Chemistry is a subject which cuts across practically every facet of human development. It is the bedrock of most industries and the principal discipline in the technology for the processing of all natural resources; renewable and non-renewable. The Department of Chemistry was established 1970/1971 session. The Department offers two programmes leading to the award of B.Sc. Chemistry and B.Sc.Industrial Chemistry degrees.
As a result of the mandatory six (06) months Industrial Training Programme requirement by the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) and complying with the National Universities Commission (NUC) BMAS, the existing B.Sc.programme in Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry had to be restructured.
The courses currently being offered during the second semester at the three hundred level (300 level) were moved and redistributed. Some new courses where added at 100L – 400L to reflect the BMAS and somewhere restructured.
(a) The Admission Requirements remain unchanged.
(b) The students are expected to take some PBB courses at 100 level.
(c) The students are expected to take more courses during the first semester of their 300 level.
(d) The six months Industrial Training would now be done during the second semester and holiday period of the 300 level.
(e) At the 300 level, a student can only register for a minimum of 26 credits (including CED300) during the first semester.
(f) At the 300 level, a student is expected to earn a minimum of 12 credits to move on to 400 level.
(g) At the 300 level, a student is expected to earn a minimum of 6 credits to remain in the Faculty on probation/transfer to another Faculty.
(h) At the 300 level, no student is allowed to register (and take any examination including carry-over courses) during the second semester.
(i) The remaining 6 credits at 300 level are to be taken at 400 level.
(j) The details of the courses affected by the new arrangement at the 100, 200, 300 level and 400 level are given in Tables 1, 2, 3 and 4.
Philosophy, Aims and Objectives of the Degree Programme
Chemistry is essential to the enhancement of the quality of life, technological progress and synthesis of new compounds, control and modification of depositions on the environment, understanding and exploitation of nature.
A degree programme in Chemistry will foster at the undergraduate level an appreciation of the centrality of chemical science to human well-being, as well as see its link with other branches of science.
The essence of the B.Sc.degree programme is to produce enough qualified and competent Chemists and Industrial Chemists who are expected to meet the manpower requirement in industries and institutions (secondary and tertiary) to mention but a few.
The Department of Chemistry has a curriculum whose programme of study consists of classroom instruction, laboratory activities and industrial training designed to give students both theoretical and hands-on knowledge in Chemistry and Industrial Processes and tutorial classes aimed at:
• Producing graduates that are ground in basic scientific principles and equipped with adequate knowledge of applications.
• Building in students a culture of continuous enquiry
• Producing chemists with relevant training for chemical and allied industries
• Producing graduates who demonstrate scientific conduct reflecting ethical and moral principles consistent with professional integrity.
These objectives are met through a systematic sequence of courses throughout the 4-year programme designed to measure their increasing level of competence annually. Admission requirement for the four year full time degree programme
Candidates seeking admission into this programme should possess any of the following qualification
• At least five ordinary credit passes in WASC, WAEC SSCE/GCE, NECO SSCE or
• At least five merit passes in teachers grade II certificate examination (TC II) or any of their recognized equivalent at not more than two sittings.
• The subjects should include English Language, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics and either of biology or Agricultural science.
NOTE: The University matriculation Examination (UME) subjects are Use of English, Chemistry, Physics, Biology or Mathematics Admission requirement for the three year full time degree programme (direct entry) In addition to requirements in (A) above, candidates who possess any of following qualification may be considered for admission:
i) At least two Advance level passes in the General Certificate of Education (GCE) or the Higher School Certificate (HSC) or any of their recognized equivalent in not more than two sittings. The subjects should be selected from Chemistry and any of physics or mathematics.
ii) At least a credit pass in the University of Benin Diploma in any of the following:
a. Analytical and Industrial Chemistry (DAIC)
b. Science Laboratory Technology (DSLT)
c. Geology (DIG)
(iii) Diploma from other recognized universities with at least an upper credit level pass in the areas listed in B (ii) above
(iv) Ordinary National Diploma with at least an upper credit level pass in Science Laboratory Technology (SLT) or polymer chemistry from a recognized Polytechnic or College of Technology.
(v) Higher National Diploma (HND) with at least a lower credit level pass in polymer chemistry or Science Laboratory Technology(SLT) in the relevant subject area from a recognized polytechnic or college of technology.
(vi) Nigerian Certificate of Education (NCE) with at least a credit level pass in Chemistry and either of Physics or Mathematics from a recognized College of Education. In addition candidates should have at least an overall merit level pass.
First Degree Programme
The Department of Chemistry offers courses leading to
i. B.Sc.Hons (Chemistry)
ii. B.Sc.Hons(Industrial Chemistry)