CodeCourses TitleCredits
**AEB 111Introductory  Zoology4
**AEB 122Functional Zoology4
**AEB 211Environmental Ecology4
**AEB 213Invertebrate Biology4
**AEB 222Histology4
**AEB 224Vertebrate Biology4
**AEB 311Animal Physiology3
**AEB 312Animal and Environmental Biology Techniques3
*AEB 314Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy3
**AEB 315Introductory Hydrobiology3
**AEB 316Introductory Parasitology3
**AEB 317Introductory Entomology3
**AEB 318Population Ecology3
**AEB 320Industrial Training3
**AEB 400Seminars3
 *AEB 410Environmental Management3
**AEB 411Environmental Physiology3
  *AEB 412Comparative Vertebrate Embryology3
**AEB 413Principles of Systematic Zoology3
**AEB 415Hydrobiology3+
**AEB 417Entomology3+
**AEB 418Community and Ecosystem Ecology3
**AEB 422Evolution3
  *AEB 423Animal Behaviour3
   eAEB 424Zoogeography3
**AEB 426Parasitology3+
   eAEB 429Fisheries Biology and Aquaculture3
**AEB 499Research Project6

** Core Courses

*Mandatory Courses

eElective Courses

+Degree Options

DEGREE SYLLABUS

The degree syllabus consists of: CORE (**) courses, which must be taken, passed and used, in computing all degree examination results. Options may be available within the list of core courses. MANDATORY (*) courses are courses, which the Department requires the students to take and pass to graduate. ELECTIVE courses are courses, which are chosen by a student according to his/ her interest in addition to core and mandatory courses. PREREQUISITE courses are courses, which the students must take and pass before he/she can register for more advanced courses. 

100 LEVEL

First semester

Course CodesCourses TitleCredits
**AEB111 *MCB111Introductory Zoology Introductory Microbiology4 2
  *CHM111General Chemistry I3
  *CHM113Organic Chemistry I3
  *MTH112Calculus3
  *PBB111Introduction to Plant Biology I3
  *CSC110Introductory to computing3
**GST111Use of English I2
**GST112Philosophy & Logic2
  2 25
Second Semester
Course CodesCourses TitleCredits
**AEB122Functional Zoology4
  *CHM122General Chemistry 113
  *CHM124Organic Chemistry 113
**GST121Use of English II2
**GST122Nigerian Peoples & Culture2
**GST123History & Philosophy of Science2
  *PBB122Introduction to Plant Biology II3
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Students on the four-year programme require a minimum of 40 credits (including GST Courses) at the 100 levels for graduation. They may wish to select additional courses as electives from other Department in the Faculty of Physical Sciences (Physics, Geology, etc) with the assistance of the Departmental Course Adviser.

200 LEVEL
First Semester
Course  CodesCourse TitlesCredits
**AEB 211Environmental Ecology4
**AEB 213Invertebrate Biology4
  *CSC 211Structural Programming in PASCAL3
  *PBB 211Introductory Ecology3
  *PBB 212Bryology and Pteridology3
  17
Second Semester
Course CodesCourses TitleCredits
**AEB 222Histology4
**AEB 224Vertebrate Biology4
  *CSC 220Introduction to Data Processing3
  *PBB 226Higher Plants3
  *PBB 224Introductory Genetics3
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A minimum of 30 credits including core courses is required at the 200 level for graduation.

 300 LEVEL

First Semester

Course CodesCourse TitlesCredits
**AEB 311Animal Physiology3
**AEB 312Animal and Environmental Biology Techniques3
*AEB 314Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy3
**AEB 315Introductory Hydrobiology3
**AEB 316Introductory Parasitology3
**AEB 317Introductory Entomology3
**AEB 318Population Ecology3
  *PBB312Cell Biology4
  *PBB313Biometry3
  *CED 300Entrepreneurship 2
ePBB 316Phycology4
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Second Semester

Course CodesCourse TitlesCredits 
**AEB 320Industrial Training      6
  6 

Candidates may register for electives totally 5 credits from other Departments but the total credits should not exceed 50.

400 LEVEL

First Semester

Course CodesCourse TitlesCredits
**AEB400Seminars3
**AEB410Environmental Management3
**AEB411Environmental Physiology3
  *AEB412Comparative Vertebrate Embryology  3 
**AEB413Principles of Systematic Zoology3
**AEB414Field Trip2
**AEB415Hydrobiology  4+
**AEB417Entomology  4+
**AEB418Community and Ecosystem Ecology3
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Second Semester

Course CodesCourse TitlesCredits
**AEB422Evolution3
 *AEB423Animal Behaviour3
    eAEB424Zoogeography3
**AEB426Parasitology  4+
    eAEB429Fisheries Biology and Aquaculture3
**AEB499Research Project6
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Final year students should register for ONE of the specialization courses (+) which must be in their project areas. A minimum of 30 credits including core courses is required for graduation.

