We live in a world which is becoming increasingly aware of environmental issues to which governments, companies and individuals have to respond. Environmental Science is a multidisciplinary academic field that integrates physical and biological sciences, (including but not limited to ecology, physics, chemistry, biology, soil science, geology, atmospheric science and geography) to the study of the environment, and the solution of environmental problems. Environmental Management and Toxicology provides an integrated, quantitative and interdisciplinary approach to the study of environmental systems.
The philosophy of the programme is in the training of Personnel to the highest academic standard in the identification and resolution of environmental issues. The programme will provide skilled manpower, trained specifically for environmental surveillance, monitoring and management as against the present practice where these tasks were performed by people trained in Basic and Applied Sciences.
The programme is designed to provide the training needed for an understanding of the environment and to build upon this foundation by exploring in some depths, specific aspect such as resource depletion, recycling, re-use and the impact of Science and Technology on the environment.
The cardinal objectives of the Department of Environmental Management and Toxicology in Western Delta University are:
- To deliver a diverse and up to date syllabus taught by experts including remote sensing, coastal and estuarine environments and environmental biology.
- To inculcate knowledge and understanding in students successively at each level of a four – year degree, developing both tolerable skills in information technology and communication, and subject specific skills in laboratory analysis and work and site visitation.
- To produce graduates that would be armed with skills for environmental research geared towards generation of data and benchmarks for the protection of the Nigerian ecosystem.
- To turn our graduates who would be instrumental in addressing some of the most challenging factors facing the earth, such as environmental pollution, climate change, depletion of natural resources and habitat alteration and fragmentation.
- To produce graduates that will be useful in environmentally related jobs, teaching, public service, business management, research institutes and the energy industry.
- Five (5) Year B.Sc. Programme:
(i) Candidates who have successfully completed the Senior Secondary School or its equivalent and obtained five credits in Mathematics, English Language, Chemistry and Physics or a Pass in Physics with a credit in Geography, in not more than two sittings and candidates must also have at-least a pass in Physics.
(ii) UTME Subjects:English Language, Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Geography.
- Four (4) Year Programme (Direct Entry):
(i) Direct Entry: Candidates who fulfils above requirements and who have obtained G.C.E Advanced Level, HSC or equivalent passes in Biology and Chemistry, may be admitted at the 200 level of the programme. Other qualifications include IJMB, ND in relevant subjects and JUPEB.
(ii) Special Admission: A candidate who fulfils normal admission requirements and in addition holds an ND or HND certificate (minimum upper credit) in Health Technology, Agriculture and other related fields, can be considered for admission into the programme at the appropriate level.
- Transfer Cases: Candidates wishing to transfer from one programme to Environmental Management and Toxicology for some good reason(s) may be considered for absorption at the appropriate level. Any deficiencies in their background should be rectified by taking appropriate courses.
To qualify for the award of the degree of Bachelor of Environmental Management and Toxicology, a student:
(a) Must have spent minimum of 4 or 5 years on the programme depending on the year of entry.
(b) Must have passed all the University Compulsory courses.
(c) Must have passed all department and College Core courses and required elective.
(d) Should not have spent more than two years in excess of the prescribed minimum periods for the award of the degree.
(e) Should not have less than a CGPA of 1.5 at the end of the programme.
(f) A student must pass a minimum of 120 credit units for the 4 – Year programme and 150 credit units for the 5 – Year programme.