- Biochemistry Major (BSc Science)
- Admission criteria
- Guaranteed ATAR 70
A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.
From forensic science to clinical research, a biochemistry degree can lead to a range of fascinating career paths.
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.
In this major, you will study the core principles of chemistry, molecular structure and chemical reactivity, and how they can be applied to biological molecules.
You will study second- and third-year units in biological, medicinal and natural product chemistry; and complementary units in cell biology, molecular biology and molecular genetics.
You’ll investigate molecular systems that regulate cell growth, including signalling and defence, and related metabolic pathways.
You’ll also study molecular recognition and 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 either the Chemistry or Environment streams:
In this stream you’ll 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, real-world analytical problems, or you can learn how to rationally design and synthesise new molecules for a variety of purposes.
In this stream you’ll will gain first-hand knowledge of how biochemistry and molecular biology are implemented in an environmental setting.
You’ll gain theoretical knowledge and practical skills in various 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.
See our handbook for more course information.
The Chemistry and Resources Precinct, located at Curtin's main campus, is supported by the Chemistry Centre (WA). The world-class facilities and learning environment are the newest of their kind in Western Australia. Students study undergraduate biochemistry in the same building as practising 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 major investigates the molecular basis of the mechanics of life, rather than focus heavily on the macroscopic biochemistry that characterises more traditional biochemistry courses.
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Graduates may be eligible for membership of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI).
- Forensic scientist
- Medicinal scientist
- Bachelor of Science (Honours)
- Master of Science (Water Quality and Treatment)
- Master of Teaching
- Master of Philosophy
- Doctor of Philosophy
- 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
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)|
|Overall band score||6.5|
Please note: The cut-off scores below are for 2018 only.
|GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three)||5|
|Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6)||60|
|ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE)||70|
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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.
If applying for this major through Curtin, rather than through TISC, you will apply for the Bachelor of Science (Science).
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:
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Fees & charges
Please view the Bachelor of Science (Science) degree for indicative fees.
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- Curtin course code: MJRU-BIOCH
- Last updated on: February 3, 2020