Department of Geology






The Department of Geology was established in 1976 to expose the students to all aspects of training in theoretical, practical and field geology. Geology as a discipline offers a lot of challenges to those undertaking University training in the field. This brochure is prepared to give adequate information to all students on career needs and opportunities open to a graduate geologist. Besides covering the traditional geology subjects, such as crystallography, mineralogy, petrology, paleontology and structural geology, adequate training is given on applied geology, especially petroleum Geology, Exploration Geophysics, Economic geology, geochemistry, Engineering Geology, Hydrogeology, Marine geology, Environmental Geology and Palynology. The brochure also exposes the student to important information culled from the current edition of the Statement of Academic Policies of the University, including course registration and grading systems and course outlines required of students in both undergraduate and graduate Programmes. In fact, this brochure should be every student’s companion,
I have no doubt in my mind that, this brochure will go a long way in solving the initial problems encountered by our students, especially new students. Students are advised to always consult academic advisers in matters affecting their educational welfare in this University. Students are also advised in their own interest not to get involved in acts capable of ruining their academic pursuit in this University. Always adhere to instructions, rules and regulations of the University. On behalf of all staff of the Department, I congratulate all the first-year students and welcome all returning students for this academic year. 


Prof. G. J. Udom

Head of Department




Historical Background

 The Department of Geology formally commenced in 1977 as one of the three major departments in the then School of Physical Sciences, with the other departments being Physics and Mathematics.  On October 1st 1983, the three Schools of Biological, Chemical and Physical sciences were merged to form the Faculty of Science with eight departments viz: Animal and Environmental biology, Biochemistry, Geology, Mathematics/Computers science/Statistics, Microbiology, Pure and Industrial Chemistry, physics, Plant Science and Biotechnology. This Faculty of Science was elevated to the status of the College of Natural and Applied Science in December 2012, with three Faculties of Biological, Chemical and Physical Science and Information Technology. Geology Department is one of the four Departments in the Faculty of Physical Science and Information Technology, namely Computer Science, Geology, Physics and Mathematics and Statistics. The National Universities Commission prescribes Benchmark Minimum Academic Standards (BMAS) for both undergraduate and postgraduate Programmes in all Nigerian Universities and based on this, the Senate of the University approves the courses offered by each department. The Department of Geology offers both undergraduate training Programmes through teaching and research and renders professional support services to corporate bodies within and outside Nigeria. These courses are geared towards preparing and equipping the students wards a challenging and satisfying profession. At the end of the programme, graduates of our Programmes can look forward to getting a wide range of job opportunities in public and private sectors. The Department is endowed with high caliber of dedicated professionals, whose experiences cut across different endeavours of life. Their major objective is to impart knowledge to the students, making sure that the formative years are sound. The student is expected to avail himself/herself of such great opportunity of tapping from these great scholars to be able to form his/her own opinions concerning life. The department provides unique and conducive learning/research environment that enable the student to excel and mould himself/herself into maturity. 




1. In 2011/2012, the Department competitively bided for and won a $90,000 award from Chevron Nigeria Limited to Investigate the Spatial/Temporal Porosity Variation in their OML 90 (Phase 1). Following the successful completion of the project and based on the quality of the work, the study was extended in 2012/2013 to cover OML 86/88 (Phase 2) at a value of $200,000.
Other Industry-University projects executed in the past by the Department include
2. Produced Water Re-Injection for Shell Petroleum Development Company East
3. Drilling Waste Re-Injection for Shell Petroleum Development Company East.
4. IDRC Research Grant on Gully Erosion [1993]
5. World Bank Research Grant Award [1996]
6. NUC Research Grant Award [2000, 2001)

Geology is the science that studies the earth's structure, its origin, evolution and the processes that have shaped it from inception till date. The geologist explores the Earth's interior and makes discoveries not only during expeditions to distant regions or "in the Field", but also in, laboratories located in villages and cities. It is the geologists that can decipher the language of solidified rocks and have insight into the modes of their origin, the physio geographical environments that dominated in these regions in the past. Advances in geology have allowed the geologist to correctly figure out the time and mode of origin of our planet as well as its location in space; to trace the evolution of its interior and surface, including its atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere; to disclose changes in the chemical and mineral compositions of the Earth' crust and the planet as a whole. This involves a constant monitoring through satellites. The work of professional geologist is endless. It is a mixture of activities that involve the process of observation, planning, analysis, calculation, interpretation and decision.
The major specialties in the Department of Geology (in alphabetical order) are;
Aerogeology/remote sensing 
Economic Geology 
Engineering Geology 
Environmental Geology 
Marine Geology 
Mining Geology 
Petroleum Geology 
Physical Geology 
Reservoir Geology
Structural Geology  
To specialize in any of these fields, one needs to obtain a formal training with a degree, postgraduate diploma, M.Sc., PhD or informal training/experience from several years of professional practice in the industry.


Professional Associations/Affiliations

The recent establishment of the Council for Mining Engineering and Geosciences (COMEG) makes it mandatory that upon completion of your study in the universities, you need to have an Affiliate certificate before you are recognized by COMEG to practice as a Geoscientist. The professional associations make 
room for undergraduate and graduate student membership before being a corporate member. The lists of popular associations in the country are.
1. Nigeria Mining and Geosciences Society (N.M.G.S)
2. Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists (NAPE)
3. National Association of hydrogeologists (NAH)

Affiliate Association

  1. 1. American Association of Petroleum Geologist. (A.A.P.G.)
    2. International Association of Sedimentologist (I.A.S)
    3. International Association of Hydrogeologist (I.A.H)
    The student is encouraged to register as a student member of these organizations. There are immense benefits associated with being a member. One is constant receipt of current journals/manuals from' them. These furnish the student with innovations and researches in different specialties in Geology.
    Recent advances in geology should challenge the student to be working. Our recent, satellite launch into the orbit for monitoring of natural hazards, prediction of changes in the climate; the landing of the unmanned spacecraft Curiosity on Mars in 2012 by America for exploration mapping, and advances in crime detection (Forensic laboratories), involving geologists (Palynologist) should challenge you to work very hard.



