The evolving science of biochemistry encompasses the study of essential biological mechanisms with unified inputs from differing areas of specializations ranging from biochemical, cellular, modern biophysics as well as genomic technologies. Indeed, the current faculty at the Department of Biochemistry clearly exemplify this diverse nature of the discipline of biochemistry.  Faculty areas of research include signal transduction, gene regulation, protein chemistry, food science and processing technology and characterization of natural products. Thus, our Department is essentially organized to support versatile undergraduate and graduate (starting 2019/2020 academic year) programmes in Biochemistry. To facilitate excellent research as well as teaching and learning, departmental programmes profit from University of Cape Coast’s Sam Jonah Library, a magnificent ICT centre in addition to our Department’s Teaching and Research Laboratories.  
 

Biochemistry is the application of chemistry to the study of biological processes at the cell and molecular level. It is both a life science and a chemical science that explores the chemistry of living organisms and the molecular basis for the changes which occur in cells.  It emerged as a distinct discipline in the early 20th century when scientists combined biology, chemistry and physiology to investigate the chemistry of living organisms. 

Biochemistry has practically served as the foundation for understanding all biological processes and also provided explanations for the causes of many diseases in humans, animals and plants.  The knowledge and methods developed by biochemists are applied to all fields of biological science, medicine, agriculture and many chemical and health related industries.  There are many areas of science which require the understanding in principle of Biochemistry. These include neurochemistry, bio-organic chemistry, clinical chemistry, food biochemistry, physical biochemistry, molecular genetics, biochemical pharmacology, toxicology and immunochemistry.

The Department of Biochemistry is one of the seven Departments in the School of Biological Sciences.  Students who come to the department are required to take certain foundational courses from other departments in the School of Biological Sciences and School of Physical Sciences in the first and second years. The third and fourth years are committed to the training of students in fundamental as well as advanced concepts in biochemistry.  The training comprises lectures and laboratory sessions. Successful candidates at the end of the fourth year are awarded a Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Biochemistry.

The department is also committed to bioscience research as part of its contribution to the University’s agenda of strengthening the government’s socio-economic programmes and also to improve its scholarly methods. The three major areas of departmental research activities are:

  • Biochemistry of Food and Nutrition
  • ​Cell and Biomolecular Structure and Function
  • ​Pharmaceutical Biochemistry and Biochemical Toxicology

Students of the department are members of the Ghana Biochemistry Students Association, a viable national association that comprises biochemistry students from the public universities.

Vision

To become a centre of excellence, for the training of undergraduate, and postgraduate students, in structural biology, food and pharmaceutical biochemistry at the University of Cape Coast.

Mission

To produce high quality graduates and postgraduates in Biochemistry who would be able to address challenges in the educational sector, research, clinical and industries to meet national aspirations.

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The Biochemistry programme at the University of Cape Coast prepares you for rewarding and varied career opportunities.  The course is designed along theory and practical lines meant to develop your communication, leadership and analytical skills. Completing the Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry in UCC prepares you for life in virtually all disciplines but most especially in food, pharmaceutical industries and healthcare settings. It also offers opportunities to study in other academic disciplines such as Pharmacology, Toxicology, Molecular Biology and Microbiology.  Teaching is done in a supportive and conducive learning environment.