The Department of Agricultural and Environmental Resources Engineering, then called Department of Agricultural Technology, was established in 1977 under the Faculty of Agriculture. Initially, the department offered three-year post A-level Bachelor Degree programme. The Department of Agricultural Technology was renamed as the Department of Agricultural Engineering by University Senate at its 48th meeting held on 7th September 1983. The programme was also changed from a three-year to a four-year Agricultural Engineering Degree programme with effect from 1983/1984 session. The origin of the Faculty of Engineering is intimately connected with the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Resources Engineering as the staff of this department actively participated in the planning and establishment of the Faculty of Engineering and later on a number of them served as the founding staff of the newly established Faculty. However, the department was transferred to the Faculty of Engineering only on 1st October 1989. The transfer came at a very critical time when a number of senior academic staff from Czechoslovakia left the services of the Faculty and there was a leadership vacuum in the Faculty. Once again, the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Resources Engineering played the motherly role in stabilizing the situation in the Faculty. The department switched over from a four-year to a five-year post O-level degree programme with effect from 1997/1998 session. The department once again changed its name and degree nomenclature from Agricultural Engineering to Agricultural and Environmental Resources Engineering with effect from 2005/2006 academic session. This approval was given by Senate at its 212th meeting held on 19th January 2006. Apart from undergraduate degree programme, the department also has postgraduate degree programmes at both Masters and Ph.D. levels. The department has full accreditation from both the National Universities Commission (NUC) and the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN).
PHILOSOPHY AND OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME
Skilled Engineering manpower is a principal factor for economic development and prosperity of a nation. The general philosophy of programmes in the department therefore is to produce graduates with high academic standard and practical background who will be able to meet the immediate requirements for development of the catchments area of the University of Maiduguri in particular and the nation in general. In pursuance of the above, the programmes have been designed with the following features:
The main objectives of the programme are: