BIOCHEMISTRY AND CHEMISTRY

Purpose of the programme
Biochemistry is the study of the structure, composition, and chemical reactions of substances in living systems. The Biochemistry/Chemistry major deals with the chemical processes in living organisms, including structure and function of nucleic acids, proteins, and lipids. This degree, blending chemistry and biochemistry, provides students for entry-level positions as professionals in medical research, agriculture, teaching and the food, chemical and biotechnological sectors.

Employment opportunities citing typical employers
The scope of employment for the program include Analytical chemist, Biomedical scientist, Healthcare scientist, clinical biochemistry, Clinical research associate, Forensic scientist, Physician associate, Research scientist (life sciences), Scientific laboratory technician.

Entrepreneurial opportunities
There are lot of opportunities including science writing and to run a pharmacy
Vertical articulation for further / higher degree studies where applicable
After completing the degree a student has an opportunity to pursue post graduate either in chemistry or biochemistry up PhD, from which a research could be pursued.

Contact details for inquiries

Programme coordinator:
Prof TE Motaung, PhD (Chemistry)
Email: motaungt@unizulu.ac.za
Tell: 0359026786

Head of Department:

Prof. AK Basson, PhD(Biochemistry)
Email:BassonA@unizulu.ac.za
Tell: 0359026093

FACULTY FACULTY OF SCIENCE AND AGRICULTURE
DEPARTMENTS: BIOCHEMISTRY & MICROBIOLOGY AND CHEMISTRY
DEGREE(DESIGNATOR) BACHELOR OF SCIENCE
QUALIFIER
MAJORS BIOCHEMISTRY CHEMISTRY
ABBREVIATION BSC
QUALIFICATION CODE (SAQF)
UNIZULU CODE SBSC07
EXIT NQF LEVEL 7
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS A PASS OF AT LEAST 60% (LEVEL 5) IN MATHEMATICS
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS A PASS OF AT LEAST 50% (LEVEL 4) IN ENGLISH
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS A PASS OF AT LEAST 50% (LEVEL 4) IN PHYSICAL SCIENCE
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS A PASS OF AT LEAST 50% (LEVEL 4) IN LIFE SCIENCES
MINIMUM CREDITS FOR ADMISSION NATIONAL SENIOR CERTIFICATE WITH DEGREE ENDORSEMENT WITH AT LEAST 30 NSC POINTS
MINIMUM DURATION OF STUDIES 3 YEARS
PRESENTATION MODE OF SUBJECTS: DAY CLASSES
INTAKE FOR THE QUALIFICATION: JANUARY
REGISTRATION CYCLE FOR THE SUBJECTS: JANUARY
READMISSION: SUBJECT TO PRIOR PERFORMANCE AND CURRENT APPLICABILITY OF PASSED MODULES
TOTAL CREDITS TO GRADUATE: 360

 

SUBJECT NAME SUBJECT CODE SUBJECT CREDITS NQF LEVEL PREREQUISITE SUBJECT(S) CO-REQUISITE SUBJECT(S)
FIRST YEAR SEMESTER 1
BASIC CHEMISTRY 121 SCHM121 G C 15 5
CLASSICAL MECHANICS & PROPERTIES OF MATTER(BIO) SPHY121 C C 15 5
PLANT CYTOLOGY, GENETICS & PHYSIOLOGY SBOT111 E C 15 5
INTRO TO ZOOLOGY I SZOL111 A M 15 5
FIRST YEAR SEMESTER 2
BASIC CHEMISTRY 122 SCHM122 G C 15 6
MATHS & STATS FOR EARTH & LIFE SCIENCES SMTH122 C C 15 5
PLANT MORPHOLOGY, TAXONOMY & MYCOLOGY SBOT112 E C 15 6 SBOT111 (SLBT111)
INTRO TO ZOOLOGY II SZOL112 A M 15 6 SZOL111 (SLZL111)
SECOND YEAR SEMESTER 1
BIOMOLECULES & ENZYMOLOGY SBCH211 H M 15 6 SCHM121 (SLCH121) SCHM122 (SLCH122)
PROKARYOTES CLASSIFICATION & MICROBIAL TECHNIQUES SMCB211 D C 15 6 SCHM121 (SLCH121) SCHM122 (SLCH122)
ANIMAL ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY SZOL211 C M 15 6 SZOL111 (SLZL111) SZOL112 (SLZL112)
EITHER PROKARYOTES& EUKARYOTES SMCB221 A E 15 6 SCHM121 (SLCH121) SCHM122 (SLCH122)
OR PLANT GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT SBOT211 G E 15 6 SBOT111 (SLBT111) SBOT112 (SLBT112)
SECOND YEAR SEMESTER 2
METABOLISM SBCH212 H M 15 6 SCHM121 (SLCH121) SCHM122 (SLCH122)
MICROBIAL GROWTH & MEDICAL MICROBIOLOGY SMCB212 D C 15 6 SCHM121 (SLCH121) SCHM122 (SLCH122) SMCB211
ANIMAL DIVERSITY SZOL212 C M 15 6 SZOL111 (SLZL111) SZOL112 (SLZL112)
EITHER BIOCHEMISTRY: PRINCIPLES AND TECHNIQUES SBCH222 A E 15 6 SCHM121 (SLCH121) SCHM122 (SLCH122)
OR PLANT ANATOMY & BIODIVERSITY SBOT212 G E 15 6 SBOT111 (SLBT111) SBOT112 (SLBT112)
THIRD YEAR SEMESTER 1
GENE EXPRESSION AND REPLICATION SBCH311 A M 15 7 SBCH212
METABOLIC REGULATION SBCH321 C M 15 7 SBCH212
ANIMAL ECOLOGY I SZOL311 F M 15 7 SZOL212
ECOPHYSIOLOGY & ECOTOXICOLOGY SZOL321 H M 15 7 SZOL211
THIRD YEAR SEMESTER 2
RECOMBINANT DNA TECHNOLOGY SBCH312 A M 15 7 SBCH211
BIOCHEMISTRY OF NUTRITION SBCH322 C M 15 7 SBCH211 SBCH212
ANIMAL ECOLOGY II SZOL312 F M 15 7 SZOL212
RESEARCH DESIGN & APPLICATION SZOL322 H M 15 7 SZOL211