Head of the Earth Science Department of the University of Ghana, Professor Sandow Mark Yidana has bemoaned the inadequate space in the student laboratories and offices of lecturers and graduate students.
Delivering a speech during a job fair on the forecourt of the earth science department, he, however, disclosed that the Ministry of Land and Natural Resources and the Ghana Education Trust Fund have intervened by embarking on an infrastructural development project to provide space for about 28 lecturers , a modern auditorium for conferences and a state-of-the -art-library facility, laboratories for major disciplines in the department , a computer laboratory and a modern geological workshop.
He stated that the building is scheduled to be commissioned before the onset of the 2019/2020 academic year.
Professor Sandow Mark Yidana added that the department recently took delivery of some state-of-the-art laboratory equipment to facilitate students training and research.
Amongst these types of equipment are modern Inductively Coupled Mass Spectrograph, a Scanning Electron Microscope, and X-ray Refractometer and a liquid Water Isotope Analyzer.
Acknowledging some of the improvements that have been made to improve upon the quality of training delivered to students, he said that the Academic Board of the University of Ghana has approved a revised Undergraduate Program to take effect from the 2019/2020 academic year.
Hence, students who will be admitted into the Earth Science Program will pursue courses which will lead to the award of BSc Earth Science (Geology), BSc Earth Science (Applied Geophysics) or BSc Earth Science(Applied Geology), depending on the elective courses they pursue in the final year.
During the formative year(level 100), all students on the Earth Science Program are required to take courses in Physics, Chemistry, and mathematics, which are foundational to a successful career in the Earth Science, in addition to the core Earth science courses.
In levels 200 and 300, students will take course s in the core geology and applied geology courses to prepare them for their desired majors ( specializations) in the final year.