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UNIVERSITY OF LIBERIA COURSE CATALOG

THE T.J.R. FAULKNER COLLEGE OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

SHORT HISTORY

The T.J.R. Faulkner College of Science & Technology was established on June 1, 1974, when the curriculum of the Division of Science was merged with technical offerings in architecture, engineering, and geology.

Prior to this time, the Division of Science, precursor to the College, functioned semi-autonomously under the umbrella of Liberia College, now the College of Social Sciences and Humanities, and operated on a two-fold basis. Firstly, it offered courses in mathematics, the general biological and physical sciences for the College of Social Sciences and Humanities and College of Business and Public Administration. It also serviced the W.V.S. Tubman Teachers' College, College of Agriculture and Forestry and the Medical College In providing pre-requisite requirements for those Colleges. Secondly, it offered a coherent program of study within the four major areas of concentration namely: biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics. After the initiation of the engineering and geology program, the college now offers a four-year degree program as before In biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics, and a five-year degree program in civil engineering, electrical engineering, mining engineering and geology. After a one year trial period, the architectural curriculum was dropped. As in the past, the College continues to service students of the W.V.S. Tubman Teachers' College and the College of Agriculture and Forestry which require their students to take basic science courses as pre-requisite requirements for those colleges' offerings. Additionally, the A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine has a prescribed two-year pre-medical curriculum which must be completed in the college before entry to that college. The engineering and geology program had its first graduates in 1979.

In 1968, the A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine was established and in 1974, the Division of Science which had functioned as awing of the College of Liberal & Fine Arts - now Liberia College (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences), was elevated to the TJ.R. Faulkner College of Science and Technology.

Concomitant with some of the years of UNESCO's activities, the Liberian and Israeli Governments bilaterally established a pre-engineering program In 1956 designed to serve as preparatory step toward the establishment of an engineering program. This project phased out because there was no further financial support from the Israeli Government and neither financial nor human resources were forthcoming in support of the plan from the Liberian Government, the project unfortunately was forced to fold.

THE PRESENT TRENDS IN THE SCIENCES AT THE UNIVERSITY

The broad goals and objectives of the College succinctly stated are as follows:

a. To work toward turning out science graduates and science teachers.

b. To improve science education and research at the University with a view of assisting the government in orienting science education and scientific expertise towards national development.

c. To work toward turning out science graduates and science teachers of better quality and in sufficient numbers to catalyze the process of socio-economic development through effective training geared to national needs. The output will vary in number and distribution as national needs change with time; also to advise the Government of Liberia and influence national science policy.

d. The specific objectives:


1. To improve the quality of the teaching staff;

2. To develop improved curriculum and curricular materials that will be responsive to development needs in (i) science education at the secondary and tertiary levels, and (ii) supporting agricultural, medical and other science based professions;

3. To increase the annual output of graduates in science (botany chemistry, engineering, geology, mathematics, physics and zoology) and in science education (science teachers for secondary schools and teacher-training institutions);

4. To improve the physical facilities for successful implementation of counts 1-3 above and count 5 below.

 
 
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