WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$1,388 /year
Applications Begin:July 2020
Final Award:Bachelor off Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biolog
Start Date:September 2020
Academic Unit:School of Biomedical Sciences
Campus:Main Campus
Application Deadline:
Programme Overview

Biochemistry is a subject in life sciences whose objective entails understanding the Molecular Basis of life in plants and animals. It is a multi-disciplinary subject that focuses on structure and function of molecules as well as their interplay to create the phenomenon of life. The subject particularly looks at how molecular interplay is translated into basic metabolism, energy transduction, defense and physical responses for purposes of growth and development.

The Molecular basis of the ongoing struggle between higher organisms and disease is aptly captured in subjects like Medical Biochemistry, Biochemistry of parasites and tumors as well as Cell and Molecular Immunology. Strategies designed to control disease and enhance food security are adequately addressed in the areas of pharmacology Molecular biology and biotechnology. These areas of specialization form part of recent advances in biochemistry and are covered in this programme.

The degree programme will be offered in collaboration with Biological and Physical Science departments. The students will acquire practical and theoretical understanding of basic metabolism, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. Other areas included in the programme are cell and Molecular Immunology, Industrial and Nutritional Biochemistry, Biochemical Pharmacology and Medical Biochemistry. These courses are designed to expose students to a wider perspective in Applied Biochemistry.

1. To impart analytical knowledge in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology to the students.
2. To equip students with practical skills in the areas of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
3. To equip students with knowledge in relevant and recent advances in Applied Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Like other developing countries Kenya needs to develop its scientific base in order to find effective and logically relevant solutions to problems of health, food security, industrial development and environmental protection. Biochemistry therefore remains an essential discipline and continues to play a catalytic role.
Resultant from this Biochemistry has advanced to include areas of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology in addition to Medical Biochemistry, Industrial and Nutritional Biochemistry, Biochemical Pharmacology and Cell and Molecular Immunology. All these are presently playing a significant role in provision of alternative sources of food and medicine.


Course Distribution
First Year
First Semester
–  Communication Skills
–  Structure of Biomolecules
– The Cell and its External Environment
–  Plant Biochemistry I
– Atomic Structure
– Physical Chemistry I
– Mathematics for Sciences
– Development Studies and Social Ethics
– Proteins and Enzymes I
– Medical Physiology
– Basic Metabolism I
– Biochemistry of Microorganisms I
– Biomembranes and Organelles
– Chemical Bonding & Structure
– Organic Chemistry I

Second Year
– Introduction to Computer and Data Processing
– Basic Metabolism II
– Biochemical Techniques and Instrumentation I
– Cell and Molecular Biology
– Comparative Study of S and P Block Elements
– Physical Chemistry II
– Introduction to Programming
– Biochemistry of Microorganisms II
– Plant Biochemistry II
– Organic Chemistry II
– Nuclear Chemistry and Radiochemistry
– Maths for Biologists

Third Year
First Semester
– Basic Metabolism III
– Biochemical Techniques and Instrumentation II
– Protein and Enzymes II
– Biostatistics and Research Methodology
– Principles of Genetic Engineering I
– Biochemical Endocrinology
– Principles of Biotechnology
– Biosafety and Bioethics in Biotechnology
– Medical Biochemistry I
– Cell and Molecular Immunology I
– Plant Biochemistry III
– Biochemical Pharmacology I
– Medical Parasitology I
– Biochemistry of Special Organs
– Pharmacognosy

Fourth Year
First Semester
– Entrepreneurship Skills
– Metabolic Regulation and Integrated Metabolism in Mammalian Tissues
– Biochemical Techniques and Instrumentation III
– Industrial Biochemistry
– Research Project (2 Units)
– Nutritional Biochemistry
– Biochemical Pharmacology II
– Medical Biochemistry II
– Environmental Biochemistry

