Department of Applied Biology

HISTORY OF THE PROGRAMME/SUB-DISCIPLINE/DISCIPLINE

The University started as a University College affiliated to Enugu State University (ESUT). As such, the programme seeking accreditation has its root in the B.Sc. Biochemistry Department of ESUT. However, with the attainment of a full University status in 1999, the curriculum of the programme was expanded and fine-tuned. This was done in line with the National Policy on Education and National Universities Commission minimum academic standards.

PERSONNEL ADMINISTRATION

Organisational Structure:

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

The above considerations have been developed into the aims and objectives set out below:


1. To provide students with a comprehensive education in all areas of Biochemistry.
2. To provide students with a broad and balanced foundation of biochemical knowledge and practical skills.
3. To develop in the students the ability to apply knowledge and skills to solving theoretical and practical problems in biochemistry.
4. To develop in the students a range of transferable skills that are of value in biochemical and non-biochemical employment.
5. To provide students with knowledge and skill base from which they can proceed to further studies in specialized areas of Biochemistry and inter-disciplinary areas involving Biochemistry.
6. To inculcate in the students, through training and orientation, an appreciation of the inestimable rewards of inter- and multi-disciplinary approach to the solution of complex life problems.
7. To inculcate in the students an appreciation of the importance of Biochemistry in industrial, economic, environmental, technological and social developments.
8. To instil in the students a sense of enthusiasm for Biochemistry, an appreciation of its application in different contexts, and to apply them in an intellectually stimulating and satisfying experience of learning and studying.

Admission Requirements

To qualify for admission to Study Biochemistry, candidates shall have credit-level passes in at least five (5) subjects at two sittings including English language, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology and Physics at SSCE/NECO examinations or its equivalent.
Admission is based on an acceptable pass at either the UME examinations or the pre-degree programmes of the university. Candidates with three good passes in Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics/Physics at A level, and candidates with good passes in Biology and Chemistry at NCE level shall be admitted into a 3-year direct entry programme.

PHILOSOPHY OF THE PROGRAMME

The undergraduate programme in Biochemistry offered by this Department is intended to meet the needs of the students, the dynamic nature of the subject, expectations of the society and the human resource requirements of the public and private sectors. These needs are achievable because of the peculiar nature of Biochemistry as a/an hybrid/applied science, which sits at the confluence of biological and physical sciences from which it draws heavily and contributes to in no less measure. As a natural science,
the programme is so designed that the integration of theoretical and practical aspects of the discipline will enable the students to acquire the skills that prepare them for both white-collar jobs and self-employment. Accordingly, it is a balanced and dynamic programme, which will ensure the inculcation of communication, entrepreneurial, problem-solving, life-long learning and information technology skills (especially in this digital age) in the students to make the training relevant to society and industry, and enable the graduates to create jobs.

Job opportunities

Students are trained to equip them for the job openings in science and technology – based entrepreneurial niches. Graduates of Biochemistry have inputs to make in the following sectors of our economy among others: Food processing industries, Pharmaceutical industries, Cosmetics industries, Paint industries, Beverage industries, Wine making industries, Soft drink factories, Seed production centres, Vegetable oil industries, Livestock production industries, Oil refining and processing industries, Institutions of higher learning, Research institutes,
Printing and publishing houses, Diagnostic and clinical laboratories, and Quality control units of manufacturing industries.