The Department of Animal Science is one of the Departments in the Faculty of Agriculture.
(A) It was set up primarily to train students in the area of Domesticated Livestock
Production which include:
(e) Swine (Pigs)
(f) Poultry – chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, guinea fowls etc.
(B) It is devoted to the study of animals in the following areas:-
(a) Animal production and management
(b) Animal Nutrition (feeding)
(c) Animal Breeding and Genetics
(d) Animal Physiology and Reproduction
(e) Animal Health
(C) It is carried out on four (4) levels:
(a) Bachelor of Agriculture (B.Agric. Animal Science)
(b) Post graduate Diploma (PGD)
(c) Master of Science (M.Sc)
(d) Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)
The Department offers undergraduate programmes leading to the degree of B.Agric. (Animal Science).
Areas of specialization in the M.Sc. and Ph.D programmes included:
(i) Animal Nutrition
(ii) Livestock Production and Management
(iii) Animal Breeding and Genetics/Cytogenetics
(iv) Animal Physiology and Reproduction
(v) Poultry Production and Management
The Programme in Animal Science is designed to provide education in agriculture as applied to all phases of
production and distribution of Livestock/poultry and their products.
Graduates of the programme may find employment in the following Areas:
1. Federal or State Civil Services as Livestock Officers.
2. Research Institutes with bias for livestock as Research Officer.
3.State Agricultural Development Programmes.
4. Teachers in post primary and tertiary institutions or as Graduate Assistants in the Universities.
5. Private livestock farms established independently by them or jointly with others.
Duration of Programme
The normal duration of the B.Agric. (Animal Science) programme is a minimum of five sessions (10 semesters)
comprising classroom lectures. Practical and Supervised Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES)
is the 4th year of the 5 year programme.
(Minimum requirements for entry to the first year Bachelors Degree)
a.JME Entry Requirement to Year I.
WASC/GCE ‘O’ Level/SSSC with credit passes in 5 appropriate subjects including English Language and Mathematics
obtained in not more than two (2) sittings.
In addition the above qualification(s), a candidate must pass the Joint Matriculation Examination (JME)
conducted by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and the University Screening Test organized by
b.DIRECT ENTRY REQUIREMENTS (YEAR II)
For direct entry admission, a candidate must have any of the following qualifications:
(i) HSC/GCE ‘A’ Level passes in a minimum of two (2) relevant subjects plus at least credit level passes in
WASC/GCE ‘O’ Level/SSSC in a minimum of three (3) subjects including English Language, in not more than two (2)
(ii) HSC/GCE ‘A’ Level passes in three (3) relevant subjects plus credit level passes in WASC/GCE ‘O’Level/SSC
in a minimum of two (2) other
subjects (including English Language) at not more than two (2) sittings.
(iii) OND/ND/UD (upper credit certificates) for admission to Year II provided that requirements through JME are
(iv) Relevant HND for admission to year three (3).
POST GRADUATE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
(i) Postgraduate Diploma in Animal Science
Candidate seeking admission into the Postgraduate Diploma programme should possess either second class (Lower
Division) Bachelors degree in a non-agricultural based discipline or a third class/pass degree in Animal
Sciences or a lower credit HND/NND or equivalent qualification in relevant fields earned from Universities,
Colleges, Polytechnics or similar institutions recognized by the Rivers State University of Science and
(ii) Master of Science
The minimum qualification shall be a second class (Lower Division) Bachelors degree or a good PGD (B. grade
average pass) in Animal Science.
(iii) Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)
1.The candidate must possess M.Sc with thesis or M.Phil in Animal Science from this University or any other
recognized University. In addition, the candidate would have obtained a B.Sc degree (B.Agric, B.Sc) at second
class (Lower Division) from this or any other recognized University.
2.Candidate with HND background, with higher qualification may be considered for admission.