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Tuition Fees:$1,161 /year
Applications Begin:August 2020
Final Award:Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry
Start Date:October 2020
Academic Unit:Faculty of Sciences
Campus:Bamenda Campus
Application Deadline: September 2020
Programme Overview

Encompassing the study of the molecular, cellular and physiological bases of life, Biochemistry has provided insights into many of the problems that have fascinated and perplexed biologists for generations. Its central role in biology ensures that there is a growing demand for graduates with expertise in this area. This course aims to provide you with a sound training in both the theoretical and practical aspects of this rapidly developing subject.

Mission Statement of the Department
To provide instruction in biochemistry at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and to carry out scientific research adapted to the changing needs of the society. The undergraduate programme is designed to provide tools, techniques and thinking in such a way as to enable the graduates to find gainful employment in areas where biochemistry knowledge is required and to have the adequate background necessary for the pursuit of studies and research in biochemistry and related fields at the postgraduate level. The department, through its programmes, also seeks to satisfy the evolving needs of biochemistry users.

Objectives of the Degree Program
The Biochemistry degree programme trains biochemists with a modern view of the living world and its environment. It provides theoretical and practical training that enables the student to identify, isolate, purify, quantify and elucidate the structures of important bio-molecules from tissues and organs. A graduate in Biochemistry should understand, interpret and explain biochemical data that account for the complexity, diversity and unity of life forms; assess the dynamic processes of the transformation of matter and energy in living cells. Emphasis is laid on fundamental principles governing heredity, genetic information transfer, expression and regulation; chemical basis of the origin of life and evolution. Attention is paid to applications of biochemical concepts to improve production, enhance environmental management, service industries and biotechnology. A quantitative approach involving the use of chemical and physical principles is employed to explain underlying biological processes.

Curriculum

The curriculum is delivered by dedicated, motivated, research active staff, who provide up-to-date information in their respective disciplines. A range of teaching and assessment techniques are used and due emphasis is given to the development of generic transferable skills (IT, communication, teamwork, self-management, problem solving) for the employment market.

The school has very good science labs for practical works in all science fields offered.

Minor in Medical Laboratory Technology:
The professional minor in Medical Laboratory Technology is open to students, especially in the department of Life Sciences. A total of 6 courses are offered, two each session totalling 36 Credits. These courses are tailored to orientate students towards professionalisation. It is hoped that at the end of the programme graduates may find useful employment, or be self-employed using the knowledge and skills acquired from this minor

Admission Requirements

Candidates must have passed at least 2 GCE Advanced Level subjects, one in Biology, Botany, Zoology or Human Biology, and the other in another science subject. The Baccalaureate series C and D are also acceptable.

Application Process
Application Fees for Cameroonian Students: $18
Application Fees for International Students: $18

1. Pay a Registration Fee of 10.000frs into into any of our Bank Accounts: Cameroon and collect a receipt of payment.

Account Name: Catholic University of Cameroon, (CATUC) Bamenda
a) ECOBANK = 0200122608355201
b) SGBC = 05160350250-22
c) NFC BANK = 17301022306
d) Union Bank of Cameroon (UBC) = 00111013204
e) United Bank of Africa (UBA) = 04050000060

NB: All Payments should be done in the Student’s Name.

2. Present the Bank Receipt at the Registry, and collect an Application Form A1 (for Faculty of Business – FBMS, Faculty of Science – FSC, Faculty of Humanities -FHSS), or collect an Entrance Form (for those sitting the Entrance Exams into the Professional Schools; School of Engineering – SENG, School of Agriculture -STANR, School of Health & Medical Sciences -SHMS).

or Download the appropriate application form from the internet

3. Fill the Form A1 and submit it to the Registry with the following documents attached:

i. One clean photocopy of Birth Certificate
ii. One clean photocopy of GCE O’L Certificate/Result Slip or Probatoire
iii. One clean photocopy of GCE A’L Certificate/Result Slip or BAC
iv. 1000frs for Passport-size Photograph (hard & soft to be taken on campus)

NB:
– Students with foreign degrees/certificates should present Equivalences to their certificates obtained from the Ministry of Higher Education
(MINESUP), Yaounde.
–All students applying for the Philosophy programme should certify all their certificates.

Career Opportunities

The Biochemistry programme is conceived to produce graduates who are competent, knowledgeable and skilful and who can survive change and adapt to it. They can be employed in:
– food industries,
– the health sector,
– agriculture and animal production,
– research,
– teaching,
– biotechnology and related industries;
– they can also go into management,
– marketing (as sales representatives of chemical and pharmaceutical industries).
The graduate will be endowed with the capacity for self employment and continued self education.

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Tuition Fees for Cameroonian Students: $1,161
Tuition Fees for International Students: $1,880

Tuition Fees per year for Cameroonian Students = 645,500 F CFA
Tuition Fees per year for International Students = 1,045,500 F CFA

NOTE:
A message from the school about the 2020-2021 academic year reads:
Cognizant of the fact that the people of the Northwest and Southwest regions have been groaning under the weight of the socio-political crisis for close to four years now, and that currently the entire country is in the grips of the coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic which both have far-reaching economic implications, the Bishops of the Ecclesiastical Province of Bamenda have decided to grant certain percentage discounts on tuition fees to the ‘early birds’ who enrol on any of the school’s degree programmes, beginning next academic year till further notice.

Relevant Contact

 
Lana Afor Foncham Taboh
Executive Assistant to Vice Chancellor
 
General School Office
For General/Admission Enquiries