The Department offers a degree programme leading to the award of Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Biochemistry. Biochemistry graduates are expected to develop a wide range of different skills and abilities. These are divided into three broad categories:
• Biochemistry-related cognitive abilities and skills; • Biochemistry-related practical skills, and general or transferable skills relating to non-biochemistry specific competencies.
Biochemistry in Western Delta University is designed to introduce the students to the exciting world of Biochemistry. It is intended to expose students to the fundamental understanding, at the molecular level, of all of the chemical processes associated with living cells. This encompasses the physio-chemical nature of biomolecules, the molecular basis of their interaction with one another and functionalities. It is hoped that the curriculum will attune the students to meet up with current realities and challenges in the field of Biochemistry.
Aims And Objectives
The main aims and objectives of the degree programme in Biochemistry should be to:
a. provide students with a broad and balanced foundation of biochemistry knowledge and practical skills.
b. develop in students the ability to apply knowledge and skills to solving theoretical and practical problems in Biochemistry.
c. develop in students, a range of transferable skills that are of value in biochemical and non-biochemical employment.
d. provide students with knowledge and skills base from which they can proceed to further studies in specialized areas of Biochemistry or multi-disciplinary areas involving biochemistry.
e. provide, through training and orientation, an appreciation of the solitary rewards of inter- and multi-disciplinary approach to the solution of complex life problems.
f. generate in students an appreciation of the importance of Biochemistry in industrial, economic, environmental, technology and social development.
g. instill in students a sense of enthusiasm for Biochemistry, an appreciation of its application in different contexts and to involve them in an intellectually stimulating and satisfying experience of learning and studying.
Admission into the Four-Year Degree Programme
Candidates should possess the SSCE, GCE, NECO O’ Level or its equivalent with credit passes in at least five subjects which must include English language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology at not more than two sittings. In addition to the admission requirements stated above, students seeking admission into the four (4)-year degree programme should enter for the following subjects in UTME: English language, Biology, Chemistry and Physics or Mathematics.
Admission into the Three-Year Degree Programme
The three (3)-year degree programme is for direct entry candidates who must in addition to the O’ Level requirements, possess A’ Level passes in Chemistry and Biology or Zoology/Botany or its equivalents. Holders of OND with at least Upper Credit in Biochemistry/Science Laboratory Technology/Chemistry/Food Science Technology may also be eligible for admission.
Candidates wishing to transfer from other Universities recognized by the Senate of Western Delta University, may be considered for admission at a level not above 200 provided such candidates meet the minimum departmental admission requirements.