Brief History of the College of Bio Sciences (COLBIOS)
The College of Biosciences (COLBIOS), is one of the newest Colleges of the University. As the institution’s metamorphoses continued, COLBIOS is one of the two Colleges carved out of the former and large COLNAS. The College was re-organized into four independent departments including BCH, MCB, PAZ and PAB effective November 2014. The story of FUNAAB will therefore not be completed without the College of Biosciences mentioned as part of the new FUNAAB.
Considering the fact that science is the bedrock of agricultural and technological development and that modern agriculture in all its ramifications can only be scientifically practiced. COLBIOS is central in the generation of basic knowledge from handling all aspects of agriculture and its mandate. In this regard, it is imperative that all other colleges must link to COLBIOS for applied research. Presently, it is mandatory that all students passing through FUNAAB must pass through the College of Biosciences, in their 100 and 200 levels especially BIO 101, BIO 102, BIO103 and BIO 206. This is an indication of the important role the College plays in fulfilling the mandates of the University. It may therefore be correct to refer to COLBIOS as the mother of all Colleges in FUNAAB.
Presently, the Departments in the College which offer four-year Bachelor of Science Degree Programme are:
- Department of Biochemistry
- Department of Microbiology
- Department of Pure and Applied Zoology
- Department of Pure and Applied Botany
Departments of Microbiology and Biochemistry are still parts of Departments in the new College established at inception of FUNAAB. These departments have proved their worth in carrying out the mandate of the Universities of Agriculture.
The New College has also produced notable university administrators who in various ways have contributed to the development of the Institution. Notable ones in this group are:
- Prof. I. Adamson, Ag. Vice-Chancellor, 2006-2007 (Biochemistry Department)
- Prof. C. F. Mafiana, director of Academic Planning, 2004-2007 (Biological Science Department
Administration of the College
The Dean of the College exercises general superintendence over academic and administrative affairs of the College. The Dean also presents for convocation students who have passed prescribed examinations of the College for the award of Degrees of the University. He is assisted in his duties by a Deputy Dean. Each Department is headed by a Head of Department who exercises general superintendence over academic and administrative affairs of the department. The Dean is assisted in the administrative running of the College by the College Officer, who is also responsible to the Registrar of the University.
The College Board of COLBIOS is the highest decision making body of the College. Every academic staff in the College is a member of the College Board. Membership of the College Board is approved by the Senate of the University.
COLBIOS inherited many notable scientists who have been Dean of parent College including the likes of
- Professor M. Kadiri August, 2000 – August, 2002
- Professor T. O. S. Popoola August, 2010 – date
General Philosophy, Aims, Objectives and Mandate
The primary philosophy that guides the training of students is the production of skilled manpower that is adequately furnished with the comprehensive information required for engaging in economic agricultural production in an environment characterized by rural setting and adequate land endowment. Such knowledgeably professional manpower has to be produced in an atmosphere with the widest possible human and material resources, through the adoption of effective techniques of instruction, and exposure to the actual practice of agriculture and management sciences. Consequently, there are opportunities for formal training at the Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels, for the acquisition of basic and high degrees respectively.
These training programmes are mounted through classroom instruction, laboratory practicals, field demonstrations and workshop practice. Deriving from the foregoing philosophy and the major objectives of the University, among others, are:
- To assist in the attainment of self-sufficiency in the production of basic food;
- To contribute to the achievement of the goal of marked increase in the production of agricultural raw materials to support the growth of our several industries as well as the financial entrepreneurial management skills;
- To achieve the production and processing of export produce;
- To enhance with emphasis on relevant, appropriate and manageable technology to modernize agricultural production, processing, storage, preservation and distribution;
- To enhance the rural employment opportunities and the attendant improvement of the quality of rural life;
- To evolve effective ways of protecting agricultural land resources from ecological degradation such as erosion, pollution, etc.;
- To develop new patterns of agricultural structures and government policies which clearly demonstrates that agriculture is an important part of our national economy.
