Prof. (Mrs) A. A Imasuen
HOD, Animal and Environmental Biology
Philosophy of the Degree Programme:
The programme has been designed to provide a sound understanding of the concepts and methodologies of Animal and Environmental Biology in key areas (Entomology, Parasitology, Physiology/Ecotoxicology, Hydrobiology and Fish Biology, and Biodiversity and Conservation Biology) that meet the needs of society.
Aims and Objectives of the Degree Programme:
The main objectives of the programme is to broadly educate students for positions in the key areas of Animal and Environmental Biology (Entomology, Parasitology, Physiology/Ecotoxicology, Hydrobiology and Fish Biology, and Biodiversity and Conservation Biology), and to prepare them for graduate and professional studies in animal and Environmental studies at the molecular level.
The Department started as Zoology in July 1982, when the former Department of Biological Sciences was split into three new Departments: Botany, Microbiology and Zoology. Technological development within the last decades has resulted in global environmental degradation. A fall out of this development is that, biodiversity, animal and plant protection as well as conservation have become pass words. Bearing this in mind, the Department applied for a change of name and with effect from 2004/2005 the Senate of the University of Benin approved that the Department henceforth be known as Department of Animal and Environmental Biology (AEB) and approved the syllabus to reflect the change.
The Department offers a programme of course leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Animal and Environmental Biology. The course is designed in such a way as to include materials with academic as well as practical relevance to meet the needs of the Nigerian society. Courses at all levels have been redesigned from the strictly academic content to the more relevant needs of the society where environmental issues are top priority.
The research units in the Department are Entomology, Parasitology, Physiology, Hydrobiology and Fish Biology, Biodiversity and Conservation Ecology and Environmental Pollution and Toxicology.
The Department offers service courses to other Departments (e.g. Plant Biology and Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Management and Toxicology, Geology, Mathematics, Microbiology, Optometry, Physics, and Science Laboratory Technology) and to other Faculties/Schools (Agriculture, Education, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Basic Medical Sciences and Medicine).
Graduates can find employments in the following
a. Teaching in secondary and tertiary institutions.
b. Research in Research Institutes and Universities.
c. Work as parasitologist in hospitals and agro industries.
d. Work as fish biologist and in fisheries schools/industries, pollution control and conservation agencies and establishments.
e. Work in oil companies, ministries and even in the foreign services.
f. Work in Immigration services.
g. Work in the Civil service.
A. Admission into the 4-year degree programme for students aspiring to major in Animal and Environmental Biology is based on the possession of at least five (05) ordinary level credit passes in West African Senior School Certificate (WAEC SSCE/GCE) Examination, the National Examination Council (NECO SSCE/GCE) or its equivalent in not more than two sittings. The subjects should include English Language, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and any other science subjects. Candidates with a pass in Physics may be considered. The University Matriculation Examination (UME) subjects are: Use of English, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
B. Admission Requirements for the three-year Full-Time Degree Programme (Direct Entry). In addition to the requirements in A above, candidates who possess any of the following qualifications may be considered for admission: (i). At least two advanced level passes in the General Certificate of Education (GCE) or Higher School Certificate (HSC) or its recognized equivalent at not more than two sittings. The subjects should include Biology or Zoology and any other science subject. (ii). At least a credit level pass in the University of Benin Diploma in any the following:
(a) Food and Brewing Science (DFBS)
(b) Applied Microbiology (DAM)
(c) Science Laboratory Technology (DSLT)
(d) Forestry, Fisheries and Wildlife (DFFW)
(iii) Diploma from other recognized Universities with at least an upper credit level pass in the areas listed in B (ii) above. (iv) Ordinary National Diploma (OND) with at least an upper credit level pass in Science Laboratory Technology (SLT) or food Technology from a recognized Polytechnic or College of Technology.
(v) Higher National Diploma (HND) with at least a lower credit level pass in Food Technology, Science Laboratory Technology (SLT) in a relevant area from a recognized Polytechnic or College of Technology.
(vi) Nigeria Certificate of Education (NCE) with at least a credit level pass in Biology or Zoology from a recognized College of Education. In addition candidates should have at least an overall merit level pass.
Students in their fourth year (400 level) would be given seminar topics on which they will carry out independent literature survey before write up and oral delivery. Students are required to submit their write up for grading.
STUDENT RESEARCH PROJECT AND INDUSTRIAL FIELD EXPERIENCE
Research project and industrial field experience would be undertaken by students opting for honours degree in Animal and Environmental Biology. Honours students completing or in their third year (300 level) would be given their project topics and industrial attachment before they proceed on holidays.
Project topics will be based on the student’s performance in 300 level courses related to the project area he/she has asked for, a dissertation based on the project work must be submitted by the student at the second semester of the final year (400 level). It should be typed with double spacing and four copies should be submitted for approval by the Departmental Examination Board, after a viva presided over by an External Examiner.