WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$342 /year
Applications Begin:10 January, 2020
Final Award:Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology
Start Date:September 2020
Academic Unit:School of Biological Sciences
Campus:Legon campus
Application Deadline: 30 June 2020
Programme Overview

Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology (BCMB) is concerned with the study of the chemical and physical principles of biological processes such as cell development and the storage and transfer of genetic information. It is a sub-discipline of the Biological Sciences and draws from Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Genetics and Molecular Biology. Research is an integral part of BCMB. This is as a result of the fact that the programme is built on the need to understand the basic structural and functional units of life. Basic research in BCMB investigates among others cell development, growth and heredity whereas applied research focuses on developing products and processes to improve human lives. Without such research efforts, enhanced methods of detecting diseases and genetic disorders together with the discovery of new drugs and medication such as those used in treating cancer and Alzheimer’s disease may not have been discovered. Other useful applications of BCMB include biofuels and genetically engineered crops. Enrolled students have the option of either pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, Cell & Molecular Biology or a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry combined with a second subject such as Nutrition.

Dictated by increasing human population growth, BCMB is at the frontline for finding lifesaving new drugs and procedures to cure and prevent diseases. Aside creating new medicines and treatments, BCMB is also involved in the development of alternative energy sources such as biofuels. The age-old challenge of producing sufficient food at affordable cost is another focal area of BCMB. By using genetic engineering, BCMB scientists hope to address this challenge. The body of knowledge in the Life Sciences has also been expanded by experiments in BCMB. Key among these are: understanding cancer and regulation of cell proliferation; manipulating genetic material and developing potentially useful applications (genetic engineering); the molecular and cellular basis of all major physiological functions and the molecular relationship between viruses (such as HIV) and target host cells.

At the end of the programme, students are expected to: • Acquire a comprehensive understanding of the molecular mechanisms of biological processes. • Acquire the knowledge of the effects of substances such as drugs, hormones and food on tissues and biological processes. • Develop proficiency in practical research techniques such as the ability to isolate, analyse, and synthesize proteins, enzymes and DNA. • Develop the ability to use microscopes, lasers, and other laboratory instruments and equipment to conduct experiments. • Be able to work on teams with other scientists such as chemists, physicists and botanist on research projects.


LEVEL 100 (First Year)


Code Title Credits
UGRC 150 Critical Thinking and Practical Reasoning 3
ABCS 101 Introductory Animal Biology 3
CHEM 111 General Chemistry I 3
PHYS 101 Practical Physics I 1
PHYS 143 Mechanics and Thermal Physics 3
MATH 101 General Mathematics 3
Total 16



Code Title Credits
URGC 110 Academic Writing I 3
UGRC 130 Understanding Human Society 3
BOTN 104 Growth of Flowering Plants 3
CHEM 112 General Chemistry II 3
CHEM 110 Practical Chemistry 1
PHYS 102 Practical Physics II 1
PHYS 144 Electricity and Magnetism 3
Total 17





Course Code Course Title Credits
UGRC 210 Academic Writing II 3
BCMB 201 Structure And Function of Biomolecules[1] 3
BCMB 203 Principles of Biochemical Techniques 2
CHEM 231 Physical Chemistry I 2
CHEM 271 Analytical Chemistry I 2
CHEM 233 Organic Chemistry I 2
  Total 14



Course Code Course Title Credits
UGRC 220-238 Introduction to African Studies 3
BCMB 200 Practical Biochemistry I 3
BCMB 202 Cell Biology I 2
BCMB 204 Enzymology 2
BCMB 206 Spectroscopic and Radioisotopic Techniques 1
CHEM 252 Inorganic  Chemistry I (S-Block Elements) 2
CHEM 234 Organic Chemistry II 2
  Total 15



In addition to satisfying the Core requirements above as well as Faculty and University prescribed courses, candidates are also required to select electives from other DEPARTMENTS to satisfy the minimum work load of 15 credits per semester as would be permitted by the Time Table.


