Civil Engineering – History

The Department started in 1961/62 with the undergraduate programme; while the post-graduate programme was added in 1980/81. Over these years, the pursuit of excellence in both the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes remains the main thrust and emphases of the Department. From inception up to 1979/80, the Department offered four- and five- year programmes leading to the bachelor’s degree B.Sc in Civil Engineering.   By the decision of the Faculty Board of Engineering and with the popular support of the students the Bachelor of Science degree was changed to the Bachelor of Engineering  B.Eng degree in 1979/80 with the approval of the University Senate .
Over the years, necessary changes were made in the academic curriculum in order to make the programme more relevant to the needs of the society. Significant among such changes are the introduction of General Studies Courses; Computer Programming; Student Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES); Entrepreneurship; Water Resources and Environmental Engineering etc. With the advent of the National Universities Commission (NUC) benchmarks for minimum credit load and course content for Nigerian Universities, the Department complied as required in the curriculum. Over the years the total credit hours to be completed before graduation for a five year programme were as follows 249 in 1963/1964; 253 in 1966/67; 249 in 1074/75; 242 in 1992/93 and 391 in 2011/2012. Since 1992/93, session, some courses were incorporated into the programme in compliance with NUC Minimum Academic Standards. The current programme of the Department lays more emphasis on Civil Engineering courses from the 300-Level. This programme received full accreditation during the 2005 NUC accreditation exercise. The department is working towards updating the academic programme to meet the need of the society. Our new programme is currently with the curriculum approval committee of the University senate.