Chemistry has been responsible for some of the most significant improvements in our quality of life over the last century. The discovery of antibiotics and other pharmaceuticals, the advent of computers, solar cells, batteries and the development of industrial methods such as the Haber-Bosch process to produce fertilizer, all have required fundamental advances in Chemistry and have had profound impacts on society. Currently, Chemistry is already playing a central role in the development of alternative-energy sources to replace fossil fuels, the realization of practical quantum computers, the discovery of new methods to treat and prevent diseases, and the adoption of more sustainable industrial processes. Chemistry is pivotal to the modern day technological advancement, industrial revolution, environmental management, agricultural engineering etc.
The BSc. Chemistry programme at Nigerian Army University Biu provides students with solid technical foundations to both appreciate the scientific basis for previous discoveries and develop the fundamental skills required to make future breakthroughs. Under the guidance of world-class researchers, students are exposed to a broad range of topics in Chemistry. After completion of the pre-requisites, core courses in Organic, Inorganic, Physical and Analytical Chemistry are supplemented by advanced elective courses in more specialized areas such as Petroleum Chemistry, Material Science, Rubber Technology, Colour Chemistry and Technology, Food Chemistry, Mineral Processing, Nuclear and Radiation Chemistry, Chemistry of Soaps and Detergents, Chemistry of Industrial Processes, Environmental Chemistry, Soil Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry and Agrochemical Chemotherapeutic. The development of technical skills through lecture classes is complemented with hands-on experience in state-of-the-art Chemistry laboratories. Many students also perform independent laboratory research under the guidance of a faculty mentor. This rigorous training prepares students for professional careers in a diverse array of fields by teaching them how to apply the scientific method, providing them with skills in quantitative reasoning, and exposing them to scientific research.
BSc. Chemistry is an especially appropriate programme for students interested in researches on energy generation and storage, drug design and discovery, quality assurance policies and the environment. The teaching and research facilities in the Department of Chemistry include a very conducive Chemistry Laboratory with state-of-the-art equipment. The Chemistry Department currently consists of approximately 25 research-active academic staff, 6 technologists and x administrative staff all of whom work together towards the accomplishment of the set goals of the Department.
The Department of Chemistry is one of the departments of the Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences in Nigerian Army University Biu (NAUB). The only degree programme currently being offered in this department is BSc. (Hons) Chemistry.
PROSPECTS OF BSC. (HONS) CHEMISTRY PROGRAMME
The successful completion of a BSc. (Hons) Chemistry degree at NAUB prepares students for a future career in a wide range of professions, including medicine, the pharmaceutical industry, and chemical research, as well as various aspects of science-oriented writing, policy, teaching, and consulting. Central themes that students are exposed to throughout the programme are designed to develop expertise in quantitative reasoning, expand knowledge of basic chemical concepts, hone laboratory skills and foster an appreciation for the important role of science in society. The programme enables students to specialize in specific areas of chemistry such as Physical, Theoretical, Computational, Inorganic, Analytical or Organic Chemistry. The rigorous training prepares students for the next stage of their careers, and students have high acceptability at medical and graduate schools.
PHILOSOPHY AND AIM OF BSC. (HONS) CHEMISTRY DEGREE PROGRAMME
The Chemistry Department aims to provide her graduates with a broad based knowledge of sound theoretical and practical chemistry leading to specialization in Chemistry and related fields. Prescribed courses cover the analytical, physical, organic, inorganic and applied areas of chemistry. Students go on compulsory industrial attachment in relevant organizations for a period of six months covering the entire second semester of 300 level and long vacation. In the final year, the students carry out practical research projects under the supervision of qualified members of academic staff, and present dissertations. This practice introduces the students to the methods of planning and execution of research programmes.
⦁ To stimulate sustained interest and enthusiasm in chemistry and applications;
⦁ To foster in students a culture of continuing enquiry;
⦁ To provide students with a broad and a good mix of chemical knowledge and practical skills;
⦁ To develop in students a range of skills applied in chemical and non-chemical areas for promotion of employability;
⦁ Provide students with foundation knowledge and skills that are required for postgraduate studies and research; and
⦁ Inculcate in students an appreciation of chemistry in all human endeavours.