Department of Microbiology
Philosophy of the Department of Microbiology
Microbiology is a branch of biology that specializes in the study of organisms that are so tiny that they cannot be seen with the unaided eye. The organisms studied under the microscope include bacteria, fungi, algae, protozoa, and non-cellular entities called viruses.
The philosophy of the program is to equip our students with practical skills and an elaborate knowledge base that will enable them to visualize and work with microorganisms in the industry, environmental sector, hospitals, and health organizations. The program shall also prepare students for postgraduate studies by providing them with the necessary pre-requisite. Given the importance of molecular biology and genetic engineering in plants, animals, and microorganisms, the program will also equip our students with basic skills that are essential to modern microbiology and biotechnology. Finally, the program aims to produce students that are well equipped to succeed in the modern world.
Objectives of the Programme
The undergraduate programme is designed:
To create a sense of self-reliance and confidence in the students.
To equip them to be job creators.
To furnish them with knowledge and practical skills necessary in a competitive labour market.
To provide them with a knowledge base essential for research work should they decide to attend postgraduate school.
From the above objective, it is clear that the programme is sufficiently flexible to permit a student to complete his/her studies in four years. Students shall be assigned to “common” courses that will be prescribed in the Department from time to time in addition to major subject area courses. Elective shall also be also prescribed. Students participating particularly in the mandatory 6 months student industrial work experience scheme (SIWES) within the duration of the programme are exposed to practical skills in the field of study. The programme combines theoretical and practical principles. It also offers sufficient background and depth to enable a graduate to undertake post-graduate studies in his/her discipline or related fields.
Admission Requirements (B.Sc. Microbiology)
Minimum of five credits at Ordinary Level in GCE, SSCE, or their equivalent examinations. The credits should include Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and English Language. A combination of 5 credit passes at not more than two sittings from either WAEC or NECO or both as the case may be, are also allowed.
Three Advanced Level Passes in Biology and Chemistry plus credits at Ordinary Level as specified in (i) above.
OND, NCE, in related subjects plus credit at Ordinary Level as in (i) above
Registered Nurses with double qualification i.e. general Nursing Certificate and Midwifery or Psychiatry or its equivalent. This is in addition to UME requirements.
Candidates shall normally complete their registration formalities at the stipulated time as prescribed by the University and shall therefore renew their registration at the beginning of each Semester/Session until the completion of their programme. Candidates may however withdraw/suspend their course after due satisfaction of the University regulation. All candidates shall be required to register for and take the approved combination of courses. During the programme, candidates must satisfy the University requirements in respect of four-year and three-year courses as stipulated by this regulation. Elective courses are those that are offered within or outside the department that the student may select for the purpose of fulfilling the minimum requirement for the award of a degree. Prerequisites are courses, which must be taken and passed before the related course at a higher level is taken.
Academic Good Standing Requirements
To be in good academic standing in the department, a student must obtain a cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 1.50 at the end of each academic session. A new entrant (Fresher) to the degree programme who obtains a Grade Point Average (GPA) of less than 1.50 at the end of the first session in the university shall be advised to withdraw from the programme which he/she had registered for. However, a returning student (either at the 200, 300, or 400 level) whose CGPA is less than 1.50 at the end of an academic session shall be placed on "Probation'" on his/her programme for one academic session. A probationary student who obtains at least 1.50 CGPA at the end of a probationary year shall be allowed to continue his/her degree programme. But a probationary student who is unable to earn at least 1.50 CGPA at the end of the probationary year shall be advised to withdraw from the degree programme in which he/she had registered for.