Geology and Mineral Sciences is one of the pioneering programmes in the College of Pure and Applied Sciences and Kwara State University. The programme started in the 2009/2010 academic session with students’ population of about 20. In the year 2010, the three pioneer staff of the department (Dr. O. Olaniyan, Dr. O. S. Bamigboye and Dr. Mrs. O. O. Owoyemi) were recruited through the processes that include academic/ scholarly presentation and one-on-one with the Vice-Chancellor. During the academic presentations, scholars of repute were in attendance to test and probe the academic potentials of the prospective staff.
The trio started teaching Geology and Mineral Sciences courses in the 2010/2011 academic session with Dr. O. Olaniyan as the Head of the Department. The staff strength was however increased by appointment of Dr. M. O. Awojobi, Dr. K. C. Ikwuakor and Prof. S. S. Dada in the subsequent sessions. Presently, the Department has 9 staff on ground with two adjunct lecturers that augment those on ground. Seven members of the first set of students in this Department graduated in the 2012/2013 session. It is also noteworthy that the take-off syllabus has been reviewed to accommodate the compulsory 6 months industrial training for the students.
Finally, in her quest to be different, the department has a consultancy team headed by Dr. O. O. Babalola. The mission of this team is to solve geologically related problems for the University, Kwara State and the Nation at large.
ADMINISTRATION OF THE DEPARTMENT/PROGRAMME
In educational planning and indeed any planning at all levels must relate to population distribution and trend; of particular importance are the annual rate of population growth, size of the population and probably the size of the labourabsorbtive capacity of the population. In effect, the question could be asked whether we are producing scientists for the sake of it as an educational venture or we are involved in a strategy of human resources development with its broader goals of social and political modernization. We believe that we should be aiming at encompassing not only educational but cultural, social and political development, thereby contributing to the building of national identity and integrity.
From the above standpoint, it is felt that what has been approved for the training of scientists is right and should be encouraged.Science disciplines are the bed-rock of technological development and therefore of national growth and maturity with attendant contribution to human welfare, health and progress.
The training of Scientists should involve the broad strategy of human resources development with its broader goals of social and political modernization. The provision of the milieu for the development of the disciplines in terms of funds, infrastructures; facilities, contented competent staff and employment outlets, aiming at encompassing not only educational but also cultural, social and political development, thereby contributing to the building of national identity and integrity.
The training in Science need to be thorough and of reliance which will assure our graduates employment opportunities or an environment whereby they could be creative innovative and seek self-employment.
These considerations lead to the concepts on which the following model curricula for Science disciplines are constructed:-
The need for broad training in the Sciences i.e. Biology, Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry
The need for freedom of choice, to forage in the wilderness of accumulated human knowledge for self-realisation and actualization;
The need for skill acquisition to ensure competence in one’s chosen field of study;
The need for interdisciplinary orientation to imbibe the salutory rewards of inter-disciplinary approach to the solution of complex life problems;
The need for social relevance, to ensure social acceptability and service to society.
The main aims and objectives of the degree programme in geology should be:
To instill in students a sense of enthusiasm for geology, an appreciation of its application and relevance in the solution of different societal developmental problems, and to involve them in an intellectually stimulating and satisfying experience of learning and studying.
To provide students with a broad and balanced foundation of geological knowledge and practical skills.
To develop in students the ability to apply their geological knowledge and skills to the solution of theoretical and practical problems in geology.
To develop in students, a range of transferable skills and attitudes that are of value in geological and non-geological employment.
To provide students with a knowledge and skills base from which they can proceed to further in specialized areas of geology or multi-disciplinary areas involving geology
To generate in students an appreciation of the importance of geology in an industrial, economic, environmental, technological and social development.
The vision of the Department is to produce well baked geologists who can compete favourably with peers in Nigeria and across the globe using the most recent techniques in the field of earth sciences.
To solve all geologically related problems in our nation using sustainable approach thereby contributing to the development of our community. The Department also seeks to produce geologists that will imbibe this mission as they grow in their career.