Admission Requirements

Students wishing to study Biochemistry and Molecular Biology must satisfy the minimum University requirements and Faculty/School entry requirements. A student to be admitted must satisfy any of the following minimum requirements;
1.1 must have passed Biology or Biological Sciences and Chemistry in KCSE at a minimum grade of C+. In addition a student must have passed Maths or Physics / Physical Science with a minimum grade of C. A student who has not attained the said grade in Maths or Physics or Physical Science must undertake and pass the respective bridging course in an institution recognized by the university senate in order to be considered for the degree programme.
1.2 have a minimum of 2 principal passes in biology and chemistry subjects in Kenya Advanced Certificate of Education (KACE) or its equivalent,
1.3 have a diploma in relevant science subjects and with at least a credit pass from an Institution recognized by the University Senate,
1.4 have a diploma in applied Sciences with at least a credit pass in relevant science subjects from an Institution recognized by the University Senate,
1.5 have any other qualifications accepted by the University Senate as equivalent to 1.1 to 1.4. Students who hold any of the qualifications 1.2,
1.3 and 1.4 above may at the discretion of the Faculty/School be admitted directly to the second year of the course in which case they may complete their course in a minimum of three academic years and a maximum of five academic years.
1.6 Admission is subject to availability of facilities.
2.0 Course Structure
2.1 In each year a student will be required to take twelve (12) core units. In addition each student will be required to take three (3) University units and one (1) Faculty/School unit in the first year and one (1) University unit in the fourth year of study.
2.2 A student who takes additional unit(s) will have the grade(s) indicated in the transcript but will not count towards classification of the degree.
2.3 Biochemistry will offer the following programme for students joining Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. 2:2:1:1-Students will take units from the department of  Biochemistry and from one of the sister departments in first and second year, and take purely biochemistry units in third and fourth year.

Application Process
Application Fees for Kenyan and East Africa Community Students: $14
Application Fees for International Students: $45

How to Apply
Application Requirements for qualified students:
– A dully filled registration form – to be obtained from the offices/website upon payment of non-refundable fee.
– Two passport size photos.
– Copies of relevant certificates

Application Procedure
Applications for the courses are on official application forms.
1. click to download JKUAT IT Department application form. or obtain a hand-copy from the office.
2. Pay a non-refundable application fee as follows:
– Certificates: Kshs500
– Diplomas: 1000
– Degrees: Kshs1,500
– Masters: 1,500

Bank Account Numbers:
– Standard Chartered Bank Account number 0108023434900
– Barclays Bank Account Number 0775001216
– Co-operative Bank of Kenya Account Number 01129098952900
– National Bank Account Number 0100359580600
– Equity Bank Account Number 0090291251426

3. Proceed on with filling the application form, ensuring all mandatory fields are filled, attach photocopies of required certificates and submit when done.
– You will be required to present certified copies of the relevant certificates, Result slips, National Identity Card, Birth Certificate for verifications when reporting.
– IT Department will call or send an SMS to request successful candidates to pick An official admission letter.
Career Opportunities

Students graduating from this programme will be absorbed in local and international research institutions involved in multi-disciplinary life sciences research.
Some develop careers in production, quality assurance and technical sales in food, beverages and pharmaceutical sectors.
Cosmetics industries, hospital diagnostics and environmental health protection departments continue to show interest in graduates of this programme suggesting improved confidence on graduates of this programme by the country’s economic sector.

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Tuition Fees for Kenyan and East Africa Community Students: $1,388
Tuition Fees for International Students: $1,666

Tuition Fees for Kenyan Students = Kshs152,806
Tuition Fees for International Students = Kshs183,367
**EAC (East African Community) Students pay the same amount as Kenyan students. Countries in the East African Community include; Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.
NOTE: The tuition fees charged, may vary from programme to programme and from time to time, with foreign students paying 20% more that the Kenyan students.

Relevant Contact

Prof. Daniel W Kariuki
Dean School of Biomedical Sciences
Admissions Office
Responsible for Admission Enquiries