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Biochemistry Major (BSc Science) - BSc (Biochem) - MJRU-BIOCH Science and Engineering
Indicative ATAR 70 Indicative TER (ATAR) - This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.
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

Course overview

The BSc (Biochemistry) investigates chemistry at the interface with biology. Many of the advances in human, plant and animal health rely on an understanding of both chemistry and biology. This course provides graduates with the skills and knowledge to work across this exciting boundary, exploring the molecular basis of life processes.

The program provides a solid foundation in chemistry, on which is built a molecular-level understanding of biological processes, with second- and third-year units in biological chemistry, and medicinal chemistry and drug design. Supporting units in cell biology, molecular biology and molecular genetics are also undertaken.

Core principles of chemistry, molecular structure and chemical reactivity are applied to biological molecules. Compounds used in cell growth, signalling, defence and inhibition are explored, along with a study of key metabolic and signalling pathways. Principles of molecular recognition are also studied, leading to applications in biosensors, drug design and drug optimisation.

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.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for Australian and New Zealand students

Indicative TER (ATAR) Indicative TER (ATAR) - This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.


STAT entry STAT entry - The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni. These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.

Not accepted.

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

Mature age entry

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Essential WACE courses

  •  Mathematics Methods ATAR and Chemistry ATAR or equivalent


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


Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2017 Commonwealth supported What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)? - A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the student pays the remainder. The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.

All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place.

Learn more about CSPs and whether you're eligible by visiting the Australian Government's StudyAssist website.

Fees are indicative first year only.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks - visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you're not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Professional recognition

Graduates of this course may be eligible for membership of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute Incorporated (RACI).

Credit for previous study

Applications for recognition of prior learning (RPL) are assessed on an individual basis. Try our RPL search to find out what credit you might be eligible for.

Learn about Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL).

Why Biochemistry?

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.