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B.Sc. (Honours) Biochemistry

B.Sc. (Honours) Biochemistry

Institute of Home Economics is one of the six colleges of University of Delhi to run the much sought after three-year B.Sc. (Hons) in Biochemistry. It attracts the cream of students from all over India. The BSc (Hons.) Biochemistry course is further divided into six semesters with each academic year consisting of two semesters. The programme includes Core Courses (CC) and elective courses. The core courses are all mandatory courses. The elective courses are: Discipline-Specific Elective (DSE), Skill Enhancement Course (SEC) and Generic Elective (GE). The programme also includes two compulsory Ability Enhancement Courses (AEC). Subjects offered by college may be subject to change*.

The students are offered advanced level theory and practical courses in subjects such as Proteins, Cell Biology, Immunology, Enzymes, Molecular Biology, Recombinant DNA Technology and Advanced Techniques in Immunology and Genetics. The programme aims to train the students to enable them to apply biochemical principles learned both theoretically and experimentally to understand various complex processes in life sciences and provide biochemical solutions to combat various human diseases.

This programme in Biochemistry aims to provide students with excellent training in the field of Biochemistry emphasizing on a solid background of basic concepts as well as latest advancement in the field. In addition to theoretical knowledge, considerable emphasis is given on hands-on training to build a strong foundation of Biochemistry and Biotechnology through practical training. This course aims to provide conceptualisation of collaborative and multidisciplinary work, amalgamate and apply the basic understanding of basic and industrial research and biotechnology.
On completion of the course, the students develop analytical and problem solving skills with regard to various challenges in the field of biochemistry. The programme aims to impart in each student the competence for research and innovation in Biochemistry and Biotechnology as a skilled experimentalist.

Programme Learning Outcomes:

The curriculum is designed to achieve the following outcomes:
  • Inculcate the basic concepts of biochemistry including an understanding of the fundamental biochemical principles and their applications in a systematic, methodical, scientific, evidence-based process. The programme will also provide a general understanding of the related disciplines with a holistic knowledge generation in biological sciences.
  • Develop problem solving and analytical skills through case studies, research papers and hands-on-experience, especially integrated into skill enhancement courses.
  • Students will gain proficiency in basic laboratory techniques and be able to apply the scientific method to the processes of experimentation, hypothesis testing, data interpretation and logical conclusions.
  • Provide requisite knowledge of laboratory safety, data replication and quality control, record keeping and other aspects of “responsible conduct of research”.
  • Ability to employ modern library search tools to locate and retrieve primary literature on a topic and critically evaluate the literature.
  • Students will be able to apply and effectively communicate scientific reasoning and data analysis in both written and oral forms. They will be able to communicate effectively with well-designed posters and slides in talks aimed at scientific audiences as well as the general public.
  • Students will learn to work collaboratively in a team.
  • Students will gain knowledge of ethical and good laboratory practices, health and biohazard regulations, plagiarism and intellectual property rights related issues practiced in the modern era of scientific investigation.
  • Graduates will be able to apply the major theories and research procedures to contemporary societal issues.
  • The programme will prepare students to plunge into various fields of higher education or related professions in various disciplines, armed with a plethora of knowledge, hands-on experience and scientific attitude, at national and global levels.
For more details, the candidates may refer to syllabus and course structure available on the website of University of Delhi at: