Main interest of study: Bioinformatics, genomics, proteomics

A BSc in Biochemistry with a focus on Bioinformatics and Genomics

The plan below is for a BSc in Biochemistry that emphasises the structure, expression, and regulation of genes, and also incorporates computer graphics-based visualisation, modelling of the 3D structures of macromolecules, and access to, and use of, molecular information and database. 

A degree with this area of interest would prepare you for a variety of careers:

As advanced computer skills are an asset for most biological careers, a biochemistry degree with a focus on bioinformatics is a good basis for any biochemical career, including advanced research. Bioinformatics specialists or consultants are needed within the biotechnology industry (eg. in NZ: AgResearch, Plant and Food Research, Scion, PEBL, Biomatters, NZGL) and universities.

Following this BSc advanced studies (e.g. BSc (Hons)) could be done and Bioinformatic research projects in Biochemistry (or related disciplines e.g. Genetics, Plant Biotechnology) these may be in interdisciplinary collaboration with other departments or institutions.


BIOC 192
CELS 191
CHEM 191
and at least one of BIOL 112, 113; HUBS 191, 192
COMP papers are highly recommended


BIOC 221 Molecular Biology
BIOC 222
BIOC 223
GENE 221 strongly recommended
Consider including additional COSC (e.g COSC348 Computing for Bioinformatics), GENE, MICR papers


BIOC 351
BIOC 352 Advanced Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics
BIOC 353
BIOC 360 (new paper in 2014)
Consider including  COSC, GENE, (e.g. GENE315 Genomes, new in 2015) MICR papers