Bachelor of Science Honours in Applied Biology and Biochemistry

Bachelor of Science Honours in Applied Biology and Biochemistry

Offered in Conventional & Parallel
  • 4 YearsCourse Duration
  • UndergraduateSkill level
  • $5050.00
  • 02 October 2023Admission Deadline

Normal Entry

In order to qualify for normal entry candidates must satisfy the Entry Regulations specified in the General Academic Regulations and in so doing must also meet the following requirements:-

The candidate must have obtained passes in A’ Level Biology and “A” Level Chemistry or their equivalents plus any other science subject.

Special entry 

Candidates who have successfully completed a National Diploma in Biological Sciences and Biotechnology or its recognized equivalent may    apply for entry into Year I. Candidates shall normally have 2 years’ post qualification working experience and shall normally undergo    interviews.

The programme shall consist of 36 taught modules, plus 28 weeks industrial attachment. Year III of the programme shall consist of Industrial Attachment which shall culminate in the submission of an Industrial Attachment report in line with the General Regulations. In their final year students are expected to complete and pass a research project. All modules and research project are compulsory and students shall be required to pass them.

Assessment of candidates
Candidates shall be assessed through continuous assessment, practical assessment and a final written examination for each taught module. A student registered for the BSc (Hons) in Applied Biology and Biochemistry shall be required to pass all the modules for which they have registered.
Continuous assessment shall constitute 20%, practical assessment 20% and examination 60%of the overall mark.
During industrial attachment a student may register for failed modules he/she is eligible to re-sit. The industrial attachment module shall be assessed by continuous assessment, an oral examination and by the assessment of a final report written by the student. The continuous
Think in other terms assessment mark shall constitute 50%, attachment report 40% and oral examination 10% of the overall assessment.
On submission of a satisfactory research project the student shall be required to defend his/her work before a panel of Departmental Examiners. The project module shall be assessed by oral presentation which shall constitute 10% and a dissertation which shall constitute 90% of the overall assessment.

Teaching and Learning Methods:

Lectures, tutorials, laboratory classes, seminars, group work, industrial visits, industrial attachment, research project, individual independent study.

Assessment Methods:
Written and oral examinations, tests, laboratory reports, seminar presentations, industrial attachment report, final year research project report, continuous assessments.

The Regulations for the Bachelor of Science Honours degree, hereinafter referred to as the BSc (Hons) in Applied Biology and Biochemistry complement and are subordinate to University General Regulations for undergraduate degrees and Faculty of Applied Science regulations.

Expected Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this degree programme, the graduates shall be expected to:

  • Be participants of the global community who understand and can contribute to the debate, research and experimentation on contemporary issues in the area of Applied Biology and Biochemistry.
  • Be able to design, conduct, analyze, and communicate (in writing and orally) their academic research.
  • Recognize and be able to apply basic ethical principles to basic and applied biological and biochemical practice and shall understand the role of biological/biochemical science, scientists, and practitioners in society.
  • Display sufficient practical skills and knowledge in Biology and Biochemistry to be sought-after practitioners in industries (brewing, dairy, baking, pharmaceutical),research institutions, tertiary education, manufacturing industries and in the medical sector in Zimbabwe, the region and the world at large.
  • Demonstrate a decisive approach in the evaluation of scientific data and information,Think in other terms including the capacity to apply relevant statistical analysis and use of statistical software.
  • Apply relevant Applied Biology and Biochemistry techniques to solve real problems in industry.
  • Provide the students with the knowledge and skills to create employment in varied areas of Applied Biology and Biochemistry.

Production Managers, Quality controllers, Laboratory technicians in the food industry (brewing, baking, dairy etc), Pharmaceutical, Agricultural (seed production houses, feed manufacturers, egg and chicken industries), Medical (Laboratories at diagnostic and medical centres). Research scientists in research institutions, lecturers at Universities and polytechnics, biology educators in the education sector. Some can proceed and pursue higher degrees. Some can become consultants or become entrepreneurs in biology related businesses.

Further Studies:
PhD, MPhil in Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Biotechnology, MSc in Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology



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SBB 1103 Cell Biology 10 Credits
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SBB 1105 Plant Physiology 10 Credits
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SCH 1116 Organic Chemistry 10 Credits
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SMA 1112 Preparatory Mathematics 10 Credits
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SBB 1204 Genetics 10 Credits
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SBB 1206 Animal Physiology 10 Credits
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SBB 1207 General Microbiology I 10 Credits
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CTL 1101 Conflict Transformation And Leadership 10 Credits
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SBB 2102 Biochemistry : Metabolic Processes I 12 Credits
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SBB2104 Introduction To Enzymology And Immunology 10 Credits
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SBB 2105 General Microbiology II 10 Credits
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SBB 2107 Food Chemistry 12 Credits
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SBB 2203 Analytical Biochemistry 12 Credits
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SBB 2206 Food Microbiology 12 Credits
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SBB2211 Principles Of Quality Control 10 Credits
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SBB 2214 Molecular Genetics And Biotechnology 12 Credits
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SORS 2210 Applied Statistics For Biological Sciences 10 Credits
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SBB 3001 Industrial Attachment 120 Credits


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12 Credits
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SBB 4111 Biochemistry: Metabolic Processes II 12 Credits
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SBB 4204 Advanced Cell Biology 12 Credits
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