PHILOSOPHY AND OBJECTIVES
The Department of Geology seeks to foster intellectual and professional development of each student by providing a strong undergraduate training that emphasizes field techniques and independent research. The geology courses provide in-depth study of the basic principles and, in accordance with the University motto “Knowledge for Service”, stress their application in the solution of the problems of our society.
The degree programme is sufficiently flexible allowing each student, during the first two years of study, to select a background of related science courses appropriate to his subsequent professional needs. In the final year of the degree programme, students are required to undertake independent research projects in selected areas of geology. The B.Sc.(Honours) degree in Geology is awarded on the successful completion of the course.
The pursuits of geologists, though seldom publicized, provided the material resources of modern civilization. The search for and winning of new mineral and energy resources, the discovering of underground water, foundation studies in relation or location of engineering projects, geological hazards control and mitigation – these are some of the areas in which geologists contribute to the well – being of man.
In Nigeria, geology graduates can find gainful employment in various organizations which include, public and private mining establishments, national and multi – national oil companies, the Nigerian Geological Survey Department, the Nigeria Federal Department of Water Resources, the various River Basin Development Authorities, State Water Boards, Earth Science Consultancy Companies, teaching and research position in Geology Department of Nigerian Universities.
A. Admission Requirements for the Four-Year Full-Time Degree Programme (UME)
Candidates seeking admission into this Programme should possess any of the following qualification:
At least five Ordinary Level credit passes in WASC, WAEC SSCE/GCE, NECO SSCE or any of their recognized equivalent at not more than two sittings. The subjects include English Language Mathematics, Physics, Biology and Chemistry.
NOTE: The University Matriculation Examination (UME) subjects are
a. Use of English
b. Any three of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics.
B. Admission Requirements for the Three-Year Full-Time Degree Programme (Direct Entry):
In addition to requirement in A above, candidates who possess any of the following qualifications may be considered for admission:
(i) At least two Advanced Level passes in the General Certificate of Education (GCE) or the Higher School Certificate (HSC) or any of their recognized equivalent at not more than two sittings. The subjects should be selected.
(ii) At least a credit level pass in the University of Benin Diploma in any of the following:
(a) Geology (DIG)
(b) Science Laboratory Technology (DSLT)
(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 (OND) with at least an Upper credit level pass in Science Laboratory Technology (SLT, Mining or other relevant areas from a recognized Polytechnic or College of Technology or Petroleum Training Institute (PTI).
(v) Higher National Diploma (HND) with at least a Lower credit level pass in Science Laboratory Technology (SLT), Mining or other relevant areas from recognized Polytechnic or College of Technology or Petroleum Training Institute (PTI).
(vi) Nigeria Certificate of Education (NCE) with at least a credit level pass in Biology or Chemistry from a recognized College of Education. In addition candidates should have at least an overall merit level pass.
In many Geology courses, students’ examination scores are based on performance in both theory and practical papers. A student is required to pass, the practical paper for a course in order to be given credit for the course. To qualify for an honours degree in the department, a student in addition to satisfying the Faculty requirements must pass GLY 400 and GLY 499 and obtain a minimum of 25 credits in 400 level Geology courses.
As geology is a field oriented science, series of field courses have been designed as a comprehensive programme to fulfill the outdoor requirements of the various geology courses. All students are expected to actively participate in and pass all the field courses.