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Biochemistry

Undergraduate Major

MJRU-BIOCH

Major
Biochemistry Major (BSc Science)
Admission criteria
Guaranteed ATAR 70
Credit
600

Outline

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

Biochemistry

Top 1%

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

Cutting-edge

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:

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.

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

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

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

Further study

  • Bachelor of Science (Honours)
  • Master of Science (Water Quality and Treatment)
  • Master of Teaching
  • Master of Philosophy
  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • 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

Admission criteria

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.

I recently attended high school

Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, but also includes those who may have completed their senior secondary studies with a TAFE or other VET provider within the same time frame. This includes applicants whose secondary education was undertaken interstate or overseas.

  • Guaranteed ATAR : 70
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    Mathematics Applications ATAR and Chemistry ATAR, or equivalent.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Mathematics Methods ATAR and Physics ATAR, or equivalent.

  • STAT entry : Not accepted.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Other admission options

Lowest selection rank to which a recent Year 12 student offer was made (including the consideration of any equity or other adjustment factors)

View the lowest selection rank (incorporating ATAR plus any adjustments) of an applicant to which an offer of a place was made in the most relevant recent intake period, this includes any ATAR adjustments.

Selection rank adjustments (previously referred to as ATAR related adjustments)

Details of the types of adjustment factors (bonus points) commonly available to applicants can be found on our StepUp to Curtin webpage.

ATAR and selection rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most recent intake period

View data on the ATAR and selection rank profile of offers made from the most relevant recent intake period.

I have work and life experience

Applicants with work and life experience are those who left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

‘Experience’ includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

  • Guaranteed ATAR : 70
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    Mathematics Applications ATAR and Chemistry ATAR, or equivalent.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Mathematics Methods ATAR and Physics ATAR, or equivalent.

  • STAT entry : Not accepted.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

I’ve studied at TAFE or done an apprenticeship

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

  • Guaranteed ATAR : 70 OR
  • TAFE:
    • AQF Certificate IV - Separate evidence of Higher English language proficiency is required; or
    • AQF Diploma; or
    • AQF Advanced Diploma

    AND

    • satisfied the prerequisites: Maths Applications and Chemistry.

    The Maths Applications prerequisite can be met with:

    • Maths Applications ATAR; or
    • MATH1013 Introductory Mathematics; or
    • MATH1005 Pre-Calculus

    The Chemistry prerequisite can be met with:

    • Chemistry ATAR; or
    • CHEM1003 Introduction to Chemistry, and CHEM1005 Introduction to Biological Chemistry.
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    Mathematics Applications ATAR and Chemistry ATAR, or equivalent.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Mathematics Methods ATAR and Physics ATAR, or equivalent.

  • STAT entry : Not accepted.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

I’ve gone to university before

Applicants with higher education are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree. This includes applicants who are currently studying a higher education course at another education provider and want to transfer to Curtin University, or applicants who are currently studying at Curtin but want to switch to a different course. It also includes applicants who have completed past study with university and non-university higher education providers.

  • Curtin offers a variety of bridging courses to help you meet the admission criteria for this course. Find out more about our bridging courses.
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    Mathematics Applications ATAR and Chemistry ATAR, or equivalent.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Mathematics Methods ATAR and Physics ATAR, or equivalent.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Curtin course switcher criteria

To switch into this course, you need to have met:

  • the admission criteria for minimum entry; and
  • the prerequisites.

The Maths Applications prerequisite can be met with:

  • Maths Applications ATAR; or
  • MATH1013 Introductory Mathematics; or
  • MATH1005 Pre-Calculus.

The Chemistry prerequisite can be met with:

  • Chemistry ATAR; or
  • CHEM1003 Introduction to Chemistry and CHEM1005 Introduction to Biological Chemistry.

Higher education course switcher criteria

To switch into this course from another higher education course, you need to have met:

  • the admission criteria for minimum entry; and
  • Maths Applications ATAR or unit/s assessed as comparable to Maths Applications ATAR; and
  • Chemistry ATAR or unit/s assessed as comparable to Chemistry ATAR.

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, 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

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: December 9, 2019