Motto: Probing into Nature

Philosophy of B.Sc. Biology

The philosophy behind the B.Sc. Biology programme is to produce graduates with a broad-based degree, a good working knowledge in other areas of pure and applied sciences, which will be very useful to society. It will also endow the products of the B.Sc. Biology programme with the ability to make valuable contributions to contemporary biological issues of national and international interest.

This strategy will broaden the employment opportunities of our graduates as they will be better prepared after training to establish as private entrepreneurs, or take up employment in various organizations.

OBJECTIVES:

The specific academic objectives of the B.Sc. Biology degree programme are to:
i) To train academically sound future researchers and intellectuals in the area of general biology, with emphasis in areas on the cutting edge of modern biology, e.g., Molecular biology, Biotechnology, Genetics, Cytology, Cell and Tissue Culture, and Environmental Conservation.
ii) To contribute to discoveries and innovations in these aspects of the biological science discipline through research.
iii) To provide expert counsel and consultancy services to national and international organizations on issues relating to general biology.
To instill qualities of self-confidence and self reliance in crops of prospective young Nigerian biologists.

Philosophy of B.Sc. Botany

The main philosophy behind the Bsc Botany programme to contribute to meeting the general educational objectives of Ahmadu Bello University and the Nigerian Nation, which include the acquisition and spread of knowledge, and the promotion of research and education, (with emphasis on Botany as an important component of the Biological Sciences). The programme is designed not only to satisfy the intellectual demands of the students but also to facilitate their acquisition of basic and specialist science skills that instill qualities of self-confidence and self reliance, so that the products of the degree programme can play active and informed roles in personal, community, national and international development strategies.

Since a broad and interdisciplinary orientation can hardly go with extreme specialization, the programme is designed to discourage over-specialization by allowing for sufficient choice of electives within and outside each programme. The recommended electives for each programme have therefore been deliberately chosen to ensure relevance not only to academic content of each programme, but also to endow the products of the programmes with the knowledge that will enable them make valuable contributions to contemporary biological issues of national and international interest.

OBJECTIVES:

In pursuit of the specific objectives of producing these self reliant young biological scientists and contributing to scientific knowledge, the following are the specific academic objectives of the B.Sc. Botany degree programme:
• To educate academically sound upcoming plant biologists with high scholastic aptitudes especially in the agro-allied areas of Plant ecology, Plant Physiology, Plant Breeding and Plant Pathology, aspects of Horticulture and Conservation of Plant Germplasm.
• To contribute to discoveries and innovations in these aspects of the science of botany through research.
• To provide expert counsel and consultancy services to national and international organizations on issues relating to the biology of plants.
• To instill qualities of self-confidence and self reliance in crops of prospective young Nigerian botanists.

Philosophy of B.Sc. Zoology

The main philosophy of the B Sc. Zoology programme is to contribute to meeting the general educational objectives of Ahmadu Bello University and the Nigerian Nation, which include the acquisition and spread of knowledge, and the promotion of research and education, (with emphasis on Zoology as an important component of the Biological Sciences). The programme is designed not only to satisfy the intellectual demands of the students but also to facilitate their acquisition of basic and specialist science skills that instill qualities of self-confidence and self reliance, so that the products of the degree programmes can play active and informed roles in personal, community, national and international development strategies.

Since a broad and interdisciplinary orientation can hardly go with extreme specialization, the programme is designed to discourage over-specialization by allowing for sufficient choice of electives within and outside each programme. The recommended electives for the programme have therefore been deliberately chosen to ensure relevance not only to academic content of each programme, but also to endow the products of the programme with the knowledge that will enable them make valuable contributions to contemporary biological issues of national and international interest.

This strategy has broadened the employment opportunities of our graduates as they are better prepared after training to establish as private entrepreneurs, or take up employment in Parks and nature reserves as conservationists; in Research Institutes as trainee scientists; in tertiary institutions as research scientists and teachers, and in Government Ministries as technocrats. These are in addition to their general availability as Science Teachers in secondary schools.

OBJECTIVES:

In pursuit of the general objective of producing these self reliant young biological scientists and contributing to scientific knowledge, the following are the specific academic objectives of the B.Sc. Zoology degree programme:
i) To train academically sound future researchers and intellectuals in the area of general biology, with emphasis in areas on the cutting edge of modern biology, e.g., Molecular biology, Biotechnology, Genetics, Cytology, Cell and Tissue Culture, and Environmental Conservation.
ii) To contribute to discoveries and innovations in these aspects of the biological science discipline through research.
iii) To provide expert counsel and consultancy services to national and international organizations on issues relating to Zoology.
iv) To instill qualities of self-confidence and self reliance in animals in prospective young Nigerian biologists.

Department of Botany, Faculty of Life Sciences
Ahmadu Bello University Zaria - Nigeria
HOD, Pofessor A. K. Adamu