Faculty of Natural and Computational Science

Faculty of Natural and Computational Sciences

Back Ground

Faculty of Natural and Computational Sciences is one of the formally formed faculties launched in 2004E.C at Woreta. However, the faculty was established as an independent office since June, 2006E.C. and started offering its regular undergraduate degree program in four departments namely Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. After a year, the faculty was also able to begin summer program in all its four departments. Last year (in 2007 E.C.), the faculty opened a new department in statistics and increased the number of the departments to 5. In line with the main objective of the university, the Faculty staff members are always committed to serve the community where they resided in areas of Natural and computational sciences.

Besides the community service, the faculty has identified numerous thematic researchable areas, and is carrying out studies on the recommended ones.

Vision of the Faculty
The vision is to be the leading server and engine of the community change in the areas of Natural and computational sciences in 2020.

Mission of the Faculty

The Faculty of Natural and Computational Sciences is devoted to train competent, passionate, ethical and innovative professionals of applied science trainers that contribute to the socio-economic development of the nation through quality education, relevant research and community service.
Values 

  • Customers first: What are we for without Customers? Hence, we value our students who are our top concerns
  • Quality for all: Premier quality as a foundation of everything we do is our guiding principle
  • Team work and Respect Diversity: We value teamwork to compensate the weakness of some in the group by the strength of others in the same group. And we treat everyone with respect and appreciate individual differences.
  • Committed to ethics: We obey the law and do not compromise moral or ethical principles. We expect to be measured by what we do, as well as what we say.
  • Care for staff: “contented cow gives better milk”; our staff are the cornerstones of the faculty. Hence we care for them.

The other information is included in each department.

DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY

  1. BACKGROUND OF THE DEPARTMENT

The science of biology deals with the systematized acquisition of knowledge on living things,  the basic aspects of their environments and the use of such knowledge to benefit mankind in its applied aspects. Biological issues are at the heart of the daily life and survival of humans irrespective of differences in culture, geographical location, wealth and levels of advancement. Biological principles are practiced ranging from primitive societies that use crude ways of getting food and other survival requirements from the immediate environmnet through hunting and gathering to the most advanced societies that use cutting edge technologies to solve problems that challenge the survival and wellbeing of mankind. Research in climate change, biofuel production, rapid propagation of crops, gene therapy and cloning are examples of the latter category.

The relevance and importance of biolgical teaching and research to Ethiopia is thus apparent. As a developing nation aspiring to achieve overall advancement, the country has the option to combine both low and high level knowledge in biology to benefit its society particularly in the areas of food security, health, environmental protection and climate change. The country promotes the science of biology through advanced level university study and research towards fulfilling the country’s needs for high-level qualified biologists.

The department of Biology is one of the Departments in the faculty of Natural and Computational Science, Debre Tabor University.

It was first launched as a full-fledged Department of Biology in 2004E.C to offer a three-year B.Sc. program in Biology. In 2005 E.C, new modular approach has been established and the implementation began this year. About 43 students (18 males and 25 females) and 49 students (19 males and 30 females) were graduated in 2006 E.C and 2007 E.C, respectively from Biology Department. Currently the department is giving training in two programs: Regular and summer  for a total of 167 students (77 males and 90 females) in three batches and for 136 students (94 males and 44 females) in two batches respectively.

2.  Research Thematic Areas

  • Basic science research
  • Public health (disease causes, prevention and control)
  • Science and industry
  • Industrial application of microorganisms (food, beverage, antibiotics, etc)
  • Biodiversity conservation and management (soil, water, forest, wildlife; plants, animals, microbes; etc.)
  • Fisheries, aquaculture, aquatic resources and wetlands
  • Environmental studies & protection (degradation, sustainability, pollution, climate change, etc.)
  • Promotion of improved technologies for the use of natural resources
  • Food security, water and sanitation
  • Ecologically and economically important plants
  • Herbal and cultural medicine
  • Alternative energy sources (biogas, fuel cells, etc.)
  • Applications of biotechnology and molecular biology
  • Technology adoption, adaptation and transfer
  • Ecotourism (nature-based tourism)
  • Extraction of bioactive ingredients
  • Pest management and control
  • Sport science and society (human health, sport tourism, cultural & modern sports, etc.)
  • Green campus/university (the need to introduce green campus/university)

