Chemistry of Biological Molecules (CHEM2403)


Life is chemistry, and this unit of study examines the key chemical processes that underlie all living systems. Lectures cover the chemistry of carbohydrates, lipids and DNA, the mechanisms of organic and biochemical reactions that occur in biological systems, chemical analysis of biological systems, the inorganic chemistry of metalloproteins, biomineralisation, biopolymers and biocolloids, and the application of spectroscopic techniques to biological systems. The practical course includes the chemical characterisation of biopolymers, experimental investigations of iron binding proteins, organic and inorganic chemical analysis, and the characterisation of anti-inflammatory drugs.

Our courses that offer this unit of study

Further unit of study information


Three 1-hour lectures per week, six 1-hour tutorials per semester, five 4-hour practical sessions per semester.


One 3-hour examination, quizzes, lab reports (100%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

12 credit points of Junior Chemistry, 6 credit points of Junior Mathematics.


CHEM2301, CHEM2903, CHEM2913, CHEM2101, CHEM2901, CHEM2311, CHEM2502, CHEM2001

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Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.