Project Description


The Philosophy of the Programme is to encourage and promote the training of students in all aspects of Plant Science and Biotechnology. The students, at the end of their programme are expected to become conscious of their environment and appreciate the delicate balance between plant life and the existence of the Earth. They are also expected to become highly knowledgeable in the new frontiers of biotechnology as it relates to plants, the primary producers in the universe. Most importantly, it is the core goal of the department to produce graduates who can relate to the needs of the society through their knowledge and application of the amazing facts of plant life and products, and biotechnology.

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  • VISION – To produce scientific experts provided with both theoretical understanding and practical training in the field of Biotechnology and then the contribution of these cadres to work in both official and non-official agricultural, industrial, and health institutions.

  • MISSION – To produce specialized graduates in the fields of Biotechnology and provide them with updated information in the various fields of the contementary life such as plant biotechnology in order to get a full benefit of the plant products, genetically engineered living organisms, medical biotechnology, production of pharmaceutical compounds, environmental reclamation in order to get rid of air, soil, and water pollutants, and to use the genetically engineered microorganisms for the production of materials with biological values.

  • AIM & OBJECTIVE – The objective of the course is to give students new knowledge and widening of the knowledge acquired in other course by handling of classical and modern plant biotechnology processes, including breeding of healthy plants, plants with improved characteristics and plants for biomolecule production.

  • Career Placement – In particular, the graduates of the Plant Science programmes in the College of Natural Sciences can work in the following institutions:

    Nigeria National Bureau of Standards (UNBS)

    Nigeria Industrial Research Institute

    Agricultural Research Institutes

    Pharmaceutical Industries

    Sugar Industries

    Tea Estates and Industries

    National Bureau of Statistics

    District Fisheries Officers

    District Entomologists

    National Environment Management Authority (NEMA)

    Ministry of Agriculture

    Animal Resources & Fisheries

    Ministry of Agriculture, Animal resources and fisheries

    Ministry of Lands, Water and Environment.

    National Research Organization (NARO)

    Nigeria Forestry Authority

    Nigeria Wetlands Inspection Division

    Ministry of Education

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The Degree Programmes shall be based on the following courses throughout the the four(4) years:

First Semester (Core, Required and Elective Courses)

100 level 200 level 300 level 400 level
Communication in English Peace and Conflict Resolution Ethno-medicinal Plants Plant Issue Culture and Micropropagation
Use of Library Introduction to Entrepreneurship Plant Taxonomy Phytogeography
Nigeria Peoples and Culture Seedless Plants General Plant Physiology Plant Virology and Diagnostics
General Biology I General Genetics I General Plant Anatomy Advance in Plant Physiology
General Practical Biology I Introduction Ecology Plant Ecology Plant Productivity and Apiculture
General Chemistry I General Invertebrate Zoology Principles of Plant Biotechnology Seminar
General Chemistry Practical I Statistics for Agriculture and Biological Science I Research Methods Plant Pathology
General Physics I General Microbiology I Microbial Genetics and Molecular Biology Principles of Scientific writing
General Physics Practical I General Microbiology Practical I General Mycology Biometry and Experimental Design
Introduction to Computer Science General Biochemistry Field Course
Elementary Mathematics Enzymology

Second Semester (Core, Required and Elective Courses)

100 level 200 level 300 level 400 level
Communication in English II Entrepreneurship Advances in Plant Molecular Biology
Environment and Sustainable Development Leadership Skills Plant Breeding
General Biology II Biological Techniques Timber Products Technology
General Biology Practical II General Genetics II Students Industrial Work Experience (SIWES) Field Work Mushroom Technology
General Chemistry II Seed Plants SIWES Report Research Project
General Chemistry Practical II General Physiology SIWES Seminar Economic and Industrial Botany
Genaral Physics II Cell/Development Biology Introductory Soil Science
General Physics Practical II General Biochemistry II
Elementary Mathematics II General Microbiology II
Introduction to Microbiology general Microbiology Practical II
Conservation and Microdiversity
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Admission Requirements

Candidates are admitted into the degree programme in any of the following three ways:

  1. The Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME)
  2. Direct Entry
  3. Inter-University Transfer

A. UTME Entry Mode

Candidates must obtain credit passes in five (5) subjects in WAEC, NECO and GCE, which must include English Language, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. In addition, an acceptable pass in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) in relevant subject combinations is required for admission into 100 level. Expected duration for UTME candidates shall be 4 years.

BDirect Entry (DE): 3-Year Degree Programme

Expected duration for Direct Entry (DE) candidates with at least two ‘A’ level passes at the GCE/JUPEB/IJMB in relevant science subjects shall be 3 years.

CInter-University Transfer Mode

Students can transfer provided they met the receiving University’s requirements in terms of qualification, grade and the minimum duration of stay to earn the university’s degree.

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John Paul
John PaulAg. HOD Plant Science & Biotechnology

Welcome to the Department of Plant Science and Biotechnology at Hezekiah University Umudi, Imo State. We offer a high range of courses capable of instilling into our graduates the sound background that is deeply rooted in laboratory and field based experience in the broad array of disciplines within Plant Science and Biotechnology.

Our graduates are sought after by many leading employers. A degree in Plant Science and Biotechnology from Hezekiah University, Umudi definitely creates gainful employment for our graduates in specified areas in Agriculture, Biotechnology, Environmental Management, Pharmacy, Research and Teaching etc. So you are welcome to take advantage of these by joining us.


Iheagwam Kelechi
Iheagwam Kelechi
Azoji, John Paul
Azoji, John Paul

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