College of Natural and Computational Science

About the College  
The College of Natural and Computational Sciences came to being through an evolutionary development process from the then Division of Natural and Social Sciences (DNSS). Then, DNSS evolved to Faculty of Education (FOE) with a mission of training teachers for secondary schools. It was offering bachelors degree in various programs of natural and social science fields. In 2008 once again the College of Natural and Computational Sciences evolved from FOE and since then focusing training students in areas of natural sciences.
As of July, 2009, however, the Faculty of Education was re-structured into Colleges of Natural Sciences and Social Sciences & Law. Currently, the College of Natural and Computational Sciences encompasses three functional departments including the departments of Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics.
These departments train professionals in applied fields (regular program) and weekend program, with the exception of the Departments of Chemistry and Mathematics which currently does not give training in the weekend program. The last batch of undergraduate regular students trained for Biology  in applied science for teaching at secondary schools graduated in the 2017/18 Academic Year. The curriculum for BSc in Statistics, Physics and Sport Science is already endorsed and the program hosts students as of September, 2018.
Getachew Gashaw (MS.c.)
Office Tel. +251256511319
Fax: +251256510041
P. O.Box 226
Email: g.gashaw@gmail.com
Message from the Dean
Dear all, who are navigating through our website seeking information about the college and college activities; welcome to College of Natural and Computational Sciences.  Although the college is known by its current name, it has evolved through a series of expansions and re-organizations for the betterment of the quality of education and services to the community.  All members of the college community are working in harmony towards the achievement of the set vision and missions of the college, hence of Oda Bultum University. We aspire to be the best higher learning institution known for its knowledgeable and skillful graduates; capable of offering community services.
Currently, the college hosts and trains students in three departments namely: Biology, Chemistry, and Mathematics both at the undergraduate levels in regular as well as weekend programs.  In fulfillment of our graduates’ and the interest to pursue further education at undergraduate level in our needful society, the college has already planned to launch additional three departments namely Physics, Statistics and Sport Science. Thus, the college welcomes the alumni and all interested applicants to join us and witness this expansion philosophy. For the successful delivery of both theoretical and practical training, the college has organized more than two laboratories, one computer laboratories for undergraduate students.
I can witness you that during your stay here at Oda Bultum University, College of Natural and Computational Sciences, we will equip you with the appropriate skills to effectively function in the rapidly changing global environment through our scholarly teaching programs coupled with practical activities, research and practical engagement in the community based education programs.
Our alumni are our mirrors; thus, your comments and feedback are invaluable. The college appreciates any feedback related to the overall and/or specific activities. We would like to remind you concerning the sustainable implementation of CBE philosophy wherever you are.  In support of your efforts, we are working in close contact with secondary schools and research institutions in addition to consultancy services in regional states for the sustainability of community services.
For our customers and partners, please refer to the details given under different sections of the college including department offices for more detailed information. In addition, the Dean’s office is at a calls distance away for any comments and constructive criticism. Let us work together for our common benefit.
Vision and Mission of the College
Vision
The College aspires to be the best higher learning institution both locally and regionally with respect to research output and quality of graduating professionals.
Mission
As one of the colleges of Oda Bultum University, the college strives to integrate teaching, research, good governance and community services. To this end, it provides the highest quality education enabling the production of outstanding graduates of the highest caliber in the undergraduate levels; it promotes and conducts problem driven innovative research pertinent to nationwide development; it expands and maintains strong links with the greater community, in industry, with organizations, and other universities, both locally and internationally. In addition the college prepares students to become effective, ethically-minded, culturally mindful, and socially conscious global citizens and leaders in their field of study.
Objectives of the College
    • To train competent and responsive professionals who can address the community’s problems through innovative and practical means.
    • To promote the philosophy of Community Based Education (CBE) with the aim of bringing about palpable change in the community through active community participation and intersectoral collaboration.
    • To contribute to societal development through the training of responsive professionals, the conduct of high-quality relevant research and professional advocacy.
    • To promote the principle of educational equity irrespective of ethnicity, religion, sex and political background.
    • To promote women’s participation in all spheres of development.
    • To establish and strengthen partner and linkages with local and international institutions for the purpose of rendering high quality training, applied research and services.
