This University Handbook is a guide to all students of the University. It provides the required information about the University’s vision, mission, history, rules and regulations.

 This segment of the Handbook provides vital information about the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science as well as the history of the Department, philosophy and objectives and the requirements for admission and graduation. Students are therefore advised to go through and understand the various sections of this Handbook.

 The Handbook may be revised from time to time to suit the needs of the Department and the University. In cases where there is any inconsistency with the provision of the University’s laws and statutes, the laws and statutes of the University shall supersede that of the Department.

 Dr. Ibrahim Lawal Kane

(Head, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science


Brief History of the Department

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science is one of the seven (7) pioneer Departments in the Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences. It was established in January 2007 and designed to offer two degree programmes: B.Sc. Mathematics and B.Sc. Computer Science. In her first session (2006/2007), the Department had a total of thirteen (13) academic staff and sixty five (65) students for the B.Sc. Mathematics programme and one hundred and seventy five (175) students for the B.Sc. Computer Science programme.

 At present, there are 137 students in B.Sc. Mathematics programme and 508 students for the B.Sc. Computer Science programme. In the 2012/2013 Session, the Department started M.Sc. Programme in Mathematics and in Computer Science. Currentl

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The pioneer Head of Department was Habibullah Aminu. He was succeeded by the following staff in the following order: Hamisu Musa, Abubakar M. Gadu, Dr. Babagana A. Madu, Hamisu Musa, Anasu Rabe, Professor Abdelshakur Elsamahy, Dr. Aminu Adamu and Dr. Hamisu Musa. The current Head of Department is Dr. Ibrahim Lawal Kane.



The philosophy of the B.Sc. Mathematics Programme is to produce graduates with the talents that could tackle the computational problems of the Nigerian society and the world at large; through the acquisition of solid foundation and knowledge of the Mathematical Sciences, that is; the knowledge which nurtures confidence, zeal and capacity for analytical problem and potential for research in the scientific age.


The objectives of the Unit are as follows:

  • To develop in the students the enabling capacity to create Mathematical models as solutions to various scientific and socio-economic problems.

  • To produce competent Mathematics graduates for the Nigerian labour market and the world in general.

  • To widen the knowledge base and enhance the capacity of students to address the general Mathematical problems of the pure and applied sciences.

  • To prepare students intellectually to pursue postgraduate research studies in all areas of the Mathematical Sciences.

  • To produce graduates who would be entrepreneurially conscious and self-reliant.


Philosophy and Objectives


The philosophy of the B.Sc. Computer Science Programme is to produce graduates with the talents that could tackle the technological challenges of the Nigerian society and the world at large. This is to be achieved through the acquisition of solid foundation and knowledge of Computer Science, that is; the knowledge which nurtures confidence, zeal, and capacity for analytical problem and potential for research in the scientific age.



The objectives of the programme are as follows:

  • Give high level training in general computer appreciation and application.

  • Develop high level computer skills for the various levels of computer programming languages.

  • Further popularize the importance of computer knowledge and its relevance to personal/national progress.

  • Prepare students intellectually to pursue post-graduate studies in all areas of computer science.

  • To produce graduates who would be entrepreneurially conscious and self-reliant.



This Student Handbook provides the required information about Umaru Musa Yar’adua University and its policies and regulations affecting students. This segment of the book is however designed to provide information about the Department of Microbiology. The intention is to provide students with information such as total required credits before graduation, philosophy and main objectives of the Department, admission and graduation requirements and course structure.

 Umaru Musa Yar’adua University serves as a training ground for students, and so offers models for good practice, ethical and moral conduct, and promotes academic integrity. All forms of irregularities and unacceptable behavior are not only prohibited but also punishable by law. It is important that you take time to familiarize yourself with the information contained in this Handbook. The Department is committed to guiding and assisting you in your academic career and furnishing you with the needed tips on many aspects of academic and student life during your stay at UMYU.

