Biochemistry (2019)

Biochemistry is the explanation of life in molecular terms. It involves the study of proteins, lipids, carbohydrates and nucleic acids which are the fundamental molecules of life. Biochemists try to understand how these molecules interact in living organisms, in health and disease. Biochemistry is one of the fastest growing areas of modern science. By taking a combination of papers from both Biological Sciences and Chemistry students will gain a solid grounding in the molecular and chemical principles underlying Biochemistry.

Biochemistry is available as a minor.

To complete a minor in Biochemistry students must complete 60 points from the papers listed below, including BIOMO301, a further 45 points of which at least 15 points must be BIOMO coded, and another 15 points must be CHEMY coded.

Note: There will be no new enrolments into the Biochemistry major from 2018. Students who commenced a major in Biochemistry in 2017 or prior should contact the Faculty of Science and Engineering for advice.


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  • 100 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    BIOMO101Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology19B (Hamilton)
    An introduction to the central concepts of Molecular and Cellular Biology, including the ultrastructure and function of cells, the biochemical processes involved, and the role of DNA in cellular function, inheritance and evolution.
    CHEMY102Chemical Reactivity19B (Hamilton) & 19B (Secondary School - Unistart)
    A theoretical and practical course covering aspects of physical and organic chemistry. This course is required for the chemistry major.
  • 200 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    BIOMO201Biochemistry19A (Hamilton)
    The aim of this paper is to familiarize students with the structure and function of proteins, nucleic acids, lipids and carbohydrates (as fundamental molecules of life). Students will be introduced to molecular techniques used to study these molecules and gain an appreciation of how they interact in living organisms in health and d...
    CHEMY201Organic Chemistry19B (Hamilton)
    This paper covers aspects of organic chemistry including reaction mechanisms with carbanion and radical intermediates; mechanisms of reactions of carbonyl groups and multiple electrophilic substitutions of aromatic rings; an introduction to carbohydrate chemistry.
    CHEMY202Physical Chemistry19B (Hamilton)
    This course covers aspects of physical chemistry including thermodynamics and phase equilibria; chemical kinetics; conductance and electrochemistry.
  • 300 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    BIOMO301Advanced Biochemistry19B (Hamilton)
    This paper builds on the principles of biochemistry introduced in BIOMO201 to examine molecular mechanisms underlying cellular communication and trafficking of proteins between organelles, cellular stress responses, cell death, and the degradation of biomolecules. Students will also examine the molecular basis of human diseases suc...
    CHEMY301Advanced Organic Chemistry19A (Hamilton)
    This paper covers advanced aspects of organic chemistry including pericyclic reactions, natural product chemistry, organic synthesis including retrosynthetic analysis and stereo-electronic influences in carbohydrate chemistry.

2019 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 15 November 2018 2:19pm

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