There is a wide range of research and industrial concerns that are increasingly making use of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences to solve a variety of problems. Employment opportunities for graduates of Biochemistry therefore exist in the following areas:
Biomedical research institutes and hospital establishments;
Agro-Industries and agro – based research institutes;
Pharmaceutical Industries and Diagnostic laboratories;
Health service environmental agencies in a variety of paramedical fields, brewing, food and other fermentation industries;
Biotechnology and Molecular Biology concerns; and
All Educational fields of Biochemistry.
The overall purpose of the B.Sc. in Biochemistry programme is to prepare graduates for scientific and technical roles in the above fields. The course provides a flexible approach to enable students take electives suited to their needs. At the end of the programme, the students will be expected to:
i) have acquired necessary theoretical and practical skills in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biomedical Science to enable them engage in gainful self-employment such as consultancy.
ii) provide the skilled manpower required by Biomedical and Agro-based research and development Institutions, Institutions of higher learning and Industry; hence contributing to national economic growth.
iii) have acquired the necessary theoretical and practical competencies in Biochemistry to enable them undertake post-graduate studies in recognized Institutions of higher learning.
To be eligible for admission, candidates must satisfy the minimum entry requirements as set out by Egerton University Statute
In addition, candidates must have passed the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education or its equivalent with a minimum grade as follows:-
Chemistry B or Physical Science B+
Physics B or Physical Science B+
Biology B or Biological Science B+
Alternatively, candidates with the following minimum A level passes will be considered-principal pass in each of the following subjects: Chemistry; Physics; Biology; Mathematics.
Have any other qualifications accepted by Egerton University Senate as equivalent.
Course Structure and Duration
The programme shall extend over a duration of four academic years each consisting of two semesters of 15 weeks of teaching and 2 weeks of examination. Students must take all scheduled courses in a given Semester and appear for all examinations.
The course coding BIOC, standing for Biochemistry, followed by 3 digits is as described for the other programmes offered by the department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
The Course codes used are;
BIOC, which stands for Biochemistry followed by 3 digits as described below.
Digit 1, indicates the study year course is offered or level of the course
Digit 2, indicates nature or sub discipline of the course within the discipline.
Level 0 Introductory courses
Level 1 Principles courses
Digit 3, indicates serial number for courses in the respective disciplines.
All Examinations for the programme shall be conducted in accordance to the University Rules and Regulations on Examinations. For the units on Industrial Attachment (BIOC 308) and Seminar (BIOC 407) the students will be assessed while in the field by both field supervisors and departmental lecturers with each group awarding a maximum of 30% and 40%, respectively. The students will also be required to write a report that will carry a maximum of 30%.
The grading of examinations for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with in Egerton University Statute XXIX.
To graduate a student shall be required to take and pass ALL scheduled courses within the stipulated period.
Degree classification shall be in accordance with Egerton University Statute XXIX.