HISTORY OF THE DEPARTMENT
The Department of Geography and Regional Planning in Olabisi Onabanjo University was established in 1983 to provide a comprehensive training in Geography, Environment and Urban as well as Regional Planning that would ensure a high level of competence of our graduates and also increase their flexibility in fitting into diverse careers in research and industry. The programme is also geared towards providing solid academic base for the pursuit of higher degrees (M.Sc., M. Phil. and Ph.D.).
Notable achievements have been made over the years in these directions. In fact a number of our products have completed M.Sc. Degrees in Transport at the Olabisi Onabanjo University and other Postgraduates programmes in other Universities.
The current honours degree programme in Geography and Regional Planning has been drawn up in line with the NUC minimum standards. This was informed by the need to develop a research culture in the Department in consonance with current trends in industry and public service/parastatals that are having direct relevance to the peculiar needs of the people of Ogun State in particular and Nigeria in general.
Thus, since inception, students admitted into the department followed a programme of study scheduled over a period of three or four years as stipulated by the NUC approved Minimum Academic Standards (MACS) in Social Science for all Nigerian Universities, July 1989, pp: 60-64.
B. DEGREE IN VIEW
B.Sc. (Hons) Geography and Regional Planning
The degree is awarded as First Class Honours; Second Class Honours (Upper Division), Second Class Honours (Lower Division) or Third Class Honours. Students who fail to meet the requirements for the honours degree may subject to the conditions prescribed below or other condition approved by Senate, be awarded a Pass degree.
C. PHILOSOPHY OF THE PROGRAMME
The B.Sc. honours degree in Geography and Regional Planning like many degree options in the Faculty of Social & Management Sciences is a four year programme designed to provide the students with the necessary fundamentals in the understanding of Spatial Science, and the opportunity for acquiring essential skills relevant to fundamental research, education and technological development in the country.
D. OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME
The Department of Geography and Regional Planning offers courses leading to the award of B.Sc. Degree in Geography and Regional Planning (Social Science). The programme is designed essentially for students who have bias towards social science courses such as Geography, Economics, Government, Commerce,etc.
Under the programme, courses are designed to enable students to benefit from geographic and planning studies, so as to:
(i) Enable these students have a clear understanding of the processes operating within the physical environments of mankind.
(ii) Prepare them for career specialisation in the key human components of Geography such as Transport Geography, Economic Geography, Urban Geography, Settlement Geography, etc.
(iii) Expose students to both theoretical and practical aspects of urban and regional planning which will enhance their effective participation in the overall regional and national development programme.
(iv) Prepare students for research at postgraduate level by exposing them to contemporary quantitative and laboratory techniques for scientific investigation.
The Department places much emphasis on scientific and quantitative approach to spatial analysis of phenomena, and practical work involving field and laboratory techniques
Compulsory and Required courses common to all students while Elective courses reflect areas of emphasis or specialization of students, especially at 300 and 400 levels. Students are advised to consult with the Head of Department in respect of these elective courses.
E. ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
(i) FOUR YEAR PROGRAMME
(a) Candidates must have obtained credits at not more than two sittings in five subjects at the ‘O’ Level/Senior Secondary Certificate or Credit/Merit level passes in Teachers Grade II Examinations. Such credits/merits must include English Language and Mathematics.
(b) Candidate must take English Language, any other three subjects, such as Mathematics, Geography, Economics, Government, any other Social Science subjects at the U.M.E. Examinations.
(ii) THREE YEAR PROGRAMME
In addition to the requirements stated in (a) above
(a) Candidates must have passed at least two social science subjects in the H.S.C. or G.C.E. A’ Level including Geography or OND in Geography, Town Planning or Related subject acceptable to the Department.
(b) N.C.E. with Distinction or credit or merit in Geography and any other social science subjects.
(c) University Diploma in Transport and Planning Management and other University Diploma acceptable to the Department.