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Department of Pure & Applied Chemistry

Welcome Message from The Head of Department- Pure & Applied Chemistry

 

You are welcome to the web portal of the Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry of the University of Calabar- Nigeria, where highly qualified scientific professionals are produced to meet the global demands for sustainable industrial and economic growth. The departmental main objectives include the encouragement of academic excellence through teaching and research which provide national and international fora for in-depth discussions on important scientific topics in areas of vital interest to both staff and students.

Our specific objectives also focus on the acquisition of the chemical knowledge and other production sectors of the economy, such as breweries, food processing, and preservatives, petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, waterworks, agriculture, and petroleum. We also train men and women as Chemists who can conduct research and develop studies in chemical and related industries, who in turn become employers of labor, with an added-value chain to the national and international technological and economic development.

Research conducted within the department is conducted at the microunits that the department is internally segmented into. The units, which are headed by coordinators, include analytical chemistry, organic, inorganic, physical, applied, environmental/petroleum geochemistry, nanochemistry and computational Chemistry. Quality research are carried out in these programs to equip the trainees with practical skills essential for technological process in a modern world in which discoveries serve as a reservoir in man-power training for higher institutions.

The Department offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses that lead to the award of B. Sc., M.Sc. and PhD degrees in two broad areas of specialization in Chemistry: Chemistry (theoretical) and Applied Chemistry. These academic programs are powered by a team of committed and experienced staff, who are always willing to share their knowledge and experiences with students in and outside the classrooms and laboratory environments. Our course curriculum is carefully packaged to impact knowledge, skill and life changing experience to the students. The Department is blessed with a team of seasoned teaching, technical, and administrative staff comprising 15 academic staff at professorial cadre, 5 senior lecturers, and others.

We are sure you will be interested in coming to our department and register as a Chemistry student both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. You will also encourage interested scientists by recommending them to programs in the Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry, University of Calabar-Nigeria. We shall appreciate it as we share your feedback, questions, and suggestions that will enable us to update our website information and activities. 

Thanks for your interest in our website. We desire to meet you there.


Prof. Vincent N. Osabor

Head of Department


Mission / Vision / Philosophy / Objective

Mission

 

1.  To train students to acquire the chemical knowledge and technique necessary for industries and other production sectors of the economy, such as breweries, food processing and preservation, petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, water works, agriculture and petroleum.

2. To educate students as chemists capable of conducting research and develop students in chemical and related industries.

3. To equip students with knowledge and practical skills for fundamental research essential for technological progress in modern world, and as a reservoir in manpower training for higher institutions.


Vision

 

1.  To train students to acquire the chemical knowledge and technique necessary for industries and other production sectors of the economy, such as breweries, food processing and preservation, petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, water works, agriculture and petroleum.

2. To educate students as chemists capable of conducting research and develop students in chemical and related industries.

3. To equip students with knowledge and practical skills for fundamental research essential for technological progress in modern world, and as a reservoir in manpower training for higher institutions.


Philosophy

 

Engendering global competitiveness through development of deductive reasoning capacity for sustainable industrial and economic growth.


Objective

 

i.      Encourage academic excellence through teaching and research,

ii.     Provide a national and international forum for in-depth discussions on important scientific topics in areas of vital interest to staff and students of the Department,

iii.  Create an atmosphere for the cultivation of good academic interactions among lecturers and students based on integrity and respect.

iv.   Aspire to values which are based on the highest professional and academic   standards   in   terms   of  learning and character development.

 

 

Specific objectives

i.     To train students to acquire the chemical knowledge and skills necessary for industries and other production sectors of the economy, such as breweries, food processing and preservatives, petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, water works, agriculture and petroleum.

ii.    To produce qualified man-power for industrial establishments within the catchment areas and for the nation at large.

iii    Educate its own students as chemists capable of conducting research and development studies in chemical and related industries.

iv.    Produce graduates who will themselves become employers of labor, with an added-value chain to the nation's technological and economic development.

History

The chemistry degree program was first introduced in 1976 when the then Calabar Campus of the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) was established. When the Calabar Campus of the University of Nigeria Nsukka was upgraded to the status of a University, the program was further revised to meet the requirements of other departments in the Faculty of Science. Further modification of the Chemistry program was carried out with the establishment of the Faculties of Education, Medical Sciences, and Agriculture with additional demands, there has been the progressive modification of the program. The introduction of a postgraduate program in the department in the 1981/82 session made it necessary to further modify the program. This time the emphasis was on certain aspects of the program which would be useful to students who would proceed to the postgraduate program. Three categories of courses were introduced. These were:

1.      Core Course: This course must be offered and passed by a Chemistry major student before being allowed to proceed to the next level.
2.      Compulsory Course: This must be taken by a Chemistry major student. It is not a prerequisite for the next level.
3.      Elective Course: A student could take or drop the course. There is no penalty for not taking the course provided the student has the minimum number of credit hours required for his/her level.

When the NUC introduced a minimum standard for degree programs in Nigerian Universities, the program was further redesigned in line with the NUC requirements. The Department has recently further restructured the program in line with the NUC requirement that, a course should not be more than two (2) credit units as much as is possible.

From the inception of the Department, students were expected to take and pass General Studies Courses. Computer Science has recently been added to the list of such general courses. Use of English, History, and Philosophy of Science and Logic are the other courses in that category.

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Address: Department of Pure & Applied Chemistry, University Of Calabar.
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