  • To develop sound organizational and management systems for the accomplishment of its objectives.
Facts about the College
According to the Business Process Re-engineering (BPR) program which has already been implemented at the University level, the College comprises of three departments: Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics. Currently, the College has qualified academic staffs with 22 lecturers (22 of whom are MSc holders) and 2 graduate assistants. Moreover, the college academic staffs who are fully engaged in supporting and facilitating the teaching learning, research and community services activities running in the college.
Facilities
The college has one basic science laboratories of which the Departments of Biology and Chemistry Departments have one basic science Laboratories of their own while the Department of Mathematics has one computer Laboratories of its own.
College Structure
According to the Business Process Re-engineering (BPR) program which has already been implemented at the University level, the College comprises of five departments: Biology, Chemistry,Mathematics,Physics and Statistics.
 College AC Members and their Duties
The college’s Academic Commission (AC) is the highest decision making body of the college and chaired by the College Dean. Currently it is composed of department heads. The current office holders and their responsibilities are as summarized below:
S.No
Name
Responsibility
Contact Address
Telephone
 1
Getachew Gashaw (MSc)
Dean
g.gashaw@gmail.com
0256511319
2
Nigatu Nemomsa (MSc)
Head, Department of Biology
nigatunemomsa@gmail
.com
0256511941
 3
Genet Tewolde
Head, Department of Chemistry
rakebheaven@gmail.com
0256510517
 4
Sisay Fikadu
Head, Department of Mathematics
tayeabebe694@gmail
.com
0256512978
5
Mohamed Kabeto
Head, Department of Physics
mqabeto2008@gmail.com
6
Fuad Redi
Head, Department of Statistics
redifuad@gmail.com
Duties and Responsibilities of Academic Commission
The Academic Commission is chaired by the dean of the college and has the following powers and duties:
    •       Approves curricula for various levels of training in the college
    •      Makes suggestions in relation to changes in teaching methods
    •       Lays down the modalities of assessment/examinations
    •      Decides on the standard of students to be accepted from other  Universities or Institutes
    •    Recommends to the Senate the grant to successful students of degrees, diplomas or certificates and the class they have been awarded in the examination
    •       Makes a necessary review of the college research and extension activities
    •      Approves promotions up to the rank of lecturer and forwards Assistant professorship and above to the senate for further approval
    •      Settles any academic problems which concern the college
  •      Gives opinion or decides (as the case may be) on any matters that the chairman may submit for its consideration.
CNCS Programs
Programs of CNS 
Undergraduate (Regular)
Undergraduate Programs
  • BSc in Biology (Regular, Weekend, Summer)
  • BSc in Chemistry
  • BSc in Mathematics (Regular, Summer)
Departments

Department of Biology
Introduction
The science of biology deals with the systematized acquisition of knowledge on living things and their environments in its basic aspects 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 environment 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 biological 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. This document is the Harmonized Curriculum of Biology teaching for the Bachelor Degree Program across the various universities Nationwide.
The modular curriculum has been prepared at different levels. The first draft was prepared by committees established by departments of each university. Then the draft documents were harmonized by university clusters and finally the National modular curriculum was developed by an assembly of representatives from the various public universities in the country at a workshop held between October 03 and 05, 2012 at the Ethiopian Management Institute.
The Department of Biology has launched its first undergraduate trainings in Oda Bultum University in 2015/16 in Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree in Biology in regular program, with the objective of producing competent graduates with the required biological knowledge, transferable skills; and good attitude and professional ethics to work in industries, research organizations, health and educational institutions.
These new programs are intended to provide better and ample job opportunities for graduate students in industries, research organizations, health and educational institutions. Currently, the Department of Biology is offering B.Sc. undergraduate programs.
These new programs are intended to provide better and ample job opportunities for graduate students in industries, research organizations, health and educational institutions. Currently, the Department of Biology is offering B.Sc. undergraduate programs.
Program Objectives
General objective 
The overall objective of the program is to train students of high academic caliber at Bachelor of Science level who can take up position in various related disciplines such as teaching, agriculture, health, environmental conservation, industries.
