B.Sc. Biochemistry


Philosophy, Aims and Objectives of the Programme

Biochemistry is regarded in many quarters as the index of industrial development.  The giant strides made by man in the understanding and exploration of nature, synthesis of new materials essential to the enhancement of the quality of life and the surge in and sustenance of economic and a technological development have benefited immensely from Biochemistry.

Degree in Biochemistry are designed to provide training in the theory and practice of all branches of Biochemistry and also to equip graduates adequately to pursue a career in production, management, research and development in the chemical, biological, allied industries and in teaching in schools and universities.

The aims and objectives of the Biochemistry Programme at Rhema University Aba are:

  • To provide students with a broad and balanced foundation of biochemical knowledge and practical skills.
  • To develop in students the ability to apply knowledge and skills to solving theoretical and practical problems in biochemistry.
  • To develop in students, a range of transferable skills that are of value in biochemical and non-biochemical employment.
  • To provide students with knowledge and skills base from which they can proceed to further studies in specialized areas of biochemistry or multi-disciplinary areas involving biochemistry.
  • To provide, through training and orientation, an appreciation of the salutary rewards of inter – and multi-disciplinary approach to the solution of complex life problems.
  • To generate in students an appreciation of the importance of biochemistry in industrial, economic, environmental, technological and social development
  • To instill in students a sense of enthusiasm for biochemistry, an appreciation of its application in different contexts and to involve them in an intellectually stimulating and satisfying experience of learning and studying.

Admission and Graduation Requirements

The entry requirements shall be at least credit level passes in five subjects including English Language, Mathematics, to form the core course with credit in three other relevant science courses, Biology, Chemistry, Technical Drawing, Agricultural Science and Geography at the Senior Secondary School Certificate or its equivalent, and at least a pass in Physics. In addition, an acceptable pass in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) into 100-level is required. For the B.Sc. Programme in Biochemistry, candidates must have credit level passes in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Expected duration of UTME candidates shall be four (4) years.

Expected duration for Direct Entry(DE) candidates with two A level passes (graded A-E) at the advanced level in the relevant subjects (Biology, Botany, Chemistry, Geography, Mathematics and Physics) may undertake the three-year Degree Programme into 200-level.

Graduation Requirements

Students are required to complete a minimum of 160 units for Graduation, 59 of which must come from Biochemistry.

Learning Outcomes

Biochemistry Graduates are expected to develop a wide range of different skills and abilities. These are divided into three broad categories:

 Regime of Subject knowledge

Graduates of Biochemistry are expected to develop high cognitive abilities and skills related to Biochemistry.

 Competencies and Skills

Biochemistry Graduates are also to exhibit high practical skills in Biochemistry

Behavioural Attitudes

Graduates of Biochemistry are expected to be able to transfer this skill to non-Biochemistry specific competencies.

 Attainment level

Graduates of Biochemistry are expected to have the ability to apply knowledge, and skills to solving theoretical and practical problems in Biochemistry in relation to National and Societal problems.