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Biochemistry is a laboratory-based subject that uses chemical knowledge and techniques to understand and solve biological problems.
Over the past century, biochemists have made many important scientific breakthroughs that have had a big impact on many areas of science, including medicine, agriculture, and the environment.
By studying biochemistry, you will learn about the chemical processes and reactions within living organisms. You will also learn about the latest scientific discoveries, and eventually be able to contribute to the exciting new advances still to come.
Undergraduate biochemistry papers cover a wide range of topics.
Knowledge and skills from a biochemistry degree are valuable in many different career areas.
How to structure your biochemistry degree to accommodate your interests.
Since biochemistry underpins many of the other life sciences, it allows you to specialise in a range of different subjects at a later date. This flexibility allows you to keep your career options open.
BIOC 192: Foundations of Biochemistry
The very first biochemistry paper you will enrol for is BIOC 192: Foundations of Biochemistry. This is a second semester paper with one prerequisite: CHEM 191 (CHEM 112).
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Bachelor of Science (BSc) majoring in Biochemistry
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:
BIOC 221 Molecular Biology
BIOC 222 Proteins in Industry and Medicine
BIOC 223 Cellular Biochemistry and Metabolism
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.
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.
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