FACULTY OF NATURAL AND APPLIED SCIENCES


FACULTY OF NATURAL AND APPLIED SCIENCES

Preamble

At the inception of Technical University (now First Technical University), there were five Departments approved by the National Universities Commission (NUC) resource verification exercise in 2017 running a total of eight programmes which were: B.Sc. Industrial Chemistry, B.Sc. Microbiology, B.Sc. Computer Science, B.Sc. Cyber Security, B.Sc. Software Engineering, B.Sc. Physics with Electronics, B.Sc. Mathematics and B.Sc. Statistics. Academic programmes took off during the 2017/2018 session in January, 2018 when the first set of Students came in for various programmes of study.

Vision

To promote teaching, research and innovation in a sustainable manner driven by entrepreneurial practices using cutting edge technology in physical and biological sciences.

Mission

To train students with cutting edge technology, impart industrial skills for innovation, and promote impact based research for industrial and societal benefits through knowledge transfer.

Core Values

Profile of the Dean of Natural and Applied Sciences

Professor Aderemi Ogunfowokan is a Professor of Chemistry with bias in Analytical/Environmental Chemistry with many years of experience in Teaching and Research.

He obtained B.Sc. Degree (Hons) (1987) from Ogun State University (Now Olabisi Onabanjo University) Ago Iwoye, Ogun state Nigeria, M.Sc. Analytical Chemistry (1993) and Ph.D. Analytical Chemistry (2000) both from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria.  He was awarded the Obafemi Awolowo University Postgraduate Fellowship- a teaching Assistantship Scholarship in 1990-1992. Professor Ogunfowokan began his academic Career at the Obafemi Awolowo University as an Assistant Lecturer. He rose through the rung of the academic ladder to become Professor in 2010. He was a Visiting Scientist to Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Villanova, Villanova, Pennsylvania, USA in 1994-1995 where he utilized the World Bank Staff Development Fellowship award. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Chemistry, Forth Hare University, Alice, South Africa in 2001 where he utilized the South African National Research Foundation (NRF) Post-Doctoral Award. He was voted Second Best Poster presenter at the Chromatography forum of Delaware Valley Pennsylvania USA in 1995. He has also enjoyed several Travel Awards granted to him by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) The Netherland and Southern and Eastern Africa Network of Analytical Chemists (SEANAC) Gaborone Botswana.

His research focus is on Method Development for the determination of endocrine disrupting trace organic chemicals and metals in soil, water, plants and biological samples (Human urine, breast milk, amniotic fluid, kidney, liver and lungs) using state-of-the art analytical instrumentation. He has successfully supervised nine Doctoral, four M.Phil. and fourteen M.Sc. candidates.  Professor Ogunfowokan is a Reviewer to many national and International Scientific Journals. He has published a total of sixty peer reviewed Scientific Journal articles to his credit and he is a member of many national and International professional bodies.

In the course of his career at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Professor Ogunfowokan held some management position as the Head, Department of Chemistry (2012-2015) and Dean of Faculty of Science (2015-2017). He was Chairman, Sub-Committee of Dean (2015-2016), Member of Senate 2008/2009 and 2009/2010 sessions and 2010 to date. He was also a member of Institutional Accreditation Committee (2011), Chairman, Parents Teacher Association of International School, Obafemi Awolowo University (2012-2016), member Governing Board of International School, Obafemi Awolowo University (2012-date) and member of the search team for the new Vice Chancellor, Obafemi Awolowo University (2011).  He has participated in many national and International conferences and serves as external Examiner to many Universities both in Nigeria and abroad.

Departments

A.   BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

The Department currently offers one degree programme (B.Sc. Microbiology)

PHILOSOPHY, AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE DEGREE PROGRAMME

The main aims and objectives of the degree programme in Biological Sciences are to:

  1. provide students with a broad and balanced foundation of biological knowledge and practical skills;
  2. develop in students the ability to apply knowledge and skills to solving theoretical and practical problems in Biological Sciences;
  3. develop in students, a range of transferable skills that are of value in biological as well as non-biological employment;
  4. provide students with knowledge and skills base from which they can proceed to further studies in specialized areas of Biological Sciences or multidisciplinary areas involving Biological Sciences;
  5. provide, through training and orientation, an appreciation of the rewards of inter- and multi-disciplinary approach to the solution of complex life problems;
  6. generate in students, an appreciation of the importance of biology in industrial, economic, environmental, technological and social development; and
  7. instill in students, a sense of enthusiasm for Biology Sciences, an appreciation of its application in different contexts and to involve them in an intellectually stimulating and satisfying experience of learning and studying.

