School of Physical Science (SOPS)

Developmental History


Welcome to the school of Physical Sciences (SOPS) which was established in 1981 as the School of Natural and Applied Sciences (SNAS).

Since then, it has evolved both in name and academic structure, having since then been renamed School of Earth, Mineral and Natural Sciences (SEMS), School of Science (SOSC) and finally, School of Physical Sciences effective 15th June 2015.

The academic structure of the then SNAS consisted of four (4) programme Areas and fourteen programmes.

  • Physical Sciences programme Area with industrial Mathematics, Industrial Physics, Computer Science and Applied Geosciences Programmes.
  • Chemical Sciences and Technology programme Area with Industrial Chemistry, Polymer and Fibre Science and Technology, Petrochemical Science and Technology and Textile Technology programmes.
  • Food and Biochemical Technology programme Area with food processing Technology, Brewing Technology, and Industrial Biochemistry programmes.
  • Biological Sciences programme Area with Industrial Microbiology, Environmental Science and Pollution Control Technology and Genetic Engineering programmes.

With time, several aspects of the programme Areas and programmes were modified, merged and/or transferred to other Schools:

  • Mathematics was merged with Computer Science to form mathematics and Computer Science.
  • Food and Biochemical Technology programme Area was moved first to School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology and subsequently to School of Engineering and Engineering Technology.
  • Applied Geosciences programme was renamed Geology programme.
  • Polymer/Fire Science and Technology, Petrochemical Science and Technology as well as Textile Technology in the Chemical Sciences and Technology programme Area, were transferred to the School of Engineering and Engineering Technology.

Consequent on the above development and following the NUC seminar held in Kaduna in 1988 on courses offered by Federal University of Technology and the subsequent decision of Federal University of Technology Owerri to operate a departmental structure, the School of Science began to operate the following academic departments.

  1. Department of Biological Sciences
  2. Department of Chemistry
  3. Department of Geology
  4. Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
  5. Department of Physics.

In the 2005/2006 academic session, the Department of Science Laboratory Technology was established.  In the 2008/2009 academic session, the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science was split to provide the following three new departments viz:

  1. Department of Computer Sciences
  2. Department of Mathematics
  3. Department of Statistics.

The School of Science was split on June 15, 2015, into two schools namely:

  • School of Biological Sciences with three (3) Departments from the Department of Biological Sciences.
  • School of Physical Sciences with seven (7) Departments.


To attain excellence in all its scholastic and scientific endeavours and to produce skilled and value-laden graduates.



To identify the scientific problems and needs of the society and to proffer solutions to them through high-skilled scientific teaching and research.

Philosophy and Objectives


The Philosophy and objectives of the School of Physical Sciences (SOPS) fall in line with those stipulated in the minimum Academic standard document for the training of physical scientists who will have a broad knowledge of the physical sciences to enable them to understand the various processes.

The Philosophy of SOPS programme is to produce a new kind of manpower which possesses planning, adaptive, technical, maintenance, development and productive skills in Physical Science fields. This new kind of manpower will have the capability not only to understand, use and adapt existing technology in the field of physical sciences, but also improve on it and develop new ones, and would be immediately productive in a relevant venture or gainful employment. When this happens and the trained Physical Scientists is diligent in his/her duties, the society, ultimately, would be better for it, because, through the series of trained Physical Scientists, the government and other relevant bodies and agencies in the society would not be in lack of the vital scientist manpower necessary for industrial planning, economic planning, education, environmental, health and social planning.

In addition to the usual laboratory practical classes which, complement, elaborate and further clarify theory, the programme contains several key elements of technological and professional practice-in training, including courses in workshop practice and 40 weeks of Student Industrial Work Experience Scheme. Other words, we do not produce traditional physical scientists. Our course contents are designed to couple physical sciences with technological skills and orientation.

The following are the specific objectives of SOPS programme

  1. To produce a balanced and broad-based Physical Scientists with sufficient theoretical knowledge and superior practical, creative, versatile and innovative skills to face the challenges of our nation’s technical problems.
  2. To provide and promote sound basic Physical Sciences training as a foundation for the development of applied science and technology taking into account indigenous culture to enhance national unity coupled with technology in response to the national need for skilled, innovative and technological-oriented manpower for national development.
  3. To identify scientific and technological problems and needs of the society and to find solutions to them within the context of overall national development as well as to provide consultancy services to local industries, organizations and government parastatals.
  4. To act as agents and catalyst of development through postgraduate training, research and innovation in physical sciences, the effective and economic utilization, exploitation and conservation of the country’s natural, economic and human resources.
  5. To encourage the advancement of learning and to hold out to all persons without distinction of race, creed, sex or political conviction the opportunity of acquiring higher education in Physical Sciences.
  6. To provide students with knowledge and skills-based from which they can proceed to further studies in specialized areas of Physical Sciences or multi-disciplinary areas involving Physical Sciences and inculcate in them the required skills for industrial application, firms and outsourcing.
  7. To generate in students an appreciation of the importance of physical science in industrial planning, economic planning, education, environment, health and social planning.

Pre-Degree Unit


Following the splitting of the School of Science (SOSC), the Pre-degree programme will be administered under the office of the Vice-Chancellor through the Dean of the School of Physical Sciences (SOPS).

Deanship Succession

The Past Deans of the School since inception are listed below:

Prof. S. J. Igarashi 1981 -1983

Prof. E. O. I. Banijo 1983 -1985

Prof. S. C. O. Ugbolue 1985 -1987

Prof. U. B. C. O. Ejike 1987 -1990

Prof. K. E. Osondu 1990 -1992

Prof. A. I. Ukoha 1992 -1996

Prof. B. N. Onwuagba 1996 -1998

Prof. U. B. C. O. Ejike 1998 – 2002

Prof. M.O. E. Iwuala 2002 -2006

Prof. G. I. Nwankwor 2006 -2008

Prof. F. C. Eze 2008 – 2012

Prof. B. C. Anusionwu 2015 – 2018

Prof. A. M. Ette 2018 – 2019

Prof. C.C Akaolisa  2019 – to date

Meet Our Team

Prof. Casmir C. Z. Akaolisa

Professor (Dean SOPS)

Research Activities


School of Physical Sciences has made modest progress in pure and applied research despite the glaring limitations of equipment and material.  Staff and students have carried out research in the area of astrophysics, solar energy and materials Physics, Applied Chemistry, Geosciences, Laboratory Sciences, Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics.

Other Responsibilities

The School is also responsible for the offering and management of most of the foundation courses (comprising University-wide 100 level and 200 level courses) in the basic science disciplines of Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science. In addition, the School of Physical Sciences is charged with the coordination and management of the pre-degree programme.

Prof. Casmir Chukwuemeka Z. Akaolisa