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Geology is the branch of Earth science concerned with exploring and analyzing active processes of the Earth through physical measurements. Though geology is broadly defined as the quantitative study of the earth, it is a field that integrates geophysics, mathematics, biology and physics in order to understand the fundamental principles of the earth. While there are a diverse number of sub-disciplines within the field including petroleum/sedimentology, geophysics, structural geology, economic geology, petrology, hydrogeology, hydrology, engineering and environmental geology, geochemistry, geodesy, etc, the disciplines are united in how these are applied to increase our understanding of the conditions and processes within the earth system. Geoscientists study earth processes through a combination of laboratory experiments, computational and theoretical modeling, remote imaging, and direct observation. The programme therefore is expected to respond to the needs of the students’ career development, the dynamic nature of the subject and of course the needs of the society.

History

The Federal University of Technology, Owerri was established in 1980/81 academic year. The first School to be established was the School of Natural and Applied Science (now School of Physical Sciences) with two programme areas: the physical sciences programme area and the chemical sciences programme area. Each programme area was under a director who was responsible to the Dean of School. The Department of Geology was one of the programmes established on the Physical Sciences programme area directed by Prof. A. Nduka. The Director then served as the Co-ordinator of the programme because there was no Co-ordinator for Geology.

The first set of students (21 in number) was admitted in the 1981/82 session. There was one staff member on the seat. Mr W. Grabs, an expatriate lecturer. In 1983, Dr S. E. Ananaba, a Geophysicist/Meteorologist joined the programme followed by Dr P. O. Okeke, a Geochemist and Geophysicist in 1984. Dr Okeke was the first geologist to serve as the Co-ordinator of the programme. Other staff who joined the department later were Dr Kas Ibe, Hydrogeologist (1984), Dr G. I. Nwankwor, Hydrogeologist (1985), Mr A. Nwachukwu, Technologist (1985), Mr A. I. Selemo, Geophysicist (1986), Dr C. J. Iwuagwu, sedimentologist/petroleum Geologist (1988), Mr N. N. Onu, Geophysicist (1990), Mr A. G. Essien, Paleontologist/Stratigrapher (1992), Mr O. C. Okeke, Engineering Geologist (1994), Mr A.B. Ofulume, Mineralogist (1995), Mr A. A. Onunkwo, Hydrogeologist (1997), and Mr C. A. Ahiarakwem, Hydrogeologist (1998), among others.

The department has graduated so many students who are doing well in their fields of endeavours. Some of its First Class graduates are Ibeneme Sabinus Ikechukwu (2001/2002), Umahi Otuka (2002/2003), Ujowundu T.L. (2003/2004), Amaesi K. U. (2003/2004), Ezekiel Justin (2007/2008), Amadi Marcellius (2008/2009), Aniagboso Stephen (2009/2010), Ajaebili Philip (2009/2010), Okoli Austin (2010/2011), Usen Osahon (2011/2012), Mbagwu Esther (2012/2013), Ohenhen Leonard (2016/2017), Urom Obinna (2017/2018). The department produced its first PhD graduate in August 2007 when Prof. C. A. Ahiarakwem successfully defended his Thesis. The department has produced over twenty (20) PhD graduates.

Currently, the department has 30 academic staff covering all areas of specialization in Geology, ten technologists and one Laboratory Supervisor. Presently, the department has a student population of over 250 students in the two programmes of the department.

 

Successive Heads of Departments

The department has been administered over the years by the following staff:
S/NNamesDuration
1Prof. P. O. Okeke1984-1989
2Prof. S. E. Ananaba1989-1992
3Prof. G. I. Nwankwor1992-1996
4Prof. C. J. Iwuagwu1996-2000
5Prof. K. M. Ibe 2000-2002
6Prof. N. N. Onu2002-2006
7Dr. A. O. I. Selemo  2006-2008
8Prof. C. J. Iwuagwu 2008-2010
9Dr. O. C. Okeke2010-2012
10Prof. K. K. Ibe 2012-2014
11Dr. C. C. Z. Akaolisa2014-2016
12Dr. O. C. Okeke2016-2018
13Prof. S. O. Onyekuru2018-2019
14Prof. C. A. Ahiarakwem 2019
15Dr Alexander Iheanyichukwu Opara2019-date

