Philosophy of BSc. Botany Programme
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 Programme s with the knowledge that will enable them make valuable contributions to contemporary biological issues of national and international interest.
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.
Some graduates of the department’s Botany Programme have gone ahead to enroll for postgraduate studies in specialized disciplines in agriculture and related fields such as Crop Protection, Agronomy and Plant Science.
For admission into BSc. Botany Programme, a student must satisfy the minimum University/Faculty of Science requirements of a credit in Biology and credits in at least four other subjects including Chemistry, Physics, English and Mathematics at the GCE ‘O’ level or SSCE. Students that have successfully completed remedial Programme s that are approved by the University Senate and meet the GCE “O”-Level/SSCE requirements are also offered admission.
For direct entry admission into the 200 Level of study, a prospective candidate must satisfy the requirements stated above and in addition possess two or more G.C.E. A-Level papers (or its equivalent), which must include Biology and Chemistry.
A student in the department requires a minimum of 120 credit units to graduate in a 4 year degree Programme, and 90 credit units for those that come in at 200 Level of a study Programme. For a full time student, at least 12 credit units of core and elective courses must be registered for, during each semester. These credit units are earned from assessments of exams based on lectures, laboratory/project work, as well as field components of the Programme. Two field courses of one credit unit at the 300 level and two credit units at the 400 level of study to satisfy the requirements for professional field experiences are offered to the students as core requirements for graduation.
BSc. Botany Courses
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