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Department of Chemical Sciences

BRIEF HISTORY OF THE DEPARTMENT

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Dr. ANIFOWOSE Oluseun J.
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The Department of CHEMICAL SCIENCES is one of the pioneer Departments in the College of Science, Engineering and Technology of Osun State University, established at the inception of the University in September, 2007. The Department offers two degree programmes, namely
        • B.Sc. Biochemistry
        • B.Sc. Industrial Chemistry
        • B.Sc. Chemistry


There are three functional laboratories in the Department that serve the academic programmes of the Department. The laboratories are well equipped to cope with teaching of students and for the use of academic staff for research purposes.

The students registered in the Department offer similar courses at the 100 level but start to offer courses in their chosen disciplines from the 200 level. At the 300 level Rain Semester, all students in the Department are required to proceed on six-months Student Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) as part of their graduation requirement.
The three programmes of the Department operate academic curricula that are tailored along the stipulations contained in the National Universities Commission (NUC) Benchmark Minimum Academic Standards.

PHILOSOPHY AND OBJECTIVES
PHILOSOPHY
The undergraduate programme in Biochemistry and Industrial Chemistry is designed to encompass an appreciation of the centrality of chemical sciences in the entire undergraduate curricula. It is planned to arouse entrepreneurial spirits needed for employment and economic emancipation.
The undergraduate programme in Geology is designed to equip the students with the ability to apply knowledge and skills to solving theoretical and practical problems in the exploration and exploitation of natural earth resources and also be able to carry out research in Geo-Sciences.
OBJECTIVES
The aims and objectives of the programmes are to:

Biochemistry
i) Instill in students a sense of enthusiasm for Biochemistry, an appreciation of its application and relevance in different context, and to involve them in an intellectually stimulating and satisfying experience of learning and studying. 
ii) Provide students with a broad and balanced foundation of biochemical knowledge and practical skills.
iii) Develop in students the ability to apply their knowledge and skills to solving theoretical and practical problems in biochemistry.
iv) Develop in students, a range of transferable skills and attitudes that are of value in biochemical and non-biochemical employment.
v) Provide students with knowledge and skills base from which they can proceed to further studies in specialized areas of biochemistry or multidisciplinary areas involving biochemistry.
vi) Generate in students an appreciation of the importance of biochemistry in an industrial, economic, environmental, technological and social development. 
vii) Provide through training and orientation, an appreciation of the salutary rewards of inter-and multi-disciplinary approach to the solution of complex life problems.

Industrial Chemistry
i) Educate and train chemists, particularly applied chemists, who can think fundamentally about their subject and who can acquire as graduates, a meaningful picture of the chemical industry. 
ii) Provide students with a thorough grounding in principles and sound knowledge of scientific methods of the chemical sciences.
iii) Arouse a sense of curiosity and enquiring mind, in order to encourage and develop creative thinking and research aptitudes.
iv) Generate in students an awareness of the enormous resources in their immediate environment so as to enhance solutions to the challenges of our time in a march towards nation building. 
v) Inculcate in students appropriate skills and abilities to manage and administer technological operations within the fields of chemistry and allied areas.
vi) Prepare the students for professional participation in chemical industry and adapt them to jobs which are problem-solving or result oriented in the chemical, petrochemical, biochemical and allied technological fields viz, food, environmental, textile, polymer, etc.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
GENERAL
For admission into any of the first degree programmes of the University, a candidate shall be required to possess the following minimum qualifications:
1. Senior Secondary School Certificate (SSCE) or its equivalents with credit level passes in five (5) subjects at not more than two sittings. The candidate must also earn an acceptable score in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
2. Candidates seeking admission by direct entry into the 200 level, must have at least five (5) O/L credits, two of which must be at Advanced Level or approved equivalents.

DEPARTMENTAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENT
U.M.E. Candidates
B.Sc. Biochemistry
For admission into the first degree programme in Biochemistry, a candidate must have the Senior Secondary School Certificate (SSCE) or its equivalents with credit level passes in five (5) subjects: English Language, Mathematics to form the core subjects, with credit in any of the following: Biology, Chemistry, Technical Drawing, Agricultural Science and Geography at not more than two sittings. The candidate must also earn an acceptable score in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

B.Sc. Industrial Chemistry
For admission into the first degree programme in Industrial Chemistry, a candidate must have the Senior Secondary School Certificate (SSCE) or its equivalents with credit level passes in five (5) subjects: English Language, Mathematics, Chemistry to form the core subjects, with credit in any of the following: Biology/Agricultural Science and Physics at not more than two sittings. The candidate must also earn an acceptable score in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). 

Direct Entry Candidates
B.Sc. Biochemistry
Candidates seeking admission by direct entry into the 200 level Biochemistry programme, must have Advanced Level passes in at least two (2) of the following: Biology, Botany, Chemistry, Geography, Mathematics and Physics, in addition to credit level passes in five of the subjects listed in 3.2.1 above at the SSCE or its equivalents. Candidates with ND and approved equivalents in relevant fields with at least a lower credit may be considered for direct entry into the programme. Candidates with acceptable pass in the UNIOSUN Foundation Programme are also eligible for admission into the 200 level, provided they possess the requisite qualification for entry into the 100 level of the programme.

B.Sc. Industrial Chemistry
Candidates seeking admission by direct entry into the 200 level Industrial Chemistry programme, must have Advanced Level passes in at least two (2) of the following: Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Mathematics and Physics, in addition to credit level passes in five of the subjects listed in 3.2.1 above at the SSCE or its equivalents. Candidates with ND and approved equivalents in relevant fields with at least a lower credit may be considered for direct entry into the programme. Candidates with acceptable pass in the UNIOSUN Foundation Programme are also eligible for admission into the 200 level, provided they possess the requisite qualification for entry into the 100 level of the programme.

Post UTME Screening
All Candidates seeking admission into the University irrespective of their UTME scores shall be required to pass the University post UTME Screening test before being admitted.

Registration Procedure
(a) Students shall normally complete registration at the beginning of the semester.
(b) Any addition or deletion from the courses for which a student is formally registered must be made with the consent of the course coordinator.
(c) A student may be allowed to withdraw from a course by the course administrator before a third of lectures have been given. Such a student who withdraws after this time or who fails to sit for examination without reasons acceptable to the appropriate Faculty/College Board shall be deemed to have failed the course. A Grade point of 0F shall be recorded for the student in the course.
(d) Late registration in the course may be allowed with penalty of up to 4 weeks after the commencement of registration.

Duration of Degree Programmes
The minimum number of years to be spent to be awarded a first degree in a programme of study in non-professional area in the university shall be four years (or three years minimum for direct entry candidates). Registration shall not exceed an additional 50% of the duration of the programme if the student fails to graduate within the minimum number of years.

Graduation Requirements
To qualify for the award of a degree of the Osun State University, a student is required to have:
(i) completed and passed the prescribed number of units including all compulsory courses specified by the University.
(ii) completed and met the standards for all required and optional courses.
(iii) obtained the prescribed minimum CGPA.

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