The College of Biosciences (COLBIOS) is one of the newest Colleges of the University. COLBIOS is one of the two Colleges carved out of the former and large College of Natural Sciences (COLNAS).
Considering the fact that science is the bedrock of agricultural and technological development and that modern agriculture in all its ramifications can only be scientifically practiced. COLBIOS is central in the generation of basic knowledge from handling all aspects of agriculture and its mandate. In this regard, it is imperative that all other colleges must link to COLBIOS for applied research. Presently, it is mandatory that all students passing through FUNAAB must pass through the College of Biosciences, in their 100 and 200 levels. This is an indication of the important role the College plays in fulfilling the mandates of the University. It may therefore be correct to refer to COLBIOS as the mother of all Colleges in FUNAAB. Presently, the Departments in the College which offer four year Bachelor of Science Degree programmes are:
- Department of Biochemistry
- Department of Microbiology
- Department of Pure and Applied Botany
- Department of Pure and Applied Zoology
These departments have proved their worth in carrying out the mandate of the Universities of Agriculture.
The primary philosophy that guides the training of students is the production of skilled manpower that is adequately furnished with the comprehensive information required for engaging in economic agricultural production in an environment characterized by rural setting and adequate land endowment. Such knowledgeably professional manpower has to be produced in an atmosphere with the widest possible human and material resources, through the adoption of effective techniques of instruction, and exposure to the actual practice of agriculture and management sciences. Consequently, there are opportunities for formal training at the Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels, for the acquisition of basic and high degrees respectively.
These training programmes are mounted through classroom instruction, laboratory practical, field demonstrations and workshop practice. Deriving from the foregoing philosophy and the major objectives of the University, among others, are:
- To assist in the attainment of self-sufficiency in the production of basic food;
- To contribute to the achievement of the goal of marked increase in the production of agricultural raw materials to support the growth of our several industries as well as the financial entrepreneurial management skills;
- To achieve the production and processing of export produce;
- To enhance with emphasis on relevant, appropriate and manageable technology to modernize agricultural production, processing, storage, preservation and distribution;
- To enhance the rural employment opportunities and the attendant improvement of the quality of rural life;
- To evolve effective ways of protecting agricultural land resources from ecological degradation such as erosion, pollution, etc.;
- To develop new patterns of agricultural structures and government policies which clearly demonstrates that agriculture is an important part of our national economy
Science disciplines are the bedrock of agricultural and technological developments and are therefore of natural growth. The training of scientists in an agricultural and management setting is to:
- Enable agricultural and management problems be resolved scientifically with an overall aim of attaining self-sufficiency in food production;
- Ensure a thorough and reliable training which will assure our graduates employment opportunities;
- Inculcate into science graduates an entrepreneurial culture, good communication skills, computer literacy, problem solving, life-long learning and subject specific skills;
- Train students to be creative, innovative and seek self-employment