Biochemistry

Programme Duration : 4 years


What is life? The fundamental answer to this question is provided by Biochemistry, a discipline that explains the molecular basis of life. With the knowledge of Biochemistry, one gains an understanding of how chemical compounds come together to form living organisms. Biochemistry interfaces with the physical sciences, that deal with how matter is organised, and the life sciences, that are concerned with the properties and behaviour of living things. The knowledge of Biochemistry is vital for understanding and dealing with critical issues such as growing population and food security, human health and diseases, biotechnology, environmental conservation and sustainable living. The Department of Physical and Chemical Sciences offers a four-year programme leading to the award of a bachelor of science honours (B.Sc) degree in Biochemistry. The programme is designed to train prospective students in various aspects such as enzymology, protein science, lipids, nutrition, toxicology and others in ambient environment, powered by committed staff, modern learning systems and excellent teaching &laboratory facilities. Studying Biochemistry at our Department promises to be an exciting experience, with brighter prospects for our graduates to find job placements in the industry (i.e. pharmaceutical, food & beverages, biotech and agro allied companies), health sector (i.e. hospitals, medical centres), higher institutions (i.e. universities, research institutes), government agencies, etc or as entrepreneurs.


Objectives
i) Provide a sound and all-round education and training in biochemistry and its applications ii) Develop creative minds capable of engaging in intelligent enquiry, informed reasoning and balanced judgment; iii) Make students aware of the relevance of biochemistry to life and sustainable living on earth. iv) Expose students to the latest scientific investigation procedures and best practices through the integration of both theoretical and experimental training, using the modern equipment and facilities. v) Develop individuals with the right attitude, insight, initiative, transferable skills, objectivity and integrity in the application of science to solving societal problems. vi) Provide appropriate courses for students from other departments, who require a working knowledge of biochemistry


Philosophy
Biochemistry is an important scientific discipline of broad applications. The adopted instructional and training approach to Biochemistry at Elizade University is focused on teaching the subject as a basic science and research discipline. Also, in conformity to current trends and global standards, consideration was given to the modern content- and outcome-centered approach in designing the curriculum. The programme therefore provides a robust background in theory and experimental aspects of biochemistry, and is sufficiently flexible to develop the requisite skills of prospective students and accommodate their postgraduation aspirations to pursue any future interests in other fields such as medicine, pharmacy, chemical engineering, biotechnology, molecular biology or in the industry and research institutions. For these reasons, students are expected to broaden their knowledge of biochemistry by subscribing to courses in natural sciences, mathematics, humanities and social sciences as part of graduation requirements. This will enhance the production of quality graduates who are critically inclined, analytically minded, competitive, technologically competent, employable or self-reliant, able to contribute to national productivity and socioeconomic development. The ultimate aim of the biochemistry programme therefore is: To build capacity of students with new, relevant, adequate knowledge and high level skills essential for engaging in advanced research and technological innovations toward attaining self-reliance, optimal contribution to national economic productivity/performance and sustainable development.


Admission Requirements
(i) Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) For UTME candidates, Five (5) credits at the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSSCE) or equivalent in English, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics and Biology are required. (ii) DIRECT ENTRY For Direct entry candidates, two (2) "A" level passes (graded A – E) in Chemistry and in one of Physics and Biology with a minimum of 5 points, as well as five (5) relevant credit passes at SSSCE are required.


Course Outline

200 Level - First Semester

SN Course Code Title Unit Level Semester
1 BCH 205 CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY 2 200 First Learn More
2 BCH 203 PROTEIN STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION 2 200 First Learn More
3 BCH 201 GENERAL BIOCHEMISTRY I 3 200 First Learn More

200 Level - Second Semester

SN Course Code Title Unit Level Semester
1 BCH 210 METABOLISM OF LIPIDS 2 200 Second Learn More
2 BCH 202 GENERAL BIOCHEMISTRY II 3 200 Second Learn More
3 BCH 208 METABOLISM OF AMINO AND NUCLEIC ACIDS (Nitrogen Metabolism) 2 200 Second Learn More

300 Level - First Semester

SN Course Code Title Unit Level Semester
1 BCH 303 BIOMEMBRANE & BIOENERGETICS 2 300 First Learn More
2 BCH 305 PLANT BIOCHEMISTRY 3 300 First Learn More
3 BCH 311 IMMUNOLOGY & IMMUNOCHEMISTRY 3 300 First Learn More
4 BCH 315 MOLECULAR BIOLOGY OF THE GENE 2 300 First Learn More
5 BCH 307 ENZYMOLOGY 2 300 First Learn More
6 BCH 301 NUTRITIONAL BIOCHEMISTRY 3 300 First Learn More

300 Level - Second Semester

SN Course Code Title Unit Level Semester
1 BCH 394 ON SITE 4 300 Second Learn More
2 BCH 396 LOG BOOK 4 300 Second Learn More
3 BCH 398 REPORTS/SEMINAR 4 300 Second Learn More

400 Level - First Semester

SN Course Code Title Unit Level Semester
1 BCH 413 ENZYME BIOTECHNOLOGY 2 400 First Learn More
2 BCH 411 PHARMACOLOGICAL BIOCHEMISTRY 2 400 First Learn More
3 BCH 407 INSTRUMENTATION & BIO-ANALYTICAL TECHNIQUES 3 400 First Learn More
4 BCH 403 CLINICAL AND FORENSIC BIOCHEMISTRY 2 400 First Learn More
5 BCH 401 CURRENT TOPICS IN BIOCHEMISTRY 2 400 First Learn More
6 BCH 409 INTERMEDIARY METABOLISM AND REGULATIONS 2 400 First Learn More
7 BCH 417 BIOINORGANIC CHEMISTRY 2 400 First Learn More
8 BCH 415 PROCESS BIOCHEMISTRY 2 400 First Learn More
9 BCH 405 TOXICOLOGY 2 400 First Learn More

400 Level - Second Semester

SN Course Code Title Unit Level Semester
1 BCH 490 FINAL YEAR STUDENT’S PROJECT 6 400 Second Learn More
2 BCH 412 BIOINFORMATICS 3 400 Second Learn More
3 BCH 410 BIOPHYSICS 2 400 Second Learn More
4 BCH 402 PRINCIPLES OF ENDOCRINOLOGY 2 400 Second Learn More
5 BCH 406 TISSUE BIOCHEMISTRY 2 400 Second Learn More
6 BCH 408 INDUSTRIAL BIOCHEMISTRY 2 400 Second Learn More
7 BCH 404 ADVANCED ENZYMOLOGY 2 400 Second Learn More