The Department of Chemical Sciences belongs to the Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences in the University and it maintains a four-year programme leading to the award of Bachelor of Science. Right from the beginning, the programme of the department is in line with its philosophy. Like that of any other natural science discipline, the philosophy is to produce graduates with proven ability to understand and make contributions to the development of the Nation and the world in general. To achieve these, the students will be equipped with a broad foundation in the general fields of chemistry as well as specialized knowledge in Industrial Chemistry.
The philosophy of Industrial Chemistry discipline is to produce graduates with critical mind, requisite ability and skill to analyse, predict and come up with solutions for economic sustenance and technological breakthrough in the Nation in particular and the world in general.
The programme is designed to equip the students with the knowledge and skills to contribute positively to the economic and industrial development of the country. More specifically, the main objectives of the degree programme can be stated as follows:
- To prepare students professionally for participation in the Chemical Industry. It is intended that graduates of this programme will be able to adapt themselves to jobs which are problem solving or results oriented in the chemical, petrochemical, biochemical and allied technological fields e.g. food, environmental, textiles, polymer etc.
- To educate and train chemists, most importantly applied chemists, who could fundamentally think about their subject and understand as graduates the meaningful picture of the chemical industry.
- To help in the development and encouragement of creative thinking and research aptitudes as a result of having a curios and enquiring mind set.
- To create in students appropriate skills and abilities that could enable them manage and administer technological operations within the field of chemistry and allied areas;
- To provide students with a thorough grounding in principles and sound knowledge of scientific methods of the chemical sciences.
Admissions into Industrial Chemistry programme could be either through UTME administered by JAMB or through Direct Entry. Qualified UTME candidates are admitted into the four-year degree programme after they must have passed the UTME (Use of English, Chemistry, Mathematics and any of Physics/Biology/Agricultural Science). To be qualified, a UTME candidate should possess a Senior Secondary Certificate (SSC), National Examination Council (NECO) certificate, a General Certificate of Education (GCE) or their equivalents with credit passes in five subjects, which must include English Language, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics and any other relevant science subject.
Candidates for the direct entry into the degree programme should possess five credit passes in SSCE, NECO, GCE or their equivalents as for the UTME candidates. In addition, such students should possess a minimum of two A level passes (graded A-E) at the GCE Advanced Level or JUPEB in relevant subjects (Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics, Biology).
National diploma (ND) in relevant subjects with minimum of upper credit pass may qualify candidates for admission into direct entry provided their programmes cover certain basic courses required by the Department. They must also have five O’level
credit passes including mathematics, physics, chemistry and English language. In exceptional cases, ND lower credit pass may be acceptable.
The programme runs on four-year formal studies – lectures, seminar and project writing.