The chemistry of living organisms

Using the methods of chemistry to understand living organisms on a molecular and cellular level keeps biochemistry on the precipice of exciting discovery.

Why study Biochemistry?

Biochemistry is responsible for ground breaking discoveries in the past century with the consistent outcome of saving, lengthening and improving lives.

Studying biological processes – the changes that occur in living organisms – from a chemical perspective helps us to learn how cells communicate and multiply, how the brain functions and how disease develops and responds to chemicals.

You will learn how discoveries in biochemistry impact our understanding of health, nutrition and agriculture and have the capacity to greatly improve quality of life.

Where can Biochemistry take me?

You could find yourself working in drug and vaccine development, studying DNA and protein chemistry or even working in forensic science. Or you could pursue one of many other fields of biomedical research, molecular cell biology or biotechnology.

You may work locally or internationally for a research institution, university, hospital, government or corporate organisation. The opportunities for biochemists continue to expand.

If you choose not to pursue research, our undergraduate science degree will teach you problem solving, creative thinking, report writing and many other transferable skills that will make you employable in a number of professions.

Why La Trobe?

  • We're ranked first in Australia for research into biochemistry and cell biology.
  • We've invested more than $500 million into new learning and research centres.
  • This includes the $100 million La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science (LIMS) - a state-of-the-art facility with 10,000 square metres of usable space including 18 new research and support laboratories, an equipment barn, and extensive teaching facilities.
  • We attract a strong, international research community and this feeds down to students at all levels of study, including you as you commence your degree in first year.

Further study options

If you're an undergraduate with a strong academic record and an appropriate major, the Honours program in Biochemistry awaits. Your Honours year will give you the chance to combine coursework and research in a specialised area of study.Complete the Honours program with high grades to qualify for entry into the Masters by Research program or by direct entry into the PhD program.

Get to know our staff

View all the staff in the College of Science, Health and Engineering or focus on those teaching in Biochemistry and Genetics.

How to apply

Apply through VTAC or UAC if you're a current Year 12 student or if you're applying to more than one institution. If you're not in Year 12 and applying only to La Trobe, you can apply direct.

Key dates

Direct applications normally close in February for entry in semester 1, and July for entry in semester 2. For more details visit our apply direct page.


VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 20 in Maths (any).

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