Faculty of Natural Sciences

 

SHORT HISTORY OF THE FACULTY OF NATURAL SCIENCES

 

The Faculty started during the 1974/75 session, as Faculty of Science in the then Jos Campus of the University of Ibadan. It moved to its present temporary site at the Bauchi Road Campus during 1975/76 session. The foundation departments in the Faculty were Botany, Chemistry, Geography, Mathematics, Physics and Zoology. In 1975 the University of Jos was established out of the then Jos Campus of the University of Ibadan. Thus, during the 1976/77 session the Faculty was renamed Natural Sciences, and the first Dean, Prof. G.K. Barrier, was appointed.

Over the years, 1976/77 and 177/78, the foundation departments were consolidated. Experienced staff were recruited while both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes were  developed during the session, however, staff members were recruited for the Department of Geology and Mining, which became a Department of its own from the 1979/80 session.

The first Medical Students were admitted to courses for their 1st Professional Examination in the Faculty in 1976. A department of preliminary Science Studies was established and attached to the Faculty for supervision during the 1977/78 session. This was made up of students from the catchment states (Bauchi, Benue and Plateau and later Kogi and Nasarawa) that had insufficient credits to undertake a degree program.

During the 1977 session Dr. W.T.W. Morgan then visiting Professor to Department of Geography became the second Dean, while Prof. H.I. Ajaegbu came on in July 1978 when Prof. Morgan returned to his home University in Durham.

The Department of Microbiology came into existence in the 1997/98 academic year. In the 2001/2002 session, the Computer Science Degree Programme was introduced in the Department of Mathematics. The same year also saw the resuscitation of the statistics Degree Programme in the same Department. Furthermore, the Science Laboratory Technology (SLT) became a full-fledged Department during the 2004/2005 session running programmes in eight areas of specialization with the employment of more trained human capacity over time, the Department of Computer Science offering B.Sc Honours in Computer Science was created in 2012.

Prof. G.K. Berrie

1976-1977

Prof. W.T.W. Morgan

1977-1978

Prof. I.H. Ajaegbu

1978-1980

Prof. C. Ejike

1980-1983

Prof. .T. Uminski

1983-1984

Prof. J.A. Ajayi

1984-1985

Prof. D.E Ajakaiye

1985-1988

Prof. L.S.O. Liverpool

1988-1989

Prof. D.E. Ajakaiye

1989-1991

Prof. C.O.E. Onwuliri

1991-1992

Prof. V.N Okwuosa

1992-1994

Prof. C.O.E Onwuliri

1994-1995

Prof. P. Onumanyi

1995-1998

Prof. J.O.A. Onyeka

1998 (July-September)

Prof. C.O. Akueshi

1998-2000

Prof. C.O.E. Onwuliri

2000-2004

Prof. M.S. Audu

2004-2007

Prof. Y.N. Lodhip

2008-2012

Prof. D.A Dakul

2012-2016

Prof. Georgina .S. Nwansat

2016-date

Candidate offered provisional admission into the University of Jos must have passed five (5) subjects at GCE/Level or 5 credits at S.S.C.E or a combination of these in not more than two sittings including English Language and Mathematics. A candidate’s above qualification must include credit in Mathematics for admission to the Faculty of Natural Sciences. Additional requirement for entry into the various programmes in the Faculties are as listed in their various departmental pages.