The department has twenty-eight staff, twelve technical staff and eleven administrative staff as listed below.   


 Academic Staff

E.G Akpokodje; B.Sc. (UI) M.Sc. (Ife), PhD (UNSN)
Professor Engineering Geology & Environmental Geology)
J.O Etu- Efeotor; B.Sc. (Ife), MA (Harvard), PhD (Wales)
(Professor of Sedimentology and Petroleum Geology)
N.F. Ukaigwe; B.Sc. (UI), PhD (Adelaide) 
(Professor, Geophysics)
M.I Odigi; B.Sc., M.Sc. (UI), Ph.D. (UPH)
(Professor, Economic Geology & Petroleum Geology)
V.U. Ukaegbu; B.Sc. (UPH), M.Sc. (Jos), PhD (UPH) 
(Professor, Exploration Geology, Petrology & Geochemistry;)
 A.C.  Ibe; B.Sc. (Nig), Ph.D. (Lond), DIC (Imperial)
Professor of Oceanography/Organic geochemistry (On sabbatical)
G.J. Udom; B.Sc., M.Sc., PhD (Calabar),
(Professor, Hydrogeology)
F.T. Beka; B.Sc (UI), M.Sc., Ph.D. (Washington)
(Senior Lecturer, Economic Geology & Petroleum Geology)
A.C.  Tse; B.Sc. (ABU), M.Sc., PhD (UPH)  
(Senior Lecturer, Engineering   Geology & Environmental Geology) and HOD
S.A Ugwu B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D. (UNN)
(Senior Lecturer, Geophysics)
A. A. Obafemi, B.Sc. (ILLORIN), M.Sc. (LAGOS) M. Sc., Ph.D. (UPH), REM (USA)
(Senior Lecturer, Cartography/Geoinformation and Environmental Management)
J.I.  Nwosu, B.Sc., Ph.D. (Russia)
(Senior Lecturer, Mining Engineering)
C. N. Ehirim, B. Sc (ABSU), M. Sc. (FUTO), Ph.D. (UPH)
(Senior Lecturer, Geophysics)
M. I. Ngwueke, B. Sc. (ASUTECH), M. Sc., Ph.D. (UPH)
(Senior Lecturer, Theoretical /Applied Geophysics)
C. N. Nwankwo, B. Sc. (IBADAN), M. Sc., Ph.D. (UPH)
(Senior Lecturer, Geophysics)
G. Emujakporue, B. Tech. (FUTA), M. Sc., Ph.D. (UPH)
(Senior Lecturer, Applied Geophysics)
N.E. Ekeocha, B.Sc., M.Sc. Ph.D. (UPH)
(Senior Lecturer, Engineering Geology)
R. Bello, B. Sc. (UNIILLORIN), M. Sc. (UNIBEN), Ph.D. (ABEOKUTA)
(Senior Lecturer, Applied Geophysics)
H.O. Nwankwoala   B.Sc. (UPH), M.Phil. (RSUST), Ph.D. (UPH)
(Senior Lecturer, Hydrogeology)
N. Egesi, B.Sc., M.Sc. (Jos), Ph.D. (UPH)
(Lecturer I, Structural Geology/Petrology & Geochemistry)
Kingsley Okengwu; B.Sc. (Calabar), M.Sc. Ph.D. (UPH)
(Lecturer 1 Petroleum Geology/Sedimentology)
J.C Onwualu   B.Sc. (Awka), M. Phil (RSUST) Ph.D. (UPH)
(Lecturer I, Petrology & Geochemistry)
S. Abrakasa B.Sc. (Calabar), M.Sc., Ph.D. (Newcastle)
(Lecturer I Organic Geochemistry)
A. O. Sofolabo, B.Sc., M.Sc. (UPH)
(Lecturer I, Applied Geophysics)
L. Nwosu, B.Sc., M.Sc., PhD (UPH)
(Lecturer I, Applied Geophysics)
E.A. Jones B.Sc., M.Sc., PhD (UPH)
(Lecturer 1 Sedimentology)
F.D. Giadom B.Sc. (UPH) M.Phil. (UST) Ph.D. (UPH)
(Lecturer II Environmental Geology/Hydrogeology)
R.U. Ideozu, B.Sc., M.Sc. PhD (UPH)
Lecturer II Petroleum Geology / Sedimentology & Reservoir Geology
C. C. Ugwueze, B.Sc. (ESUT), M.Sc., PhD (UPH) 
Lecturer II Petroleum Geology
F. E. Nnenany, B. Eng. (UPH), M. Sc. (IMPERIAL LONDON)
Lecturer II Soil Mechanics/Geotechnical Engineering
D.C. Okujagu,   B.Sc., M.Sc.  (UPH)
Lecturer II Petroleum Geology
F.I. Nwokocha, B.Sc., M.Sc.  (UPH)
Lecturer II Petroleum Geology
C. C. Magbo, B. Eng. 
(Graduate Assistant)
D. A. Osayande, B.Sc., M.Sc.  (UNIBEN)
(Graduate Assistant)
E. Sam, B. Tech Geology/Mining (UPH)
(Graduate Assistant)











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