In November 2002, the first set of students were admitted into the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics where Computer Science was offered as an option along with two others viz. Mathematics and Statistics respectively. At the beginning of 2003/2004 session a separate Department of Computer Science and Information Technology was established for the offering of the B.Sc degree in Computer Science. This has so remained till now.
The staff strength for this particular program has grown from one (1) Assistant Lecturer in December 2002 to sixteen (16) academic of which eight (8) are associate lecturers from other sister institutions and five (5) technical staff members. In 2013/2014 academic year, The staff strength has grown to eighteen (18) academic staff members with eight (8) of this number being associate lecturers and seven (7) technical staff members.
During the 2002/2003 session there were twelve (12) computers in the computer laboratory. This was increased to one hundred (100) in 2006/2007 academic session. Each PC had its own UPS. In the same year additional seven (7) HP laptop computers were also bought. In 2009/2010 session, fifty (50) compact HP computers with compact screens were purchased and the new laboratory extension equipped with this. The department’s programme in B.Sc. Computer Science received full accreditation from NUC.
In 2013/2014 session, the department also got an installation of ninety (90) state of the art compact all in one computers in its bigger laboratory. Addition 69 computers were procured at the beginning of 2014/2015 session with inverter systems for power backup.
The department also enjoys the benefit of a virtual computer networks laboratory located in the university library for 24-hour on-line accessing, reservation and circulation services. This network is internet active with 24-hours browsing service. In addition to the above facilities provided for students’ use, a Multimedia Projector with Laptop, Public Address system, Digital Laboratory equipment, Networking equipment are also provided. The department also enjoys 24 hours wireless internet connectivity in all the offices of the department for staff research purposes.
PHILOSOPHY AND OBJECTIVES
The programme is conceived to produce graduates of Computer Science with adequate academic and research background. The training would be geared towards the development of the theory of computing and applications of Information Technology intended to be beneficial to society.
The objectives are to
(i) to train students in various aspects of Computer Science through adequate theoretical exposure and applications;
(ii) to train students in applying computing knowledge to research, industry and everyday life;
(iii) to expose students to state-of-the-art technology and industrial practice;
(iv) to inculcate in the graduates of the degree programme a strong desire to achieve an enviable level of professionalism and entrepreneurship while maintaining good academic background germinating into a valuable industry-university relationship.
GENERAL UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS
Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME)
- All applicants are required to sit for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME)
- All applicants are to collect Bowen University Form
- All applicants are required to have credits at SSCE, GCE, NECO, NABTEB or approved equivalent in at least 5 subjects which must include English Language and any four other subjects as may be specified by each Faculty.
- The five Credits should be obtained in not more than two sittings.
- All applicants will be required to go through Bowen University’s Screening Exercise.
All applicants for direct entry must satisfy any one of the following:
- NCE, ND or approved equivalents with at least Upper Credit in relevant fields.
- Two Advanced Level passes, but the College of Health Sciences requires three Advanced Level passes.
- The Interim Joint Matriculation Board (IJMB) or Cambridge moderated School of Basic Studies at acceptable grade levels.
- B.Sc. (minimum of Second Class Upper) in relevant fields for Medicine and Surgery.
- In addition to the NCE/ND/IJMB or two Advanced Level papers to be specified by the Faculty or programme, candidates must also satisfy Ordinary Level requirements.
- All direct entry candidates are required to apply through JAMB.
DEPARTMENTAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Degree Programme Options
B.Sc. Computer Science
(a) O’ Level Subjects
The five O’ Level subjects to include English Language, Mathematics, Physics, and any two from Further Mathematics, Biology/Agricultural Science, Chemistry, Economics and Technical Drawing.
(b) UTME Subjects
English Language, Mathematics and any other two of Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
(c) Direct Entry
Into 200 level:
- At least two GCE Advance Level passes to include Mathematics and Physics
- IJMB/JUPEB/NCE/ND or approved equivalent.
Into 300 level:
- HND holders from a recognized Polytechnic with a minimum of Lower Credits
In addition, candidates must satisfy the O’level requirement as stated in (ii a) above.
ACHIEVEMENT SINCE INCEPTION
The department’s programme in B.Sc. Computer Science enjoys full accredited by National University Commission. The department has produced many graduates with B.Sc. Computer Science who are doing well both in the academia and the industries. The department produced the best graduating student in the University during the 2011/2012 academic session with the highest CGPA and this gave the student an opportunity of overseas scholarship.
Students of the department have featured and excelled in software exhibitions among the communities of university undergraduate students. The department can boast of the 21st century state of art computer laboratory with the latest facilities.
More academic staff with Ph.D have been employed and those on Ph.D programme are making appreciable progress. Staff development is vigorously being pursued with staff on study leave both at home and abroad.
UPCOMING NEWS AND EVENTS
The department organized a training session on MATLAB for the staff of the Faculty on February 5th 2015 by 10.00am at the E-Library Section of the University Library