WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$1,388 /year
Applications Begin:July 2020
Final Award:Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry (Molecular Biology Option)
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 program 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.
2. To provide students with practical skills in the areas of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
3. To train students on 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 Semester
– Communication Skills
– Microbial Diversity
– Cell Biology
– Atomic Structure
– Chemical Bonding and Structure
– Mathematics for Science
– Inverterbrate Zoology I
– Histology and Cytology

Second Semester
– Development Studies and Social Ethics
– Introduction to Genetics
– Plant Diversity
– Introduction to Microbiology
– Physical Chemistry
–  Organic Chemistry
–  Animal Physiology
– Introduction to Ecology and Bioanalysis
– Genetics and Cytogenetics
– Developmental Biology

First Semester
– Introduction to Computer and Data Processing
– Structure of Biomolecules
– Proteins and Enzymes I
– Cell and Molecular Biology
– A comparative study of S&P block elements
– Physical – Chemistry II

Second Semester
– Biochemical Techniques and Instrumentation I
– Basic Metabolism I
– Organic Chemistry II
– Nuclear Chemistry and Raiochemistry
– Introduction to Programming
– Plant Biochemistry I
– Biochemistry of Microorganisms I

First Semester
– Basic Metabolism II
– Biotechnology I
– Biochemical Techniques and Instrumentation II
– Protein and Enzymes II
– Biostatistics and Research Methodology
– Molecular Biology I
– Biochemistry of Microorganisms II
– Plant Biochemistry II

Second Semester
– Basic Metabolism III
– Medical Biochemistry I
– Biochemical Endocrinology
– Biosafety and Bioethics in Biotechnology
– Principles of Genetic Engineering I
– Plant Biochemistry III
– Molecular Bioscience
– Molecular Cell Biology
– Molecular Genetics
– Eukaryotic Cell Cycle Regulation

First Semester
– Enterpreneurship Skills
– Biochemical Techniques and Instrumentation III
– Comparative Animal Biochemistry
– Genetic Engineering II
– Research Project (2 Units)
– Molecular Mechanisms of Gene Expression and Regulation
– Molecular Ecology and Evolutionary Genetics
– Genetic Manipulation

Second Semester
– Bioinformatics
– Biotechnology II
– Molecular Biology II
– The Human Genome
– Molecular Evolution and Informatics
– Molecular Biology of the Gene
– Environmental Biochemistry

Admission Requirements

Students wishing to study Biochemistry (Molecular Biology option) 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 either mathematics or physics / Physical Science with a minimum grade of C. A student who has not attained the said grade in mathematics or physics / 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 program.
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 contact pass from an Institution recognized by the University Senate,
1.4 have a diploma in Applied Sciences with at least a contact 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 Students who join first year of study in the Bachelor of Science general programme, must take Chemistry and Biological science courses to be eligible for Biochemistry in second year. The students must obtain an average of B in the relevant first year units and admission is subject to availability of facilities.

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 program 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 program suggesting improved confidence on graduates of this program 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