HISTORY OF THE DEPARTMENT
On Monday, 31st January, 1983, the University opened its doors to the first set of students, among whom were five students admitted to the Earth Sciences Department. These students graduated in 1987.
Since then the Department has produced many sets of successful graduates at first degree, master’s and doctorate levels. Many of her products have found employment in the Oil Producing and Service Companies, Federal and State Governments owned establishments including this humble Department.
PHILOSOPHY AND OBJECTIVES
The philosophy of the department is to become a world-class department of Earth Sciences. This philosophy is not undertaken lightly, the department is quite serious in its striving to achieve this vision. The objectives are derived largely from those of the founding fathers of the University, faculty of science and the department itself.
The department produces young men and women who are vast in geosciences and prepare for career in a variety of occupations in Ogun State, Nigeria and the world at large. As an applied science, Geology covers the scientific study of the dynamic system of the planet Earth, which includes the atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere and biosphere. The study of geology integrates the principles of mathematics and physics as well as chemistry and biology in studying the history and processes of the earth. The rapidity in human population is continuously exerting pressure on natural resources, such as water, energy, minerals, and construction materials.
Therefore, identification, exploration and exploitation of the natural resources for the progress of mankind become a necessity.
During training, students are exposed to adequate practicals in the laboratories and a maximum of 100 days field mapping to make them fit into the mineral, petroleum, water, geotechnical and other industries or into further research at Post-graduate levels. The emphasis on practical training both within and outside the laboratories at the 300 and 400 levels are particularly geared towards group and independent projects to sharpen the future graduates for their careers.
The Department is located in a university whose boundary zone transits between the Precambrian crystalline Basement Complex and Dahomean Miogeosyclinal Sedimentary rocks, which give easy access to balanced training in basic geology, solid mineral, hydrocarbon (petroleum and bitumen), water exploration and foundation studies for structures, making several of the graduates ready-made for the industries.
The University-industry Corporation is currently experiencing a boost with the active collaboration of the various industries in our training, research and consultancy activities.
The Department has a Syscal Resistivity metre (Geophysical Equipment) and Atomic Absorption Spectrometer to be shared with other departments in the faculty of science as well as several related teaching and research equipment being expected by early 2013 to move the department in the direction to realize the objectives set for it.
Students intending to major in Geology must satisfy University and Faculty of Science admission requirements. Such students must have had five credits at ordinary level and which must include credits in Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics and Biology or Geography.
For a direct entry, “A” level passes in Chemistry and two other science subjects, in addition to credits in Physics and Mathematics at “O” level.