Biochemistry is the study of chemical processes in living organisms. It deals with the structures and functions of cellular components such as proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids and other biomolecules.
Molecular biology is the study of biology at a molecular level. It deals with interactions between the
various systems of the cell.
This degree program is offered by the Department of Biochemistry in the School of Biomedical Sciences which is housed under the College of Health Sciences (COHES) in JKUAT.
This programme covers areas of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Medical Biochemistry, Industrial and Nutritional Biochemistry, Biochemical Pharmacology and Immunochemistry.
Students wishing to study Biochemistry and Molecular Biology must satisfy the following minimum University requirements:
KCSE with C+ (plus) mean grade and at least a C+ in Biology and Chemistry and at least a C (plain) in Mathematics and Physics
have a minimum of 2 principal passes in Biology and Chemistry in Kenya Advanced Certificate of Education (KACE),
have a Diploma in relevant science subjects with at least a credit pass from an institution recognized by the University Senate.
The course takes four (4) academic years to complete each year comprising of two (2) semesters of sixteen (16) weeks each.
Students graduating from this programme have been absorbed in local and international research institutions involved in multidisciplinary life sciences research.
Others are developing careers in:
- quality assurance
- technical sales in food, beverages and pharmaceutical sectors,
- cosmetics industries,
- hospital diagnostics
- environmental health protection.