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Biochemistry Major (BSc Science) - BSc (Biochem) - MJRU-BIOCH Science 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

Course overview

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.

Admission criteria

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed below, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

Guaranteed ATAR This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.


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.

ATAR-related adjustments

Details of the types of ‘bonus points’ commonly available to applicants can be found on our StepUp to Curtin page.

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 recent intake period.

Mature age entry

Discover other ways you can qualify

Essential WACE courses

  •  Mathematics: Applications ATAR and Chemistry ATAR, or equivalent.

Desirable WACE courses

Mathematics: Methods ATAR and Physics ATAR, or equivalent

English language proficiency

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

Other qualifications may also satisfy our English language admission criteria. Please view our English language requirements page to find out more.


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


Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2018 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 and are subject to passage of legislation.

*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 (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.

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.