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Brief History

 


The Department of Earth Science, founded as the Department of Geology in 1948, was among the first departments to move from old campus at Achimota to the current Legon main campus. It has since evolved with time in line with the current challenges dictated by global and national interests to a leading trainer of geoscientists in Ghana, West Africa, and beyond. The Department is the only academic establishment in Ghana currently offering courses leading to the award of degrees in Geology.

 

The Department of Earth Science has a rich tradition of leadership in the geosciences, preparing students for professional careers in the geosciences at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  Its faculty and alumni are leaders in academia, public service and in industry worldwide.

 

Mission and Goals

The Department's mission is to provide academic leadership in the earth sciences; its goals are to:

  • Provide an effective undergraduate and graduate training programmes that prepare students for successful careers in science, education, technology and public service;
  • Deliver innovative, excellent instructions at the undergraduate and graduate levels;
  • Conduct high quality scientific research and effectively communicate results, through publication, to both academic and public audiences;
  • Extend technical assistance to state, public and private organizations.

The Department of Earth Science has programmes at the undergraduate and graduate levels in Geology, Geophysics, Hydrogeology, Engineering Geology, and Petroleum Geosciences. There are currently 383 students enrolled on various programmes in the department. This comprises 88 graduate students and 295 undergraduate students. The graduate students comprise 9 PhD students and 79 MSc/MPhil students. Four of the PhD students are supported on full scholarship by an active research project which is funded by the Danish International Development Agency, DANIDA.

The teaching faculty comprises a total of 21 full time staff comprising 2 Professors, 6 Associate Professors, 5 Senior Lecturers, 4 Lecturers, and 4 Assistant Lecturers.

 

MAJOR AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND RESEARCH

There are active projects which create opportunities for practical training of students throughout the year in the department. The projects are as diverse as the diversities of the specializations of the faculty, and funded from local and international sources. There are five strong working/research groups in the department. Within each research group, the faculty have been engaged in various research activities throughout the year, with active involvement of students. The various research groups in the department are listed below.

 

  1. ECONOMIC GEOLOGY & MINERAL ECONOMICS

Faculty

1.       Prof. Thomas M. Akabzaa

2.       Prof. J. Manu

3.       Prof. P.M. Nude

4.       Prof. F.K. Nyame

5.       Dr. P.O. Amponsah

 

  1. PALEONTOLOGY & SEDIMENTOLOGY

               Faculty

1.       Prof. David Atta-Peters

2.       Prof. Daniel K. Asiedu

3.       Dr. Chris Anani

4.       Ms Jennifer Agbetsoamedo

 

  1. GEOCHEMISTRY & PETROLOGY

Faculty

1.       Prof. Daniel K. Asiedu

2.       Prof. Bruce Banoeng-Yakubo

3.       Prof. Prosper M. Nude

4.       Prof. Frank K. Nyame

5.       Prof. Patrick A. Sakyi

6.       Dr. Jacob Kutu

7.       Dr. Chris Anani

8.       Dr. Marian S. Sapah

9.       Dr. Ben Fiebor

10.   Dr. Joseph O. Thomson

11.   Mr. Daniel Kwayisi

12.   Mrs. Naa Afi Agra

 

  1. HYDROGEOLOGY & WATER RESOURCES

Faculty

1.       Prof. Bruce Banoeng-Yakubo

2.       Prof. Sandow M. Yidana

3.       Dr. Larry Pax Chegbeleh

4.       Dr (Mrs). Yvonne Loh

5.       Prof. Patrick A. Sakyi

 

  1. GEOPHYSICS & ENGINEERING GEOLOGY

Faculty

1.       Dr. Thomas Armah

2.       Dr. Francis Achampong

3.       Dr. Larry Pax Chegbeleh

4.       Dr. Isaac Oppong

5.       Dr. Paulina Amponsah

6.       Dr. Joseph O. Thomson

7.       Ms Abigail Ayikwei