Specific objectives 
The specific objectives of the program are to:
  • Enable students acquire practical and technical skills required for utilizing biological tools.
  • Produce responsible graduates that are committed to their profession.
  • Train students who can design and apply the principles of biology to identify and solve societal problems related to environment, agriculture, health, industry and teaching.
  •  Produce candidates for teaching biology in high schools and higher learning institutions of the Country after taking the necessary pedagogical training.
  • Lay the foundations for a tradition of research oriented and practical system of biology education in the country.
  • Produce trainable man power for advanced biological and related fields of study.
  • Produce graduates capable to analyze and interpret biological data, and present scientific reports in the form of articles, posters or oral presentations.
 professional profile 
Upon completing the undergraduate study program in Biology, a graduate is supposed to acquire the following skills and knowledge:
Critical thinking and problem- solving ability
    • Graduates will be able to solve problem by implementation of the scientific process of forming hypotheses, gathering and critically evaluating information from the literature, the use of technology etc.
  • employing experimental design in laboratory, field settings and synthesizing and analyzing information by using numerical and statistical technique
Scientific concepts (Knowledge)
    • Proficiency in a range of basic biological concepts such as: molecular, cellular and organismal perspectives
  • Demonstrate knowledge of material and an understanding of a range of concepts and issues in those areas of Biology.
Effective communication
  • Graduates will be able to engage in effective scientific communication in a professional setting, including technical writing, oral presentation and use of available technology.
Ethical responsibility
  • Apply ethical practice and behavior in all aspects of biological scientific endeavors and demonstrates the ethical aspects of science, their conduct as a scientist and their conduct as a citizens.
Cultural diversity
    • Graduates will be able to approach and solve biological problems critically with scientific literacy in individual and group settings and incorporate a diversity of ideas and approach.
  • Interact professionally in situation with others having different background culture, education and interests.
 Graduate Profile
Upon completing the undergraduate study program in Biology, a graduate should develop scientific concepts (knowledge), critical thinking and problem solving ability, effective communication skills and ethical responsibility with the appreciation of cultural diversity.
Specifically the graduate can:
    • Use and handle basic biological lab equipments, chemicals, and reagents effectively.
    • Transfer basic knowledge concerning cellular biology
    • Transfer knowledge of the anatomy, morphology physiology and adaptation of plants for different environmental conditions
    • Value the economic and ecological importance of plants
    • Apply botanical techniques on gardening, cultivation, collection and preservation of plant specimens
    • Categorize and classify animals based on their Phylogenetic relationships
    • Establish business enterprise on apiculture and sericulture products
    • Design and formulate insect pest and vector management strategies
    • Plan and implement sustainable management strategies in the conservation and utilization of aquatic resources
    • Design and apply aquaculture techniques in the commercial production of aquatic organisms
    • Apply microbial techniques in isolation, identification, cultivation and characterization of microorganisms used in Agriculture, Medicine, Industries, Environment and related sectors.
    • Identify and systematically categorize organisms based on evolutionary relationship
    • Apply herbarium and zoological museum techniques
    • document indigenous knowledge on conservation and utilization of natural resources
    • enhance the capacity of national parks and environmental protection agencies
    • apply mitigation measures on environmental changes
    • Design preventive and management measures against infectious diseases
    • Assists in immunodiagnostic research activities
    • Participate in awareness creation in HIV/AIDS and other epidemic diseases
    • Develop project proposals, conduct Biological researches and write scientific report in Agricultural, Medicinal, Industrial and related sectors.
    • Apply and use molecular and biotechnological techniques in various sectors to solve societal problems
    • Apply biological field techniques and experimental design.
    • Assist in experimental and practical applications of the principles in plant and animal hybridization.
    • Use tissue culture and biotechnology techniques in experimental and practical applications
  • Identify different behavioral patterns displayed by animals.
        Program Structure-  Bachelor of Science in Biology
Department of Chemistry
Introduction
Chemistry is about the nature of matter, how to make it, how to measure it, how to model it. In that sense chemistry really matters; it is essential to explaining all the real world. It holds the key to making new drugs, creating new materials, and understanding and controlling material properties of all sorts.  It is no wonder then that chemistry is called the “Central Science”. Traditionally, it is divided into subdisciplines, such as organic, inorganic, physical, biological, theoretical, and analytical, but these distinctions blur as it is increasingly appreciated how all of science, let alone chemistry, is interconnected.
