Welcome to the College of Sciences of Bahir Dar University.
Bahir Dar, one of the nation's largest cities, the source of the Blue Nile and being on the shores of Lake Tana, the largest lake in Africa, is the ideal location for the study of natural sciences. The College of Science of Bahir Dar University (BDU) is located just southeast of the Bahir Dar city within the main campus of the university along with other colleges, faculties and institutes. Located three kilometres southeast of the centre of the city and Lake Tana, the college is bounded by the Blue Nile River in the east and surrounded by dense trees.
The College of Science has evolved as a national teaching and research arm of BDU in October 2008. Formerly, the science departments (mainly Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics) were under the umbrella of the Education Faculty which was established in 1972 with the objective of training primary school teachers. Later, in 1996 these science departments which were offering two years training (at diploma level) were further upgraded to train teachers for secondary schools at BED (Bachelor of Education) level.
The College of Science of Bahir Dar University was established as a separate college in the year 2008 following the restructuring of the university and the attention given to the Science and Technology Sectors under the national growth and transformation plan of the country.
The College of Science plays a vital and central role in contributing to the mission of BDU of preparing knowledgeable, skilled, and attitudinally mature graduates and to promote and enhance research and community and consultancy services focusing the country's priority needs and the vision of being one of the ten premier research universities in Africa in 2025 (Vision of Wisdom 2025).
The College of Science is dedicated to fostering a research-intensive environment that promotes scientific inquiry and outreach. Our programs prepare students for careers as scientific and research professionals and for careers as teachers of science and mathematics. Outstanding faculty members teach courses and conduct research in biological sciences, chemistry, industrial chemistry, geosciences, mathematics, physics and statistics. The college is currently running 5 MSc programs in different specializations in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and Material Sciences and one PhD program in Space Physics. The curriculum for the BSc degree in environmental sciences is awaiting approval by the senate of BDU. Two other MSc programs (Statistics and Applied Genetics) and three PhD programs (Applied microbiology, Botanical Sciences and Condensed matter physics) are planned to be launched in the coming months of 2014.
It is one of the colleges having large number of students at different levels. We have a total of 5,379 active students in different programs. Of these 4,590 are studying at undergraduate, 801 at MSc and 6 at PhD levels.
The college of Science is a leading college in its academic staff profile also. We have 159 full time academic staff on duty of which 1 is a professor, 5 are associate professors, 34 are assistant professors, 89 are lecturers, 6 are graduate assistants and 25 are laboratory technical assistants. We also have 66 instructors on study leave; 5 of them studying towards post doctoral degree, 44 of them studying for a PhD degree and the rest 17 for an MSc Degree. These figures show that we are ahead of the national first five years GTP target on the academic staff composition (25% PhD, 75% MSc).
Our academic staffs are actively involved in researches and community services. We have currently 30 ongoing research projects being conducted by our faculty members and 15 research groups organized around the different thematic areas. We have one research centre, the Washera Geospace and Radar Science Laboratory and proposals are being prepared to establish five other multidisciplinary research centres.
In general, the college is working to maintain an academic atmosphere conducive to excellence in teaching and research and enforces high standards of performance to faculty and students.
If you are interested in learning more about the college of science, please spend some time to explore our webpage.
Delele Worku (PhD)
Dean, College of Sciences,
Bahir Dar University