DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICS & STATISTICS, BOWEN UNIVERSITY, IWO
At the inception of the University in November 2002, the Department, which was one of the five Departments in the Faculty of Science and Science Education, was set up to offer degree courses in three programmes viz:
B.sc Computer Science, B.sc Mathematics and B.sc Statistics.
At the beginning of the 2003/2004 academic session, computer science programme was excised leaving just two programmes Mathematics and Statistics.
Initially, fifty eight (58) students were admitted into the Department, not into programmes through UME and were later allocated to programmes according to their overall academic performance and performances in the core courses for each programme.
The same method was adopted for the thirty three (33) students admitted for the 2003/2004 session. They were later distributed into Mathematics and Statistics programmes. In 2003/2004 the first two (2) direct entry students were admitted into the Department. However beginning from 2004/2005 session students were admitted directly in their programmes of choice.
The foundation members of staff were: Mrs Tinuke L. Johunson (who was the foundation Head of Department) Mr. O.A. Adeoti, Mr. O.I Osowole and Mr. O.A. Ojesanmi.
The Department had produced many graduating students with at least one First Class every year . It is also note worthy that two of the former student are now lecturers in the Department.
In 2013/2014 session two students had First Class Honours degree- one in Mathematics and the other in Statistics – Miss Jolayemi Ayodele Ruth of the Statistics Programme won the Faculty Price having scored a CGPA of 4.84.
PHILOSOPHY OF PROGRAMMES IN THE DEPARTMENT
Statistics deals with the collection, presentation, analysis and interpretation of data. Hence the substantive philosophy of the B.Sc degree programme in Statistics of Bowen University would require a highly professional and academic training in the field of Statistics that would enable beneficiaries to function as Statisticians, researchers teachers and policy makers.
The undergraduate single honours degree in Mathematics covers a wide spectrum of both Pure and Applied Mathematics. The products of the programme are trained to be highly skilled in Mathematics and be able to apply such skills in solving numerous problems involving the use of Mathematics in academic and other fields.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR THE TWO PROGRAMMES IN THE DEPARTMENT
Candidates may be admitted either through the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Exam
Prospective students who wish to come into the Department though the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) must possess:
- Ordinary Level subjects include English Language, Mathematics and any other three (3) Science Subjects except that Biology and Agricultural Science cannot be combined.
- The 5 credits should be obtained in not more than two (2) sittings and must have been obtained within the last 5 years.
- UTME subjects will include English Language, Mathematics and any other two (2) Science subjects except that Biology cannot be combined with Agricultural Science.
- NCE, OND and approved equivalents in the relevant fields with at least Upper Credit level.
- Two (2) Advanced Level Subjects
- The Interim Joint Matriculation Board (IJMB) at acceptable grade levels
- In addition to the two Advanced Level subjects, candidates must have credits in three OTHER relevant ordinary level subjects
Direct Entry subject include Mathematics and any one of Statistics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Economics or Geography.
Achievement Since Inception
The Department has produced a good number of students, many of who are: employed in banks and industry, pursuing postgraduate programmes in tertiary institutions within Nigerian and abroad, already lecturers in higher institution of learning.
Upcoming News and Programmes
The Department is proposing to:
- Run combined honours degrees (with both Mathematics and Statistics
- Offer both undergraduate and postgraduate Diploma programmes is Statistics