Aims & Objective
The undergraduate programme trains and awards students with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics after a 4-year period. This programme aims at providing a firm grounding in the basic concepts and methods as well as offering a selection of special courses related to developing areas of the subject, particularly those areas of premier importance to the development of the country.
The current curriculum reflects upon the need that students should also take courses under the general area of Common Education and a Second Field of Study in addition to the Major Field of Study. The rationale behind the introduction of these new field of study is to broaden the base of knowledge and to present an integrated picture of science.
(b) Goals and objectives
The main objectives of this curriculum in Physics indicate a general trend towards the offer of courses in:
- Common Education
- Major Field of Study
- Second Field of Study
The curriculum also aims at:
- Producing graduates who are well grounded in the fundamentals of Physics and acquisition of the necessary skills, in order to use their knowledge in Physics in a wide range of practical application.
- Developing creative thinking and the power of imagination to enable graduates work in research in academia and industry for broader application.
- Accommodating their relevant fields in allied disciplines and to allow the graduates of Physics to fit into the inter-disciplinary environment.
- Relating the training of Physics graduates to the employment opportunities within the country.
Rationale, goals and objectives of the BSc (Meteorology & Climate Science) programme:
The subject of meteorology and climate science is very important in the socio-economic and sustainable development of any country. In deed, it is a recognized fact that Africa is the continent most vulnerable to climate change, and with the least exiting capacity to respond. It is also a known fact that most of Africa’s disasters are meteorologically related. Meteorological information is therefore relevant and important in the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and the development process of African countries in general. Much of Africa’s agriculture is rain-fed, and this brings to the fore, the significance of climate in the realization of the MDG’s in Africa and its overall sustainable development. In fact, the consequences of climate change on the social and economic development of individuals, communities, nations and the whole world is a topical subject in every walk of life.
In Ghana, and Africa in general, meteorologists and climate scientists are needed in vital areas of the economy such as agriculture, fisheries, the water sector, weather forecasting, aviation, and disaster mitigation. Due to their impacts on human livelihoods, these areas are crucial in achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Therefore, it is a fact that Ghana desperately needs degree programmes in Meteorology and Climate Science for training the needed manpower to address the lack of trained specialists in the above mentioned areas.
As we all know, currently, many students from African countries including Ghana travel to Europe, the USA and Canada to undertake degree programmes in meteorology and climate science – a practice which adds to the brain drain syndrome and therefore fails to address capacity building in the local Higher Educational Institutions and industry. It is therefore envisaged that students from other Anglophone African countries will avail themselves of this programme. The existence of the degree programmes in Ghana will ensure first and foremost the training of Ghanaian students locally which will cut down on costs of training them elsewhere as well as minimizing brain drain.
It is envisaged that the meteorology and climate science programme at the undergraduate and masters level will develop and expand to provide a centre of excellence in climate research at KNUST to benefit not only the nation, the sub-region of West Africa but Africa and the world at large.
(b). Goals and objectives of the BSc (Meteorology & Climate Science) programme
The main aim of the undergraduate degree programme in Meteorology and Climate Science is to train students to enable them harness and manage effectively meteorological and climate-related issues of the country and the world at large for socio-economic development.
The objective of the programme is to build human capacity by training and producing graduates with the following qualities:
- High quality fundamental physical sciences
- Up to date current meteorological knowledge and skills including forecasting,
experimental, theoretical and research techniques
- Expert knowledge in the physical climatic processes of tropical Africa
- Social, economic and management qualities