Biochemistry – Philosophy

Philosophy, Objectives and Scope

The Department of Biochemistry aims at producing graduate biochemists who are not only equipped with knowledge in all the  modern aspects of the discipline, but are also aware of the particular needs of Nigeria in particular and Africa in general in the special areas. Thus the degree programme lays much emphasis on such locally important topics as nutrition and food science; the biochemistry of the soil and of locally significant microorganisms, plants and animals; biochemical aspects of disease; the biochemical basis of chemotherapy, including African traditional medicine; human biochemical genetics. In particular, the emphasis on making the student aware of the biochemical problems of his immediate environment is reflected in the inclusion of a ‘Research Project’ on a biochemical topic as one of the compulsory courses in the final year of every Biochemistry major.