4 Year

About this course


What Is Biochemistry?

Biochemistry is the study of the structure, composition, and chemical reactions of substances in living systems. Biochemistry emerged as a separate discipline when scientists combined biology with organic, inorganic, or physical chemistry and began to study such topics as how living things obtain energy from food, the chemical basis of heredity, and what fundamental changes occur in disease. Biochemistry includes the sciences of molecular biology; immunochemistry; neurochemistry; and bioinorganic, bioorganic, biophysical chemistry and many other. Biochemistry has a wide range of applications. Studying the cell and chemistry of life results in valuable contributions being made in medicine, industry, and society. This knowledge is used in fighting illness and improving the quality of life, making the field interesting, challenging, rewarding, and full of opportunity.


Biochemistry At JUW?

The Department of Biochemistry at JUW offers comprehensive teaching and research program in both basic and applied aspects of Biochemistry. At the same time it maintains a close relationship with the advanced research in the fields of neurochemistry, molecular biology, proteomics, biotechnology and clinical chemistry, reflecting the fundamental significance of biochemistry in these fields. It has a group of highly qualified full-time faculty members with approximately 400 students at graduate level. It is also successfully running MS/PhD programme. The Department houses facilities for modern clinical and proteomic / genomic research. Its laboratories are appropriately equipped for teaching as well as for research in various disciplines of Biochemistry.


Careers Related To Biochemistry:

Biochemists work in modern research laboratories that stimulate creative work. Often they interact with scientists and specialists from other fields because their research is tied to another discipline. Different colleges and universities employ the majority of biochemists as teachers or researchers in schools of arts and sciences, medicine, engineering, pharmacy, dentistry, veterinary medicine, agriculture etc. Industries that produce pharmaceuticals, agricultural chemicals, foods, feeds, and consumer products also employ biochemists in research as well as in areas outside the lab such as marketing, management, science information, technical writing, and editing. Drug companies employ biochemists to research the causes of disease and to develop drugs to combat these diseases. Biotechnology companies employ biochemists in research quality control, clinical research, manufacturing, and information systems with applications to the environment, energy, human health care, agriculture, and animal health. Some biochemists also work in hospitals.


Contact  Details:

Department of Biochemistry,
Jinnah University for Women,
5-C, Nazimabad, Karachi – 74600,
Tel: 02136619902 – Ext – 206
Email: [email protected]



First Year
First Semester Second Semester
Code Subject Cr.Hr. Code Subject Cr.Hr.
COMP 1 101/300 Comp/Maths 3 COMP 3 1022/300 Comp/Maths 3
COMP 2 Eng 1001/300 English-I 3 COMP 4 Eng 1022/300 English II 3
GEN 1 1011/301 Zoo/Bot 2+1 GEN 3 1022/302 Zoo/Bot 2+1
GEN 2 1011/301 Che/Mic 2+1 GEN 4 1022/302 Che/Mic 2+1
MAJ 1 Bio 1011/311 Foundation 1 Introductory Biochemistry-I 3+1 MAJ 2 Bio 1022/312 Foundation 2 Introductory Biochemistry-II 2+1
Second Year
Third Semester Fourth Semester
Code Subject Cr.Hr. Code Subject Cr.Hr.
COMP 5 Eng 2031/400 English III 3 COMP 7 Eng 2042/400 English-IV 3
COMP 6 2031/400 Islamiat 2 COMP 8 2042/400 Pak.Studies 2
GEN 5 2031/401 Zoo/Bot 2+1 GEN 7 2042/402 Zoo/Bot 2+1
GEN 6 2031/401 Che/Mic 2+1 GEN 8 2042/402 Che/Mic 2+1
MAJ 3 Bio 2031/411 Foundation 3 Food & Nutrition 2+1 MAJ 5 BIO 2052/412 Foundation 5 bioenergetics 3
MAJ 4 Bio 2041/421 Foundation 4 Metabolism-1 2+1 MAJ 6 BIO 2062/422 Foundation 6 Metabolism-1I 2+1
COMP 9 Compulsory 2+1
Third Year
Fifth Semester Sixth Semester
Code Subject Cr.Hr. Code Subject Cr.Hr.
BIO 3051/511 MAJ I Compartive Biochemistry 3 BIO 3112/512 Foundation 9
Tissue Biochemistry
BIO 3061/521 MAJ II Cellular Organization & Function 2+1 BIO 3122/522 MAJ V Principles Of Endocrinology 2+1
BIO 3071/531 MAJ III Biostatistics 3 BIO 3132/532 Foundation 10 Enzymology 2+1
BIO 3081/541 Foundation 7
Biochemical Genetics
2+1 BIO 3142/542 MAJ VI Introduction To Neurochemistry 2+1
BIO 3091/551 MAJ IV Physical Biochemistry 2+1 BIO 3152/452 MAJ VII Principles Of Hematology 2+1
BIO 3101/561 Foundation 8
Food Science & Technology
2+1 BIO 3162/562 MAJ VIII Environmental Biotechnology 2+1
Fourth Year
Seventh Semester Eighth Semester
Code Subject Cr.Hr. Code Subject Cr.Hr.
BIO 4171/611 MAJ IX
Advance Neurochemistry
2+1 BIO 4262/612 Elective 4 Nutrition & Dietetics/Nutritional Biochemistry 2+1
BIO 4181/621 MAJ X
2+1 BIO 4272/622 Maj XII Clinical Biochemistry 2+1
BIO 4191/631 Elective I
2+1 BIO 4282/632 Elective 5 Molecular Biology 2+1
BIO 4201/641 Elective II
Advance Intermediary Metabolism
2+1 BIO 4292/642 Maj XIII Pharmacology 2+1
BIO 4211/651 MAJ XI
Biochemical Techniques-1
3 BIO 4302/652 Maj XIV Biochemical Techniques-II 3
BIO 4221/661 Elective-3
Biosafety & Ethics
2 BIO 4312/662 Elective 6 Current Trends In Biochemistry 2
BIO 4382 Thesis 4+2
BIO 4372 Project 3
Elective Courses
Elective Courses Elective Courses
Code Subject Cr.Hr. Code Subject Cr.Hr.
BIO 4231/671
Industrial Biochemistry
2+1 BIO 4322/672 Xenobiotics 2+1
BIO 4141/681
2+1 BIO 4332/682 Proteomics 2+1
BIO 4251/691
Plant Biochemistry
2+1 BIO 4342/692 Computational Drug Designing 2+1


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