   DETAILED SYLLABUS
AEB111**  Introduction to Animal & Environmental Biology (4 credits, First Semester) Man population growth, Environmental Pollution and impact on the biosphere; Faunal biodiversity: Invertebrata (Protozoa, Prorifera, Coelenterata, Platyhelminthes, Nematoda, Mollusca, Annelida, Arthropoda, Echinodermata. Vertebrata (Cephalochordata, Pisces, Amphibia, Reptilia, Aves, Mammalia. Mammalian Anatomy: Anatomy of Rattus rattus  
AEB122**  Functional Zoology (4 credits, second semester) Embryology: Gametogenesis, fertilization and cleavage as demonstrated by Amphioxus, Genetics: the cell and distribution of genetic material mitosis, meiosis, inheritance, sex determination and sex-linked inheritance, Histology: Cells, tissues, organ formation and main features. Physiology: Functioning of mammalian skin, muscles/skeleton, alimentary system/nutritional requirements and deficiencies.  
AEB211** Pre-requisiteEnvironmental Ecology (4 credits, first semester) AEB 111 Aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems of Nigeria: Physical and chemical properties, faunal adaptations for life; inter-relationships (food chains/webs). Conservation of faunal resources of Nigeria.  
AEB213** Pre-requisiteInvertebrates Zoology (4 credits First Semester) AEB 111 Identification, phylogency, biology and economic importance of Protozoa, Porifera, Platyhelminthes, Aschelminuthes, Annelida, Mollusca, Arthropoda and Echinodermata of Nigeria.  
AEB222** Pre-requisiteHistology (4 credits, Second semester) AEB 122 Structure of vertebrate skin, skeletal, muscular, alimentary respiratory circulatory excretory, nervous endocrine and reproductive systems.  
AEB224** Pre-requisiteVertebrate Zoology (4 credits, Second Semester) AEB 111 Identification, phylogeny, biology and economic importance of: Cephalochordata, Hemichordata, Urochordata, Agnatha, Pisces, Amphibia, Reptilia, Aves and Mammalia of Nigeria. Students are expected to dissect the dogfish.
        



AEB311** Pre-requisite
Animal Physiology (3 credits, First Semester) AEB 122 Principles of physiological adaptation homeostasis, Nervous, neuromuscular and endocrine systems; nutrition and digestion, blood and circulation, excretion, respiration, osmoregulation.


