Curtin University

(Tuition fee is not stated)
3-4 years

Course Description

Biochemistry Major (BSc Science) - BSc (Biochem) - MJRU-BIOCHScience and Engineering
Guaranteed ATAR 70 This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.
Location Bentley
Study method Full-time or part-time
Study mode On-campus
Intake February or July 

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

Duration 3 years full time

Biochemists study the molecular structures and processes that form the foundation for living matter. They draw upon techniques from biology, chemistry and physics, working in an exciting interface between these fields.

Many of the advances in life sciences rely on an understanding of both chemistry and biology. This course provides a solid foundation in chemistry, based on a molecular-level understanding of biological processes, with second- and third-year units in biological, medicinal and natural product chemistry. You will take complementary units in cell biology, molecular biology and molecular genetics.

You will study the core principles of chemistry, molecular structure and chemical reactivity, and how they are applied to biological molecules. You will also investigate molecular systems
that regulate cell growth, including signalling and defence, together with related metabolic pathways. You will study principles of molecular recognition, including their 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:


In this stream you will explore how an understanding of the molecular world can influence areas such as bionanotechnology, IT and new biocompatible materials. Depending upon 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 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, from detection of biochemical signals of pollution to the genetic sequencing of soil microbial systems to assess the impacts of anthropogenic stressors.

This course can help you become a:

  • Analytical Biochemist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Drug Designer
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Food Technician
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Medicinal Chemist
  • Pharmaceutical Developer
  • Quality Control Chemist
  • Synthetic Chemist
  • Teacher - Secondary 

High achieving students may complete an additional honours year enabling them to undertake their own significant research project.

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