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