Federal University, Dutsin-ma

Katsina state, Nigeria

Courses: 2nd Year 1st Sem., B. Sc. Biology

  1. BIO211: Genetics I

    (2 credit units)

    Hereditable and non-hereditable characteristics, Biological variations and mechanisms involved in inheritance. The probability factor in inheritance, Structural changes of genes, such as mutation and rearrangements, Numerical changes of genes; such as euploidy, polypoidy and aneuploidy, Basic population genetics; gene behaviour in a population; dominance and recessive relationships, Gene frequencies.

  2. BIO221: General physiology I

    (2 credit units)

    The chemistry of life, Organic compounds of biological importance: e.g. porphyrins, chlorophylls, cytochromes, haemoglobins carotenoids, xanthophylls, flavins, melanines, pteridines, anthocyanins, phosphagen, carbohydrates, lipids and fats and proteins, Vitamins and their uses. The general characteristics of enzymes and their classes, the membrane system of cells: chemical and ultra-structural properties, Intercellular communications. Transport across cellmembranes, Homeostasis.

  3. BIO231: Cell Biology and Histology I

    (2 credit units)

    History and present trends in cell Biology, The Cell Theory, The cell structure and functions, The cell cycle, Cell division (Mitosis and Meiosis), Cell differentiation and growth, the molecular basis of cell structure and development, Nucleic Acids and Protein Synthesis, Study of the mammalian tissues emphasizing structure and function.

  4. BOT211: Seedless Plants

    (2 credit units)

    The general characteristics of seedless plants and their classification into Bryophyta, Pteridophyta and Thallophyta, Morphology and Reproductive characteristics of representatives, Relationships and differences between classes and advancement of lower plant groups.

  5. MCB211: General Microbiology I

    (3 credit units)

    Nature of microbiology and types of microorganisms, History of microbiology, Tools and techniques in microbiology, Structure of and comparison of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, Morphology, life cycle and economic importance of bacteria, fungi and protozoa with emphasis on nutrition, metabolism, and growth.

  6. ZOO211: Lower Invertebrates

    (2 credit units)

    General characteristics of lower invertebrates, Classification of invertebrates into their various groups, Levels of organization in the invertebrates and their economic importance, Biology of Protozoans, Cnidarians, Platyhelminthes and Nematodes, Phylogenetic relationships, evolution and adaptive biology of the major invertebrate groups.

  7. ZOO221: Chordates

    (2 credit units)

    Evolution of chordates, Position of chordates among animal groups, General biology of Fishes, Amphibians, Reptiles, Aves and Mammals, Major chordate groups, Factors responsible for successes of chordate groups, The Main features of Tetrapods and vertebrates as main chordate groups.

  8. BCH201: General Biochemistry I

    (3 credit units)

    Water: Structure and hydrophilic interactions amongst water molecules; The ionic product of water - pKw; acidity, alkalinity and the concept of pH; pH, the body buffer systems, and their effects on cellular activities; chemistry, structures, and functions of carbohydrates: complex sugars-starch, glycogen etc versus simple sugars-amyloses; hexoses-glucose, fructose, mannose, galactose etc; pentoses; erythrose and trioses; chemistry, structure and functions of amino acids and proteins and their derivatives; primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary structures of proteins: their determination and biochemical implications.

  9. GST211: History and Philosophy of Science

    (2 credit units)

    Man - his origin and nature, Man and his cosmic environment, Scientific methodology, Science and technology in the society and service of man, Renewable and non-renewable resources-man and his energy resources, Environmental effects of chemical plastics, Textiles, Wastes and other material, Chemical and radiochemical hazards Introduction to the various areas of science and technology, Elements of environmental studies.

  10. GST221: Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

    (2 credit units)

    Basic concepts in peace studies and conflict resolution, peace as vehicle of unity and development, conflict issues, types of conflict, e.g. ethnic/religious/political/economic conflicts, root causes of conflicts and violence in Africa, indigene/settler phenomenon, peace building, management of conflict and security, elements of peace studies and conflict resolution, developing a culture of peace, peace mediation and peace-keeping, alternative dispute resolution (ADR). Dialogue/arbitration in conflict resolutions, role of international organizations in conflict resolution, e.g. ECOWAS, African Union, United Nations, etc.

  11. CHM261: Practical Inorganic Chemistry

    (1 credit units)

    Analysis of complex materials like cement, bleach, ores and alloys; Preparation of inorganic compounds and their characterizations by spectroscopic methods; Ion- exchange chromatography; Complexes; Solvent extraction; Conductometric and potentiometric measurements.

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