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Which one is harder? How are they different? Does one have better job prospects the other? Is one more well regarded as a degree than the other?

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Biochemistry is the study of chemistry in the context of living organisms. There is a lot of chemistry, so the difficulty largely depends on your opinion of chemistry.
Biotechnology is the study of molecular biological techniques such as PCR, electrophoresis, cloning etc. Of course, that will be backed up with a lot of pure biological knowledge.

In practice Biochem degrees have a lot of Biotech in the practical modules, and Biotech degrees rely on a lot of Biochem knowledge. Seeing as the majority of applicants for either degree don't love chem as much as bio, I'm tempted to say Biochem is harder because of the increased chem component. But if you love chem, you'll find it no harder (and maybe easier) than Biotech.

Biotech is the newer course, and is therefore generally less well regarded than Biochem. Also the extra chem in Biochem leads it to be seen as a 'harder' science and therefore better. However, don't let that be the deciding factor. Another thing to consider is Molecular Biology - it has virtually identical contents to Biotech and doesn't have as much of the 'very new-fangled, must be a bit weird' label going for it. I don't do degree title snobbery, I'm just stating what I've heard.

Love chem as much as bio? Want to apply chem knowledge to living systems? Go for Biochem. Want to study the molecular basis of life with only as much extra chem as is strictly necessary? Think about Biotech, but also consider Molecular Biology.

ETA: I'm applying for a weird combination of degrees (see my profile if interested) that's mostly because I have a relatively niche specialist interest and after combing through the modules for about 50 courses I decided those were the best. Unless you have something in particular you need your final year modules to cover, just go by matching chemistry content to your tastes.
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(Original post by nerdcake)
Biochemistry is the study of chemistry in the context of living organisms. There is a lot of chemistry, so the difficulty largely depends on your opinion of chemistry.
Biotechnology is the study of molecular biological techniques such as PCR, electrophoresis, cloning etc. Of course, that will be backed up with a lot of pure biological knowledge.

In practice Biochem degrees have a lot of Biotech in the practical modules, and Biotech degrees rely on a lot of Biochem knowledge. Seeing as the majority of applicants for either degree don't love chem as much as bio, I'm tempted to say Biochem is harder because of the increased chem component. But if you love chem, you'll find it no harder (and maybe easier) than Biotech.

Biotech is the newer course, and is therefore generally less well regarded than Biochem. Also the extra chem in Biochem leads it to be seen as a 'harder' science and therefore better. However, don't let that be the deciding factor. Another thing to consider is Molecular Biology - it has virtually identical contents to Biotech and doesn't have as much of the 'very new-fangled, must be a bit weird' label going for it. I don't do degree title snobbery, I'm just stating what I've heard.

Love chem as much as bio? Want to apply chem knowledge to living systems? Go for Biochem. Want to study the molecular basis of life with only as much extra chem as is strictly necessary? Think about Biotech, but also consider Molecular Biology.

ETA: I'm applying for a weird combination of degrees (see my profile if interested) that's mostly because I have a relatively niche specialist interest and after combing through the modules for about 50 courses I decided those were the best. Unless you have something in particular you need your final year modules to cover, just go by matching chemistry content to your tastes.
Thanks for the reply, very well explained

I enjoy chemistry and think I'll probably go for biochemistry in the end but am still considering straight chem...

Thanks again for your response


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Biotech a harder science than Biochem? Pffft. Biochem is chock-full of signalling pathways, metabolic pathways and action mechanisms, all of which require loads of memory work and regurgitation. Conversely, Biotech entails the physical techniques and tools required to understand such biochemical pathways. Quite obviously, biotech is conceptually more difficult and since it is more quantitative and less theoretical, it is thus a harder science than biochem.
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I was thinking the same. The universities don't ASK for physics for biotech but do you guys think it is a good idea? Thanks


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