paper may be replaced by a 400-level paper from another relevant subject.

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Master of Science (MSc) in Biochemistry

Papers and Thesis
  • BIOC 495  Master's Thesis Preparation

  • Four of:
    • BIOC 461  Research Design and Analysis in Biochemistry
    • BIOC 462  Molecular Biology
    • BIOC 463  Contemporary Technologies in Biochemistry
    • BIOC 464  Applied Biochemistry
  • Thesis: BIOC 5

    Note: The papers are normally taken before undertaking the thesis.

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Minor Subject Requirements

Biochemistry as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BTheol, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BHealSc, or BASc degree

Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music (MusB), Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Health Science (BHealSc), or Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) degree

Level Papers Points
100-level BIOC 192  Foundations of Biochemistry 18
200-level Two of:
BIOC 221  Molecular Biology
BIOC 222  Proteins in Industry and Medicine
BIOC 223  Cellular Biochemistry and Metabolism
36
300-level

Two 300-level BIOC papers

36

  Note: Prerequisite for BIOC 192 is CHEM 191; prerequisites for 200-level BIOC papers include CELS 191  
Total   90

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