Prof (Mrs) E. S Omoregie

H.O.D Biochemistry

INTRODUCTION

Biochemistry as a scientific discipline has made tremendous strides over the last seventy years. It has made enormous contributions to the growth of medical science, biology, agriculture and industry. At the University of Benin, Biochemistry is a multi-functional Department. Administratively under the Faculty of Life Sciences, physically located in the old Faculty of Pharmacy complex, it offers courses to Science, Optometry and Pharmacy students. The Department started as part of Chemistry but attained independence status in the 1974/75 session. Ever since then the department has grown steadily in staff size and student population.

COURSES AVAILABLE IN THE DEPARTMENT
The Department offers courses leading to the B.Sc (Honours), M.Sc. and PhD degrees in Biochemistry. Apart from courses offered to Faculty of Pharmacy B.Sc., M.Sc. and PhD students, other students from allied disciplines within the Faculty of Life Sciences also take courses in Biochemistry.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Employment opportunities should be on the increase with the growth of the National Economy. Biochemists may find employment in hospitals as hospital biochemists, in agriculture, food processing and pharmaceutical industries – as quality analysts; in the brewing industries as brewers, in beautification industries as experts in cosmetology; in the tanning and leather industry; and as research scientists in such diverse areas as Oncology, Molecular Biology, Ecology, Environmental pollution and of course in teaching at higher institutions of learning. So far, biochemists have been underutilized in the National Economy.

A. BIOCHEMISTRY DEPARTMENT

B. B.SC DEGREE IN BIOCHEMISTRY

C. PHILOSOPHY

The Department of Biochemistry desires to promote intellectual and professional development of students by providing a solid undergraduate training that emphasizes practical techniques and innovative research. The need to emphasize the importance of the acquisition of practical skills to our students is a core reason why the Department finds it attractive to “key” into extant National Policy of six months Industrial Training. The courses in Biochemistry provide in-depth study of the fundamental principles of the course and how they can be harnessed and applied in solving problems in the immediate community and the Nation at large.

D. AIM AND OBJECTIVES OF THE DEGREE PROGRAMME

a. To provide students with a broad and balanced foundation of biochemical knowledge and practical skills
b. To develop in students the ability to apply knowledge and skills to achieving solutions to theoretical and practical problems in Biochemistry.
c. To develop in students, a range of transferable skills that are of value in biochemical and non-biochemical employment.
d. To provide students with knowledge and skills from which they can proceed to further studies in specialized areas of biochemistry or multi-disciplinary areas involving biochemistry.
e. To provide thorough training and orientation, an appreciation of the salutary rewards of inter-multi-disciplinary approach to the solution of complex life problems.
f. To generate, in students, an appreciation of the importance of biochemistry to industrial, economic, environmental, technological and social development.
g. To 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.

E. ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

a. Admission Requirements for the Four-Year Full-Time Degree Programme (UME)
Candidates seeking admission into this programme should possess any of the following qualifications:
At least Five Ordinary Level credits passes in WASC, WAEC SSCE/GCE, NECO SSCE or at least five merit-level passes in Teachers Grade II Certificate Examination (TC II) or any of their recognized equivalents at not more than two sittings. The subjects should include English Language, Mathematics, Physics, Biology and Chemistry. NOTE: the University Matriculation Examination (UTME) subjects are: use of English, Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics.

b. Admission Requirements for the Three-Year Full-Time Degree Programme (Direct Entry):
In addition to requirement in the above, candidates who possess any of the following qualifications may be considered for admission.
(i) At least two Advanced Level passes in the General Certificate of Education (GCE) or the Higher School Certificate (HSC) or any of their recognized equivalents at not more than two sittings. The subjects should include any two of the three core science subjects namely – Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
(ii) At least a credit level pass in the University of Benin Diploma in any of the following:
a) Food and Brewing Science (DFBS)
b) Analytical and Industrial Chemistry (DAIC)
c) Science Laboratory Technology (DSLT)
(iii) Diploma from other recognized Universities with at least an Upper Credit level pass in the areas listed in b (ii) above.
(iv) Ordinary National Diploma (OND) with at least an Upper Credit level pass in Science Laboratory Technology (SLT) or Food Technology from recognized Polytechnic or College of Technology.
(v) Higher National Diploma (HND) with at least a Lower Credit level pass in Food Technology or Science Laboratory Technology (SLT) in a relevant area from a recognized Polytechnic or College of Technology.
(vi) Nigeria Certificate of Education (NCE) with at least a credit level pass in Biology or Chemistry from a recognized College of Education. In addition, candidates should have at least an overall merit level pass.

F. GRADUATION REQUIREMENT

   Students are required to complete a minimum of 120 units for graduation, 60 of which must come from Biochemistry.

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