Dr Fatima Umar Maigari, Head of Department


The Department of Biochemistry has a modest beginning with the desire to produce B.Sc. Biochemistry graduates and satisfy the needs of the College of Medical Sciences of Gombe State University. The Department has grown remarkably both in number of staff and students; currently it has a total number of 26 staff including both academic and non-academic staff, and over 500 students. The Department has well equipped and standard Biochemistry laboratory which accommodates both teaching and research needs in this field. In the first year of study, all the students in the Department take the same courses in various areas of science and general studies as enshrined in the curriculum. At 200 level, the students move to their different areas of disciplines. At the end of first semester 300level, the Biochemistry students proceed for six months of Student’s Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES). In their fourth year, which is the final year of study, each student is expected to undertake a research project in the field of Biochemistry. Such a project is to be defended by the student in the Department and before an External Examiner. There is the Nigerian Association of Biochemistry Students (NABS) which was formed and registered with the University in the year, 2013 and each student of the Department is to register with this Association as a Member. The Association is saddled with the responsibility of organising orientation to newly admitted students and overseeing the overall interest of the students of Biochemistry Department.


For admission to study B.Sc. Biochemistry, students must satisfy the minimum requirement of O-level credit passes at in Chemistry, Biology, Physics, English and Mathematics in not more than two sittings. This is in addition to an acceptable pass in UTME and screening test set by the university. Students that have successfully completed Remedial program approved by the University Senate and meet the requirements stated above are also eligible for admission. For direct entry, a prospective candidate must satisfy the O-level requirements stated above in addition to at least two A- level passes (or equivalent) in subjects that must include Chemistry and Biology.


A student in this Department is said to be ‘acceptable or good academic standing’ if his/her CGPA is 1.50 or higher. The minimum of 144 credit units must be obtained in order to graduate within the minimum prescribed period for course program in the Department.