HISTORY OF THE FACULTY
The history of the Faculty dates back to 1960, the year the University of Nigeria was established. In its earliest form, the department of Botany (now Plant Science & Biotechnology) and Zoology (Zoology & Environmental Biology) were established under what used to be known as the Faculty of Science. Other departments within the Faculty included the departments of Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics/Statistics/Astronomy and Physics.
The earliest move towards establishing an autonomous Faculty of Biological Sciences was made in the 1966/67 session, when a Division of Biological Science was created within the Faculty of Sciences. In the new arrangement, the departments of Botany and Zoology co-existed with the newly created units of Microbiology, Biochemistry and Pharmacy within the Division of Biological Sciences. These three units were to become full fledged departments in the 1970/71 session. Soon after, in the 1973/74 session, the division of Biological Sciences was upgraded and renamed the Faculty of Biological Sciences, while still retaining Pharmacy as a department. As part of the efforts aimed at creating an independent Faculty of Pharmacy, the faculty was renamed the Faculty of Biological and Pharmaceutical Sciences in the 1976/77 academic year.
The Faculty of Biological Sciences, as it is currently constituted (comprising the departments of Biochemistry, Botany, Microbiology and Zoology), was created four sessions later in the 1980/81 when a full faculty status was conferred on the department of Pharmaceutical Sciences.