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BS Biochemistry

Overview

Biochemistry can be most simply defined as the study of life at the molecular level. Every process occurring within the living organism, from metabolism to muscle contraction to vision and even including our thought processes, happens as a result of a series of chemical reactions. The field of biochemistry accommodates people with a wide spectrum of interests, from those with a strong biological orientation to those who view themselves more as chemists. Biochemistry is a rapidly growing, and exciting field of study. Genetic engineering, biotechnology, and immunology are the prominent areas in which biochemists are playing a major role.

The Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry degree program consists of a combination of requirements and electives that ensure a strong foundation in the chemical and biological sciences while providing the flexibility to tailor the curriculum to satisfy specific interests or career goals. This program may be of interest to students who plan careers in research, in teaching, or in the life/health sciences professions (medicine, pharmacy, dentistry). The courses offered provide the students with extensive exposure to basic Biochemistry, as well as Cell Biology and Molecular Biology/Biotechnology. Our faculty is committed, although their primary mission is teaching; the faculty maintains active research programs both during the academic year and in the summer. Undergraduates are strongly encouraged to participate in research projects with faculty members. The opportunity to "do" biochemistry in addition to learning the subject can be an exciting and important part of your undergraduate years at SSC, UMT.

Challenge yourself, feed your curiosity for the natural world and explore a microscopic universe that is as strange and breathtaking as any imaginable. Make biochemistry and molecular biology your future career!

Aim of the Program

Developments and discoveries in the fields of biochemistry have had an enormous impact on our society. Your course of study in biochemistry at UMT will reflect the fact that the field lies at the interface of biology and chemistry. Extensive background in the basic sciences and biology is the foundation for the program. All students involved in our programs should:

  • Develop an understanding of the physical and chemical behavior of matter, including the chemical basis of biological phenomena.
  • Acquire mastery of the basic concepts of analytical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry and biochemistry.
  • Develop a knowledge of how to setup, and how to operate, various scientific apparatus used in the study of chemistry and biochemistry.
  • Learn how to obtain and interpret data from various scientific instruments.
  • Develop an ability to think logically and clearly, to articulate their thoughts, and to critically evaluate experimental data and the scientific literature.

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Equipment of special interest to biochemists includes: 300 & 400 MHz nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometers, real-time PCR, microarray readers, a flow cytometer, electron microscopes, chromatography equipment, a gamma counter, gel and capillary electrophoresis equipment, environmental chambers, and extensive computer facilities.

Career Opportunities

The leaders in this scientific revolution have been biochemists and molecular biologists.

If cancer is to be cured, if solutions to the world’s energy crisis are to be found, or if the planet’s pollution is to be cleaned up, it will probably be the biochemists and molecular biologists with the knowledge and skills to power these breakthroughs. Career prospects are bright for someone trained in the molecular life sciences.

Majoring in biochemistry prepares one for a number of challenging and rewarding career opportunities in areas such as: forensic science, environmental science, metallurgy, plastics, engineering, electronics and biotechnology, and medical research. The biotechnology industry offers excellent career opportunities for people trained in the molecular life sciences, with opportunities across the spectrum of all company activities. Publically and privately-held corporations belonging to the biotechnology, medical device, and pharmaceutical family of industries are common. Subsectors of the biotechnology industry include:

  • Agricultural feedstock and chemicals
  • Drugs and pharmaceuticals
  • Medical devices and equipment
  • Research, testing, and medical laboratories

The Intelligence, state government and private forensics laboratories require increasingly science-oriented individuals in order to take advantage of the powerful tools of DNA fingerprinting and other molecular analyses techniques to solve crime. Biochemists find fulfilling careers in non-traditional job sectors such as:

  • management
  • science policy
  • science writing
  • medical illustration
  • Banking

Program Summary

Duration 04 years

Semesters 08

Credit Hours 130

 
Admission Requirements

A Level / Inter or equivalent (chemistry) with 45% marks

UMT entrance test

BS Biochemistry Curriculum

Code

Course Title

CH

Pre-req

 