 

Vision

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

Mission

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

Meet our Team

 
S/NNAMEDESIGNATION
1Dr. Alexander I. OparaReader (HOD)
2 Prof. Casmir C. Z. AkaolisaProfessor (Dean SOPS)
3Prof. Godwin I. NwankworProfessor
4Prof. Samuel O. OnyekuruProfessor
5Prof. Kalu K. IbeProfessor
6Prof. Cosmas A. AhiarakwemProfessor
7Prof. Alexander O. I. SelemoProfessor
8Prof. Osita C. OkekeProfessor
9Dr. Chikwendu N. Okereke Reader
10Dr Akunne A. OnunkwoSenior Lecturer
11Dr Young E. ObiohaSenior Lecturer
12Dr Diugo O. IkoroSenior Lecturer
13Dr Sabinus I. IbenemeSenior Lecturer
14Akan G. EssienLecturer I
15Mrs Hope O. IsraelLecturer I
16Mrs Bridget O. UbechuLecturer I
17Dr Ikechukwu O. NjokuLecturer II
18Dr Obinna C. AkakuruLecturer II
19Mr Emeka A. OkoliLecturer II
20Emmanuel C. DiohaLecturer II
21Mr Nnaemeka EzetohaLecturer II
22Mr Henry N. EchetamaLecturer II
23Mrs Chinyere C. AmadiLecturer II
24Mrs Helen-Gloria O. NwachukwuLecturer II
25Mr Justin C. EzekielAssistant Lecturer
26Mr Francis B. AkiangAssistant Lecturer
27Chidiebere C. AgohaAssistant Lecturer
28Brenda M. AgidiAssistant Lecturer
29Mr Herbert M. OkekeAssistant Lecturer
30Mr Timothy C. AnyanwuAssistant Lecturer
31Mrs Njoku J. ObiageliAssistant Lecturer
32Mrs Ifeyinwa J. OfohAssistant Lecturer
33Mrs StellaMaris I. OkonkwoAssistant Lecturer
34Mr Osahon S. UsenAssistant Lecturer
35Mr Obinna O. UromGraduate Lecturer
36Mr Olisaemeka P. OffodileGraduate Lecturer
37Umar U. AhmedGraduate Lecturer
38Abubakar T. MohammedGraduate Lecturer
39Prince O. IwuohaSenior Technologist
40Mr Ikechukwu O. UgahTechnologist II
41Mr Jerry C. EgereonuTechnologist II
42Mrs Maryjane OrisakweExecutive Officer
43Mr Odom E. OtombadiAssistant Chief Technologist
44Mr Joachim U. NwaguTechnologist II
45Mr Ikenna O. EzeaniTechnologist II
46Chidozie D. NjokuSenior Laboratory Supervisor
47Mr Callistus C. IwujiTechnologist I
48Mrs Eucharia A. OsujiDeputy Chief Technologist
49Mr Chukwunweike OkaforTechnologist I
50Mrs Nkechi N. Chimezie-NwachukwuSecretary II
51< href="http://futo.edu.ng/school-of-physical-science-sops/department-of-geology/mrs-nkoli-callistus-ugo/">Mrs Nkoli Callistus-UgoSenior Assistant Registrar
52Mr Gerald O. OnwuDeputy Chief Technologist
53Janet U. EwurumPrincipal Clerical Officer
54Mrs Florence O. OparaChief Clerical Supervisor
55Ijeoma B. AbbaPrincipal Senior Computer Operator
 

