History of the Department

Resources and Environmental Management (CNREM), considered a proposal for the creation of Department of Environmental Management and Toxicology (EMT). The Board set up a Committee to make plans and draw up course synopsis for the award of Bachelors degree in Environmental Management and Toxicology. For some reasons, the plan did not work out at the time.

:In 2011, a former Director of Academic Planning, Prof. Obioma Ohaeri, visited a sister Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) to understudy some programmes which Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike (MOUAU) planned to introduce, including Environmental Management and Toxicology. Consequent upon the tour, the DAP directed the Dean of CNREM, Prof. Anthony A. Nlewadim to come up with a proposal for the establishment of Department of EMT.

A College committee made up of Prof. (Mrs.) G. C. Onuoha, Dr. Anthony Okeke and Prof. E. C. Nzegbule had consultations with stakeholders and produced a draft proposal. On June 27, 2012, Senate of MOUAU, at its 144th Regular Meeting and in its wisdom, approved the creation of the Department of Environmental Management and Toxicology with effect from the 2012/2013 academic session and charged it to award the degree of Bachelor of Environmental Management and Toxicology (BSc.). However, the final working document containing the philosophy, objective and course synopsis was produced by Prof. (Mrs.) G. C. Onuoha, Prof. P. A Ogwo and Dr.(Mrs.) C. Nwakanma.

The Department is growing in leaps and bounds and well-positioned to provide the knowledge, management skills, etc. required to evaluate, mitigate and manage society's impact on the environment.

Philosophy of the Department

The Department of Environmental Management and Toxicology, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike is designed to provide a thorough understanding of Environmental Management especially as it relates to depletion, recycling and reuse of resources and the impact of Science and Technology on the environment. The Department is a centre of training, excellence, creativity and innovation in the resuscitation and sustainable management of polluted/degraded environments and will, therefore, provide skilled manpower trained specially for environmental sustainability and surveillance, monitoring and management of the ever occurring environmental degradation.

Objective of the Department

  • The development of appropriate units of excellence in the resuscitation of polluted/degraded environments and sustainable environmental management;
  • The production of sound, innovative skilled manpower capable of transforming the degraded/polluted environment and consequently the economy of the nation, thereby enhancing the quality of life of the citizens;
  • The training of students for self-employment, entrepreneurship, academic, public and private sector employment;
  • The optimal utilization of available environmental resources and facilities in the impacts of science and technology;
  • Income generation for the University and Department through consultancy and other services;
  • Thorough effective research and extension in resuscitation and sustainable management of polluted/degraded environments according to local, national, regional and international needs.
  • Admission Requirement

    The minimum age for admission into the undergraduate programme in Environmental Management and Toxicology is 16 years.


    Students are admitted through the University Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) organized by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), provided that they possess a minimum of 5 credit passes at the SSCE or its equivalents obtained in not more than two sittings and which should include:

    English Language, Chemistry, Mathematics Physics, Biology/Agriculture/ Geography or any other relevant subjects.

    Direct Entry Admission

    Direct Entry Admission is based on a combination of 'O'-Level results in addition to possession of at least two A-level passes or NCE,OND or HND in the following areas of Study: Agricultural Sciences, Science Education, Geography, Forestry, Fisheries, Building Technology, Environmental Health, Surveying, Architecture, Estate Management, Quantity Surveying, and Urban and Regional Planning.

    Placement at 100 Level

    Candidates should possess two A-Level Passes in the relevant subjects; OND/ND at Lower Credit; NCE at Merit or Credit.

    Placement at 200 Level

    OND/ND at Upper Credit, NCE at Distinction, HND at Lower Credit

    Placement at 300 Level

    HND at Upper Credit

    Admission by Transfer

    The University may admit on transfer, a student undergoing undergraduate degree programme in another recognised University provided such a student meets the minimum admission requirements of this University and is seeking transfer to a programme similar to the one the student is transferring from. Application for such transfer shall be made on the official application form obtainable from the Academic Affairs Unit or the Registrar's Office on payment of stipulated application fee approved by Senate.

    Minimum Requirement for Graduation

    To qualify for the award of the degree of Bachelor of Environmental Management and Toxicology (B.Sc), a student 1. Must have spent a minimum of 3,4,5 years on the programme, depending on the mode of entry; 2. Must have passed all the prescribed courses; 3. Should not have spent more than two (2) years in excess of the prescribed minimum period for the award of the degree; 4. Should not have less than a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 1.50 at any time, including the end of the B.EMT degree program