A proposal for the establishment of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences was presented to the Senate by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor V.A. Tenebe at its 68th regular meeting held on Tuesday, 24th January 2012. A committee was set up under the chairmanship of the Dean, Faculty Post-Graduate Studies, Professor Israel F. Adu, an agriculturist for this purpose.
At the 69th meeting of the Senate held on Tuesday, 24th April 2012, the report and approval for the establishment of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences from the then School of Science and Technology was ratified.
The Faculty of Agricultural Sciences (FAS) was carved out of the then existing School of Science and Technology (SST) now called Faculty of Sciences (FOS) as the first of its kind in Africa/Tropics and Subtropics to have a full-fledged-core course in agriculture at the Open and Distance Learning (ODL).
The Faculty was approved following the ratification of a report presented and approved at the 69th meeting of senate held on Tuesday, 24th April 2012 and officially took off in July 2014 with Prof. Mathew Dada Alegbejo as the pioneer Dean. Prof. Nda E. Mundi is the current Dean of the Faculty.
The Faculty of Agricultural Sciences is dedicated to training opportunities for sustainable bio-resources management and entrepreneurship in agricultural production; opportunity for vocational training and professional workshops for retooling/reskilling in different areas of agriculture; relevant supportive resources for teaching and research in agriculture and allied disciplines through Open and Distance Learning (ODL) mode of delivery; opportunity for specialization and advance study in major disciplines of agriculture; enhance agricultural production through community-based and farmer-driven research objectives and themes.
- B.Sc Agricultural Extension and Management
- B.Sc Catering and Hotel Management
- Bachelor of Agriculture with option in: Animal Science, Crop Science, Soil and Land Resources Management, Agricultural Extension and Rural Development, Agricultural Economics and Agri-Business.
- Postgraduate Diploma in Agricultural Extension and Management.
The Department was established in 2016 following the faculty mode system. Our mission is to provide training opportunity for sustainable bio-resources management and entrepreneurship in agricultural production; opportunity for vocational training and professional workshops for retooling/reskilling in different areas of agriculture; relevant supportive resources for teaching and research in agriculture and allied disciplines through Open and Distance Learning (ODL) mode of delivery; opportunity for specialization and advance study in major disciplines of agriculture; enhance agricultural production through community based-driven research objectives and themes. The Department hosts four programmes namely:
- B.Sc. Agricultural Extension and Management – AEM
- B.Sc. Hotel and Tourism Management – HTM
- B.Agric. Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness – AEA
- B.Agric. Agricultural Extension and Rural Development – ARD
The programmes are fully accredited by National University Commission (NUC) and are anchored by professional and competent lecturers that are trained in ODL mode of delivery of Lectures. The Department is also well equipped as an ODL institution.
Students are therefore encouraged to not only have a copy of the handbook, but to also periodically study it so as to be appropriately and adequately guided in key decisions making.
Students are therefore encouraged to not only have a copy of the handbook, but to also periodically study it so as to be appropriately and adequately guided in key decisions making. The handbook is a must for all students of the Faculty. The information contained in it are necessary for students registration, choice of course, programme planning, duration of study and other relevant information that will help the students during their stay in the National Open Unviersity of Nigeria (NOUN). It also contains a brief history of the University and the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, the SIWES/Farm Fractical Year, Laboratory practicals, as well as Teaching and Research Farm. The handbook is therefore, necessary for all students who want to study Agricultural Sciences in the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).
What truly sets the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) apart are the unique and specialised academic programmes. These offerings are designed to cater to emerging fields, in-demand industries, and areas of study that require specific expertise. Here are a few noteworthy programmes:
- B.Sc Computer Science: B. Sc. Computer Science Programme aims at giving the undergraduate students a broad-based knowledge in areas such as information systems, data communications, computational analysis and mathematical theories and to prepare them for specialization in these areas at the postgraduate levels.
- B.Sc Information Technology: B.Sc Information Technology programme is designed to equip the undergraduate students with the basic requirements for serving in a professional capacity in most areas of computing as well as well as develop knowledge in the theory of applied mathematics. The degree programme would explore all the basic rudimentary or foundation knowledge of Information technology not known to most of today’s information users. It is also expected to equip students with the tools for computational techniques and thinking, as they would be exposed to the fundamentals of computing processes and principles.
- PGD Information Technology: PGD programme in Information Technology is one of the few NOUN’s most attractive postgraduates programmes, aimed at meeting the Information Technology needs of our high level management personnel in the private and public sectors. The programme equally aims at preparing interested candidates towards pursuing academic programme in Information Technology.
- M.Sc. Information Technology: M.Sc Information Technology programme aims at admitting research-oriented graduates of Computer Science and Information Technology into the high echelon of IT professionalism. The programme is expected to exploit all the web-based resources at NOUN to guide students into ground breaking research areas towards concluding their periods of study with an internationally comparable thesis by each student.
- Ph.D Information Technology: Ph.D. in Information Technology helps to deepen one's understanding of the field, contribute to its advancement, and use this knowledge to make a significant impact in various sectors, whether it's academia, research, industry, or society at large. It's a pursuit that requires dedication, intellectual curiosity, and a passion for technology and its potential to drive positive change.
