The Department of Chemical Science started at the inception of the University in 2016 as one of the pioneering programmes of Faculty Sciences. The Department runs two programmes, namely: Biochemistry and Chemistry. The two programmes operate academic curricula that are tailored along the stipulations contained in the National Universities Commission (NUC) Benchmark Minimum Academic Standards (BMAS). Apart from this, the Department also provides courses to most departments in the Faculty.
BRIEF HISTORY OF THE DEPARTMENT
The Department of CHEMICAL SCIENCES is one of the pioneer Departments of the Faculty of Science, Kings University, established and started academic activities on the 1st of February, 2016. The Department offers B. Sc. Biochemistry programme. The programme is tailored to the Benchmark Minimum Standards (BMAS) stipulated by the National Universities Commission (NUC). The Department also serves other Departments within the Faculty, it therefore joins the University community in transforming students into resourceful technocrats, expert thinkers, solution providers, hands-on and innovative scientists as proposed by the university.
Prof. A. C. Achudume who served as the pioneer Dean of the Faculty of Science also doubled as the Head of Department of Chemical Sciences. Currently, Dr. O.M. Oyeleke is the acting Head of Department of Chemical Sciences. The Departmental Staff meet regularly to deliberate on academic and non-academic issues within the Department towards enhancing effective delivery of the Programmes. The Department has a well equipped laboratory with qualified technologists.
The Degree Programmes of B. Sc. Biochemistry and Chemistry in the Department of Chemical Sciences are designed to train students in the principles of Biochemistry, Chemistry and their applications to providing food, health, industrial materials and wealth to humankind, producing graduates with sound knowledge of Life Science and its applications especially in dynamic world of science, Technology-based industries and other life and chemical science-oriented establishments. The Department of Chemical Sciences provides curricula of programmes designed to ensure every student is empowered with the minimum skills required in Biochemistry and Chemistry providing an inspirational environment and basic understanding in adjoining field disciplines for tackling the challenges of modern life science. It therefore has a major role in the transformation of students into resourceful technocrats, expert thinkers, solution providers, and innovative scientists which are part of the mission of the University.
The aim of the program is to produce graduates with broad-based knowledge, timely acquired skills and competency towards solving the globally relevant intractable problems in the dynamic world using scientific approach.
The major objectives of the programmes are to:
- Develop in the students relevant skills which are of value in biochemical research and multidisciplinary areas involving Biochemistry and Chemistry programmes;
- Provide hands-on training for students on Chemical Science laboratory concepts, procedures, techniques and their technological applications;
- Develop in students, a range of transferable skills that are of value in Biochemical/Chemical research and multidisciplinary areas;
- Provide students with knowledge and skills base from which they can proceed to further studies in specialized areas of Biochemistry and Chemistry or multi-disciplinary areas involving Chemical Science;
- Provide, through training and orientation, an appreciation of the rewards of inter- and multi-disciplinary approach to the solution of complex life problems; and
- Generate in students a sense of enthusiasm for Chemical Science, an appreciation of its application in different contexts to involve an intellectually stimulating and satisfying experience in industrial, economic, environmental, technological and social development.
- Admission Requirements for UTME Candidates:
Credit level pass in five (5) subjects in the SSCE/GCE/NECO O/L or their equivalent must be obtained at not more than two sittings and must include English, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
- Requirements for Direct Entry Candidates
Credit level pass in five (5) subjects in the SSCE/GCE/NECO O/L or their equivalent must be obtained at not more than two sittings and must include English, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and either Biology or Agricultural Science and also present a minimum of 7 points in GCE Advance level / IJMB / JUPEB/ NABTEB or Merit in two (2) core subjects in NCE or Upper Credit in ND certificate from a recognized institution.