A deeper understanding of chemistry enables students to participate in research and studies involving biotechnology, nanotechnology, catalysis, human health, materials, earth and environmental sciences, and more. Together, faculty, graduate and undergraduate students actively work together within our department developing new probes of biological molecules, modeling protein folding and reactivity, manipulating carbon nanotubes, developing new oxidation and polymerization catalysts, and synthesizing organic molecules to probe ion-channels. The overarching theme of these pursuits is a focus at the atomic and molecular levels, whether this concerns probing the electronic structure and reactivity of molecules as small as dihydrogen or synthesizing large polymer assemblies. The ability to synthesize new molecules and materials and to modify existing biological structures allows the properties of complex systems to be analyzed and harnessed with huge benefit to both the scientific community and society at large.
The Department of Chemistry has launched its first undergraduate trainings in Oda Bultum University in 2016/17 in Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree in Chemistry in regular program The Department of Chemistry will start to run training with BSc. degree in chemistry with the intention of playing a role towards fulfilling the Country’s needs for high-level qualified chemistry educators.
Mission
The mission of the undergraduate program in Chemistry is to provide students with foundational knowledge in the sub disciplines of chemistry as well as depth in one or more advanced areas, including cutting-edge research. Introductory course work allows students to gain hands-on experience with chemical phenomena, gather data, and propose models and explanations for their observations, thus participating in the scientific process from the start. In advanced labs and lectures, students build an in-depth knowledge of the molecular principles of chemistry empowering them to become molecular engineers comfortable with the methodologies necessary to solve complex problems and effectively articulate their ideas to the scientific community.  Ultimately the analytical thinking and problem solving skills developed within the chemistry major make students successful candidates for a wide range of careers in chemistry and beyond, including engineering, teaching, consulting, medicine, law, science writing, and science policy.
Learning Outcomes
The department expects undergraduate majors in the program to be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes. These learning outcomes are used in evaluating students and the department’s undergraduate program. Students are expected to:
1. Demonstrate the knowledge and skills required to solve problems in the synthesis, measurement, and modeling of chemical systems.
2. Apply this set of chemical knowledge and skills to analyze scientific data, evaluate and interpret its significance, and articulate conclusions supportable by the data.
3. Be able to construct a scientific hypothesis and devise appropriate experiments to test and evaluate this hypothesis
4.  Communicate scientific research effectively in written and spoken form.
           Program Structure – Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
Department of Mathematics
Introduction
The Department of Mathematics started offering courses leading to the B.Sc degree in Mathematics. The Department of Mathematics was established in the year 2016/17 with the objective of training qualified, adaptable, motivated, and responsible Mathematicians who will contribute to the scientific and technological development of Ethiopia, to impact knowledge by teaching and to advance knowledge by research.
Rationale
Mathematics is a fundamental field of study that plays a pivotal role in the development of science, technology, business, and computer science. It profoundly influences the socioeconomic development of a society and civilization. Thus, it is imperative that students be equipped with strong Mathematical knowledge and skills which enable them to be productive in areas where rigorous thought and precision of results are emphasized.
Curriculum development is also a dynamic process which requires continuous assessment. Thus updating and harmonizing national curriculum is vital to ensure the quality, standard and relevance in line with the objective conditions of the country. In light with this, the Ministry of
Education, higher education strategy center, has taken the task of harmonization of various national universities science curricula that are underway to accomplish the above objectives. The task demands not only to harmonize the curricula designed by cluster of national universities but also to enrich it by incorporating good practices from exemplary European universities.
Thus, the need to design a viable harmonized B. Sc degree curriculum that meets the current global trend is the order of the day.
Objectives
 General objectives
 Specific objectives
The specific objectives of the program are to:
· 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.
                     Program Structure – Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
Department of Physics
Introduction
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.
 Located on the main campus of Oda Bultum University, the Department of Physics started its activity in 2011 E.C with Bachelor Degree in Applied Physics (BSc.) and there is no looking back since then. The BSc program was designed for students to obtain a strong scientific background integrated with pedagogical courses to work in the teaching profession.
