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Biochemistry is one of the most influential areas in science. It explores the chemical processes within living organisms by understanding what is happening at molecular level and studying biomolecules like carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and nucleic acids.
The molecular knowledge has helped us to learn about the biological processes which take place in cells and organisms, study the properties of biological molecules for a variety of purposes, find uses for biomolecules and produce new products for applied usage.
The discipline has made vital contributions to the fields of cell biology, physiology, pathology, pharmacology, microbiology, immunology, nutrition, forensic science, and toxicology. Thus, research in biochemistry has contributed crucially in medicine, industrial application, agriculture and food production.
The department of Biochemistry was originally founded in the Faculty of Medicine in 1963. The teaching was later taken over by the Faculty of Science in 1997 under the Institute of Biological Sciences and introduced as the programme of Biochemistry. The programme has successfully produced graduates for 24 years and becoming one of the best undergraduate programmes in the country.
Biochemists perform research projects, prepare technical reports, manage laboratory personnel and present research output to stakeholders and may also later involve in decision and policy making.
The main employers of biochemistry graduates in the public sector include government departments, research institute sand universities.
Potential Industry: pharmaceutical, biotechnology, food, water and agricultural companies. Biochemistry skills and knowledge are also demanded in areas such as sales and marketing.
The academic program follows the semester system and commences in October (Semester I) and March (Semester II).
Duration: 4 years
Total credits: 124

Last Update: 18/01/2022