Biochemistry is an interdisciplinary field that favourably complements other Biological and Physical Sciences. It seeks to describe the living world in terms of its Cellular and Molecular structures and transformations thereof. It deals with animals, plants and microbes both in health and disease states as well as their interactions at the molecular level. Against this background, new aspects of the subject such as Molecular Biology, Bioinformatics, Biotechnology, Molecular Genetics, Immunology and Medical Biochemistry are introduced.
The first year of this course comprises theory and practicals, Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry as designed for B.Sc. - Chemistry courses (CHEM 100,102,103); and two other subjects in the faculty. In the 2nd year, part of this course will include Organic and Physical Chemistry again as designed for B.Sc. Chemistry, courses (CHEM 200-203). This is to build up the foundation to understanding the principles of Biochemistry. In addition, students will take core courses in Biochemistry plus two other subjects in the faculty. In the third year of study, students will take core courses in Biochemistry plus one other subject (3:3:2:2), such as Zoology or Botany. The fourth year will comprise of courses in the same fields as the third year, namely, Biochemistry plus one other subject in the faculty (3:3:2:2) such as Zoology or Botany.