Botany had always been part of the curriculum of the Department of Applied Biology since
The inception of the latter in 1982 in the former Anambra State University of Technology
(ASUTECH), Awka/Enugu, the Awka Campus of which, in 1992, transformed into the
Present Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.
The Department of Applied Biology had, however, gone through a number of name changes
- Department of Applied Biology, 1982-1988.
- Department of Parasitlogy and Entomology/Applied Biology, 1989-1994.
- Department of Biological Sciences, 1995-2001.
Even before the emergence of Botany as a separate Department in 2002, the Botany
Curriculum had been part and parcel of the academic programme of the above Department
On each occasion, with its full complement of staff and students. Botany was even
Accredited as an option of the former Department of Biological Sciences when the NUC
Accreditation team visited the University in 1999.NUC re-visited for re-accreditation in
2005 and the Department got full accreditation also.
- Finally, in the 2001/2002 session, the sub-department of Botany was created by an
Act of Senate as a separate department out of former department of Biological
Sciences, along with the department of parasitology and Entomology and Zoology.
Since Botany became an option in the former department of Biological Sciences in 1995,
Students have been graduating in the option. And now, the department even runs
Postgraduate programmes at the postgraduate Diploma (PG.D), Master (M.Sc) and
Doctor of philosophy (Ph.D) levels.