Kenyatta University

Kenyatta University (KU)

Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry

  • Bachelors Degree Program
  • Duration : 4 years

Course Overview

The degree of Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry is intended to prepare students for professional careers as chemists, either upon graduation or after graduate study in chemistry or related fields. In addition, it may serve as the basis for work in many areas outside pure chemistry, such as materials science, medicine and other health-related fields, pharmacology, patent law, business, and environmental science.

Minimum Entry Requirements

The University and the School of Pure and Applied Sciences admission regulations shall apply.

A candidate for the degree of B.Sc. in Biochemistry must satisfy the minimum requirements for entry to the School of Pure and Applied Sciences and Kenyatta University.

In addition, they must have passed with a minimum of C+ in the overall average aggregate and attained the grades in the following subjects:

  • Alternative A:  Biology B-, Chemistry B-, Mathematics/PhysicsC+
  • Alternative B:  Biological Sciences B, Physical Sciences B, MathematicsC+

Mean grade of C- (minus) at KCSE and progressed from certificate to Diploma at Kenyatta University or any other recognized / accredited Institutions.

Course Program

Programme of Study and Degree Pattern

Students taking B.Sc. (Biochemistry) must complete 49 departmental units in addition to three university common units. At both the 100 level and the 200 levels all the twenty five (25) units are core, while at levels 300 and 400, first semester unit are core and second semester units electives.

Examinations

The general university regulations shall apply.

Certification

Graduates of this programme will be awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry (B.Sc. Biochemistry).

Unit Code and Title

Level 100

SBC 100: Structure of Bio-molecules

SBC 101: The Cell and its External Environment

SBC 103: Proteins and Enzymes I SBC 104: Carbohydrate Metabolism SBC 120: Introduction to Genetics SBC 121: Quantitative Genetics

SBT 101: Survey of Plant Kingdom

SBT 102: Plant Morphology and Anatomy

SCH 100: Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry SCH 101: Introduction to Physical Chemistry SCH 102: Organic Chemistry 1

SMA 100: Mathematics for Science I SZL 100: General Zoology

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Level 200

SBC 200: Lipid Metabolism

SBC 201: Proteins and Enzymes II SBC 202: Analytical Techniques I

SBC 203: Bio-membranes and Sub-cellular Organelles

SBC 204: Amino acid and Nucleotide Metabolism

SBC 205: Medical Biochemistry I SBC 207: Cytology and Histology SBC 209: Reproductive Biochemistry

SBC 220: Fundamentals and Applications of Biotechnology

SBC 221: Cellular and Molecular Biology I SBC 222: Introduction to Immunology SCH 202: Organic Chemistry II

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Level 300

SBC 300: Biochemistry of Microorganisms

SBC 301: Metabolism and Respiration in Plants

SBC 302: Analytical Techniques II

SBC 304: Signal Transduction and Cell Communication

SBC 305: Applied Microbial Biochemistry

SBC 306: Biochemical Pharmacology

SBC 307: Pharmacognosy

SBC 308: Biostatistics and Research

SBC 309: Ecological Biochemistry

SBC 310: Regulation and Integration of Metabolism

SBC 311: Attachment in Biochemistry

SBC 375: Cellular and Molecular Biology II SBC 390: Drug Bioscreening

SBC 391: Plant Biochemistry I

Level 400

SBC 400: Biochemical Endocrinology SBC 401: Medical Biochemistry II SBC 403: Advanced Immunology SBC 404: Nutritional Biochemistry SBC 405: Plant Biochemistry II

SBC 406: Pharmaceutical Chemistry

SBC 407: Biochemical Toxicology (prerequisite SBC 306) SBC 408: Food Biochemistry

SBC 409: Fermentation Technology

SBC 410: Research Project in Biochemistry ( 2 units equivalent) SBC 420: Gene Technology

SBC 421: Bio-processing

SBC 427: Fundamentals of Bioinformatics

SBC 445: Applied immunology

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