The School has six Departments – Biochemistry, Biomedical & Forensic Sciences, Entomology & Wildlife, Environmental Science, Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences and Molecular Biology & Biotechnology. The School is unique, offering programmes reflecting the integration of many disciplines from organismal biology to structural, cellular and molecular biology. The School operates with the belief that understanding organisms at the level of the organ systems remains relevant for scientists in the 21st century. Such an approach is harmonized with research by academic staff at the smallest scale in structural biology to illuminate the molecular processes taking place in cells. These, in turn, underlie what we see taking place in plants and animal development, behaviour and disease processes such as cancerous growth, infection and neuro-degeneration.  Concurrently, therefore, some research focuses on a larger scale from whole organisms to populations of species and communities. These synergistic activities are enabled by the close links and overlaps between research themes and the strong ties among Departments and other Schools/Faculties via a range of initiatives. With the activities put together, the School as a whole provides the education and training necessary to identify threatened plant and animal species; evaluate ecosystems and ecological processes and develop appropriate measures to mitigate the effects of particular threats to biodiversity. The School also considers issues of climate change and its effects on disease epidemiology in plants, humans and other animals.



To be a school that is strongly positioned in the delivery of excellent teaching, research and extension services in basic and applied biology.


To produce graduates of the highest calibre in basic and applied biological sciences, pursue relevant research and render quality extension services for the various sectors of the national and international economy.

This will be accomplished by:

  • preparing undergraduate and post-graduate students to become productive scientists and educators;
  • providing a dynamic educational experience to a highly motivated, diverse student body, thus preparing them to become leaders in research, industry and society;
  • attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse academic and supporting staff for the fulfilment of School’s vision;
  • undertaking innovative research in biological sciences through interdisciplinary approach;
  • employing  effective and innovative pedagogical methods for teaching


Core Value

The foundation of this strategic plan is embedded in a set of core values and principles that guide its formulation and implementation. These are subscribed by all staff and students. The core values also serve as guide towards the realization of the action plans enumerated in the key thrusts of the strategic plan. These core values are:

  • innovation and excellence in education, research and extension;
  • strong science and vibrant postgraduate education;
  • fruitful engagement with immediate communities and beyond;
  • students as key stakeholders in all we do;
  • strong partnership with industry;
  • responsible stewardship of natural resources and the environment;
  • effective team work in all we do;
  • equal opportunity for all;
  • effective dissemination of research findings;
  • congenial  teaching, learning and research environment; 
  • opportunity for staff development;
  • reward systems for innovation and excellence.