Popularly called UniAbuja, the University of Abuja is one of the notable tertiary institutions in the country.
The University was established on the 1st of January 1988 under Decree No. 110 of 1992 as amended.
It was set up with the mission of providing instructional, research, and public service programmes appropriate to a university of high standing that guarantees academic excellence and to operate a strong and virile distance learning component that ensures equal educational access to a large constituency.
Science Courses in the University of Abuja & Requirements
The University took off from a temporary site, made up of three blocks of building meant for a primary school in Gwagwalada in 1990. In the same year, the University was allocated an expanse of land covering over 11,800 hectares along the Abuja – Abuja road for the development of its main campus.
The Gwagwalada campus is often called the mini Campus although the University has since relocated to its permanent site. However, the campus still hosts two female hostels and a boy’s hostel all accommodating close to three thousand students.
Currently, the University operates from both its Main Campus, along Abuja Airport Road, and the Mini – Campus in Gwagwalada. The Mini campus is the location of the Faculties of Education, Social science, and Law while the main campus houses the Administrative Building, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Agriculture, Faculty of Management Science, and the Faculty of Arts are located on the Main Campus. Also, it is still expected that more faculties to will relocate to the Main Campus from Gwagwalada in due course.
The distance learning offices of the University are located in Garki where contact sessions of the programme are also held.
The University runs as a dual-mode university with the mandate to run conventional and distance learning programmes. Academic work commenced in 1990.
The motto of the University of Abuja is “For Unity and Scholarship” and the University has two major colours (Green and White). The current Vice-Chancellor is Professor Michael Umale Adikwu.
Based on the National Universities Commission (NUC) ranking, the University of Abuja is rated among the top 10 universities in the country. One of the prominent associations is the University’s chapter of the Law Students Association of Nigeria. This chapter is known to have won the University many national and international competitions. Also, its graduates often post one of the best performances at the Nigerian Law School.
Now let’s take a look at the Faculty of Science and the courses offered by this Faculty in the University of Abuja. But, first, here is a quick overview of the Faculty of Science.
The Faculty of Science is one of the foundation faculties in the University in the 1990/1991 session. At inception, the Faculty had thirteen academic staff and six technologists. The Dean during this period of the Faculty was Prof. A.A. Olatunde.
The Faculty took off with just four programmes in the 1990/91 session at the Bachelors’ degree level. But this has since doubled with the Faculty now having more than eight programmes at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Also, there are about 51 academic staffs in the Faculty out of which eight are Professors. In addition, there are 9 senior technologists in the various laboratories in the Faculty.
The Departments under the Faculty of Science include:
- Department of Biological Sciences
- Department of Chemistry
- Department of Computer Science
- Department of Mathematics
- Department of Microbiology
- Department of Physics
- Department of Statistics
Admission into any of these departments can be done via any of these options
Two ‘A’ level subjects including Chemistry and one of Physics, Mathematics, and Biology.
5 ‘O’ level subjects at one sitting or 6 ‘O’ level subjects at 2 sittings to include English Language, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Biology and any subject as the 6th subject. And the UTME subjects are English Language, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics or Biology
Now that you know the science courses offered at the University of Abuja and the process of getting into it, let’s briefly find out about the other Faculties and Colleges present in UNIBUJA.
We have highlighted these below:
- Veterinary Medicine
- Management Science
- Social Sciences
- Health Sciences
- Remedial Studies
- Postgraduate studies.
If you’re looking to apply to the University, you must meet both the faculty and departmental requirements. We have highlighted the admission requirements below:
Admission into 100 level
Candidate must possess Senior Secondary School Certificate or equivalents with credits in five subjects in not more than two sittings. Additionally, a candidate must have an acceptable score in the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Examination or a Diploma, NCE with at least lower credit.
Admission into 200 level
Candidate must possess two A’Level passes or equivalents in addition to credits in three other subjects at the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examinations or equivalents or a Diploma, NCE with at least Upper Credit.
In all cases, O’Level credit in English Language is required. In addition, a credit in Mathematics is required for all science-based specializations, Accounting, Sociology, Geography, and Economics.
Overall, this is the list of the courses offered at the University of Abuja
- Agricultural Science and Education
- Arabic studies
- Business administration
- Chemical Engineering
- Christian Religious Knowledge/Studies
- Christian Religious Studies
- Civil Engineering
- Computer science
- Drama/ Performing Arts
- Education and Arabic
- Education and Biology
- Education and Chemistry
- Education and Christian Knowledge
- Education and Economics
- Education and Geography
- Education and Integrated Science
- Education and Islamic Studies
- Education and Mathematics
- Education and Physics
- Education and Social studies
- Electrical Engineering
- English and Literary Studies
- Environmental Education
- Guidance and Counselling
- Islamic studies
- Mechanical Engineering
- Medicine and Surgery
- Political science and International relations
- Primary education studies
- Public administration
- Veterinary medicine