B.    INDUSTRIAL CHEMISTRY

Department of Industrial Chemistry offers a B.Sc. Industrial Chemistry degree programme.

PHILOSOPHY, AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME

Industrial Chemistry is the index of industrial development. The giant strides made by man in the understanding and exploitation of nature,  synthesis of new materials essential to the enhancement of the quality of life. Industrial Chemistry degree programme fosters in the undergraduate students, an appreciation of the centrality of chemistry to human well-being, as well as its inevitable linkage to, and interactions with, other branches of science.

A degree programme in Industrial Chemistry is therefore aimed to:

  1. Stimulate in the students sustained interest and enthusiasm in Industrial Chemistry and its industrial applications;
  2. Provide students with a broad and balanced base of knowledge and practical in Chemistry;
  3. Develop in students, a range of skills applied in chemical and non-chemical areas, that can provide confidence for employment and entrepreneurial development; and
  4. Inculcate in students, an appreciation of Chemical Sciences in all human endeavors.

C.  MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS

Mathematics and Statistics runs two programmes leading to the award of Bachelor of Science degrees in Mathematics and Statistics.

PHILOSOPHY, AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE DEGREE PROGRAMME

The objectives of the Mathematics and Statistics are as follow:

  1. To instill in students, a sense of enthusiasm for Mathematical Sciences, an appreciation of its application in different areas and to involve them in an intellectually stimulating and satisfying experience of learning an studying.
  2. To provide students, a broad and balanced foundation in knowledge and practical skills in Mathematical Science.
  3. To develop in students, the ability to apply their knowledge and skills to the solution of theoretical and practical problems in Mathematical Science.
  4. To develop in students, through an education in Mathematical Science, a range of transferable skills of value in mathematical related and non-mathematical related employment.
  5. To provide students with knowledge and skills base from which they can proceed to further studies In specialized areas of Mathematical science or multi-disciplinary areas involving Mathematical Sciences.
  6. To generate in students, an appreciation of the importance of Mathematical Science in an industrial, economic, environmental and social context.

PHYSICS WITH ELECTRONICS

The Department of Physics with electronics is fundamentally connected with all the mathematical and engineering principles and as well as the application of the same. Hence, it remains the pillar for all basic sciences and the philosophy of all engineering studies. The Department has been established to produce self-reliant graduates who are very conversant, in a broad sense, with theories, principles and applications of Electronic Physics in their later years of life endeavor. The programme is also designed to arouse entrepreneurial spirits needed for self-employment and economic emancipation. The Department offers programme leading to the award of Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics with Electronics.

PHILOSOPHY, AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME

Physics with electronics and its understanding is the pivot for industrial and technological development. The programme is designed to produce graduates who have sound basic knowledge of Physics and its applications especially in industries as well as in the whole society. The objectives of the Physics with Electronics are to prepare:

(i) self-reliant graduates for self-employment;

(ii) well trained personnel for proper application of Physical Science to all areas of technology;

(iii) graduates for teaching and research work in Physics and Electronics in higher institutions of learning in the country and abroad; and

(iv)  graduates for acquisition of relevant skills and abilities to manage and administer technological operations within the scope of Physics and other allied areas of studies.

COMPUTATIONAL SCIENCES

The Department currently runs three programmes leading to the award of B.Sc. Computer Science, B.Sc. Cybersecurity and B.Sc. Software Engineering

PHILOSOPHY, AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME

The aim and objectives of Bachelors (Hons.) degree programmes in Computer Science, Cyber Security and Software Engineering include but not limited to:

  • creating in students, the awareness of and enthusiasm of computer science, cyber security and software engineering;
  • providing a broad and balanced foundation in computational science knowledge and practical skills;
  • involving the students in an intellectually stimulating and satisfying experience of learning and studying; and
  • generating in students, an appreciation of the importance of computational science in an industrial, economic, technological and social context.