3. Research titles undertaken by Biology Department staffs

  1. Floristic composition, structure and ethnobotanical study of medicinal plants of Alem Saga forest, South Gondar, Ethiopia by Endale Adamu, Dilnesa Gashaye and Bula Kere
  2. Evaluation of larvacidal activity of some medicinal plant extracts against anopheles mosquito in invitro, south Gondar, northwestern Ethiopia by Tadele Alemayehu, Wondimu Ersino and Hirpasa Teressa.
  3. Assessment on abundance and feeding analysis of rodents around the area of recently extinct Ethiopian wolf, Canis simiensis, on Guna Mountain, South Gondar, Ethiopia by Hirpasa Teressa, Wondimu Ersino and Tadele Alemayehu.

4. Community service undertaken by Biology Department staff

Introducing PHET’S web based interactive simulation for preparatory and high school science teachers by Endale Adamu in collaboration with mathematics, chemistry and physics staffs.

DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY

Addisu Mengist, Head Department of Chemistry

The department of chemistry is one of the Departments in the faculty of Natural and Computational Science, Debre Tabor University. It was first launched as a full-fledged Department of chemistry in 2004E.C to offer a three-year B.Sc. program in chemistry. In 2005 E.C new modular approach has been established and the implementation began this year by having 54 students. Currently the department gives training in two programs, in the regular program in three batches (Female (84) and male (165) with a total of (249)) and in summer program in two batches ((Female (21) and male (94) with a total of 115)) students. This is the turning point in the history of the Department and a significant step towards fulfilling the country’s needs for high-level qualified chemists. Chemistry, being the oldest multidimensional discipline and the center of many interdisciplinary subjects, has the repute and distinction of being the backbone of both the scientific knowledge and experimental ventures, since antiquity. At the present, the Department runs three years Bachelor of Science programs in four major areas of chemistry. These are Analytical Chemistry, Inorganic chemistry, Organic chemistry and Physical chemistry.

In addition, the department is offering applied courses such as Biochemistry, Industrial Chemistry, and Environmental Chemistry. The department of Chemistry under the faculty of Natural and computational Science has been imparting subject related knowledge and practical training not only to the students of three years graduate program but also to the students of many other disciplines and programs such as Biology, Animal Science, Chemical Engineering, Medical Laboratory etc. and the disciplines work in close relations to each other.

Physics Department

  1. Background

Physics, as one of the fundamental sciences, is concerned with the observation, understanding and prediction of natural phenomena and the behavior of man-made systems. It deals with profound questions about the nature of the universe and with some of the most important practical, environmental and technological issues of our time.

The scope of Physics is broad and encompasses mathematical and theoretical investigation, experimental observation, computing technique, technological application, material manipulation and information processing. Physics seeks simple explanations of physical phenomena based on universal principles stated in concise and powerful language of mathematics. The principles form a coherent unity, applicable to objects as diverse as DNA molecules, neutron stars, super-fluids, and liquid crystals. Findings in Physics have implications in all walks of life ranging from the way we perceive reality to gadgets of everyday use.

Physicists constantly test the basic laws of nature by probing the unknown, the mysterious and the complex.

They also search for new laws at the frontiers of knowledge, systematically seek novel properties of matter.

They are alert to the possibility of applying physical idea and processes to new situations, and often the realization of these possibilities has had revolutionary consequences. It is with the intention of producing such physicists for the country that nationally harmonized curriculum has been developed and implemented in 2009.

  • About the Department

The department of physics is one of the Departments in the faculty of Natural and Computational Science, Debere Tabore University. It was first launched as a full-fledged Department of physics in 2004 E.C offering a three-years B.Sc. program in physics. In 2005 E.C new modular and innovative curriculum approach has been established and the implementation began this year.

