It is increasingly becoming a trend the world over that Microbiology and Biotechnology be housed in one Department. This is because apart from the ease to manipulate microorganisms, Microbiology on its own existed as Biotechnology before the advent of the new discipline, Biotechnology. Consequently, every research that is carried out in Biotechnology today started in Microbiology, but with some modifications to enhance better output. This has resulted in the maxim “Biotechnology, the new bride of Microbiology”. Biotechnology could therefore be seen as Applied Microbiology. Most Universities all over the world teach Biotechnology either as a separate programme or together with Microbiology. This is because it is easier to extract, clone and manipulate DNA/RNA and proteins from microorganisms than other higher organisms. The results of such manipulations are expressed phenotypically in a matter of days, unlike higher organisms that may take several years.
The Department aims to become one of the foremost academic departments in Microbiology and Biotechnology, nationally and internationally. It is our major philosophy to compete for both national and international honours in Microbiology and Biotechnology. The department aims at the production of scientifically and technologically oriented manpower necessary for achieving national goals. Also, the students will become useful to themselves and the society in general through self-employment. The degree programme in Microbiology and Biotechnology is designed to produce scientific and technological manpower in various areas of Microbiology and Biotechnology such as clinical/medial microbiology, environmental microbiology, molecular biology, industrial and food microbiology, researches and other professionals requiring knowledge of the subject.
Aims And Objectives
The degree programme in Microbiology and Biotechnology is designed to produce scientific and technological manpower in various areas of Microbiology and Biotechnology. The programme aims at meeting the professional needs in Microbiology and Biotechnology such as clinical/medical microbiology, environmental microbiology, molecular biology, industrial and food microbiology, researches and other professionals requiring knowledge of the subject.
Admission into the Four-Year Degree Programme Candidates seeking admission into the four year degree programme should possess at least 5 credit passes in WASC, SSCE/NECO, or GCE at not more than two (2) sittings. The subjects should include English Language, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The UTME subjects should be English Language, Biology, Chemistry and either Physics or Mathematics.
Admission Into The Three-Year Degree Programme
For Direct Entry, candidates must meet the University Matriculation requirements plus two A Level passes in Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Mathematics. A National Diploma in Biology and Chemistry is acceptable as well as any other equivalent qualifications approved by the University.