The Department offers two (2) Academic Programmes viz:
The Biology Programme is designed to equip the students with the practical uses of biological knowledge and to inculcate in the students an entrepreneurial and problem-solving ability. The aim is to make the training relevant to the society, for example, in the conservation of natural habitats and endangered species or reducing the effects of environmental pollution.
The Biology Programme has been planned to equip students with practical application of biological knowledge as it emphasizes the relevance of biology-based knowledge and modern molecular skills to the functioning of the various industries such as research and product development, analysis and quality management, clinical and biological laboratories, public health, pharmaceutics or healthcare, environmental practices, conservation, water resources and aquatics etc. The Programme is also designed to produce entrepreneurial-minded graduates relevant to almost every sector of the economy and society with the benefit of being able to create employment. This programme is a four (4) year programme leading to the award of the Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree.
The objectives of this programme are:
The department offers a comprehensive programme in the general biology and to prepare its graduates for their important role in the advancement of life.The core courses are designed to give students wide exposure in the main and common areas which include cell biology, mycology, anatomy and physiology,genetics, ecology, plant tissue culture, plant pathology, mushroom technology, microbiology, Immunology and Immunochemistry, etc. Third year Biology core courses and applied entrepreneurship during the first semester and a six month industrial attachment (SIWES 300) period in the second semesteraffords them practical experience in diagnostic techniques in industries, etc.
Admission into the programme may either be by University Marticulation Examination (UME) or Direct Entry (DE).
Opportunities for graduates of Biology span a wide spectrum ranging from national institutions to regional bodies and global centres such as CGIAR, FAO, WHO and UNEP that deals on issues bordering on food, agriculture, water, environment, health, population, exploration, diseases management, conservation, petrochemicals, etc.
In 22nd November, 2016, the National Universities Commission approved the issuance of provisional licence for the establishment of Coal City University, Enugu, with the commencement of Microbiology programme. The first set of the students numbering 20 were admitted for the 2016/2017 academic session. The pioneer Coordinator, Department of Biological Sciences was Dr. Constance Ezemba.
The field of Biology is one which has undergone a lot of evolution and continues to evolve everyday, since the early twentieth century. Early studies in Biology were devoted more to the study of life-cycles of organisms and similarities in their physical appearances. But with advancements in the field of genetics, aided mainly by studies of microorganisms, Microbiology emerged as one of the most important areas of study in the life sciences.
The Department of Biological Sciences, Microbiology programme at Coal City Universityis intended to be at the forefront of teaching and learning, research and development, knowledge creation and dissemination in the field of Microbiology and is aimed at producing world class microbiologists.
Microbiology has taken a pivotal role in the study and advancement of life sciences, being the foundation on which Modern Biotechnology was built. It is therefore relevant in all fields of research and development for the improvement of human life. Its many applications have brought advancements, through Biotechnology, in such areas as Medical Diagnosis, Brewing, Agriculture, Industrial Production of food and pharmaceuticals, Environmental Monitoring, Bioremediation, Medical and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology and other emerging areas of Biotechnology. Hence, it is imperative that the student of Microbiology should be properly equipped to play the expected roles in these important areas of life.
The programme is designed to:
The Department offers a very robust and forward-looking programme in the general and applied areas of Microbiology to prepare its graduates for their important role in the advancement of life. The core courses are designed to give students wide exposure in the main areas, which include Medical, Industrial/Food and Environmental Microbiology, including Climate Change studies. The students undergo industrial attachment during their third year of study, which affords them practical experience in diagnostic techniques and other microbiological processes in hospitals and industries.
Students, on successful graduation, can take up careers such as lecturing and/or research in universities, polytechnics and biomedical research centers. They can find employment opportunities in some government agencies such as Centers for Disease Control, Food and Drug Administration Agencies, Water Corporations, Waste Management Agencies, Environmental Control and Protection Agencies, Environmental Impact Assessment Agencies and other quality control agencies.
Graduates can also find employment in a variety of industrial (e.g., food/pharmaceutical industries) establishments as well as in medical, public health, agricultural and veterinary laboratories. Opportunities also exist for graduates in the fermentation industries as represented by the breweries, alcohol distilleries, as well soft drink and fruit juice production industries.
The waiver of courses in any department will depend on the background level of the candidate and it is determined by the Faculty and Departmental Boards.
Candidates are required to obtain passes at Higher School Certificate or GCE A/L in Chemistry, Biology, Zoology, and Botany in addition to the UTME Entry requirements. Expected programme duration for Direct Entry candidates is 3 years.
All students taking any degree in the sciences must undergo minimum of six months Industrial Training with a minimum of 6 credits units. Students should be assessed using the Log Book, a report and a seminar.