Proteins are central elements of all cellular processes. They regulate the flow of information and energy, mediate the physical translocation of cellular components, catalyze a large number of biochemical reactions, etc. Protein assemblies create intricate structures that often make all these processes possible. It would not be an exaggeration to state that proteins enable life. On the other hand, the ability to intervene with the molecular interactions in cells, to modulate the dynamic processes or to use various enzymatic reaction in industrial applications, form the basis for all biomedical and biotechnological advances in the society.
Undergraduate teaching is a cornerstone of our activities and the Faculty offers 21 different majors, with possibilities to co-major in subjects located in other Faculties. Our majors are loosely organised into three clusters – those in the biology, earth and environmental sciences, those in the chemical and molecular sciences, and those in the numerical and physical sciences. Our Bachelor of Science degree leads naturally on to a number of different Honours degrees that relate to the undergraduate major(s) offered by the various departments.