Course Title: Biochemistry

Course Description

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:
1. Enzymology.
2. Microbiology.
3. Physiology.
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

Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

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

Five (5) SSC credit passes in English Language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

Biochemistry Requirements Direct Entry

Two (2) ‘A’ level passes in Chemistry and any one of Physics, Biology/Zoology/Botany and Mathematics.

Schools offering Biochemistry

School Cut-of-points
Federal College of Education, Osiele, Abeokuta, Ogun State.
Osun State College of Education, Ila-Orangun
Al-Ibadan College of Education,
A.D. Rufa’I College for Legal and Islamic Studies,
Adekunle Ajasin University,
Bayaro University Kano
University of Benin
University of Calabar (UNICAL).
Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State
Federal University, Dutsin-ma, Katsina State
Federal University, Gashua, Yobe State
Federal University, Gusau, Zamfara State
Federal University, Kashere, Gombe State
Federal University, Birnin-Kebbi, Kebbi State
Federal University, Lafia
Federal University, Lokoja, Kogi State
Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa State
Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State
Federal University, Wukari, Taraba State
University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo State
University of Ilorin
University of Jos
University of Lagos
University of Maiduguri
Obafemi Awolowo University
University of Port-Harcourt
Nigerian Police Academy
Usmanu Danfodio University
University of Nigeria Nsukka
University of Uyo,
Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta
Michael Okpara University of Agriculture
Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University
Federal University of Technology, Owerri
Federal University of Technology, Minna
Modibbo Adama University of Technology
Abia State University, Uturu
Kaduna State University
Kogi State University
Umaru Musa Yaradua University
Kwara State University
Lagos State University
Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University
Niger Delta University
Plateau State University
Osun State University
Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University
Sokoto State University
Enugu State University of Science and Technology
Kebbi State University of Science and Technologya
Kano University of Science and Technology, Wudil c/o Kano State Coll. of Art, Science and Remedial Studies,
Rivers State University of Science and Technology
Ondo State University of Science and Technology
Afe Babalola University
Achievers University
Anchor University
Al- Hikmah University
Adeleke University
Ajayi Crowther University
Arthur Jarvis University
Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo
Bells University of Technology
Bingham University
Benson Idahosa University
Caleb University
Carits University
Clifford University
Chrisland University
Crescent University
Coal City University
Covenant University, Canaan Land
Crown Hill University,
Edwin Clark University
Eastern Palm University
Evangel University
Fountain University
Godfrey Okoye University
Gregory University
Adamawa State University
RHEMA UNIVERSITY
Ahmadu Bello University
Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu Alike Ikwo
Ambrose Alli University
Hallmark university ijebu Itele Ogun state
ATIBA UNIVERSITY, UYO
Igbinedion university Okada,Benin city Edo state
Joseph Ago Balabalo University
Kings university
Landmark university
Leadcity university Ibadan Oyo state
Madonna university
Michael and Cecilia Ibru university
Mountain top University
Bauchi State University
Benue State University
Delta State University, Abraka
Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti
Eko University of Medical and Health Sciences
Gombe State University
Imo State University
Mcpherson University
Nile University of Nigeria
Novena University
Obong University
Oduduwa University
PAMO University of Medical Sciences
Paul University
Precious Cornerstone University
Redeemer's University
Renaissance University
Salem University
Skyline University Nigeria
Southwestern University, Nigeria
Spiritan University, Nneochi
Summit University Offa
Tansian University
University of Mkar
Veritas University
Wesley University of Science and Technology
Yusuf Maitama Sule University Kano
LEGACY UNIVERSITY, OKIJA, ANAMBRA
SAMUEL ADEGBOYEGA UNIVERSITY, OGWA
WESTERN DELTA UNIVERSITY, OGHARA
CROSS RIVER UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
EDO UNIVERSITY, IYAMHO
GOMBE STATE UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
THE FEDERAL UNIVERSITY OF HEALTH SCIENCES

Biochem Special Consideration

DIRECT ENTRY
(i) BENIN requires three (3) ‘A' level passes to include
Biology/Zoology, Chemistry and Physics plus the UTME
requirements.
(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
or NCE.
(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.
UTME
(i) CALABAR same as in Medicine and Surgery.
(ii) IBADAN same as in Medicine and Surgery.

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