The aim of the B.FOREM degree programme of the department is to serve as a center of training and excellence in forestry, wildlife and environmental resources conservation and management. The training which the Department offers to undergraduate students, farmers, rural communities and NGOs aims to optimize trainees’ abilities for self-employment and entrepreneurship in food, feed and Fibre (wood) production, in a sustainably conserved and managed environment.
The training is open to qualified citizens of Nigeria, Africa and the world. Through our research and training activities, we aim sensitize communities in the south-eastern agro-ecological zone of Nigeria, to the need for sustainable management to ensure continued productivity and ecological stability of forests, local wildlife populations, agro foresty plants, and other living resources of ecologic-economic importance in the area. This multifaceted approach aims to satisfy the emerging IQ demands of modern day employers, as well as facilitate the students’ specialist managerial and scientific skills that instill self-confidence in handling matters relating to management and conservation of forest resources.
The programme is currently undergoing review with a view to incorporating aspects of the current knowledge of the science of climate change and sustainable development into the B.FOREM Programme.
Objective of the Department
- To develop and be a center of excellence in the science and practice of Forestry and Wildlife management, Agroforestry, Wood Technology and Environmental Management and Conservation.
- To produce academically sound and enterprising graduates who can develop new ideas in their disciplines, and positively contribute to the transformation of the environment and economy at local and national levels, and thereby enhance the quality of peoples’ lives.
- To train competent graduates for self employment, entrepreneurship, public and private sector employment (i.e., produce prospective forestry-based graduate entrepreneurs with proficiencies to create jobs for self and others in the local and wider labor market).
- To encourage and advance learning in functional Forestry and Wildlife management, Agro forestry, and Forest Resources Management to all interested persons without discrimination whatsoever.
- To explore avenues for income generation for the Department and the University through environment-related consultancy services and other academic-based ventures.
- To engage in thorough, effective and scientific research and extension services in sustainable Forestry and Wildlife management, Agro forestry, and Natural Resources and Environmental Management in response to existing and emerging local, national and international needs and exigencies, such as global climate change.
- At inception, five degree programs were envisaged for CNREM, as follows:
- Forestry and Wildlife Management – FRW; (now Forestry and Environmental Management - FOREM)
- Fisheries (now Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management – FISHARM)
- Forest Food Resources and Agro forestry – FFA
- Wood Technology and Forest-based Industries – WTI
- Toxicology and Environmental Management – TEM
While the Fisheries arm of the College evolved singularly, the four other programs coevolved as an ensemble of disciplines that became FOREM, for the purpose of producing a nationally unique crop of broad-based forestry professionals for the award of a baccalaureate degree in Forestry and Environmental Management (B.FOREM). This distinct multidisciplinary B.FOREM program continued to nurture the four non-fish sub-disciplines of CNREM until 2013 when a new department of Environmental Management and Toxicology was fashioned from it, leaving FRW, FFA and WTI as its current component sub-disciplines.
To be admitted into any of the programmes in the college, candidates are required to possess a minimum of 5 credit passes at the SSCE or equivalent obtained at not more than 2 sittings in relevant subjects and which must include: Chemistry, Mathematics, English Language, Physics, Biology or Agricultural Science
Admission is based on a combination of ‘O’ Level results with the following qualifications
: (i) OND/ND (Distinction) (ii) HND (Credit) (iii) OND/ND (Credit)
Candidates with qualifications as in (i), (ii) and (iii) may be admitted into the 200 level while those as in (iv) or (v) may be admitted into the 100 level. Diploma, HND (Higher National diploma) and equivalents in addition to ‘O’ level passes in addition to O level credit passes are normally admitted into the 200 level of the programme.