 The department today is an active beehive of research being carried out in a wide variety of frontier areas as well as high quality undergraduate. The research programs of the Department cover areas like Materials Science, Solid State Physics, Condensed Matter Physics, Quantum Optics, Nuclear physics, space physics, Atmospheric physics ,etc.
 Objective
The Oda Bultum University Physics Department has the primary objective of advancing knowledge of physics and training of qualified manpower needed by Ethiopia to acquire and develop an economy based on high technology. We intend to play a key role in the advancement of Ethiopia into a high-tech era.
We provide a stimulating and exciting learning environment for all students who wish to major in physics. Our rigorously trained physics graduates will be able to embark on career paths in research and development (R & D) in the physical sciences, engineering and microelectronics industries, as well as education and training, government scientific services sectors and IT.
Vision
       · To be nationally recognized as a model of an effective and successful physics program,
      ·   To be a program of choice in the region,
      · To be leading provider of knowledge of physics in all areas of life through transfer of fundamental technology,
      · To have a reputation for our successful research and creative activities,
     ·  To have a reputation for the success of our students and graduates.
Mission
The mission of the program is to provide the highest quality education for students in the principles and applications of Physics.The excellence of the program is ensured by our department’s high regard for teaching, research activities and industrial ties. The program educates students to take leadership roles in industry, academia and government.
The Department of Physics at Oda Bultum University has a broad commitment to generate and disseminate knowledge. These roles are interrelated and complement each other. The Department has a mission to do fundamental research which contributes to its educational and to its research responsibilities in a Research University. The Department has a responsibility to provide a sound education in physics to a wide range of students. Finally, the faculty of the Department has a responsibility to provide service to the physics profession, to the university community, and to the citizens of Ethiopia.
Department of Statistics
Introduction
Department of Statistics in Oda Bultum University was established in the year 2018/19 under the College of Natural and Computational Science. The department will focus on objectives of providing statistical trainings, research and consultancy services. The department offers Bachelor of Science degree in Statistics.
             Vision
To become the leading center of excellence in Ethiopia for statistical education, researches and software trainings and to provide high-quality statistical services, contributing to the social and economic developments of Ethiopia.
       Mission
1. To provide adequate, relevant, reliable and timely statistics to facilitate research, discussion, planning and decision making within the government and in the community.
2.To ensure that the compilation and dissemination of statistics are in accordance with scientific principles, professional ethics and international standards.
3.  Objectives of the Department
3.1.  General Objective of the Department
The general objective of department of statistics is to train statisticians in order to meet the demands of different sectors in the country and to promote statistical education in Ethiopia.
3.2.  Specific Objectives of the Department
·  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 nongovernmental organizations;
·  To produce statisticians who can manage and supervise the activities of statistical units or offices at both government and nongovernmental organizations;
·  To contribute on community engagement and performing problem solving studies in Ethiopian community
·  To give training in statistical software’s and statistical literacy
·  To provide  statistical consultancy services
·  To participate and lead socioeconomic and other studies where statistical methods are applicable.
·  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.
4.  Admission Requirement
An applicant must have successfully completed the science preparatory in a recognized secondary school with good performance in mathematics in the national or equivalent placement/entrance examination or the applicant must have graduated from a recognized university/college with a diploma in Statistics or related fields.
Contact us (Staff Profile)
Getachew Gashaw (MSc), Dean, College of Natural and Computational Sciences
Tel. +251256511319
Phone: +251912392435
Fax: +251256510041
E-mail: g.gashaw@gmail.com
Genet Tewolde (MSc), Head, Department of Chemistry
       Tel.:  +251256510517
Sisay Fikadu (MSc), Head, Department of Mathematics
             Tel. +25125651297
Nigatu Nemomsa (MSc), Head, Department of Biology
               Tel: +251256511941
Email: nigatunemomsa@gmail.com
Mohammed Kabeto (MSc), Head, Department of Physics
Email : mqabeto2008@gmail.com
Fuad Redi (MSc), Head, Department of Statistics
                   Email: redifuad@gmail.com
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