Undergraduate Courses

100 Level

YEAR I         
CODECOURSE TITLEHARMATTANRAIN
LTPULTPU
MTH 101Elementary Mathematics I3104
PHY  101General Physics I2114
CHM 101General Chemistry I2114
BIO   101Biology for Agric. and Bio. Science I2013
ENG 101Workshop Practice I0011
ENG 103Engineering Drawing I0011
GST  101Use of English I1102
GST  103Philosophy and Logic1001
IGB 101/ FRN101Compulsory Elective I1001
MTH 102Elementary Mathematics II2103
PHY  102General Physics II2114
CHM 102General Chemistry II21`14
ENG 102Workshop Practice II0011
ENG 104Engineering Drawing I10011
GST  102Use of English I11102
GST  108Polity and Economy of Nigeria1102
GST  110Science Technology and Society1001
IGB 102/ FRN102Compulsory Elective II1001
 Total Units2119

CODECOURSE TITLEHARMATTAN   RAIN   
LTPULTPU
IGB 101Intro. to Igbo Gram, Comp. & Comprehension1001
FRN 101French Language  I1001
IGB 102Intro. to Igbo History Culture & Literature1001
FRN 102French Language  I11001

 

200 Level

YEAR II    HARMATTAN SEMESTER     
COURSE CODECOURSE TITLELTPU
GLY 201INTRODUCTORY GEOLOGY I2013
MTH 201MATHEMATICAL METHODS I2103
MTH 203ORDINARY DIFFERENTIAL EQU.I2103
STA 211INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS AND PROBABILITY2103
CSC 201COMPUTER & APPLICATIONS I2114
ENG 201WORKSHOP PRACTICE II0011
GST 201SOCIAL SCIENCES1001
ELECTIVE3
 TOTAL21
ELECTIVES
COURSE CODE           COURSE TITLE     L    T   PU
CHM 201PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I2013
PHY 201APPLIED ELECTRICITY2103

YEAR II     RAIN SEMESTER     
COURSE CODECOURSE TITLELTPU
GLY 202INTRODUCTORY GEOLOGY II2013
GLY 204GEOMORPHOLOGY1012
GLY 208PRINCIPLES OF SEDIMENTATION AND STRATIGRAPHY1102
GLY 212BASIC GEOLOGIC CONCEPTS AND PRINCIPLES1001
GPH 202INTRODUCTORY GEOPHYSICS1012
CSC 202COMPUTER & APPLICATIONS II1113
MTH 222NUMERICAL METHODS2103
ELECTIVE3
 TOTAL19
SIW 200INDUSTRIAL ATTACHMENT0022
ELECTIVES
COURSE CODECOURSE TITLELTPU
CHM 202INORGANIC CHEMISTRY I2013
MTH 204ELEMENTARY DIFF. EQUATIONS II2103

 

300 Level

YEAR III  HARMATTAN SEMESTER     
COURSE CODECOURSE TITLELTPU
COMMON COURSES
GLY 301MINERALOGY I1012
GLY 303STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY I1012
GLY 305SEDIMENTARY GEOLOGY I1012
GLY 307MAPS AND INTERPRETATION1012
GPH 301PHYSICS OF THE SOLID EARTH2103
ENG 315PRINCIPLES OF  ENGR. SURVEY1012
ENS 301ENTREPRENEURIAL STUDIES I1012
GEOLOGY OPTION
GLY 313GEOLOGIC RECORD1012
GLY 315MACRO PALEONTOLOGY1012
 TOTAL19
GEOPHYSICS OPTION
PHY 303APPLIED ELECTRICITY II2103
MTH 305COMPLEX VARIABLES2103
 TOTAL21

            
YEAR III  RAIN   SEMESTER
COURSE CODECOURSE TITLELTPU
COMMON COURSES
GLY 302MINERALOGY II1012
GLY 304STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY II1012
GLY 306SEDIMENTARY GEOLOGY II1012
GLY 322BASIN ANALYSIS1012
GLY 324GEOLOGY OF NIGERIA1012
ENS 302ENTREPRENEURIAL STUDIES II1012
GEOLOGY OPTION
GLY 308INTRODUCTORY GEOCHEMISTRY1102
GLY 310GEOLOGIC INSTRUMENTATION1001
GLY 314PHOTOGEOLOGY1012
GLY 316MICROPALEONTOLOGY1012
GLY 318MARINE GEOLOGY1012
 TOTAL
GEOPHYSICS OPTION
GPH 302APPLIED SEISMOLOGY2103
GPH 304EXPLORATION METHODS I2013
MTH 322INTRO. TO METHODS OF APPL. MATHS2103
 TOTAL

