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Biochemistry is that branch of science that combines two of its main subjects, Biology, and Chemistry. It is a laboratory-based science that explores the chemical process which is related to and within living things. It also studies the chemical and biological aspects of organisms. By using the knowledge they obtain from chemistry, aspirants then learn how to solve biological problems. This is a fairly new discipline that emerged around the beginning of the 20th century when scientists started exploring ways of combining subjects like chemistry, physiology, and biology to investigate the chemistry of living systems.

The importance of this subject has been recognised by people not only from the science stream but from other fields of life as well. The main topics that are taught under this discipline include metabolism, protein science, and molecular genetics. Students of Biochemistry will receive theoretical as well as practical knowledge that will enable them to solve problems like diseases, nutritional problems as well as deficiencies.

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Study Levels

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The different study levels that are offered in this sub-discipline are:
BA in Biochemistry
B.Sc in Biochemistry
B.Sc (Hons) Biochemistry
Bachelor in Chemistry
B.Sc (Hons) in Chemistry and Biological Chemistry
B.Sc (Hons) in Chemistry and Biochemistry
B.Sc (Hons) in Biochemistry and Cell Biology
Degree in Biochemistry
Bachelor in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Bachelors in Biology with Biochemistry
B.Sc in Forensic Science and Biochemistry
Bachelor in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
B.Sc Biology, Biochemistry, and Physiology
M.Sc in Biochemistry, Food Science and Nutrition
Master in Biochemistry
M.Sc in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
M.Sc / Master of Engineering in Chemical and Biochemical ngineering
Master in Applied Chemistry and Molecular Biology Master in Biochemical Engineering
M.Sc Fokus Life Sciences
M.Sc in Catalysis

Specialisations

Biochemistry is quite a vast discipline and branches out into further specifications. The methods and study of Biochemistry are used in various fields of study.

The different specialisations that can be found are:

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Students can choose to specialize in areas like:

Molecular cell biology and molecular genetics.
Comparative genomics, proteomics, and molecular evolution.
Structure, function, and metabolism of Biomolecules
Molecular Biology
Nutrition and Metabolism
Energy and Metabolism

Bioinformatics
Genetics
Development and Diseases
Cell Biology and Signalling
Plant Biology

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Employability

A degree in Biochemistry will ensure that aspirants are equipped with the skill set required like analytical skills, excellent oral and written communication skills, critical-thinking skills, interpersonal skills, math skills, perseverance, an analytical and investigative mind, research skills, to mention a few. Biochemistry is a valuable choice and gives students many career options to choose from. This branch of science is needed in all the major industries of the world as it deals with the study of chemicals in relation to living organisms. Biochemistry graduates can work as Biochemists in vital sectors like agriculture, healthcare, cosmetics, forensics, and many more.

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    The various career choices include:
    Forensic Scientist
    Microbiologist
    Biochemist
    Clinical Scientist
    Pharmacologist
    Biomedical Scientist
    Academic Researcher
    Analytical Chemist
    Nanotechnologist
    Medicinal Chemist
    Research Scientist
    Physician Associate
    Scientific Laboratory Technician

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    The various career choices include:
    Forensic Scientist
    Microbiologist
    Biochemist
    Clinical Scientist
    Pharmacologist
    Biomedical Scientist
    Academic Researcher
    Analytical Chemist
    Nanotechnologist
    Medicinal Chemist
    Research Scientist
    Physician Associate
    Scientific Laboratory Technician