- B.Sc. Environmental Science and Resource Management: B.Sc. Environmental Science and Resource Management is to develop a deep understanding of environmental issues, promote sustainable practices, and prepare individuals to make a positive impact on the environment and society. Graduates of this programme play a crucial role in addressing some of the most pressing challenges of our time, ensuring a healthier and more sustainable future for all.
- B.Sc. Environmental Science and Toxicology: B.Sc. Environmental Science and Toxicology aims to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and ethical foundations needed to address critical environmental and toxicological issues. Graduates of this programme play a vital role in safeguarding our environment, protecting human health, and advocating for sustainable practices on a local, regional, and global scale.
- B.Sc. Mathematics: B.Sc. in Mathematics serves various aims, from personal development and intellectual fulfillment to preparing for a wide range of careers and contributing to scientific and technological advancements. Mathematics is a cornerstone of knowledge that has a far-reaching impact on our world.
- B.Sc Mathematics and Computer Science: Studying for B.Sc. in Mathematics and Computer Science provides you with a well-rounded education that combines mathematical rigor with the practical application of computer science. This combination prepares you for a dynamic and rewarding career, where you can make a difference in a wide range of fields and industries.
- B.Sc Biology: Studying B.Sc in Biology helps you gain knowledge and skills that not only advance one's career but also contribute to our collective understanding of the natural world and our place within it. This knowledge can be applied to address real-world challenges and make a positive impact on society and the environment.
- B.Sc. Chemistry: B.Sc. Chemistry can range from gaining a solid educational foundation to pursuing a fulfilling career, contributing to scientific advancements, and satisfying intellectual curiosity. Ultimately, the goal is to harness the knowledge and skills gained during the programme for personal and societal benefits.
- B.Sc Physics: B.Sc in Physics aims to provide a comprehensive education that equips students with the knowledge, skills, and mindset to understand the physical world, solve complex problems, and pursue a wide range of career and academic opportunities. It's a degree that fosters a deep appreciation for the wonders of the universe and the power of scientific inquiry.
Prerequisite For Applying
All those that wish to apply should check the admission page for detailed step to step explanation on how to apply and admission requirements here
Student registration are done at their chosen study centres. The centre furnishes the candidate with detailed registration process.
Opening & Closing of the Course Registration portal
Students are to note that the registration portal have an open and closing date and students are required to do every necessary registration process within this time frame. The opening and closing of course registration portal is specified by the university in the published
university calendar for the year.
Student orientation programme is done at their various Study Centres and online through zoom virtual meeting. Students are advised on the process accordingly
Deferment of Admission
Student admission or study deferral is a common practice that allows students to postpone their enrollment or general study at the National Open University of Nigeria NOUN, for a specified period. There are several reasons why students may choose to defer their admission:
- Gap Year Exploration: Many students opt for a gap year to explore other opportunities, such as travel, volunteering, or internships. Taking time off before starting their academic journey helps them gain valuable life experiences and clarity about their future goals.
- Personal Reasons: Some students may face unexpected personal challenges, such as health issues, family obligations, or financial constraints. Deferring admission provides them with the time and space to address these matters effectively.
- Academic Preparation: In certain cases, students may feel they need additional time to enhance their academic skills and knowledge before embarking on their chosen program. A deferred admission allows them to adequately prepare for the challenges ahead.
- Career Advancement: Working professionals who plan to pursue higher education may defer their admission to gain more experience in their field. This experience can enrich their learning experience and benefit their future career prospects.
- Changing Priorities: Students may reassess their academic and career aspirations during the admission process. Deferring admission allows them to ensure they are making the right decision and aligning their educational path with their evolving interests.
Deferment of programme is entertained only based on university policy and conditions and all that is needed to be done by such students is to stop the funding of your student wallet thereby halting further registration processes for the time frame at which you want your studies to be halted. Once you're ready to resume your studies, all that is needed is to fund your wallet, go on with the required registration processes and continue from where you stopped or left your studies.
Change of Programme and Course
Registered students who wish to change their programme of study can process it via their respective
study centres. The students download the required form via their Study Centres and process it
through their respective Study Centres (Visit your study centre for more detailed info and process).
Change of Study Centre
Changing the study centre at the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) is a decision made by some students due to various factors. Here are some common reasons why students opt for a study centre change:
- Relocation: One of the primary reasons is relocation to a different city or region. Students may find it more convenient to attend a study centre closer to their new location, making it easier to balance academic commitments with other responsibilities.
- Study Environment: Some students may find that a different study centre offers a more conducive and supportive learning environment, encouraging them to make the switch to enhance their academic experience.
- Personal Commitments: Changes in personal circumstances, such as family responsibilities or work commitments, can prompt students to seek a study centre change that better aligns with their current situation.
- Better Facilities and Resources: Some students may desire study centres with better facilities, libraries, or laboratory resources to enhance their learning experience and academic performance.
- Social and Peer Support: Students may opt to switch study centres to join a community of peers with similar academic interests, fostering a supportive and enriching learning environment.
The list are numerous but the ones listed above are among the major reasons why students tend to change their study centres.