The Department offers two (2) Academic Programmes viz:
Chemistry is the index of industrial development everywhere in the world. The frontiers of chemistry are very large, ranging from one extreme of natural products to those synthesized by man. The giant strides made by man in the understanding and exploitation of nature, synthesis of new materials essential to the enhancement of the quality of life, and the surge in and sustenance of economic and technological progress have benefited immensely from chemistry and chemical technology. For economic sustenance and technological breakthrough, the undergraduate programme is designed to encompass an appreciation of the centrality of chemical sciences in the entire undergraduate curricula. It is also planned to arouse entrepreneurial spirits needed for self-employment and economic emancipation.
The degree programme in Chemistry has the following objectives:
The successful graduates are equipped for higher studies and careers in teaching, research institutes, chemical laboratories, Ministries of Science and Technology, Education, Agriculture, Health, Industry, Environment and in such diverse industriesas vegetable oils,soap and detergents, paints and varnishes, plastics, brewing, pharmaceuticals, sugar, paper and pulp, textiles, fertilizer, cement, ceramics, iron and steel, petroleum, coal, dyestuff, etc. Our graduates are also equipped for self-employment.
In addition to the University’s minimum entry requirements, the following conditions must be met:
Biochemistry is a field of science that has to do with the study of chemical processes occurring in living matter. It encompasses an incredibly diverse fields of research that touch nearly all aspects of lives. Biochemistry as a field of study has brought great improvement in the increase of crop yields, bioremediation of contaminated soils, production of biofuels, genetic mapping of ecosystem to monitor biodiversity, etc. Biochemistry is applied in our everyday existence in the field of health research. It is also a key to the understanding of a myraid of health issues, from diabetes to artherioscleresis and cancer, among others.
From the aforementioned, it is evident that biochemistry virtually touches all aspects of life with specialty in such areas as medical biochemistry, pharmacological biochemistry, industrial biochemistry, nutritional biochemistry, molecular biochemistry, etc. The programme offers courses leading to the award of a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree. It is anticipated that at the appropriate time, the department will start postgraduate studies leading to the award of Master’s Degree (M.Sc.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Biochemistry.
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 9 were admitted for the 2016/2017 academic session. The pioneer Coordinator, Department of Chemical Sciences was Mrs. Judith N. Ajima, under the headship of Prof. F. I. Ezema as the Dean of the Faculty.
The programme aims at producing graduate Biochemists, who will not only be equipped with knowledge in all the modern aspects of the discipline, but are also conscious of the particular needs of Nigeria in particular and Africa in general in the special areas. Therefore, the degree programme lays much emphasis on such locally important topics as nutrition and food science; the biochemistry of the soil and of locally significant microorganisms, plants and animals; biochemical aspects of diseases; the biochemical basis of chemotherapy, including African traditional medicine; human biochemical genetics. In particular, the emphasis on making the student aware of the biochemical problems of his immediate environment is reflected in the inclusion of a ‘Research Project’ on a biochemical topic as one of the compulsory courses in the final year of every Biochemistry major.
Hence the biochemistry programme is distinctive in its training and research as revealed in its objectives:
There is an acute shortage of biochemists at present to study the soils, fertilizers, feedstuffs, insecticides, plant and animal hormones, plant growth-regulators, herbicides, etc., particularly with special regard to the West African sub-region. Biochemical knowledge is lacking with regard to plant and animal nutrition and disease, the biochemical aspects of germination, growth ripening and spoilage of fruits and crops, and several other such topics which are vitally important to agriculture and veterinary science in West Africa.
There is also a desperate need for trained personnel to conduct studies on tropical products of economic significance (such as hides and skin, commercially important natural fibres, timbers, gums, resins and other forest products), with particular reference to the biochemical problems connected with their production, utilization, storage, bio-deterioration, etc.Local industrial undertakings, particularly those based on raw materials obtained from animal, plant and microbial sources (such as those industries concerned with foods beverages, cosmetics pharmaceutical, etc.) are bound to need increasing numbers of Biochemists in their product-development and quality-control laboratories. The opportunities outlined here are additional to the traditional areas in which Biochemists are needed including the Petrochemical Industry.
For the Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry, the courses offered extend over a period of three years for direct entry students, and four years for students who gain admission through the entrance examination.
UME candidates must possess passes at credit levels in Biology, Chemistry Physics, Mathematics and English Language in the West African School Certificate or its equivalent at the point of entry.
Direct entry candidates are required to have obtained the General Certificate of Education at Advanced Level or the Higher School Certificate at Principal Level in Chemistry, Biology (Botany or Zoology) and Physics plus Credit levels in Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Mathematics and English Language in the West African School Certificate or its equivalent, at the point of entry.
The stress areas of the Department are as follows: