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SSCE and UTME Subjects for Botany Admission

As a UTME applicant seeking admission for Botany, you may want to know:


  1. the list universities you can consider in the UTME or while changing institution
  2. the SSCE subjects and grades to have before being considered for Botany 
  3. the JAMB and universities cut-off marks required for Botany 
  4. other steps involved in proposing admission into the universities offering the course.


This post will carefully break down what you must put in place starting from your O'level results, JAMB score, post-UTME, and cut-off marks to other factors that may assist you to gain or hider you from gaining admission for Botany.


DE applicants? Read Direct Entry (DE) Requirements for Botany: BSC, HND, ND, NCE, IJMB, JUPEB, etc

General Requirements for UTME Applicants Seeking Botany Admission

  1. Applicants must possess at least 5 SSCE relevant subjects in not more than two sittings
  2. Applicants must obtain the JAMB UTME form and consider the most favorite university as the first choice. Where such a university was not considered the number one, a candidate can consider changing to it as the first one.
  3. Applicants must pass the UTME thereby scoring the JAMB national cut off mark or higher
  4. Applicants must write the correct subject combination in UTME for Botany.
  5. Applicants must obtain the university post UTME/screening form (as applicable)
  6. Applicants must meet or beat the final aggregate departmental cut-off mark for Botany 

Individual Universities SSCE (O'level) Subjects for Botany

  1. University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) Enugu State requires 'O' Level credit passes in English Language, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics or its equivalent.
  2. Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto (UDUSOK), Sokoto State accepts 'O' Level passes in Mathematics and English Language.
  3. University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) Maiduguri, Borno State accepts 'O' Level passes in Mathematics and English Language.
  4. Delta State University (DELSU), Abraka, Delta State requires five (5) 'O' Level credits which must include Mathematics, English Language, Chemistry, Physics, and Biology.
  5. University of Uyo (UNIUYO) Akwa Ibom State (the university calls it Botany and Ecological Studies) requires 'O' Level credit passes in Mathematics and Physics.
  6. Gombe State University (GSU), Gombe, Gombe State accepts D7 in Physics
  7. University of Benin (UNIBEN) Benin City Edo State accepts 'O' Level  pass in Physics
  8. Abia State University Uturu (ABSU)  Uturu, Abia State requires five (5) 'O' Level credit passes in English  Language, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology and Physics.
  9. University of Ibadan (UI), Ibadan Oyo State requires five (5) at one (1) or six (6) 'O' Level credit passes at two (2) sittings to include English Language, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and any one (1) or two (2) of Physics, Geography and Agricultural  Science.
  10. Kebbi State University of Science and Technology Aliero (KSUSTA), Kebbi State accepts Geography, Economics, and Agricultural Science in lieu of Biology as the 'O' Level subjects.
  11. Joseph Ayo Babalola University (JABU) Ikeji-Arakeji Osun State accepts Agricultural Science in lieu of Biology.
  12. Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi (FUAM), Benue State insists candidates seeking admission into Botany must possess five (5)'O' Level credit passes from one (1) examination body (i.e. either WAEC or NECO) and obtained at not more than two (2) sittings. The department does not accept the combination of both WAEC and NECO. Students of the University of Agriculture, Makurdi Pre-degree Remedial Science Programme who pass their end of session examinations are considered for admission on the condition that they also pass the UTME. NOTE: Agricultural Science and Health Science shall not be accepted in place of Biology. Further Mathematics shall not be accepted in place of Physics or Mathematics.
  13. Paul University Awka, Anambra State requires five (5) 'O' Level credit passes at not more than two (2) sittings in English Language, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.
  14. Ondo State University of Science and Technology (OSUSTECH) Okitipupa, Ondo State (now Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology requires five (5) 'O' Level credit passes in English Language, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology and any one (1) of Agricultural Science, Physics and Geography.
  15. Federal University Dutse (FUD), Dutse Jigawa State accepts English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics or Geography in SSCE or its equivalent with a minimum credit level in one or two sittings.
  16. University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka Lagos State requires Five O/Level credit passes in English Language, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
  17. Federal University Lokoja (FULOKOJA), Kogi State requires Five (5) SSCE credit passes to include English Language, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology and any other Science subject.
  18. Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria requires Five 'O' level credit passes in English Language, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
  19. University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) Port Harcourt Plateau State requires Five (5) SSCE credit passes in English Language, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.
  20. Federal University of Lafia (FULAFIA), Nasarawa State requires five (5) Credit passes at SSCE, GCE, NECO, and NABTEB O' Level examination in Mathematics, English Language, Biology/ Agricultural Science, Chemistry, and Physics in not more than two sittings.

Individual Universities JAMB UTME Subjects Combination for Botany

  1. University of Ibadan (UI), Ibadan Oyo State requires Biology, Chemistry and Physics/Mathematics
  2. Federal University of Lafia (FULAFIA), Nasarawa State requires Biology, Chemistry and Physics/Mathematics
  3. Ebonyi State University (EBSU), Abakaliki, Ebonyi State requires Biology, Chemistry and Physics/Mathematics
  4. University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) Enugu State requires Biology, Chemistry and Physics/Mathematics
  5. Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State requires Chemistry, Biology or Agricultural Science and Mathematics or Physics.
  6. University of Benin (UNIBEN) Benin City Edo State requires Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.
  7. University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka Lagos State requires Mathematics or Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.
  8. Ondo State University of Science and Technology (OSUSTECH) Okitipupa, Ondo State (now Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology) requires Biology, Chemistry and any one (1) of Mathematics, Physics, and Agricultural Science.
  9. Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi (FUAM), Benue State requires Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.
  10. Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi (ATBU) Bauchi State requires Physics or Geography as the third (3rd) subject.
  11. Delta State University (DELSU), Abraka, Delta State requires Biology, Physics, and Chemistry.
  12. Federal University Dutse (FUD), Dutse Jigawa State accepts Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.
  13. University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) Maiduguri, Borno State requires Biology and any two (2) of Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Agricultural Science.
  14. University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka Lagos State requires English Language, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.
  15. Federal University Lokoja (FULOKOJA), Kogi State requires Biology, Chemistry, and Physics/Mathematics.
  16. Kebbi State University of Science and Technology Aliero (KSUSTA), Kebbi State requires Biology, Chemistry, and any other Science subject.
  17. Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria requires Use of English, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.
  18. University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) Port Harcourt Plateau State requires Biology, Chemistry, and Physics or Mathematics.

JAMB and Universities Cut Off Marks for Botany Admissions

Having detailed the subjects, from WAEC, NECO, GCE, or NABTEB, that you will need for Botany and also stating the UTME subjects combination form the course, there are still a few things having to do with your admission. 

After UTME, JAMB will announce the national cut off marks. You have to meet or beat this score before your proposed university can call you to register for its Post UTME/screening. In fact, a few universities will still draw higher cut-off marks than that of the board. Some, such as FUOYE, declare the different cut off marks for different courses.

What matters is meeting the cut-off mark of your school or the Botany department.

After this post UTME/screening, your university will still draw another cut-off mark, which is the final cut-off mark, upon which the admission list will be placed. For example, the university may calculate the aggregate score based on your JAMB score and Post UTME score and match that with the departmental cut-off marks. 

If you meet or beat the final aggregate or departmental cut-off mark, congratulations as you could be lucky in the next admission list. 

However, there a few other factors that may hinder you from being offered admission even if you satisfy the conditions above. See that in "Reasons You Might Not Gain Admission This Year- JAMB".

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