B.Sc. (Hons.) - Biochemistry BSc. Biochemistry

School of Life & Basic Sciences

Biochemistry, sometimes called biological chemistry, is the study of chemical processes in living organisms. It deals with the structures and functions of cellular components, such as proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids and other biomolecules. By controlling information flow through biochemical signalling and the flow of chemical energy through metabolism, biochemical processes give rise to the complexity of life. All areas of life sciences from botany to medicine are engaged in biochemical research. Pure biochemistry focuses on understanding how biological molecules give rise to the processes that occur within living cells, which in turn relates greatly to the study and understanding of whole organisms.

Key Information

Duration

3 Years

Eligibility

10+2 Science/ Biology/ Mathematics/ Agriculture/ Biotechnology or Equivalent

Selection Procedure

Merit + PI

Scholarship

As per Jaipur National University Rules

Industry Internship Programme

The students undergo a training programme in the Department of Biochemistry. This training will ensure that students demonstrate and develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills as well as management competencies in applied, experiential settings.  

Programme Structure

  • Biostatistics and Introduction to Computers
  • Cell Biology and Genetics
  • Microbiology
  • Chemistry - I
  • Introductory Mathematics
  • Programming Language Fundamentals and Applications
  • Biochemistry - I
  • Chemistry – II
  • Membrane Biochemistry
  • Metabolism I
  • Chemistry III
  • Professionals Communication Skills
  • Fundamentals of Bioinformatics and Nanotechnology
  • Biophysics and Instrumentation
  • Metabolism II
  • Molecular Biochemistry
  • Endocrinology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Enzymology
  • Immunology
  • Plant Biochemistry
  • Genomics
  • Biodiversity and Environment
  • Molecular Physiology

Career Prospects

Biochemistry offers multiple career options and which career to choose is all up to the person. They make higher than the average salary because of the vast demand for Biochemists. Many institutes in India and abroad offer teaching and research positions for Biochemists.

Apart from being a part of biochemical research in academic institutions, Biochemists can also find their suitability in various institutions such as hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, agricultural companies and other biologically relevant private or government sectors. More recent breakthroughs in drug discovery in cancer and AIDS like diseases have biochemistry approach as its core for extracting a knowledge base to complement other disciplines like Bioinformatics.

Applying for Admissions 2021

A person who practices Biochemistry and has studied Biochemistry course is generally called as Biochemist. Biological processes are complex processes that have many aberrations as presented in many disorders and diseases. Mechanistic molecular details of these complexities are necessary to infer relevant information in order to derive molecules, methods, tools or approaches to overcome or manage these disorders. A Biochemist therefore studies molecular, metabolic and physiological details of the concerned biological phenomena to connect molecular basis to systemic physiological effects. They spend a lot of time inside a biochemistry laboratory with designing and executing molecular or metabolic experiments more often dealing with clinical samples, various reagents and numerous spectroscopy, potentiometry, electrophoresis, chromatography and centrifugation instruments. It is their job to design, execute and infer useful information from these experiments.

Biochemists excel themselves in disciplines of biomolecular structure and function, metabolism, enzymology, clinical biochemistry, pharmaceutical biochemistry, endocrinology, plant biochemistry, molecular physiology etc.

Biochemistry offers multiple career options and which career to choose is all up to the person. They make higher than the average salary because of the vast demand for Biochemists. Many institutes in India and abroad offer teaching and research positions for Biochemists. Apart from being a part of biochemical research in academic institutions, Biochemists can also find their suitability in various institutions such as hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, agricultural companies and other biologically relevant private or government sectors. More recent breakthroughs in drug discovery in cancer and AIDS like diseases have biochemistry approach as its core for extracting a knowledge base to complement other disciplines like Bioinformatics.

No, you need to not have modest chemistry knowledge or skills for a good career in biochemistry. Although having any good idea of chemistry will be a definite edge. Likewise having statistics knowledge would also enhance the quality of the experimental inference, yet these disciplines are complementary in nature rather than obligatory in biochemistry.even if you are just inclined to the biological aspect of biochemistry, you can easily survive and thrive in biochemistry discipline.

It honestly depends on what you are interested in and what your strengths are. Right from production of pharmaceutical drugs, or to their quality control or to their sale in open market, or as a research scholar, or as a biochemistry teacher, or a medicine entrepreneur having his/her own production house (startups) targeted at fulfilling the ever increasing demand of the already available generic drugs. All these sectors are open to biochemists. Once they choose their direction, they can pursue a suitable higher degree to further proceed with their career in human, animal, plant, agriculture or technologically relevant sector. (Ex. management inclined person can pursue MBA after B.Sc. (Hons.) Biochemistry to proceed with his/her career as manager in pharmaceutical industry or company). Thus there are jobs at academic research institutions, and there are also plenty of opportunities at startups and large companies, in fields from biotechnology to pharmaceuticals to agriculture.

Yes, you can but go through the eligibility details of the particular institution where you prefer to apply and note that it might be a shift where you have to work hard to learn core biochemistry related subjects and willing to learn new practical lab work related to biochemistry and biotechnology. Whatever the course might be when you are learning a new subject from scratch, you have to do some extra hard work and most importantly stay motivated throughout.

Yes, B.Sc in biochemistry provides good technical assistant, sales and managerial jobs in biochemistry labs/companies/institutions/industry, and you can gain the skill required by the employee even while pursuing your job. Although doing a higher degree is always recommended to tighten your grip in the advanced skills and approaches needed to survive and thrive in the area chosen by the person.

Yes, of course. It’s called mother of all new medical technology relevant areas for some of its very powerful accomplishments. If you are interested in pursuing biology based careers aimed at production, quality control, management, research, teaching or technical career in corporate or non-governmental organizations like WHO, UNESCO etc; then it’s worth it. Just keep patience and keep developing your skills even after getting a good job.

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