Code

Course Title

CH

Pre-req

SEMESTER 1

SEMESTER 2

EN-110

English-I

3

- - - -

EN-112

English-II

3

EN-110

PH-101

Mechanics

4

- - - -

MA-101

Calculus

3

- - - -

CS-101

Introduction to Computing

3

- - - -

BC-101

Cell Biology

3

- - - -

CH-101

Principles of Chemistry-I

4

- - - -

PH-102

Electricity and Magnetism

4

PH-101

Humanities Elective

3

- - - -

CH-102

Principles of Chemistry-II

4

- - - -

Semester Credit Hours

17

 

Semester Credit Hours

17

 

SEMESTER 3

SEMESTER 4

EN-201

Communication Skills

3

EN-112

MA-150

Probability and Statistics

3

- - - -

HM-150

Islamic Studies

3

- - - -

BC-201

Genetics

3

BC-101

CH-203

Principles of Chemistry-III

3

- - - -

CH-206

Organic Chemistry

4

- - - -

CH-204

Physical Chemistry

4

- - - -

CH-207

Inorganic Chemistry

4

CH-102

SS-171

Pakistan Studies

3

- - - -

 

Social Science Elective-I

3

- - - -

Semester Credit Hours

16

 

Semester Credit Hours

17

 

SEMESTER 5

SEMESTER 6

CH-308

Analytical Chemistry

3

- - - -

BC-305

Lipids

4

- - - -

BC-301

Aminoacids & Proteins

4

- - - -

BC-306

Enzymology

3

BC-301

BC-302

Carbohydrates

4

- - - -

BC-307

Molecular Biology

4

BC-201

BC-303

Bioinformatics

3

CS-101

BC-308

Bioenergetics and Metabolism

3

- - - -

BC-304

Fundamentals of Forensic Science

3

- - - -

Social Science Elective-II

  3

- - - -

Semester Credit Hours

17

 

Semester Credit Hours

17

 

SEMESTER 7:

SEMESTER 8:

BC-401

Human Physiology

3

- - - -

BC-403

Biosafety & Ethics

3

- - - -

BC-402

Nutritional Biochemistry

3

- - - -

BC-404

Industrial Biochemistry

4

- - - -

BC-xxx

Elective-I

3

- - - -

BC-xxx

Elective-III

3

- - - -

BC-xxx

Elective-II

3

- - - -

BC-xxx

Elective-IV

3

- - - -

BC-xxx

*Project I / Seminar I

2

- - - -

BC-xxx

*Project II / Seminar II/ Internship**

*2, **4

- - - -

Semester Credit Hours

14

 

Semester Credit Hours

15

 

 Total Credit Hours:130

 

Elective Courses

  • Commercialization of biological products
  • Introduction to Forensic Sciences
  • Proteomics
  • Current Trends in Biochemistry
  • Research Project / Internship
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Biomembranes and cell signaling
  • Plant biochemistry
  • Nanobiotechnology
  • Genomics
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Fermentation Biotechnology
  • Forensic serology and DNA analysis
  • Advanced Enzymology
  • Cell and Tissue Culture
  • General Virology
  • Forensic Entomology
  • Forensic Cognosy
  • Trace Evidence Analysis
  • Xenobiotics
  • Food Processing and Preservation
  • Industrial Processing of Edible Oils & Sugar
  • Milling Backing and Quality Assurance
  • Meat Sciences
  • Radiation Biology
  • Neurochemistry
  • Biochemistry of Drugs and Resistance
  • Phytotherapeutic Agents
  • Biochemistry of Marian Food Products
  • Biochemical aspects of Hematology
  • Biochemistry of Pesticides
  • Advance Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Principles and Application of Biotechnology
  • Antimicrobials & Chemo therapy
  • Fine chemicals for pharmaceuticals
  • Medical Physics

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