 I therefore beseech you to be disciplined and uphold the good order of the Department. It is important that you also preserve the fair name of the University so as to actualize its mission-vision statement.

 All the staff in this great Department are anxious to and interested in intermingling with you to ensure a fruitful academic experience. Finally, I wish you the best as you pursue your undergraduate studies in Microbiology.

 Dr. Bashir Abdulkadir

Head of Department


Brief History of the Department

The department of Microbiology was established in February, 2012 under the Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences. The Department started with Professor Abrar A. Khan as the pioneer head. The programme started with 44 students admitted during the 2012/2013 academic session into 100 Level. At present, the Department has a total population of about 300 students across levels 100 to 400 .The Department has 19 Academic Staff, 4 Laboratory staff and 2 Administrative staff. It is worth mentioning that the Department is about to launch its maiden edition of UMYU Journal of Microbiology Research (UJMR) which will be the first departmental Journal of Microbiology in the country. In addition, the Department got an approval to start running a “Professional Certificate in Public Health Microbiology”.


The programme has been designed to provide a sound understanding of the concepts of microorganisms in relation to mankind and environment. The programme will elaborate the importance of microorganisms in industry, health and environmental sectors of the society. It will also emphasize the importance of traditional biotechnology and its link to the current modern biotechnology.



The main objectives of the programme are as follows:

  • To broadly educate students for positions in the industry, health sectors, and research institutes.

  • To prepare students for graduate and professional studies/research in the applied areas of microbiology.

  • To train the new generation through different disciplines of microbiology so as to meet the requirements of public and private sectors within and outside the country.

  • To promote and engage researches that will determine possible ways of controlling diseases that over the years pose serious threats to the health system in the country.

  • To create awareness of environmental pollution and how to take charge of it.





The student hand book is an important document that encloses the undergraduate programs in the university. The programs have been streamlined according to the NUC guidelines. In view of this, it is hoped that the students of Pure and Industrial Chemistry department would be well prepared to face these challenges.

 Dr. Sama’ila Mu’azu Batagarawa

Head of Department


 The Department of Pure and Industrial Chemistry started from the inception of the University in January, 2007.  The Department is under the Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences and it commenced academic activities with thirty three students under the Headship of Prof. Ibrahim Sada. Following his appointment as the Dean of the Faculty, he handed over the departmental affairs to Prof. Mohammed Aqil. Subsequent to the death of Prof. Muhammad Aqil, the Department came under the leadership of Prof. A. A. Zuru. In April, 2007, Dr. Junaidu Na’aliya took over the headship of the Department when Prof. Zuru was appointed the Vice Chancellor of the Aliero Science and Technology University, Kebbi State. Prof. AbdulRahman A. Audu took over the headship of the Department in April, 2012 and handed over to Dr. Muhammad Saleh Salga in April, 2013, and upon his appointment as a Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic, he handed over to Dr. Sama’ila Mu’azu Batagarawa, who is the serving head of the Department.

 The teaching responsibilities of the Department include B.Sc (Hons) in Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry as well as the aspects of science foundation courses. The Department has continued to grow in terms of staff strength, students’ enrolment and physical facilities. The current students’ population stands at about five hundred and ninety three (593) students. The Department has graduated six sets of students in 2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/2015 sessions.



The Chemistry programme is focused towards being a model in providing manpower development through excellence in teaching and research for sustainable industrial/technological growth in the North West zone and the country at large.


          Specifically the Department aims at:

  • Exposing the students to up-to-date knowledge in various fields of chemical sciences, to make them creative, innovative and align them with state-of-art tools of research and development.

  • Promoting the development of national science and scientific knowledge in this zone and the entire country with practical application in establishing small scale industries.

  • Acting as a body for safeguarding the qualitative standard of learning and research.

  • Promoting exchange programmes aimed at establishing and fostering relationships with similar bodies within and outside the country to encourage international scientific collaborations.


