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We are committed to imparting sound knowledge of Geography and Planning and its application in different socio-cultural
contexts in an intellectually stimulating and satisfying process to cultivate the ability to apply geographical and planning
knowledge and skills to the understanding and solution of societal problems in well balanced theories and techniques
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The Department of Geography was created alongside with the three foundation Faculties (Arts, Sciences and The Social Sciences) that started academic programmes in the University of Ado-Ekiti in November 1982.

Past Leaderships of the Department included Professors O. Areola; Bola, Ayeni; O. Oyebanji, and S.I. Abumere who came on Sabbatical Leave from their respective Universities to help nurture the new Department into maturity. Other past Heads of the Departments were Professor F.S. Ebisemiju; Dr. O. Ogunjemilua; Professor, F.I. Afolabi; Dr. A.O. Ibitoye; and Professor W.O. Adebayo. Other reputable academics who had brought scholarly innovations to the department included Professor, Olajuyin; Professor O. Olayiwola and Professor Olusegun Ekanade.

The current External Examiner to the Department is Professor A.S. Aguda, while the Head of Department is Dr. A.J. Olatunji.
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ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
The Department of Geography and Planning Science offers many academic Programmes and their admission requirement are enumerated below.

Diploma in Environmental Management (DEM)

This is an in-house training programme designed to feed the existing degrees such as Bachelors of Science in Environmental Management (B.Sc. EMT), and Bachelors of Science in Geography and Planning Science (B.Sc. GPS). Candidates seeking admission into the Diploma must possess (a) four credit passes in GCE O’Level or WASCE or SSCE which must include English Language Geography, Mathematics or any other science, social science, commercial or Arts subjects; (b) four passes at merit or credit levels in the Teachers certificate Grade II examinations which must include English Language Geography or Social Studies, Mathematics or any other numerable subjects. (c) A combination of (a) and (b) above, so far as the requirements are met in not more than two examination sittings (d) career men and women currently serving in relevant sectors of the society will also be considered for admission if they have a minimum three credit passes in GCE O level or WASCE and a minimum of 5 years experience in the field of environmental work and sanitation.

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management (B.Sc. EMT).

Candidates seeking admission into the 4 year Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Management (B.Sc. EMT) must in addition to the prescribed University minimum admission requirements have five credit passes in Geography, English Language and Mathematics and 2 other subjects at the Ordinary Level of GCE, SSCE, WASCE or their equivalents. Such subjects can include Biology, Agricultural Science, Chemistry, Physics, Economics, Government, etc. Candidates seeking admission into the 3 year, Direct Entry B.Sc EMT programme must; in addition to the University prescribed minimum requirements obtain a principal pass at the advanced level of the GCE and related courses. The candidate must also obtain at least credit passes in Mathematics, English Language, Geography and other related subjects at the Ordinary Level. Holders of OND Certificate in related fields with a minimum of upper credit may also be considered for admission. Career men and women currently serving in relevant private and public sectors of the society would also be considered for admission provided they satisfy the University requirements. The B.Sc EMT degree programme is being run under the Distance Learning Programmes (Formerly referred to as Part Time Programme) in the University.

Bachelor of Science in Geography and Planning Science (B.Sc. GPS).

Students seeking admission into the 4 year degree programme in Geography and Planning Science will be admitted through Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) or Direct Entry. In addition to the prescribed University minimum admission requirement, a candidate must have credit passes in Geography, English Language and Mathematics at Ordinary Level or General Certificate of Education or SSCE.

Candidates for direct entry into 3 year programme must in addition to the University prescribed minimum admission requirements, obtain principal passes at the advance level of General Certificate of Education in Geography. Also, holders of Diploma in Environmental Management of the Department or any other Diploma approved by the University, holders of OND in Town/City/Urban and Regional Planning, Estate Management and any other related discipline as may be deemed as relevant by the University authority are also eligible provided they have upper credit pass and on the presentation of academic transcript. Candidates from overseas countries must have grades similar to those required locally in order to quality for admission into the department. The department also admits candidates from Pre-Degree Science Programme.

Master of Science Degree in Geography and Planning Science (M.Sc, GPS)
Subject to the general regulation governing admission to postgraduate programme in the University. Candidates seeking admission to the M.Sc. degree programme in the department is expected to have.
–           a good honours degree in Geography and Planning Science of the University of Ado-Ekiti, and any other approved University, provided that the performance in core geography, urban and regional planning courses and the area of specialization are of standard.
–           a combined honours degree (second class upper division) in geography courses of not lower than 3.5 and provided that the holders are prepared to take remedial courses in areas of Geography and Planning Science which may be stipulated by the Head of the Department.
–           a good background at the GCE, Ordinary Level, SSCE or equivalents with at least credit passes in Geography, English Language, and other relevant subjects.
The department also offer some programmes at the Directorate of Part Time Programmes (Now Distance Learning Programmes) of the University. They are:-
*          Post Graduate Diploma in Geographic Information Systems (PGDGIS).
*          Masters in Environmental Management (MEM)
*          Masters in Recreation and Tourism (MRT)

Master of Philosophy in Geography and Planning Science
Candidates seeking admission to the M. Phil. Programme must in addition to the M.Sc admission requirements above possess.
–           An M.Sc degree in Geography and Planning Science of the University of Ado-Ekiti or any other approved University with an average of 50-54.9%.
–           Candidates who scored less than 60% (but not less than 55%) in some selected courses at the Masters degree level may also be considered adequate for admission into the M.Phil. degree programme.

M.Phil./Ph.D programme
Applicants who scored less than 60% (but not less than 55% in some selected course at the Masters degree level may also be considered adequate for admission into M.Phil/Ph.D degree programme. A candidate registered for M.Phil/Ph.D programme may be upgraded or converted to Ph.D by the recommendation of the Head of Department and approval of Post Graduate Board. In addition, the candidate must have.

