The Department was established in 1971 with a student population of twelve (12)  all of which combined  Biology with Mathematics. This first set of students graduated in 1974. Later on, Biology was combined with Chemistry or Geography, while Biology/Mathematics combination was scraped. In 2004 new subject combinations were introduced. These include Biology\Integrated Science, Biology\Computer Science, Biology/Physics, and Biology/Mathematics.  However, within the past years, the Department gradually grew with many subject combinations. At present, Biology is combined with Chemistry, Physics, Integrated Science, Mathematics, Physical and Health Education, and Computer. The staff and students’ strengths in the department increase gradually. Due to this expansion, the department has the highest population of students in the departments in the School. The department has well qualified and trained academic staff in all aspects of Biology.


The curriculum is designed to produce knowledgeable, highly motivated, professional and effective teachers of biology who will be able to develop in students an appreciation and understanding of biological process and principles. The programme is also designed to develop confidence in the biology teacher and enhance his ability to adapt to the changing situations in science and the technologically oriented society.


At the end of the programme, N.C.E. teacher will be able to:

  1. View biology as a process of inquiry into the living world;
  2. Critically analyse the activities of living things in their environment;
  3. Demonstrate practical skills in handling scientific apparatus;
  4. Demonstrate excellence and professional competence in teaching secondary school biology;
  5. include positive scientific attitudes and values in the society and promote positive disposition towards biology, science and the scientific enterprise;
  • apply concepts and methods acquired in the course in new areas of study and in everyday situations;
  • make a successful career in biology teaching;
  • Successfully undertake a B.Ed/B.Sc (Ed) degree programmes.


  1. A Senior Secondary School Certificate of NECO or WAEC or any other equivalent Certificate from recognized examination bodies with credit passes in four (4) subjects including English Language, Mathematics at not more than two sittings. Two of the credits must be in the subjects making up the combinations the candidates wish to offer.
  2.  A Grade II Teacher’s Certificate (TC II) with credit or merit in four subjects, two of which must be relevant to the course the candidate wishes to offer.  Credits/Merits English Language and Mathematics are required for candidates wishing to study Biology.
  3. A pass in Pre-NCE Biology final examinations or a pass in IJMB Biology final examination and a pass in JAMB is required for admission.
  4.  All candidates wishing to be considered for admission must enroll for and write the selection examination organized by an accredited body such as JAMB.
  5. It should be noted that some colleges may in addition to all of the above, administer their own elimination tests and or interviews for some courses. This is legitimate.


Pre-NCE candidates should have a minimum of D grade (2.0) before transiting to read Biology at NCE proper.

Biology Minimum 32 Maximum 34 Credits
Second Teaching Subjects Minimum 32 Maximum 34 Credits
Education Including TP Minimum 36 Maximum 36 Credits
General Studies Minimum 18 Maximum 18 Credits
Total = Minimum 118 Maximum 122 Credits

For computation of Grade Point Average (G.P.A). All compulsory courses should count. For transition from Pre-NCE to NCE I Biology: the candidate must make a grade not less than D or CGPA of 2.0.


The examination each course at the end of each semester should take the following format and should consist of three sections.

  1. Section A: Multiple choice, Section B: Short structure questions and Section C: Essay
  2. Marks distribution should be as follows

Section A 10 marks, section B 20 marks section C 30 marks each candidate is to answer all questions in section A 4 questions in section B and 2 questions in section C.  for practical the candidate is required to answer all questions

  • C.A writing examination

C.A is given by individual course lecturer which covers 4 percent of the overall results while examination will cover 60 percent of the score making 100 percent cumulative


The whole of 300 levels first semester should be devoted to teaching practice i.e. starting from mid September to April. This covers two terms to school year or 26 weeks. Teaching Practice earns 6 credits under Education 31


The final Year project is compulsory for all graduating students. The project may be written or practical, and supervised in any area of the student’s chosen subjects and the grade for the Project should be credited to EDU 323. Project carries 2 credits.