Candidates with at least a lower second degree in Botany, Botany combined with Zoology or any other relevant subjects like Geography, Chemistry, Forestry, Agriculture (crop science) and Environmental Science from a recognized University may be admitted to the course. Eligible candidates may be government or privately sponsored.
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME
The main objective of this programme is to produce graduates with more advanced knowledge and research skills in various disciplines of plant science which are relevant to scientific development and conservation of plant diversity for socio-economic development of the country
After completion of the MSc degree programme, the graduate should be able to
The overall objective of the programme is to produce sufficiently trained persons who will put ethnobotany on a sound scientific base for sustainable use and management of plant resources for posterity. The specific objectives of the programme are:
1. To advance and diffuse indigenous knowledge of plants for conservation of our national heritage.
2. To establish a cadre of well-trained personnel that will make greater contributions to the utilisation and conservation of plant genetic resources.
Minor Botany programme
A student taking Botany as a MINOR will be required to register for the courses listed below and those from other subject(s) of his/her choice. He/She should register for at least a total of 44 credit units
Course Code and Title
BSC IN BOTANY TAKEN WITH OTHER SCIENCE SUBJECTS
A student taking Botany as a MAJOR will be required to register for the courses listed below and those from other subject(s) of his/her choice. He/She should register for at least a total of 74 credit units.
Course codes, titles, and time allocation. LH= lecture hours; PH= practical hours; CH= contact hours; CU = credit units, * = elective courses
The main objective of this programme is to produce graduates with sufficient knowledge and skills in the field of modern Biotechnology necessary for enhancing agricultural and industrial production, biodiversity and environmental conservation.
On successful completion of the programme, a graduate with BSc. in Biotechnology should be able to:
The programme is based on a credit unit system in which:
1 lecture hour (LH) = 1 contact hour (CH)
2 tutorial hour (TH) = 1 contact hour (CH)
2 hours of practical = 1 contact hour; 4 hours of field work = 1 contact hour
15 contact hours (1 CH per week for 15 weeks) = 1 credit unit (CU)
Summary of the Programme
In addition to the normal university admission requirements, a candidate must have a minimum grade of 3 principal passes in the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education (UACE) or its equivalent and a principal pass in at least 2 of the following subjects: Biology, Physical sciences, or Physics and Chemistry. Where a candidate lacks this requirement, a bridging course will be required in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Mathematics.
Teaching and Assessment Pattern
Duration of Courses
The course has been arranged so that the introductory and metabolic aspects that are central to biochemistry are dealt with in the first two semesters. The core courses in the second and third years cover more specialised aspects of biochemistry. The load is lower in the first two semesters to allow for other subjects that the student is interested in taking or “exploring”. The time can also be used to cover the Faculty’s core curriculum and any other remedial courses.
Zoology is a branch of biology that deals with the study of mainly animals and animal like organisms. It embraces a wide range of topics but present emphasis is on aspects that are directly relevant to the economic development of Uganda. They include all invertebrate and vertebrate groups, Wildlife, Ecology, Fisheries and Aquatic Science, Entomology and Parasitology. Various other supportive disciplines are studied in the department.
The programme addresses capture fisheries which depends on wild fish stocks and aquaculture which is the production of aquatic organisms under controlled conditions.The overall objective of the programme is to produce well trained and skilled persons understanding the dynamics of aquatic ecosystems. Graduates of this programme should be able to sustainably utilise aquatic resources for the present and future generations.