Undergraduate Major


Biochemistry Major (BSc Science)
Admission criteria
Guaranteed ATAR 70


From forensic science to clinical research, a biochemistry degree can lead to a range of fascinating career paths.

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Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide (Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019)


Graduate ready to work in environments where research and discovery abound.

Broad career options

Options to specialise in Chemistry or the Environment.

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:


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.


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.

This major sits within the Bachelor of Science (Science) degree. To apply for this major, you will apply for the Bachelor of Science (Science).

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information. 

Why study

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


  • Biochemist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Forensic scientist
  • Medicinal scientist


  • Agriculture
  • Biotechnology
  • Healthcare

Further study

  • Biotechnologist
  • Environmental Scientist

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

Entry requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Cut-off scores

Please note: The cut-off scores below are for 2018 only.

Qualification Score
GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three) 5
IB 24
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) 60
ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE) 70
India (CBSE) 60%
India (HSC) 65%
Sri Lanka 5

Please select a country above.

Essential course prerequisites

Mathematics and chemistry. Calculus and physics are desirable.

Other requirements and notes for this course

July intake: Course duration may exceed three years due to unit prerequisites.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Advanced standing

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:

Tel: 1300 222 888

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Fees & charges

Please view the Bachelor of Science (Science) degree for indicative fees.

How to apply

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  • Curtin course code: MJRU-BIOCH
  • Last updated on: January 15, 2020