 LEVEL 300



Course Code Course Title Credits
BCMB 301 Intermediary Metabolism 3
BCMB 303 Molecular Biology I 2
BCMB 305 Biochemistry of Hormones 2
BCMB 307 Data Handling & Interpretation 1
BCMB 309 Principles of Lab. Organization & Management 2
BCMB 311 Practical Biochemistry II 3
CHEM 343 Chemistry of Aromatic Compounds 3
  Total 16


ELECTIVES (Select a maximum of 2 Credits)

Course Code Course Title Credits
BCMB 313 Biochemistry of Viruses 2
BCMB 315 Industrial Microbiology 2

In addition to satisfying the Faculty, Core and Prescribed Elective requirements above, candidates MAY select electives from other Departments as would be permitted by the Time Table provided the maximum work load of 18 credits per semester is not exceeded.



Course Code Course Title Credits
BCMB 302 Cell Biology II[2] 2
BCMB 304 Molecular Biology II 2
BCMB 306 Integration and Control of Metabolism[3] 3
BCMB 308 Bioenergetics 2
BCMB 312 Cell & Molecular Biology Practical I 3
BCMB 314 Membrane Biochemistry 2
CHEM 346 Molecular Rearrangement Reactions 2
CHEM 344 Carbanions and Their Reactions 2
  Total 18





Course Code Course Title Credits
BCMB 401 Protein Chemistry I 2
BCMB 403 Molecular Biotechnology & Applications 2
BCMB 405 Cell Signalling 2
BCMB 407 Cell & Molecular Biology Practicals II 3
BCMB 410 Seminar Presentation and Scientific Writing 1
  Total 10

ELECTIVES (Select a minimum of 4 Credits)

Course Code Course Title Credits
BCMB 409 Biochemistry of Parasites 2
BCMB 411 Clinical Biochemistry 2
BCMB 415 Xenobiotic Metabolism 2




Course Code Course Title Credits
BCMB 400 Research Project 6
BCMB 402 Protein Chemistry II 2
BCMB 404 Immunology and Immunochemistry 2
BCMB 406 Molecular Genetics 2
BCMB 408 Entrepreneurship for Innovations in Biosciences 2
  Total 14

ELECTIVES (Select a minimum of 2 Credits)

Course Code Course Title Credits
BCMB 414 Plant Biochemistry 2
BCMB 416 Bioremediation 2
BCMB 418 Insect Biochemistry & Chemical Ecology 2
Admission Requirements

For Ghanaian Students:

Core: Credit passes in English, Core Mathematics, Integrated Science & Social Studies
Electives: Credit passes in any three of Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Elective Mathematics, with at least a C6 in Chemistry

For International Students:

West Africa WASSCE:

Core: Credit passes in English, Core Mathematics, Integrated Science &a Science subject.
Electives: Credit passes in Chemistry, and any two subject. At least one of which should be Biology, Further Mathematics or Physics.

American High School:

American High School Grade 12
An applicant for admission to a degree programme in the University of Ghana must have and a Final Grade Point of at least 3.0

Cambridge ‘A’ and ‘O’ Levels:

Three (3)’A’ Level subjects comprising:
Chemistry and Biology, and either Mathematics or Physics.

International Baccalaureate:

At least Grade 4 in three (3) HL subjects comprising:
Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics
In addition, they must have at least Grade 4 in English Language/Literature (SL), Mathematics (SL) and at least C the IGCSE or equivalent.

