Civil Engineering Department

The Civil Engineering Department was established as an autonomous Department in the Faculty of Technology Bayero University, Kano in the 1980/81 Session. The main objective was to offer opportunity for great breadth of learning whereby Civil Engineers with proven Engineering abilities can be produced for the country.

The first group of Civil Engineering students was admitted into part one during the 1980/81 session after having successfully completed a two-year pre-technology programme. The Department initially offered a pre-degree programme with the pre-requisite of a two-year pre-degree study until the 1984/85 academic year. From the 1984/85 session, like all other department in the Faculty of Technology, the Civil Engineering Department started a 4-year degree programme and from the 1990/91 session the Department started a 5-year degree programme.

Students are admitted into level one through the Senior Secondary School Certificate or the National Examination Council (NECO) O Level certificate with an acceptable performance in the University Matriculation Examination (UME) and Post University Matriculation Examination (PUTME) in the relevant subjects which include Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and English Language.

The pioneering batch of Civil Engineering Students received the B.Eng degree award in June, 1985 with one in first class honours, two in second class honours (upper division) and three in second class honours (lower division) degree classifications. Six student who were in Part III (Final year) class of the old 3-year programme completed their B.Eng degree course in June, 1986. Those that were admitted for the levels one and two of the four year programme received their degrees on the 1987/88 session while those admitted for the new five year programme started graduating from the 1994/95 session.

In order to produce intellectual and practical people who can combine their skills to create safe and economic designs which must be environmentally and socially acceptable to the society in which we live, the Department of Civil Engineering ensures that in addition to sound theoretical background students are thoroughly exposed to extensive and relevant laboratory experimentation and exercises. Their practical skills, developed in the central workshop and the Civil Engineering Laboratories are complemented by industrial visits during vacation, an 8weeks Students Work Experience Programme (SWEP) in Level II, a 3 months supervised Industrial Training SIWES I in Level III and a 6 months supervised Student Industrial Works Experience Scheme (SIWES II) in Level IV are conducted in the whole of the second semester of the session. This helps the students to relate academic work with practical industrial realities and capabilities. The overall goal of the Department is to produce Civil Engineers who are relevant to the engineering manpower requirement in the public and private sector of the economy and who can initiate as well as carry out engineering designs, engage in industrial management and pursue research and development.

The Department is adequately equipped in the following laboratories namely: Material Testing, Public Health Engineering, Soil Mechanics, Structures, Highway, Survey, Hydraulics and Hydrology. The Department works in close cooperation with related states and Federal Institutions to enable her get practical inputs to support the students classroom work and she equally takes interest in the productivity and performance of her students even after graduation.

Post graduate courses leading to post graduate diploma, masters and PhD degree were started much later. Masters and PGDCE programmes were started in 1999/2000 session while PhD programme was started in 2007/2008 session.