The Faculty of Science is located within the core of the Main Campus, Samaru. It was established at the founding of the Ahmadu Bello University in 1962. The Faculty started with six departments and has grown over the past forty nine years into not only one of the largest faculties in the University with nine degree awarding departments, but also one of the largest faculties of science in any Nigerian University. The foundation Departments were Botany, Chemistry, Geography, Mathematics, Physics and Zoology. The Departments of Botany and Zoology were later merged into the Department of Biological Sciences. The Departments of Geology and Microbiology were created in 1969 followed by Biochemistry in 1975 and Textile Science and Technology in 1980. It is of interest to note that the present Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences as well as the Department of Chemical Engineering were conceived and nurtured in the Faculty of Science. The Centre for Energy Research and Training and the Computer Centre were also formerly part of the Faculty of Science.
Dr. H. Hamza
Head of Department
To produce skilled man power in the fields of Geology for national growth and development.
The Department aims to break new ground in the Earth Sciences through research and the dissemination of knowledge of the highest quality; to establish and foster national and international collaboration in the various fields of geology in order to produce skilled geologists that can fit as professionals in the Solid minerals, Petroleum, Water, Construction and Environmental sub-sectors that meet the needs of Nigeria and the rest of the world for growth and development.
The Department shares the overall philosophy of Ahmadu Bello University. It exists to impart and develop knowledge in the Earth Sciences to men and women regardless of age, religion, nationality and ethnic background. and specifically concentrates on its area of specialization. It exists to advance the frontiers of learning and to break new ground in the Earth Sciences through teaching, research and the dissemination of knowledge of the highest quality; to establish and foster national and international integration; to produce high-level manpower and to enhance capacity-building through training and retraining in order to meet the needs of the catchment area, Nigeria and the rest of the world.
To be a world-class Department comparable to any other in its area of specialization, imparting contemporary knowledge using high quality facilities and multidisciplinary approaches to men and women of all races, as well as generating new ideas and intellectual practices relevant to the needs of its community, Nigeria and the world at large.