Dr R. C. Nwankwo holds a B.Sc. degree in Physics/Electronics; M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Physics/Applied Geophysics. His areas of specialization and research interest are Energy Physics, Exploration and Environmental Geophysics. He has many years of administrative, teaching and research experience and has authored and published many research articles both in local and foreign journals. He holds membership of various professional associations, which include the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), Renewable and Alternative Energy Society of Nigeria (REASON) and the Physics Series Writers Creation (PSRC), etc. He is also a Reviewer with the Publishing Group Science Journal, USA.


The Department of Physical Sciences is one the four foundation departments of the Faculty of Science approved by the National Universities Commission (NUC) to undertake normal academic activities from September 2015. The Department provides basic training leading to the award of B.Sc. honours in Physics with options in B.Sc. Physics/Electronics and B.Sc. Applied Physics (Exploration Geophysics) for the duration of four (4) academic sessions. The Department has graduated four sets of students since the inception of its academic programme in 2015. The Department currently has full NUC accreditation of its Physics Programme. Dr. R. C Nwankwo was the first Coordinator of the Department from 2015 – 2017. Prof Aigbedion took over the mantle of leadership as the substantive Head of Department in October 2017 before finally handing over to Dr R. C Nwankwo as the Ag. Head of Department.


The Department’s B.Sc Physics Programme is designed to produce graduates with the  knowledge, skills and attributes of physics that enable them to solve the complex challenges of the immediate communities, the Niger Delta and Nigeria in a sustainable and responsible manner. The specific objectives of the programme are to:

  1. Provide students with broad and balanced foundation of Physics knowledge and practical skills.
  2. Develop in students the ability to apply knowledge and skills to solving theoretical and practical problems in Physics.
  3. Develop in students a range of transferable skills that of value in Physics and non-physics employment.
  4. Provide students with the knowledge and skill base from which they can proceed to further studies in specialized areas of Physics or multidisciplinary areas.
  5. Provide through training and orientation, an appreciation of the rewards of inter- and multidisciplinary approach to solutions to life problems.
  6. Generate in student an appreciation of the importance of physics in industrial, economic, environmental, technological and social development.
  7. Instill in students a sense of enthusiasm for Physics, an appreciation of its application in different contexts and to involve them in an intellectually stimulating and satisfying experience of learning and studying.


The vision of the Department is to be the centre of academic excellence, producing Physics graduates with the required practical knowledge, skills, attributes and core values to address the developmental challenge of the Niger Delta and Nigeria in general.


Our mission is nurturing and retaining knowledge that addresses the developmental challenges of Niger Delta in particular and the wider global community.


i.    U.T.M.E

The minimum admission requirements for the four-year programme in Physics with options in Physics/Electronics and Applied Physics (Exploration Geophysics) are five SSCE/GCE credit level passes (or its equivalents), with credit passes in English language, Mathematics, Physics Chemistry, and any one of Biology/Agricultural Science, Geography, Technical Drawing, Further Mathematics, Food and Nutrition.

For the U.T.M.E candidates, they should offer English Language, Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry in the examination.


The minimum admission requirements for the three-year programme (direct entry) are an acceptable pass (not below merit) or university diploma or a relevant ND not below lower credit, or G.C.E. advanced level pass (or their equivalents) in at least English Language, Chemistry and one other subject, both results being obtained in not more than two sittings provided no subject is counted twice. Appropriate passes at the N.C.E examination may be accepted.