A brief History of the Department
Department of Zoology is one of the foundation Department created in 1982. The Department was headed by Dr. O.M. Onagbesan between 1982 and 1987. The Department started with twelve (12) students in 1982/83 session, and Six (6) Academic Staff. Subsequent leadership of the Department is as follows: Prof. Egunjobi, O.A (1987 – 1993), Dr. Aina, John.A. (1993 – 2001). Dr. Olofintoye, L.K. (2001-2002), Prof. Yoloye, V.L. (2002-2005), Dr. Adewole, S.O. (2005-2006), Dr. (Mrs) Ogunleye, R.F. (2007-2009), Dr. Olofintoye, L.K. (2009-2011), Dr. Oso J.A (2011-2013), Prof. Olofintoye L.K. (2013-2014). The current HOD – Dr. Fagbuaro O. The Department has passed through series of accreditation exercises by the NUC and graduated students to doctoral level.
Zoology in nature, is a branch of biology devoted to the study of the animal kingdom (Animalia). The study of zoology can be viewed as a series of efforts to analyse and classify animals. This enables Zoologists to identify, compare, relate, the complexity of structures and functions in different groups of animals. Apart from these, it also enhances the behavioural studies in animals i.e. the physiology, psychology and etiology. In view of these, primary attention is given to the complex pattern of interactions among the many species of animals constituting a community as useful to mankind. This has led to central development of conservation and environmental control in the immediate environment of man. It also reveals the deleterious effects of pesticides and industrial pollutants as it affects mankind.
Zoology is therefore designed and taught in Ekiti State University to inculcate all areas of philosophical and human understanding of animals as it relates to their immediate environment and nation Nigeria and the world at large.
The Department of Zoology, University of Ado-Ekiti offers a programme of courses, leading to the Degree of Bachelor of Science in Zoology. The programme is structured to provide
1. A sound, broad-based knowledge in both basic and applied Zoology leading to a career in the field of Education, Agriculture/Pest Control, Human and Veterinary Medicine, Wildlife Conservation, Genetics, Environmental Biology and Fisheries.
2. The need of the Nigerian society and aim at producing graduates equipped to investigate and provide solutions to problems of food, diseases and environment.
3. Exposure of students, in the first three years of the programme, to the fundamentals of Zoology and the related supporting courses in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Plant Science, Genetics, Microbiology, Physics Statistics and Computer Science.
4. Emphasis on developing some competence in specialized area of Zoology such as Applied Entomology, Applied Parasitology, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Genetics and Environmental Pollution.
Mission Statement of the Department
The Department mission is to offer sound and qualitative education in the areas of need such as Molecular Biology/Biotechnology, Genetic Engineering and Biostatistics. The Department remains committed to the pursuit of the University objectives in running world class academic programme for the development of entrants towards obtaining degrees in Zoology with emphasis on the different areas of specialization such as Ecology, Environmental Biology, Genetics, Entomology, Cell Biology and Histology, Hydrobiology and Fisheries, Parasitology, Physiology and Nematology.
General Services and Academic Programmes
The Department of Zoology offers a programme of course, leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Zoology. The undergraduate programme is designed to provide a sound, broad-based knowledge in both basic and applied Zoology leading to a career in the field of Education, Agriculture, Human and Veterinary Medicine, Wildlife Conservation and Fisheries. The programme is tailored to the need of the Nigerian society and aim at producing graduates equipped to investigate and provide solutions to problems of food, disease and the environment. In the first three years of the programme, students are exposed to the fundamentals of Zoology and the related supporting courses in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Plant Science, Genetics, Microbiology, Physics, Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science.
In the final year, emphasis is placed on developing some competence in specialized areas of Zoology such as Applied-Entomology, Applied-Parasitology, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Genetics and Environmental Biology and Ecology. The academic programmes and institutional activities of the Department are facilitated through the tutorial bench and the laboratories in the regular programmes and Institute of Science Laboratory Technology for the award of B.Sc degree,
the running and management of the Department depends on the following organs and administrative structure.
The Head of Department and Chairman of Departmental Board
The Departmental Board consists of the Head of Department as Chairman, one representative from each of the other Department of the Faculty and all Lecturers of the Department
The Department also set up various Committees to assist the Head of Department in facilitating: Academic Staff Review, Non-Teaching Staff Review, Admission matters, Examination matters, Research Fund Management, Journal and Handbook Publication, Departmental Week and Seminars and other statutory and special matters
Students who wish to read for a degree in Zoology must first satisfy both the University and the Faculty of Science entry requirements. In addition, he/she must satisfy anyone of the following:
Have Credit passes in Biology or Agricultural Science, Chemistry, Mathematics, English and any one other Science subject at the ordinary level of the G.C.E. of its
equivalent, in addition to at least an ordinary pass in Physics in one sitting;
Successfully completed the Pre-Degree Science Programme of this University with satisfactory grades in the appropriate subjects.
Direct Entry Admission requires that the students must have passed with satisfactory grades in Biology and one other Science subject at the ‘A’ level or its equivalent. Such a student may be exempted from all or some of the first year equivalent courses in the programme.
Registration of Courses, Enrollment and Duration of Study
The registration of courses, enrollment and duration of study follows the same rule in the Faculty. Please study relevant information provided in the records of the Faculty for compliance.
Requirements for Course Work and Minimum Units to Graduate
To be eligible for the award of a B.Sc Honours degree in Zoology under this programme, a candidate must satisfy the following requirements.
(a). The normal University requirements including the successful completion of the 12 units of the General Studies (GST).
(b). The Faculty of Science requirements by passing all prescribed 30 units of Foundation Courses.
(c). The Department requires the passing all 101 units of Departmental compulsory courses and 6 units of electives
Programme/Sub-discipline/Discipline Structure to include period of formal studies in the Universities Industrial training planned visit and project:
The course is for a period of 4 academic sessions. The maximum load per semester is 24 units. Students are expected to pass a minimum of 149 units in final analysis for UTME candidates and 111 units for Direct entry candidates.
The Department embarks on 3 weeks Industrial Field Experience during the first semester in 300 level and a Field Course at 400 level which involves visit to various habitats and relevant organizations.
Course Content Specifications/Syllabus Of All Courses In The Programme/Sub-Discipline/Discipline
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