The Department, even though young, has developed a good tradition of excellence over the years since its inception and has been recognized for its excellence in instruction and relevance in community oriented research. With its available facilities and resources, the Department is poised for a leadership position in physics research and education in Nigeria.

 The undergraduate program begins with courses designed to help build a strong foundation in physics. All Courses, at higher level of the undergraduate programme, deepen the understanding of the basics in a progressive manner. The programme culminates into an independent supervised final year project which offers a unique opportunity of choosing from many different environmentally and community related experiments. Students are also encouraged to participate in current research areas of the department such as material science, medical physics, biophysics, renewable energy, e.t.c. The objective is to help prepare our graduates for whatever carrier they might choose later, be it in teaching, industry or graduate studies.

 The academic staff members of the Department conduct research in many and varied areas of interest, such as condensed matter, astrophysics, plasma physics, atomic and nuclear physics, biophysics, material research, Nano science and renewable energy.

Dr. Mahmud Abdulsalam

Head of Department


Brief History of the Department

The Department of Physics is one of the pioneer departments in the University. The Department was established in January 2006 under the Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences at the takeoff of the University. The department currently offers degree programme (B.Sc. (Hons)) in Physics which commenced right from inception of the University in 2006/2007 session. The Department has so far graduated six set of students in 2009/2010, 2010/2011, 2011/2012 ,2012/2013, 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 sessions and has produced six First-Class students (three of them have  joined the Department), many Second Class Upper, Second Class Lower, 3rd Class and Pass degree students. The Department is planning to introduce new undergraduate programmes and post graduate Programmes in the nearest future. Currently, the Department has a total number of 109 students at undergraduate level, 28 academic staff (21 on tenure, 1 Sabbatical and  7 on visiting), 12 Technical staff, 1 Confidential Secretary and a messenger.


The philosophy of the Department is to train competent physicists, who would measure up with other physicists and scientists elsewhere in the world and who would meet the manpower requirements of the world labor market in such areas where knowledge of physics is relevant.


The objectives are to:

  • Educate and train students having scientific competence

  • Promote excellence in physics research for the advancement of science and technology in Nigeria and other parts of the world.

  • Encourage the application of physics education for human development.

  • Develop competent physics manpower for prompt utilization by the public and private sector all over the world.

The Department of Geography is one of the Departments that started right from the inception of the University. Over the years, it has grown from strength to strength and now offers, in addition to the undergraduate programmes, postgraduate programmes at PhD, M.Sc., as well as Professional Masters (MRD) and Postgraduate Diploma (PGD) levels. This makes it the Department that runs the highest numbers of programmes in the University.

 The success recorded may not be unconnected with the rich human and material resources that flourish in the Department. These include vibrant crop of highly motivated teaching and non-teaching staff; an up-to-date soil and water laboratory; state-of-the-art GIS laboratory; enviable cartography laboratory and a modern weather observation station.

 Dr. Hamisu Ibrahim

Head of Department

Brief History of the Department

Following the need for graduates of Geography in the State to fill the various positions in related ministries and parastatals, the Department was created right from the inception of the Katsina State University in the year, 2006. It was initially located in the Faculty of Humanities but was later transferred to Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences in the year 2007.

 The Department was established to offer single Honours Degree in Geography (B.Sc. Geography) and as a teaching subject for Education students (B.Sc. Ed. Geography). As at 2012/2013 Academic Session, the Department has introduced the following Postgraduate Programmes; PGD, MRD, M.Sc. and Ph.D. Geography. Twenty (26) academic staff are currently employed to run the academic activities of the Department. Dr. Lawal Abdulrashid (B.Sc., M.Sc, Ph.D) was the pioneer Head of Department; currently the Department is headed by Dr. Hamisu Ibrahim. In addition to teaching and learning that take place in the Department, the Department also has a strong objective to boosting research and development in order to meet the persistent challenges of managing the dynamic environment.


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