Biology is a broad field of study which literally means “The study of life”. The study ranges from the investigation of molecular activities happening within the cells, to broad scale concepts of ecosystems and global environmental issues. Biologists investigate how living things evolve, how they interact with one another and how they work in general. The work of biologists is thus very diverse. The knowledge of Biology increases our understanding of the natural world in which we live and this helps us to address issues of global interest and concern, such as environmental hazards and disasters which pose threats to humans and other forms of life. On the other hand, Biology is very relevant in the fields of modern medicine, Agricultural production among others, and they are critical to human survival and development.
The Department is committed to, among other things; ensuring high academic quality and institutional discipline, a vibrant and dedicated team, passion for fairness, firmness, thoroughness and hard work as well as reputation for high quality graduates in both character and learning in tandem with the University’s vision and mission.
We, therefore, sincerely welcome all prospective and eligible students to the Department of Biology of Umaru Musa Yar’adua University Katsina.
Dr. Abdulhamid Ahmed
Head of Department
BRIEF HISTORY OF THE DEPARTMENT
Department of Biology is among the pioneer departments of the University which was established in January, 2007. The Department got full accreditation in 2009 by the National Universities Commission (NUC) to offer B.Sc. (Hons.) Biology which is the only course being run currently by the Department. At present, the Department has 28 Academic Staff comprising of 5 Professors, 3 Senior Lecturers, 8 Lecturer I, 1 Lecturer II, 5 Assistant Lecturers and 6 Graduate Assistants. Others are 13 Technical/Laboratory staff and 2 Administrative staff.
The leadership of the Department started from its inception in January, 2007 with Malam Nuhu Abdullahi as Acting Head of Department. He was succeeded by Dr. Abrar Ahmad Khan in February, 2009 to March 2010. Dr. Sagir Kalimullah took over as the Head from March 2010 to December 2013. The present Head of the department is Dr. Abdulhamid Ahmed whose tenure commenced in January, 2014.
The Department started with 77 students who were admitted during the 2006/2007 Academic Session. At present, the Department has grown to have over 350 students registered for the B.Sc Biology Programme. The Department also offers courses to students from the Departments of Biochemistry, Pure and Industrial chemistry, Geography, Microbiology and Education.
Biology is a broad field of study linking many disciplines in science such as Agriculture, Biochemistry, Genetics, Biotechnology, Medicine, Molecular Biology, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine, Plant Pathology, Forestry and environmental matters.
The demand for manpower with knowledge of Biology is no doubt high, especially in areas with high population concentration and vast ecological distribution such as Katsina state. Hence, the training offered by the Biology Department of Umaru Musa Yar’adua University is focused towards producing skilled manpower to address the immediate Biological demand of our area.
The main aim of B.Sc. Biology programme of Umaru Musa Yar’adua University Katsina is to train and produce qualitative graduates worthy in both character and learning, with the necessary skills to partake in the dissemination of knowledge and conduct of research in various disciplines of life sciences. This will ensure the building of our new generation for sound national identity, integrity and development.
The objectives of the programme are as follows:
To train and produce skilled manpower capable of working in medical laboratories, food and pharmaceutical industries as well as teaching in our secondary and tertiary institutions.
To train graduates capable of undertaking further studies and researches in disciplines such as medicine, food/nutrition, pharmacology, agriculture, horticulture, environmental conservation, pollution, e.t.c.
To train experts that can work with law makers to create new legislations on critical areas like biomedical research, wild life and forest conservation, as well as environmental protection.
To produce graduates equipped with the capacity to use scientific methods to discover and process evidence that can be used for forensic purposes.
To produce graduates with the relevant training and exposure to make meaningful contribution at home and in research institutes/establishments with strong biological background such as: National Institute for Trypanosome Research (NITR), National Veterinary Research Institute (NVRI), International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and Federal Environmental Protection Agency (FEPA).
To train graduates who can use their acquired knowledge and skilled to develop plans which will help to improve the welfare of humanity.
To produce graduates that are capable of taking up positions in establishments that provide scientific products and services to undertake research and test new products valuable to the human being.
To produce entrepreneurially minded graduates that will be able to stand on their own to earn their living in the era of self reliance