Course Title: Biochemistry
BIOCHEMISTRY AS A COURSE.
Biochemistry is a branch of science which deals mainly with exploring the chemical processes and reactions that take place within a living organism.
The course is a laboratory based subject that implements chemical knowledge and techniques in order to understand and solve biological problems.
Biochemists in the society today play a very important role in contributing to advances in a diverse variety of areas, which may include: the environment, health and agriculture.
Progress in understanding the biochemistry of diseases and other complex molecular structures has resulted to important medical applications including the screening of foetuses for disease/malformations, investigation of possible cures for illnesses (such as cancer, AIDS, ebola & corona viruses etc.), and the formulation of new and more improved medicines.
Courses Related may include:
4. Molecular Biology.
WHY IS BIOCHEMISTRY BEEN STUDIED?
1. UNDERSTANDING LIFE PROCESSES: The course biochemistry is been studied because it is of no doubt the best way to understand how life works in a fundamental way. Physics and chemistry are believed to shape the way processes and reactions work in nature, while biochemistry on the other hand takes the knowledge from chemistry to study/understand the fundamental processes that make up biology and biological processes.
2. HELPING FIGHT DISEASES: Understanding both minor and major diseases (AIDS, Malaria, Typhoid etc.) at a cellular/molecular has made not only diagnoses possible and more efficient, but has also led to development several ground breaking/amazing new drugs and treatments.
3. UNDERSTANDING THE CHEMISTRY OF OUR BRAINS AND ORGANS: A wide range of medicines are in use today, because of thorough researches to understand how the brain and other organs work by biochemists. These of course have been very beneficial in the medical sector, and most importantly the health of the general populace.
4. REVOLUTIONIZING FORENSIC SCIENCE: Biochemists have discovered that everyone has their own unique fingerprint or genetic code, which has led to huge developments in forensic science. This is important in police investigations, and other areas also such as Immigration and Forensics.
JOB OFFERS FOR A GRADUATE OF MICROBIOLOGY.
A graduate of Microbiology could get a job as one or more of the following:
1. Research Assistant.
2. Food, Industrial or Environmental Microbiologists.
3. Quality Assurance Technologists.
4. Sales or Technical Representative.
5. Clinical and Veterinary Microbiologists.
6. Medical Technologists.
7. Biomedical Scientist.
8. Clinical Research Associate
SALARY SCALE OF A MICROBIOLOGIST.
Workers in Government Hospitals earn between a range of N80,000 and N120,000, while those in private institutions earn between N50,000 and N80,000 monthly for a start in Nigeria.
But there could be differs depending on the place/area you are applying to work.
1. Five (5) SSCE credit passes in English Language, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology and Physics.
2. JAMB Score of atleast 180 (This differs in some universities).
Subject Combination for JAMB
Here are the courses to combine when filling this course for JAMB UTME
Course Cut of Point
is the minimum cut off point for Biochemistry as specified by JAMB.
Also, the required cut-of-points for this course (Biochemistry) depends on the school you are applying for, basically many schools have a different minimum cut of marks for accepting students in this area, which may be higher or even lower than JAMB recommend. Also, it is important to note that your O'level result (WAEC, NECO, GCE etc) is a primary criteria for screening, continue reading to know the required subjects you must have on your O'Level result
Biochemistry Requirement UTME
Biochemistry Requirements Direct Entry
Schools offering Biochemistry
Biochem Special Consideration
(i) BENIN requires three (3) ‘A' level passes to include
Biology/Zoology, Chemistry and Physics plus the UTME
(ii) CALABAR does not admit through Direct Entry.
(iii) FUTO requires at least ‘A’ level passes not below ‘C’ in
Physics and any two (2) of Chemistry, Biology and
Mathematics. It also accepts ND/HND upper credit in
Biomedical Technology, Biomedical Engineering,
Chemical Engineering, Electrical/Electronic Engineering
and Mechanical Engineering. Candidates must in addition
meet UTME requirements. It does not accept first degree
(iv) IBADAN requires two (2) A' level passes from
Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Botany plus
the UTME requirements.
(v) LAUTECH accepts ‘A' level passes in Biology, Chemistry
and Physics or Mathematics ND upper credit in related
programme plus the UTME requirements may be
considered for 200 level.
(i) CALABAR same as in Medicine and Surgery.
(ii) IBADAN same as in Medicine and Surgery.