Brief History of the Department of Chemistry

The Chemistry Department of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria was established as a degree awarding department in 1962 with Professor A.R. Mathieson as the Head.  This followed the realization of the need to produce well trained Chemists to go into the field as teachers and research officers or into industry to meet the demand of the rapidly industrializing Nigeria. The degree programme was really a combination of two subjects, leading to a combined honours degree in any of Chemistry-Physics; Chemistry-Biology; or Chemistry-Mathematics. The first set of graduates of this combined honours degree programme was produced in June 1965. The second set which was also the last set in the combined honours programme graduated in June 1966. The single honours Chemistry degree programme was established in 1964 with the first set of graduates being awarded a B.Sc. (Hons.) degree in Chemistry in 1967. The single honours degree programme in Chemistry has continued in the Ahmadu Bello University till today.