Federal University, Dutsin-ma

Katsina state, Nigeria

Courses: 4th Year 1st Sem., B. Sc. Biology

  1. BIO411: Population Genetics

    (2 credit units)

    Mendelian population and its origin, Scope of population genetics and available tools. Mendelian and quantitative genetics: genetic variations, significance of variation in evolution, effects of natural and artificial selection, Mathematical models and their uses in study of population, The logistic and exponential growth models. Gene behaviour in a population: gene and genotype frequencies, mating systems in a population.

  2. BIO421: Soil Biology

    (2 credit units)

    Soil and their functions, Soil profile and composition, Characteristics and classification of soils; soil particle size, texture and structure Soil formation processes, Types of rocks, Role of organisms in the soil Plant and water relationships in soil, Soil sampling techniques, conservation, Environmental considerations in property, urban and industrial development. The environment protection act and environmental litigation: cultural and political considerations, Concepts of water, soil and air pollution, Environmental education and training.

  3. BIO421: Soil Biology

    (2 credit units)

    Soil and their functions, Soil profile and composition, Characteristics and classification of soils; soil particle size, texture and structure Soil formation processes, Types of rocks, Role of organisms in the soil Plant and water relationships in soil, Soil sampling techniques, conservation, Environmental considerations in property, urban and industrial development. The environment protection act and environmental litigation: cultural and political considerations, Concepts of water, soil and air pollution, Environmental education and training.

  4. BIO441: Field Course II

    (2 credit units)

    Current concepts in evolution, geologic eras, periods and epochs, natural selection, variations, isolation mechanisms, adaptation, Origin of life, Origin of species and adaptive radiation, Evolution of selected groups of plants and animals, evolution of man.

  5. BIO471: Evolution

    (2 credit units)

  6. BIO461: Seminar

    (2 credit units)

    Supervised seminar on selected topics in biology based on review of literature.

  7. ZOO411: Parasitology

    (2 credit units)

    Brief history of Parasitology, Parasites defined. Evolution of parasites, parasitic life; advantages and problems, Attachment and maintenance in the host Reproduction and transmission, the distribution, life cycle, epidemiology, pathogenesis treatment and control of protozoan and helminthes parasites.

  8. ZOO421: Animal Physiology

    (2 credit units)

    Chemical composition of the animal body; ions, molecules and compounds in animal physiology, Cell respiration and metabolism in animals, Comparative review of the physiology of animal tissues, organs and systems: the digestive, respiratory, muscular, nervous, skeletal, excretory, circulatory, endocrine and reproductive systems, Heredity and the animal embryo.

  9. BOT411: Comparative Plant Anatomy

    (2 credit units)

    Characteristics and classification of plant tissues and tissue systems Evolution of vascular tissues Comparative wood anatomy, Plant adaptation to specialized habitats applied aspect of plant anatomy.

  10. BIO451: Pest Control

    (2 credit units)

    Definition of pests, History of pests and their control Common pests and their hosts, Pests of foodstuff (visiting pests and resident pests) Insect pests of waste products, Cloth moths and carpet beetles, Wood-boring insects. Stinging, biting and urtricating arthropods Agricultural problems of pests, Forecasting pest attack and plant disease epidemics Mechanical, physical, chemical and biological pest control strategies. The integrated pest control concept Varietal resistance in pest control, Cultural and legislative control of pests Evaluation of control strategies.

  11. MCB411: Industrial Microbiology

    (3 credit units)

    Nature of industrial microbiology and microorganisms of industrial importance, Aspects of the biology of moulds, yeasts, bacteria and actinomycetes Fermentation technology Culture techniques and maintenance of selected cultures Mutation, strain selection and development, hybridization and media formulation and economics, Optimization of fermentation media at laboratory scale; fermenter design operation Antifoams Aspects of biochemical engineering Patents and patent laws.

  12. BIO481: Development Biology

    (3 credit units)

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