The concept of the organic world has been constantly changing since life first appeared on the planet with the environment as the controlling influence. Changes in the condition on the earth have brought about the evolution and extinction of species.
Among the organisms on earth, man has become increasingly hyperactive since the dawn of the technological era. This hyperactive nature of man has led to the widespread environmental deterioration, which may eventually lead to mass elimination of species. Qualitative environmental degradation include pollution of water bodies and of the atmosphere, the loss of soil fertility, destruction of landscape through accumulation of solid and radioactive wastes, and the menace of noise pollution.
The Mission Statement of the Department is to develop the human mind to be creative, innovative, research-oriented, knowledgeable in entrepreneurship, competent in areas of specialization and dedicated to service. The members of staff of the Department are determined to promote quality and excellence in teaching and research by equipping our students with the necessary knowledge, skills, and experiences that would prepare them for life in an ever-changing and challenging world.
The philosophy of the programme in the Department of Environmental Management and Toxicology is to train Environmental Managers and Toxicologists to the highest scientific and research standard in the identification and resolution of environmental issues such as pollution control, waste management, environmental biotechnology and toxicology. Accordingly, the programme is executed through five different units: Environmental Chemistry, Microbial Toxicology, Genetic and Molecular Toxicology, Aquatic/Terrestrial Toxicology and Environmental Management to provide students with a broad and balanced foundation of Environmental Management and Toxicology and practical skills in the areas of management of institutional, industrial, research laboratories and workshops to meet local and international environmental needs. Given the constant environmental degradation in the country, the programme is relevant to national needs in training graduates to understand the ecosystem to promote and advocate sustainability of the environment for future development of the country.