GEOGRAPHY

ACADEMIC PHILOSOPHY AND OBJECTIVES

The programme of Geography at the Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University is aimed and geared towards scientific geography and the application of scientific methods, techniques and knowledge of geography towards tackling environmental, planning and developmental problems in Nigeria. It is also aimed at maximizing benefits and minimizing cost and damages to human behaviour in relation to the prevailing environment. This is achieved by attempting to research, describe, explain, predict and where possible control human behaviour and/or the physical, social and cultural environments. The programme is designed to help students understand the problem of their social and physical environment and also to develop a critical judgment which will enable them to be creative and self-reliant and make rational objective choices in contributing to issues relating to their communities.

STRUCTURE OF THE PROGRAMME

The B.Sc. programme lasts for 4 years for UME candidates who start at the 00Level and 3 years for Direct Entry candidates who join at the 200 Level. All students of the Department are expected to register for a minimum of 15 credit units and maximum of 24 credit units per semester except in the 1st semester of the 300 and 400 Levels when the maximum may be exceeded by additional 6 credit units because of the SIWES programme slated for 2nd Semester of the 300 Level. Students are encouraged to carry out their final year projects in any of the diversified subject areas covering climatology and meteorology, hydrology and water resources management, geomorphology and soil studies, geographic information system (GIS), surveying, remote sensing, economic geography, transportation geography, population studies, urban planning and rural development.

Admission Requirements

Candidates for admission into the B.Sc degree programme in Geography must satisfy the University minimum entry requirements, which stipulate 5 credits in the GCE-Q Level, NECQ or WAEC (in not more than 2 sittings) . and these must include Geography and any other two science subjects, in addition to credit passes in Mathematics and English Language.

In addition to the above requirements, candidates seeking admission into the 100 Level must sit and pass the University Matriculation Examination (UME) administered by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB).

Candidates for the Direct Entry admission must have obtained minimum of Credit passes at the National Diploma in a subject related to Geography or must have obtained GCE-A Level or IJMB passes of which two of the passes must include Geography and one other science subject, in addition to Q-Level credit passes in Mathematics and English Language.

Students in the Preliminary Studies Programme of the Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, who satisfactorily pass the end of session examinations in that programme, may be considered for admission into the four-year degree programme.

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