Application Process
Application Fees for Ghanaian students: $34
Application Fees for International students: $105

University of Ghana online application E-VOUCHERS can be obtained by Ghanaian applicants for GH¢200.00 at the following banks: Ecobank, Republic Bank, Agricultural Development Bank, Ghana Commercial Bank, Zenith Bank, Universal Merchant Bank, Consolidated Bank Ghana (CBG), Prudential Bank and Fidelity Bank. Ghanaian applicants in the following categories are expected to apply using the E-VOUCHER:

WASSSCE/SSSCE Applicants and Ghanaians with Foreign Background
WASSCE/SSSCE applicants and Ghanaians who apply with foreign qualifications from schools which write the International Baccalaureate (IB) and the IGCSE such as Alpha Beta, Faith Montessori International School, Ghana International School, New Nation International School, SOS – Hermann GMEINER International College and Tema International School etc., should do the following:

At any of the Banks listed above, applicants will be required to indicate their names, mobile phone numbers and e-mail addresses on the bank voucher before they are served. Those without e-mail addresses will however not be disadvantaged. A confirmation of their Pin will be sent to their mobile phones. After purchasing the e-voucher, applicants should CAREFULLY follow the instructions given. After the application has been submitted on-line, the e-voucher should be kept in a safe place as it may be required by applicants when accessing their admission status at a later date.

After buying the e-voucher, Diploma/HND to Degree applicants are expected to scan and attach the following documents to their online application forms:

Diploma/HND transcripts
Where applicable, certified copies of ‘O’ and ‘A’ Level certificates/result slips
The pay-in-slips together with applicants’ certificates/result slips should be scanned and attached to the application form before submission online. The certificates/results slips should be scanned into one PDF or WORD document and attached to the application form.

International applicants and Ghanaians applying from abroad should NOT buy the e-voucher. They should use the following this link to access the online application form for completion and submission.

Online Application for International & Ghanaians Abroad Undergraduate applicants

All applicants are expected to pay to the University a non-refundable application processing fee of US$110.00.This fee can be paid directly or wire transferred into the University of Ghana ECOBANK Account.

Details of the Account are:

Account Name: University of Ghana Foreign Students Fees
Account Number: 2441000716652
Bank Details: Ecobank Ghana Limited, Legon Branch

or International Transfer through Ecobank (2441000716652 or 1441000716647

or Payment with Credit Card on the GT payment platform.

The pay-in-slips together with applicants’ certificates/result slips should be scanned and attached to the application form before submission online. The certificates/ results slips should be scanned into one PDF or Word document and attached to the application form.

Note that no application will be processed without proof of payment of the fee.

Career Opportunities

The BCMB programme equips students adequately for further advanced study programmes or entry-level positions on the job market. Typically, BCMB graduates work as Laboratory Technicians or Research Assistants in hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, government agencies, forensics and academic research laboratories.

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Tuition Fees for Ghanaian students: $342
Tuition Fees for International students: $4,945


A. Ocloo (BSc (Ghana), PhD (Cambridge) FCCS (UK))
Associate Professor (Dean)

Anastasia R. Aikins* (BSc, MPhil (Ghana))

Elmer Ametefe (BSc(Ghana), MPhil (Ghana), PhD (Ghana))

Gordon A. Awandare (BSc, MPhil (Ghana), PhD (Pittsburgh))
Associate Professor /Director (WACCBIP)

Jonathan P. Adjimani (BSc (Kumasi), MSc (Brock), PhD (Utah State))
Senior Lecturer

Laud K. N-A. Okine (BSc (Ghana), PhD (Surrey))
Assoc. Professor (Contract)

Lydia Mosi (BSc (Ghana), PhD (Tenn))
Senior Lecturer

Osbourne Quaye (BSc (Ghana), MSc, PhD (Georgia))
Senior Lecturer (Head of Department)

Patrick Kobina Arthur BSc (Ghana), MSc, PhD (Göttingen)

S. T. Sackey (BSc, MPhil (Ghana), PhD (Adelaide))
Associate Professor

Samuel Duodu

Theresa Manful Gwira (BSc (Ghana), MSc, PhD (Heidelberg))
Senior Lecturer

W. S. K. Gbewonyo (MSc (Ghana), PhD (Birmingham))
Senior Lecturer (Contract)

Winfred- Peck Dorleku (B.Sc., M.Phil. (Ghana))

Relevant Contact

A. Ocloo
Osbourne Quaye
Head of Department