About the Department Of Cell Biology & Genetics
The department of Biology was instituted in 1966 as the third department in the defunct School of Biological Sciences. The other departments were Botany and Zoology. In its early years, the department was responsible for the Preliminary Biology, Medicine and related disciplines, NCE (Biology) and B.Sc. Education Biology programmes. Consequent on a deliberate recruitment of the requisite staff by the department, the senate in 1971/72 approved a B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Biology.
In 1973/74, the School of Biological Sciences and Mathematical & Physical Sciences were fused into a Faculty of Science, and the departments of Biology, Botany and Zoology became units in the department of Biological Sciences.
Various changes and administrative considerations were made on the units leading to merging and sorting out from 1983 to 2001. The department of Cell Biology and Genetics as currently constituted was established in 2001 following the restructuring of the defunct Department of Biological Sciences, a Biology programme leading to both undergraduate and post graduate degrees had existed in the University for over 40 years.
The Departmental status should therefore provide a basis for the concomitant growth, advancement, development and expansion of nascent, emergent and contemporary areas of modern Biology such as genetics, cell and molecular biology, biotechnology, molecular systematics and bioinformatics, ecology and environmental biology.
The present B.Sc. (Hons.) degree in Cell Biology & Genetics covers a wide range of courses and it is designed to provide Cell Biology & Genetic major with a general understanding of the basis of modern biology as well as an insight into specialized aspects of the subject.
Thus the programme prepares students for postgraduate work in a variety of specialized areas of the life sciences such as genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, microbiology, food & management science, hydrobiology, agricultural biology, cytogenetics, evolutionary biology, environmental biology and more. The programme also prepare graduates for careers in industry, research institutes, administrative, research or monitoring positions in government and the teaching service.
In the first two years of the four-year degree programme, students take courses which extend their basic knowledge of modern biology and other relevant fields in the sciences. In the third and fourth years, students take some core courses in specialized areas in cell biology, molecular biology, genetics, cell physiology and environmental biology. In addition they have choices from a range of electives to suit their future needs among which is forensic biology, radiation biology and more.
In the final year, all students carry out under supervision, a research project which is written up and examined. They are also supposed to give oral seminars which train them on audience communication and oral expression.
It is hoped that in the very near future the department will be able to offer four degree programmes in: Molecular Biology, Genetics, Environmental Biology and Forensic Biology.