 

400 Level

YEAR IV   HARMATTAN SEMESTER     
COURSE CODECOURSE TITLELTPU
COMMON COURSES
GLY 401IGNEOUS PETROLOGY2013
GLY 403ECONOMIC GEOLOGY2013
GLY 415PHYSICAL HYDROGEOLOGY1102
GLY 427GEO-ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS1102
GLY 433FUNDAMENTALS OF GIS1102
GEOLOGY OPTION
GLY 413GEOLOGY OF AFRICA1001
GLY 425APPLIED GEOPHYSICS2013
GLY 429MINING METHODS AND METAL REF.1102
TOTAL
GEOPHYSICS OPTION
GPH 401REMOTE SENSING AND GIS1012
GPH 403EXPLORATION METHODS II1012
GPH 407GEOSCIENTIFIC SOFTWARE APPLI.1012
GPH 411GEOPHYSICAL DATA PROCESSING1012
 TOTAL

YEAR IV  RAIN SEMESTER     
COURSE CODECOURSE TITLELTPU
SIW 400INDUSTRIAL ATTACHMENT0066

 

500 Level

YEAR V  HARMATTAN SEMESTER     
COURSE CODECOURSE TITLELTPU
COMMON COURSES
GLY 525GEOSTATISTICS2013
GLY 527ELEMENTS OF ENV. PLANNING1102
GLY 535ELEMENTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE1001
GPH 507WELL LOG ANALYSIS2013
GEOLOGY OPTION
GLY 501METAMORPHIC PETROLOGY2013
GLY 515CHEMICAL AND POLLUTION HYDROGEOLOGY2013
GLY 531GEOLOGY SEMINAR I0101
GLY 571EXPLORATION GEOPHYSICS1012
GLY 590INDEPENDENT STUDY/PROJECT
TOTAL18
GEOPHYSICS OPTION
GPH 501ROCK PHYSICS2013
GPH 503EXPLORATION METHODS II2013
GPH 505RESERVOIR CHARACTERIZATION AND MODELING1012
GPH 511GEOPHYSICS SEMINAR I0101
GPH 590INDEPENDENT STUDY/PROJECT
TOTAL18

YEAR V  RAIN SEMESTER     
COURSE CODECOURSE TITLELTPU
COMMON COURSES
GLY 500GEOLOGY/GEOPHYSICS FIELD MAPPING0011
GLY 502PETROLEUM GEOLOGY2013
GLY 504ENGINEERING GEOLOGY2013
GLY 512MINERAL AND ENERGY RES. MGT.1102
GEOLOGY OPTION
GLY 524EXPLORATION GEOCHEMISTRY1012
GLY 532GEOLOGY SEMINAR II0101
GLY 590INDEPENDENT STUDY/PROJECT0066
TOTAL18
GEOPHYSICS OPTION
GPH 506GEOPHYSICS FIELD STUDY0022
GPH 512GEOPHYSICS SEMINAR II0101
GPH 572GENERAL METEOROLOGY1012
GPH 590INDEPENDENT STUDY/PROJECT0066
TOTAL20

Our Programmes

The Department has very vibrant specialized options.

 

Undergraduate Level:

  • Geology option
  • Geophysics option

 

Postgraduate Level:

  • Geophysics option
  • Petroleum Geology/Sedimentology option
  • Environmental Geology option
  • Hydrogeology option
  • Mineral Exploration option
 

 

Dr Alexander Iheanyichukwu Opara

Head of Department, Geology
Reader
Email: alexander.opara@futo.edu.ng

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