FACULTY OF SCIENCE

Historical Background

The Faculty of Science (FoSc) is one of the three Faculties of the Mkwawa University College of Education that were established in 2015/2016. During the College establishment, the Faculty of Science had five Departments; namely Life Sciences, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Informatics. In 2011, the College organisational structure was reviewed and agreed to change academic administrative entities from ‘Departments’ to ‘Units’. Replacement of ‘Department’ by ‘Unit’ was accompanied with merging of some Departments. The reasons for merging of the Departments were shortage of senior academic staff and limited number of students. Merging of the Departments resulted into three Units namely, Physics, Chemistry and Life Sciences, and Mathematics and Informatics. Also, merging of the Departments resulted into four Sections; namely Life Sciences, Chemistry, Informatics and Mathematics. In 2015, another review of Sections and Units was done, separating Chemistry and Life Sciences Unit into two separate Units. Thus, currently the Faculty has three Departments namely; Chemistry, Biological Sciences, and Mathematics and Informatics. Also, the Faculty has three Units, namely Physics, Informatics and Mathematics.

Organisational structure

The Faculty of Science comprises of the following Departments:

  1. Chemistry - offers organic, inorganic and physical chemistry courses.
  2. Biological Sciences - offers zoology, botany and biology courses.
  3. Mathematics and Informatics - offers Mathematics and Informatics courses.

The Faculty has the following Units:

  1. Physics – offers Physics courses
  2. Mathematics - offers Mathematics courses
  3. Informatics - offers computer courses

Development Goals and Targets of the Faculty

The Faculty aims to:

  1. Improve innovative teaching and learning technologies in education programmes. To achieve these goals the Faculty targets: To support the use of ICT in teaching, learning and research.
  2. Improve and Diversify academic and professional programmes.

To achieve this goal the Faculty targets: To introduce 8 new degree programmes and introduce 6 new short term courses evening programmes.

 Academic Programmes Offered 

The faculty offers one 3-years Undergraduate degree programme and two years postgraduate programme leading to the following academic qualifications:

  1. Bachelor of Science with Education (BSc. Ed.)
  2. Master of Science with Education in Chemistry and Biology streams (MSc. Ed.)

Research interests

  • Biophysics
  • Environmental science
  • Applied electronics
  • Pesticides development
  • Improvement of bioactive compounds through fluorination strategies
  • Chemical ecology
  • Natural products
  • Heterogeneous catalysis
  • Material science
  • Nanochemistry
  • Clean water and sanitation
  • Analytical and environmental Chemistry
  • Fuel technology
  • Botany
  • Zoology
  • Development of tissue culture technology and plant-mycorrhizal association
  • Phytoremediation
  • Biodiversity
  • Ecology
  • Forest carbon sequestration
  • Biological pest control
  • Plants nutritive and anti-nutritive assessments
  • Insect ecology
  • Marine toxicology
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biotechnology
  • Vertebrate physiology

Opportunities for the Faculty

The Faculty of Science will successfully achieve the set goals by consideration of the opportunities available. These opportunities are:

  1. High demand for science teachers in the country
  2. Increase in number of public secondary schools
  3. The current government employment targeting science teachers only
  4. HESLB’s priority of giving loans to science students
  5. Internationalisation
  6. International links