Science disciplines are the bedrock of agricultural and technological developments and are therefore of natural growth. The training of scientists in an agricultural and management setting is to:
- Enable agricultural and management problems be resolved scientifically with an overall aim of attaining self-sufficiency in food production;
- Ensure a thorough and reliable training which will assure our graduates employment opportunities;
- Inculcate into science graduates an entrepreneurial culture, good communication skills, computer literacy, problem solving, life-long learning and subject specific skills;
- Train students to be creative, innovative and seek self-employment.
(c) Types of Training
In order to obtain the ideal manpower required that will lead to the full realization of tasks and objectives outlined earlier, the following types of training are pursued:
- Lectures on courses which have been prescribed for each degree programme;
- Tutorials specifically arranged to complement the formal lectures which will enhance better understanding of the courses;
- Seminars on selected topics to be delivered by invited or internal speakers;
- Comprehensive practical work in the various laboratories and related Agro-industrial/educational institutions, within and outside the University, and all such facilities that are deemed necessary for each degree programme.
(d) Practical Training
Industrial Training Programmes; (SIWES) Industrial Training (IT) Programme specifically referred to as Student Industrial Work Experience (SIWES), aims at complementing classroom teachings in science-based courses with industry-based work experience.
Students for the IT programme are placed in industries under normal working conditions, presently, for a period of about six months. The programme carries a specified number of credit units in the University curriculum.
For the SIWES programmes to be effective, trainees are assessed through grading of weekly reports, final reports, and oral presentation in form of a seminar. The IT programme also involves organized visitation to the students in the industries, with grading of weekly reports, assessment of log-books and final reports by lecturers in the department.
Admission Requirements into Degree Programmes
Requirements for admission into programmes of the Colleges are guided by the University policy on admission, the principles which are clearly spelt out in the University Handbook and published in the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Brochure. This is subject to review as short notice.
Admissions into the programmes of the College can be through:
- UME (University Matriculation Examination)
- DE (Direct Entry)
- Pre-Degree Programme of the University
Basically, to qualify for admission into the programme of the College, credit level passes in five subjects including English Language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology at the Senior Secondary School Certificates or its equivalent and an acceptable pass in the University Matriculation Examination (UME) are required.
Candidates with the relevant passes at A level or its equivalent may be admitted to undertake the three year degree programme into 200L. Candidates with pass at Upper Credit from recognized training institutions such as the Polytechnic and Monotechnics are also considered for admissions into 200L.
(c) Admission through the University’s Pre-Degree Programme
To qualify for placement into the degree programme, registered students of the University’s pre-degree programme are expected to meet up with the following conditions (a) obtain an average of 50% total score for all examinations (i.e. 50% is the pass mark), (b) students are not expected to score less than 50% in more than two subjects (c) students should not score less than 40% in any subject. Students are expected to score over 50% in subjects related to their intended degree programme score. Students are also expected to be of good moral conduct. Generally, Pre-Degree students are encouraged to sit for the JME or JAMB to boost their admission chances. The cut-off points for admission into the different degree programmes of the University vary, and are determined from time to time. For example an average score of not less than 70% is required for a student to be admitted into the College of Engineering.
Further information on specific requirements for the degree programmes of the College is obtainable from the Deputy Director (Senate and Admissions) Office of the Registrar.
Orientation of Students
An orientation programme, is usually organized for fresh students within the first week of their arrival at the University. The programme, which is usually organized by the Student Affairs Division, in collaboration with other units of the University, is designed to take the students through University activities, as well as counsel them on how to settle down and adjust to the University life. At various times during the first semester, Colleges and/or departments organize similar programmes.
Registration of Students
All students on arrival at the University shall register with the University. The process takes each student through the following departments/units of the University:
- Academic Office/Examinations and Records for initial screening, clearance and collection of forms.
- Bursary for the payment of all necessary fees.
- Students Affairs Office (including accommodation matters if applicable; ID card etc.)
- University Library
- University Health Centre
- Departments and Colleges for academic registration and other Units of the University as may be deemed necessary.
Every student must be matriculated before he or she is recognized as having entered the academic community of the University. At the ceremony which permits a fresher, to wear an academic gown, the Vice-Chancellor and other principal officers of the University are presented to the Students. The students are made to swear to an oath to abide by the Statutes, Ordinances and Regulations of the University.
