Biochemistry is the study of the chemistry of life. In large measure this means understanding the chemical constituents of living cells and the reactions and processes they undergo. Accordingly biochemistry intersects fields such as chemistry, molecular and cellular biology, structural biology, and molecular genetics.
Seeking understanding at the molecular level is vitally important to advancing many areas of chemistry, biology and biomedical science, including molecular genetics, physiology, cancer and the treatment of infection and disease. For these reasons biochemistry is a dynamic, exciting field that contributes significantly to biology, medicine, nutrition, pharmacy, agriculture, physiology, genetics, and immunology; practically all of the primary specialities on the life sciences.
Biochemistry is a Specialised Honours BSc degree program jointly offered by the Departments of Chemistry and Biology. Paths to future studies include the graduate programs in Biology and Chemistry.