BRIEF HISTORY OF THE DEPARTMENT
The Department of Microbiology offers a 4-year programme leading to B.Sc. honors degree in Microbiology. The programme commenced under the Faculty of Science during the 2013/2014 academic session with a total number of 74 students. Presently the first set of the students are at 400 level. At the moment, there are a total of 353 registered students. The staff strength has increased to 23 academic staff and 8 technical staff.
The Department runs programme with a diversity of sub-disciplines such as General Microbiology, Medical Microbiology including Bacteriology and Parasitology, Molecular Biology, Industrial and Environmental Microbiology, Microbial Biotechnology and Agricultural Microbiology. The administration of this programme involves teaching, practicals, tutorial, seminars, field trip and industrial attachment.
Philosophy, Aims and Objectives
The programme has been designed to provide a sound understanding of the concepts of microorganisms in relation to mankind and the environment. The programme will elaborate the importance of microorganisms in the industry, health and environmental sectors of the society. The Microbiology programmes will also emphasize the traditional biotechnology and the linkage to the current modern biotechnology. The main objective of the programme is to broadly educate students for positions in the industry, health sectors, and research institutes and to prepare them for graduate and professional studies in the applied areas of microbiology.
The entry requirements shall be at least credit level passes in five subjects including English Language, Mathematics, to form the core subjects with credit in three other relevant science courses Biology, Chemistry, and Physics at the Senior Secondary School Certificate or its equivalent. In addition, an acceptable pass in the University Tertiary’s Matriculation Examination (UTME) into 100-level is required. Candidates with two A level passes (graded A-E) at the Advanced Level in one or more relevant subjects (Biology, Botany, Chemistry, Geography, Mathematics and Physics) may undertake the three – year degree programme into 200-level.
The Expected duration for UTME candidates shall be four (4) years, while Candidates with two A level passes (graded A-E) at the Advanced level in one or more relevant subjects (Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Mathematics and Physics) may undertake three year degree programme into 200-level.