Matriculation marks the end of students’ registration. Students are usually issued with matriculation numbers with which they obtain identity cards of the University.
Student Identity Card
The students’ identity card issued by the Student Affairs Office is a vital document which identifies a student as a member of the University Community. It is used to access facilities and is important for examination purposes. It remains the property of the University. Loss of card should be reported immediately.
Duration of Degree Programme
The minimum number of years for the award of a degree in programmes run by the College shall be four (4) years. If a student fails to graduate within the minimum number of years he or she slips into Final Year Non Graduate (FNG) class. For a programme of 4 years, a student shall not spend more than 6 years in completing the programme.
All registered students of respective departments are expected to be members of FUNAAB’s Chapter of their National Association.
The associations are to foster unity and promote academic excellence among students. For further information on membership of Associations, students are advised to contact their Heads of Departments and the Students Affairs Office for proper guidance.
Sometime during the session, departments through their Associations organize series of activities. Prominent among this is the staff/student forum. This affords opportunity for students to interact with their Lecturers for discussions, exchange of ideas and an opportunity to thrash cases of complaints. It is also an opportunity for dissemination of official information on rules and regulations especially those that directly affect students. Students are normally encouraged, at such for a to raise issues that affect them significantly. The policy to hold such by Departments in the college is part of the University’s administration effort to bridge communication gap and to encourage the much needed better understanding between the University and the students.
Health and Medical Related Matters
All registered students of the University are expected to register with the Health Centre of the University. The registration card issued during medial registration is an important document which must be kept properly and produced each time the student visits the Health Centre when a student takes ill, the magnitude of illness notwithstanding must be reported to the University clinic as soon as possible. Students’ are advised against self-medication and drug abuse.
When a student that takes ill during the holidays or when illness warrants that the student is taken home or elsewhere for medical attention he or she MUST report such state of health with substantial evidence to his or her Head of Department immediately, even if treatment is sought in the most remote village or settlement in the country. Such documentation and report will be authenticated by the Director of Health Services of the University. This procedure is very important for academic purposes.
Special Prizes for Outstanding Students
As part of the efforts to promote academic excellence, special prizes instituted by prominent individuals are available to be won by students who have excelled academically in their various disciplines. The prizes are usually presented at the University’s graduation ceremony. As at date, prizes available to students in the College of Bio Sciences are:
- Professor Ishola Adamson Prize
- Late Dr. (Mrs.) O. O. Apampa Prize
Awarded to the Best Graduating student in the Department of Biochemistry
Awarded to the Best Graduating student in the Department of Biochemistry
Sources of Information
At different times information and clarification on matters affecting students’ welfare can be sought from the following Units/Divisions of the University:
- Academic registration and related academic matters: Head of Department, Course tutors, and level advisers/Coordinators.
- Health matters: Health Centre, Director of Medical Services.
- Security matters: Directorate of Student Affairs, Dean of College, Head of Department, Lecturers, Security Officers and Chief Security Officer.
- ID Card, Travels, Transportation, Games Sports and Leisure, Accommodation: Directorate of Student Affairs.
- Guidance and Counselling: Advice on careers, family matters, psychological and emotional stress: Counseling Unit of the Student Affairs Directorate.
College Honour’s Page
The College Page of honour is for those that have excelled and earned recognitions and distinctions in academics and have by so doing made the COLBIOS proud locally and internationally.
(1) Professor M. Kadiri Beneficiary of IFS Research Grant and an Awardee of IFS Excellence
(2) Professor D. A.Agboola Awardee of Indian Society of Seed Science Technology (ISST) Excellence in Research and Best Journal in Seed Science ISST is an arm of Indian Academy of Science
(3) Professor U. F. Ekpo 99th Scientist of Excellence on Webometric Raining of 500 Nigerian Researchers (2014) Junior Post Doc. Fellow, Volkswagen Foundation, Germany (2008-2012) Senior Post Doc. Fellow, Volkswagen Foundation, Germany (2012-2015) European Initiatives for Research into Neglected Tropical Diseases (EIRNTD)
(4) Professor Sam-Wobo WHO/EPOC Consultant