AEB312** Pre-requisites
Animal and Environmental Biology Techniques (3 Credits, First Semester) AEB 222 Methods of collections, preservation and classification of aquatic and terrestrial invertebrates and vertebrates, taxidermy. Sampling techniques for terrestrial and aquatic parameters/organisms. Instrumentation: Microscopy, Chromatography, Manometry, spectrophotometry, Microtomes, Staining and preparation of permanent slides, presentation and interpretation of biological data.
AEB314* Pre-requisites SyllabusComparative Vertebrate Anatomy (3 Credits, First Semester) AEB 111, 224 Functional comparative Anatomy of the organ systems in vertebrates; Skin circulatory, digestive, excretory, nervous, respiratory, skeletal and urino-genital systems of Pisces. Amphibia, Reptilia, Aves and Mammalia, Students are expected to dissect fish, toad, lizard, chick and rat.  
AEB315** Pre-requisites SyllabusIntroductory Hydrobiology (4 Credits, First Semester) AEB 211 The aquatic environment: Types of freshwater, brackish water and marine. General physical and chemical properties: Temperature, Currents, Waves, Tides, pH, DO and Salinity of surface waters using Nigerian examples. Adaptations to aquatic life as shown by planktonic organisms and benthos. Life in the inter-tidal zone.  
AEB316 ** Pre-requisites SyllabusIntroductory Parasitology (4 Credits, First Semester) AEB 222, 213 Parasitism: Facultative and obligate parasitism; nature of different body habitats, (Host parasite relationships) Classification, morphology and life cycles of important examples of protozoans, Platyhelminthes and Nematodes. Resistance and immunity to protozoans and helminth parasites.
AEB317** Pre-requisites SyllabusIntroductory Entomology (3 Credits, Second Semester) AEB 211, 213 Evolution, identification, Systematics, morphology biology, life cycles and distributions of insects, mites and ticks, behaviour and ecology of social insects.
AEB318* Pre-requisites SyllabusPopulation Ecology (3 Credits, Second Semester) AEB 211, 213 and 224 Conservation, principles, problems, policies, strategies. Demographic characteristics of natural populations, techniques of estimation of population size, growth and regulation of populations, population theories. 
AEB320** Pre-requisites SyllabusIndustrial Training (3 Credits, Second Semester) AEB 211, 222, 213, 315, 327 Industrial field experience – (three calendar months) in any one of the programme unit based industry/institute. 
AEB400** Prerequisites SyllabusSeminars (3 Credits, First Semester) AEB 315, 316, 327 Students are expected to make an oral delivery on a given topic (2 credits) and submit one copy of the Seminar document for grading (1 credit).
  AEB410** Prerequisites SyllabusEnvironmental Management (3 Credits, First Semester) AEB 211, 315 Human modification of the environment through pollution: common pollutants. Impact assessment, control and management of pollutants in air, land and water. Theory and practice of ecotoxicology. Ecological risk assessment.
AEB411** Pre-requisites SyllabusEnvironmental Physiology (3 Credits, First Semester) AEB 311, 312 Physiological adaptations to changes in the environment temperature, light, hydrogen-ion concentration, water, osmotic and ionic concentration, oxygen, Temperature relations of poikilothermic animals, Physiology of migration, hibernation, aestivation and diapause. Effects of high attitude and hydrostatic pressure on organisms and adaptations to these factors, Reproductive adaptations.
AEB412* Pre-requisites SyllabusComparative Vertebrate Embryology (3 credits, Second Semester) AEB 122 Gametogenesis, Fertilization, Cleavage, Gastrulation and organogenesis in Brachiostoma, Amphibia, Aves and Mammalia, Growth and differentiation, metamorphosis and regeneration.
AEB413** Prerequisites Syllabus  Principles of Systematic Zoology (3 Credits, First Semester) AEB 213, AEB 224, AEB 327 or AEB 316. Zoological classifications – the species category, polytypic species population systematics, intra specific categories, higher categories, methods Zoological classification taxonomic characters, quantitative and qualify analysis of natural variation, procedures of classification, Zoological nomenclature-essential rules and interpretation of rules.
AEB415** Pre-requisites SyllabusHydrobiology  (4 Credits, First Semester) AEB 211, 213, 224, 315 General physical (size, length, depth, light, temperature, turbidity, colour, total suspended solids, total dissolved solids, conductivity) and chemical (pH, dissolved oxygen, salinity, nutrients, cations, anions, total hydrocarbons, oil and grease, heavy metals) properties and seasonality of Nigeria water bodies. Variations in water quality parameters according to water types: freshwater, brackish and marine. Ecological studies of Zooplankton, Benthos and Nekton – Productivity, diversity, Biodindicator status and Applications in water pollution studies.
AEB417** Pre-requisites SyllabusEntomology (4 Credits, First Semester) AEB 211, 213, 224, 327 Taxonomy, epidemiology and physiological effects on hosts of the major insect pests and Acari of agricultural, medical and veterinary importance in Nigeria; management and integrated control of crop pests, livestock and stored products. Collection, culturing, study of life stages and permanent preservation of various insect groups’ competition, population dynamics, swarming and pest outbreaks among insects and the Acari.
AEB418** Pre-requisites SyllabusCommunity and Ecosystem Ecology (3 Credits, First Semester) AEB 2328 Community structure: species diversity and tropic structure. Community metabolism: primary and secondary production their measurement and limiting factors in natural ecosystems. Energy budgets and ecological efficiencies; Nutrient cycles. Community changes: Wildlife resources of Nigeria.
AEB422 ** Pre-requisites SyllabusEvolution (3 Credits, Second Semester) AEB 224 Principles and mechanisms of Evolution, Genetic basis of evolution. The origin and evolution of chordates and vertebrates, inference of phylogenies from fossils, adaptive radiation, speciation, mutation, variation (genetic and non-genetic) and natural selection.
AEB423* Prerequisites SyllabusAnimal Behaviour (3 Credits, Second Semester) AEB 213, 224 Reflexes and development of behaviour. Motivation and conflict; effect of hormones on behaviour, Instinct and learning; behaviour and evolution, social life in animals.
eAEB424 Pre-requisites Syllabus        Zoogeography (3 Credits, Second Semester) AEB 213, 224 Fundamental principles and concepts in Zoogeography Zoogeographical regions, Paleogeographic theories including Geological times, Distribution and dispersal of vertebrates. Speciation, adaptation, adaptive radiation, convergence and their predisposing factors.
AEB426 ** Prerequisites SyllabusParasitology (4 Credits, Second Semester) AEB 211, 213, 224, 316 Taxonomy, epidemiology and life cycle of Protozoa and Helminths of medical and veterinary importance in Nigeria, Energy, protein and lipid metabolism in parasites; hatching and molting processes; arrested larval development and self-cure phenomena. In vitro culture methods, article membrane feeding, Economic and social importance of the major tropical parasites.
eAEB429 Pre-requisitesFisheries Biology & Aquaculture (3 Credits, Second Semester) AEB 211, 315 and must register for AEB 415 Taxonomy of Nigeria fishes. Studies of food at feeding habits of fish populations, fecundity, reproduction age and growth Aquaculture.
AEB499** PrerequisitesResearch Projects (6 Credits, Second Semester) AEB 312, 315, 316, 327 A dissertation based on limited research conducted under Departmental supervision highlighting a review of literature, methodology, data presentation and discussion of result in an area of special interest.