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JAMB and O'level Subjects for ALL Engineering Courses

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When the results of WAEC, NECO, or NABTEB are released, a series of inquiries arise from students seeking information. You can also ask your question! They ask questions such as:

  1. Can I pursue engineering with a D7 grade in physics?
  2. Which polytechnics and universities accept D7 in physics?
  3. What are the required subjects for electrical engineering in JAMB?
  4. What subjects do I need to study in secondary school for electrical engineering?
  5. Which WAEC subjects are necessary for electrical engineering?

It's evident that there's a multitude of questions surrounding the admission process for engineering courses that need answers. Addressing each engineering course individually could take decades. What if I attempted to provide answers to various questions related to studying technology or engineering at a university or polytechnic?

I've categorized these questions into two sections:

  1. The O'level (SSCE) subjects that required for engineering or technology courses at universities and polytechnics.
  2. The JAMB UTME subjects you need to choose and sit for to study any engineering course.

Engineering Disciplines Covered in this Discussion

The following engineering or technology courses have been selected from official JAMB brochures and various universities' and polytechnics' admission portals. If your course isn't listed here, understand that the information provided generally applies to all engineering courses:

  1. Aerospace Engineering
  2. Agricultural Engineering
  3. Biomedical Engineering
  4. Chemical Engineering
  5. Civil Engineering
  6. Computer Engineering
  7. Electrical Engineering
  8. Electronics Engineering
  9. Environmental Engineering
  10. Geotechnical Engineering
  11. Industrial Engineering
  12. Manufacturing Engineering
  13. Marine Engineering
  14. Materials Engineering
  15. Mechanical Engineering
  16. Mechatronics Engineering
  17. Mining Engineering
  18. Nuclear Engineering
  19. Petroleum Engineering
  20. Robotics Engineering
  21. Software Engineering
  22. Structural Engineering
  23. Systems Engineering
  24. Telecommunication Engineering
  25. Textile Engineering
  26. Water Resources Engineering

Same JAMB Subjects Are Required for All Engineering Courses

Remarkably, the reality is that nearly all engineering courses share the same JAMB UTME subject combination. Yes, that's correct!

Except for minor and largely insignificant variations, the JAMB subjects for Mechanical Engineering or Chemical Engineering, for example, are the same.

Let's substantiate this by looking at a few engineering courses and their respective JAMB subject requirements:

For Agricultural Engineering, the JAMB brochure mandates the following subjects:

  1. English
  2. Mathematics
  3. Chemistry
  4. Physics

The same subject combination applies to Automotive Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, and others. 

It might be surprising, but the rationale behind this consistency is that engineering and technology-based courses tend to heavily rely on Mathematics and Physics. Additionally, Chemistry is compulsory across engineering disciplines.

However, for Biomedical Engineering, the specific combination is English, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. This medical-engineering course differs by requiring "Biology" instead of "Mathematics".

Five SSCE Subjects Required for All Engineering Courses

Similar to most other disciplines, both science and social science, engineering courses necessitate at least a credit grade in the following five subjects:

  1. English
  2. Mathematics
  3. Physics
  4. Chemistry
  5. Biology

These requirements are derived from the official JAMB brochure and align with the information provided on the official admission portals of the universities and polytechnics I reviewed.

It's important to note that deficiencies in any of these subjects, such as D7, E8, or F9 grades, might be accepted by certain institutions for engineering courses. Each school could have varying policies, some stricter than others.

While certain schools might waive the requirement for English credit, others could insist on at least a credit grade. While some might accept Further Mathematics as a substitute for Physics, others could demand Physics specifically. Similarly, while some might permit Agricultural Science in place of Biology (e.g., for Agricultural Engineering), others could insist on Biology.


A uniform standard is followed by universities and polytechnics regarding engineering courses. Generally, English, Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry are the JAMB subjects, with Biology added for the SSCE requirements.

Some institutions might show flexibility by accepting closely related subjects in place of others. Nonetheless, adhering to the standard requirements will make you more competitive for your desired course.

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