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Biochemistry Major (BSc Science)

MJRU-BIOCH

TAUGHT BY: School of Molecular and Life Sciences (MLS)

DURATION

Duration of the course with a full-time study load. Studying part-time will extend the duration of your course.

If duration is not available (N/A) the offering may be part of a larger course.

N/A

CREDIT

A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.

600

About offering

Biochemists study the molecular structures and processes that form the foundation for living matter. They draw upon techniques from biology, chemistry and physics.

In this course, you will study the core principles of chemistry, molecular structure and chemical reactivity, and how they can be applied to biological molecules.

You will take second- and third-year units in biological, medicinal and natural product chemistry, along with complementary units in cell biology, molecular biology and molecular genetics.

You will investigate molecular systems that regulate cell growth, including signalling and defence, together with related metabolic pathways. You will also study molecular recognition, including 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 one of the following streams:

Chemistry

You will 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, realworld analytical problems, or you can learn how to rationally design and synthesise new molecules for a variety of purposes.

Environment

You will gain first-hand knowledge of how biochemistry and molecular biology are implemented in an environmental setting.

You will gain theoretical knowledge and practical skills in a variety of 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.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information. 

How to apply

This major sits within the Bachelor of Science degree. To apply for this major, you will apply for the Bachelor of Science. In step 3 of the application process, you will be asked to confirm the major you wish to study.

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Biochemistry

What you'll learn

  • apply biochemistry knowledge, principles and concepts
  • apply critical, creative and reflective thinking to biochemistry problems
  • access, evaluate and synthesise information relating to biochemistry
  • effectively communicate biochemistry ideas and concepts
  • use a range of technologies to collect and analyse data
  • work as responsible, self-directed and motivated learners
  • apply internationally accepted scientific conventions, standards and protocols
  • demonstrate respect for cultural diversity in professional life
  • work safely, effectively and ethically in a multifaceted scientific environment

Why study Biochemistry Major (BSc Science)

The Chemistry and Resources Precinct, on the Curtin campus, is supported by the Chemistry Centre (WA). The facilities and learning environment are the newest of their kind in Western Australia, and are truly world-class. Students study undergraduate biochemistry in the same building as practicing graduate chemists and biochemists, maximising their exposure to industry, potential employers, and real-world applications of biochemistry.

Curtin biochemistry graduates are fully trained and qualified chemists with a thorough understanding of molecular biology and biochemical principles. This degree, in contrast to more "traditional" biochemistry degrees, does not focus heavily on macroscopic biochemistry such as protein functionality, but investigates the molecular basis for the mechanics of life.

Student profile

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Professional recognition

Graduates may be eligible for membership of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI).

Career information

Careers

  • Biochemist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Forensic scientist
  • Medicinal scientist

Industries

  • Agriculture
  • Biotechnology
  • Healthcare
  • Biotechnologist
  • Environmental Scientist

Advanced standing / credit transfer / recognition of prior learning

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Email: crl@curtin.edu.au
Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Email: ci-enquiries@curtin.edu.au
Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees and charges

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Next steps

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  • Curtin course code: MJRU-BIOCH
  • This offering was last updated on: 12/08/2019