University of Otago, New Zealand


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CHEM205 - Biological Chemistry


CHEM 205 Biological Chemistry is an 18-point paper available in the first semester.

It focuses on the application of concepts and techniques of chemistry to gain an understanding of the nature and function of biological systems.  An overview of biological systems from a molecular perspective is developed.

CHEM 205 is intended for BSc and BSc(Hons) students majoring in chemistry irrespective of what areas of chemistry they choose to specialise in.  It is also a good foundation course for students requiring a knowledge and understanding of the molecular basis of biological systems to underpin their major subject.

The topics covered include a number of fundamental areas of chemistry that have
wide applications in the biological sciences:

Prerequisite papers

Either CHEM 111 or CHEM 191 (CHEM 112), but both papers are recommended. 

Lecture times and venues

Semester 1   Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday at 8:00 am 


Semester 1   Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday at 2.00 pm (Chemistry Labs, second floor, Science I)

The objectives of the laboratory course are:

Expectations at the completion of the course

Students who are majoring in chemistry will have acquired knowledge and practical skills which will benefit them in 300- and 400-level papers in chemistry.  Those students majoring in biological science subjects will have acquired knowledge that will enable them to understand better the chemical foundations of their chosen subject.  The practical skills obtained will be applicable to many areas of science. 

Graduate Attributes

Interdisciplinary perspective, self-motivation, lifelong learning, communication, team work.


Two-hour written examination 70%
Group exercise 10%
Laboratory assessment 20%


None, but the first year chemistry text book may be helpful. 

Teaching Staff

Professor Sally Brooker

Dr Guy Jameson

Dr Eng Wui. Tan

Dr Alan Hayman

Course Coordinator

Professor Sally A. Brooker
Professor Sally A. Brooker
Tel: +64  3  479 7919
Location: Science II, 2c4