The department of physics under the faculty of Natural and computational Science has been imparting subject related knowledge and practical training not only to the students of three years graduate program but also to the students of many other disciplines and programs such as Electrical Engineering, Chemistry, and Math’s, etc. and the discipline works in close relations to each other. And also, physics is the base line for Transformation of Science and Technology as whole.

From its inception, the department runs only undergraduate programs in regular and summer programs.

On the past five years totally more than 70 students were graduated from our department in regular program. On top of that, the department is offering physics courses to other departments that demand service/supportive physics courses.

The department of physics has contributed its maximum effort in realizing the harmonized modular curriculum of the nation. To implement the nationwide harmonized curriculum, physics department of Debre Tabor University will make significant restructuring in semester loads and block courses at department level. The department also looks forward to having enough and well-furnished computer lab and science laboratory for practical courses with appropriate materials to produce skilled man power in physics.

The harmonized curriculum was developed based on needs assessment, and it was designed to comprise only the science field with the intention that students who want to be qualified teachers can further study for professional certificates after having BSc degree in Physics.

Potential research thematic areas and community service issues in physics

Research thematic areas and community service issues are developed to meet the social needs, to solve the problem of the society, catalyze the delivery of policy directions of the country and facilitate the discovery of new knowledge and technology

As we know physics is a branch of science that seeks laws, principle, rules and formulas which govern natural phenomenon. Here we have identified basic problems to be searched and solved in the coming five years.

 

Department of Mathematics

We Equip the Youngs with Strong Mathematical Skill, Talent & Creativity

Mathematics makes people intelligent problem solvers and careful decision makers; it is also the key to understand and advance science, technology, and industry.

Mathematics teaches people how to understand a problem, how to design a strategy to solve the problem, how to compute quantities, how to make interpretations and decisions based on adequate evidences.

 

Objectives of the Program

General Objectives

  • To train qualified, adaptable, motivated, and responsible mathematicians who will contribute to the scientific and technological development of Ethiopia.
  • To convey knowledge by teaching
  • To advance knowledge by research

Specific Objectives

  • To provide an in-depth understanding of the fundamental principles and techniques of mathematics.
  • To develop mathematical thinking, reasoning and an appreciation of mathematics as a primary language of science.
  • To develop the mathematical skills needed in modeling and solving practical problems.
  • To prepare students for graduate studies in mathematics and related fields.
  • Participate in professional activities
  • Assist in teaching material preparation
  • To produce graduates in mathematics that are adaptable to teach in secondary schools, colleges, universities and work in industries, research institutes etc.

The medium of instruction for the program is ENGLISH; and the degree nomenclature in English is The Degree of Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and in Amharic የሳይንስ ባችለር ዲግሪ በሒሳብ.

 Department of Statistics  

Statistics department is opened in 2007 E.C with 116 students and 3 staff members.

General Objective

To train middle level statisticians in order to meet the demands of the socio-economic, business and development sectors in the country.

Specific Objectives

  • To train middle level statisticians who can serve in collecting, processing and analyzing statistical data;
  • To train middle level statisticians who can assist in statistical research undertakings and provision of statistical services.
  • To produce middle level statisticians who can manage and supervise the activities of statistical units or offices at both government and non-governmental organizations;
  • To produce potential candidates for graduate studies so as to meet the demand for high level statisticians who can teach and conduct research at HEIs, and other research and training centers.

Professional Profile

A statistician is expected to

  • Demonstrate competence in data collection, data management, summary and analysis required at many production and development sectors day to day activities,
    • write clear statistical reports and communicate the results of statistical analyses in non-technical language,
    • develop and demonstrate advanced Statistical Theories,
    • plan and conduct Statistical Researches, sample surveys , census and experimental designs
    • use statistical software to carry out necessary computation for statistical analysis  of data,
    • demonstrate professional ethics in his/her career,
    • supervise and/or manage activities of statistical units or offices,
    • assist and advise in the provision of statistical services in research establishments, business and government and non-government institutions,
    • give trainings in Statistical methods and Software’s
    • undertake Statistical Consultancy works
    • contribute to the ongoing development of the country in his/her area with sense of responsibility, and demonstrate social responsibility and capacity to manage teamwork