1. Passed all written examinations in prescribed courses.
2. Successfully presented a detailed and acceptable research proposal on the subject of his/her thesis, and made reasonable progress in the actual execution of the proposal.
3. Demonstrated competence in the general field of knowledge of the discipline by passing all oral-qualifying examinations.

Ph.D Programme
Candidates seeking admission into the Ph.D programme must in addition to the normal, University requirements score an average of 60% and above in all the courses at the M.Sc level.

INFRASTRUCTURES AND EQUIPMENTS IN THE DEPARTMENT
1.         Toshiba Photocopiers                                  12.       Standby Generator
2.         A4 High Resolution Scanner                          13.       Topomaps/Orthophotos
3.         Linox and Hp Laptops                                  14.       Material Testing Equipments
4.         Garmin GPS Map 76 Instrument                     15.       Current meter
5.         Theodolite                                                 16.       Sediment Sampler
6.         Alidade and Survey Instrument                      17.       Cartographic Equipments
7.         Abney level                                                18.       Planning Studio
8.         Mirror/Pocket Stereoscope                           19.       Raster/Vector GIS Softwares
9.         PCs with accessories                                    20.       Light/Drawing Tables
10.        Sunto and Prismatic Compass                     
11.        Colour/black and white printer

ON-GOING RESEARCH PROJECTS IN THE DEPARTMENT
1.         Inventory and Mapping of Community – Based Infrastructural Facilities Using Digital Mapping Techniques.
2.         Visualising Terrain Characteristics Using 3-D model Rasterised from 7.5” Topographical maps. 
3.         Assessment of Map Accuracy Using Inherent Ground Control Points Captured with GPS Instruments.
4.         Transformation of GPS coordinate Data to Standard Map Projection Based on Least Square Algorithm.
5.         Feasibility of Using Remote Sensing Technology for the Estimation of Population in Nigeria.
6.         Locational Efficiency of Waste Dump Sites in Ado-Ekiti Using Digital Mapping Technology.

DEPARTMENTAL JOURNAL

The Department floats the Journal of Geography Environment and Planning (JOGEP). The aim of the Journal is to describe assess and report researches and new developments in various arms and research frontiers of the discipline. It is published twice in a year and has worldwide circulation. The managing Editor is currently Dr. J.A. Ogundele (joeogundele@yahoo.com, 08038470942, 08028551417. The Chief Editor is Professor F.I. Afolabi. The e-mail address of the Journal is. jogepunad@yahoo.com.

General Information on the Organs and Activities of the Department

Introduction and Framework
In the early 1990s, the Department of Geography was changed to the Department of Geography and Planning Science to make it more marketable, entrepreneurial, and relevant to societal needs. The Department offers undergraduate courses leading to the award of Bachelor of Science degree in Geography and Planning Science with three areas of specialization namely:

1. Physical Geography
2. Human Geography
3. Urban and Regional Planning

The four year programme in Geography and Planning Science is designed essentially to meet the following requirements;

1. The Nigerian University Commission’s (NUC) minimum standards.
2. The Faculty and University’s Minimum Standards.
3. Growth and Change in theory and practice of Geography, as well as Urban and Regional Planning Profession.
4. Requirements for granting exemption from part I of NITP examination, and hence, registration with Town Planners Registration Council (TOPRC).
5. Requirements for Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) at the 300 Level in the Department.

Philosophy

The pivoting philosophy of the Department is to produce Geography and Planning Science graduates who can effectively take advantage of the wide variety of career opportunities opened to Geographers and Town Planners in both Public and Private sectors of the national economy, as well as academic and non academic pursuits. The B.Sc degree programme in Geography and Planning Science, therefore, places great emphasis on the practical applications of geographic and planning knowledge and techniques to natural resources evaluation and management, and to prepare students for further training (specialization) in the fields of Physical and Human Geography, and in Urban and Regional Planning. 
The Department is also taking cognizance of on going, worldwide scientific revolutions in the sub-paradigmatic areas of Digital Mapping, Digital cartography, Global Positioning Systems, Digital Image Processing, Geodesy, Orbitography, aerospace survey, entrepreneurial development, global climate change, event and emergency management and on-going global environmental crises. These are being inculcated to the mainstream curriculum to update ourselves and students without loosing focus on the traditional predisposition of the discipline of geography.
Therefore, through a balanced combination of courses, the Department will establish and develop in students, the skill needed to gather, observe, describe, design, analyse, map, measure, evaluate and control (GODDAMMEC), as well as represent by maps and/or otherwise (cartographically or electronically) the spatial structure of physical and human phenomena on the earth’s surface, and to appreciate the complex interrelationships of physical and socio-economic systems. The B.Sc. degree Programme in Geography and Planning Science is also structured in such a way that students have ample opportunity to study subjects other than core geography and planning science courses, especially in the first two years.

Objectives
The specific objectives of the Department are:
(a)       To instill in students a sound knowledge of Geography and Planning, an appreciation of its application in different socio-cultural contexts and to involve the students in an intellectually stimulating and satisfying experience of learning and studying the workings of society.
(b)       To cultivate in students the ability to apply geographical/planning knowledge and skills to the understanding and solution of societal problems in Nigeria and elsewhere.
(c)       To provide students with broad and well balanced knowledge of geographical, Planning theories and techniques.
(d)       To provide students with relevant knowledge and skill base from which they can proceed to further studies in special areas of Geography or Planning.
(e)       To instill in students an appreciation of the importance of Geography and Planning in spatial and environmental contexts.

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