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department of geology & Mining


The philosophy of the Geology programme is to provide broad based education in
resource exploration, as well as expertise in solving various environmental,
groundwater, energy (oil and gas) and engineering geological-related problems.

The undergraduate programme in Geology & Mining at the Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University is designed primarily to provide students with the basic requirements needed by a professional geologist in any of the fields in which geologists and mining engineers are required in a rapidly developing country like Nigeria. With this objective, the student is taught to some depth the more conventional and applied aspects of geology such as Hydrogeology, Applied Geophysics, Applied Geochemistry, Engineering Geology, Mining Geology, Mineral Processing, Petroleum Geology, etc. This will facilitate further specialization in any of the professional fields in which the student may choose to work in later years, largely in mining and oil companies, water supply agencies, construction companies. international organizations (UNDP, UNICEF, UNIDO, UNESCO. lEA. etc), public service (Federal and State Ministries responsible for Solid Minerals Development, Petroleum, Water Resources, Agriculture, Works and Housing) geological survey agencies at home and abroad, steel raw materials exploration agencies, space research and development agencies, metallurgical development organizations, self-sustained ownership of mineral buying centres, self-employment as artisanal and small- scale mining operators, consultancy, and in teaching and other research institution.


The objectives of the degree programme in Geology are to:

1. instil in students a sense of enthusiasm for Geology, an appreciation of its principle,
application, and relevance in providing solution for different societal developmental
problems, and to involve them in an intellectually stimulating and satisfying experience
of learning and studying;
2. provide students with a broad and balanced foundation of geological knowledge
and practical skills;
3. develop in students the ability to apply their geological knowledge and skills to the
solution of theoretical and practical problems in geology;
4. develop in students, a range of transferable skills and attitudes that are of value in
geological and non-geological employment;
5. provide students with the knowledge and skills base from which they can proceed
to further studies in specialized areas of geology or cognate multi-disciplinary areas;
6. inculcate in students an appreciation and application of Geology in an industrial,
economic, environmental, technological and social development.

Structure of the Programme

The B.Sc programme is expected to cover 4 years for UME candidates who start at
the 100 level 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 2nd semester of the 300
level when the students will proceed for the SIWES (Students Industrial Work
Experience Scheme) programme which has 6 credit units allotment. Students are
encouraged to carry out their final year project in any of the diversified terrains of
Nigerian geology covering the sedimentary basins and/or igneous and metamorphic
basement terrains. Geology of Nigeria and field training are emphasized from an early
stage of the course and geological mapping is carried out as an integral component of
the course curricula at all levels. At the end of the programme, a minimum of about 10
weeks would have been spe


The Vision of the programme is aligned to the Vision of the University to be a world-class citadel oflearning driven by people, research and technology.


The Mission of the prograrmne is to produce highly trained graduates sought after for high-level jobs in the public and private sctors and who can equally be self-employed and self-sustained to become employers of labor based on the acquisition of high-level entrepreneurial skills during the training programme.

entry requirements

Candidates for admission into the B.Sc degree programme in Geology & Mining must
satisfy the university’s minimum entry requirements, which stipulate 5 credits in GCE–
O-Level, NECO, WAEC or NABTEB (in not more than two sittings) and these must
include Biology, Chemistry and Physics 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 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME)
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 Geology and Mining or must
have obtained GCE-A Level or IJMB passes of which two of the passes must include
Physics, Chemistry, Geography, Geology, Biology or Mathematics, in addition to OLevel credit passes in Mathematics and English Language.
Students in the Preliminary Studies program (Sciences) of the Ibrahim Badamasi
Babangida University, who satisfactory pass the IJMB examination at the end of that
program, may also be considered for admission into the three-year degree program
(Direct Entry-DE), but must have obtained and completed the DE application for
admission form with JAMB.

Prof. N.G. Obaje



Explanatory Notes

Focus for now is at the 100 Level: Geology 1 and Geology 2 (new nomenclatures and new course contents).

Next year, the Department will adopt the CCMAS courses for 100 and 200 Levels and will add 30% other courses. By the time the current 100 Level students reach the 300 Level, SIWES will cease to operate in the 2nd Semester but only during the long vacation. At that time 300 Level will have 1st and 2nd Semesters

At the 100 Level, course names and contents in Mathematics, Computer Science, Biology, Chemistry and Physics may have also been re-designated. 100 Level students will see these as recorded online in the different departments and select accordingly.

Any carry-over examination at the 100 Level will be set on basis of BMAS and not CCMAS.