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Subject combination to study computer science

Following technology trends all over the world now, Computer Science is definitely one of the best courses to study in a Nigerian university. There are countless opportunities for you when you are a graduate in computer science.

Almost every sector in the country has a need to hire the services of a computer science graduate because everything involved in many sectors today has to do with a part of computer. From the use of computer systems to the use of automated machines, even to carrying out certain tasks in a much convenient way.

For candidates aspiring to study the course in any of the Nigerian universities must first of all know what the course is all about and the requirements necessary to study it.

Computer Science is the study of data structure and algorithm which is used to give sets of computer instructions to perform a certain task. Computer science can also be regarded as the study of the basic components of the computer, how it works, and how you can control it to perform certain tasks.

If you wish to study computer science in any of the universities, then you must be aware of the necessary requirements needed to qualify for screening and get admitted. This will help you know the exact things to do, so as not to be heading in the wrong direction in your quest of seeking admission. You must be a science student for you to study computer

For candidates with many unanswered questions on what to do and what is required if them, we have come up with this post to enlighten candidates on the JAMB requirement, JAMB UTME subject combination, accepted O’Level subject combination, direct entry requirement, universities where you can study the course and other relevant information which will help to make the process very easy for you.

JAMB UTME subject combination and requirement

Candidates with the intention to computer science in any of the Nigerian university has to sit for the following subjects in the JAMB UTME: English language (This is compulsory for all candidates), Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry/Biology.

Candidates should also know that there some universities that accept other subjects like Agriculture, Economics, or Geography. You should be sure if the university you are applying for will accept any of these subjects before you fill them.

So that you do not make any mistake in your choice of JAMB UTME subject combination, here is a list of universities with the subject combination they accept. Note that for universities not listed here, your subject combination should be English language, Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry/Biology.

  • The following universities require Maths, Physics and chemistry only. Salem, UI, FUTA, Unilorin, LASU, FUNAAB, FUTO, ANSU, UNIOSUN, EKSU, and Igbinedion University.

  • MAUTECH accepts Mathematics and any other two subjects. But they do not accept Geography.

  • For UNIABUJA, you are required to sit for Mathematics, Chemistry, and any of Physics, Geography, Economics, or Biology.

  • NTNU only requires you to sit for any of the science subjects. 

Candidates should note that JAMB cut off marks to study any course I a Nigerian university is 180 but most universities require candidates to have a minimum of 200 in their JAMB UTME score to become eligible to be invited for post UTME tests and possible admission.

Scoring a minimum of 200 in your JAMB UTME is okay to study computer science in any university. However, the higher the score, the better your chance of getting admission.

O’Level Requirements

You must have at least five credits in your O’Level examination in order to study computer science in any of the Nigerian universities. The accepted O’Level examination results are WASSCE/NECO or any of its equivalent. A minimum of credit in the following is compulsory: English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.

You can do a change of institution once you discover that you do not have a minimum of a credit pass in any of the subjects listed above. You can change to any of the universities that accept other science subjects.

Direct Entry Requirement

Candidates can also apply for direct entry to study computer science. Application via direct entry affords candidates to resume into the university in the second year, I.e. 200 level. Such candidates are expected to meet any of the following requirements.

  • Five credits in your O’Level examination. The subjects included are English language, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, and Physics. Note that the accepted O’Level result includes WASSCE/ NECO or any of its equivalent in not more than one sitting.

  • In addition to the five credits in your O’Level result, you are required to have two A’Level passes in science subjects which include Mathematics.

  • NCE in Mathematics and any other science or social science subject with at least a Merit.

  • OND in computer science or related course with a minimum of Upper Credit. There are universities that accept a minimum of Lower Credit.

List of Nigerian Universities where you can study Computer Science

In order for candidates to be guided when choosing which university to study Computer Science, we have come up with a comprehensive list of Nigerian university that offers the course.

  • The Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO)

  • Imo State University (IMSU)

  • University of Nigeria (UNN)

  • University of Abuja (UNIABUJA)

  • University of Benin (UNIBEN)

  • University of Lagos (UNILAG)

  • University of Calabar (UNICAL)

  • University of Ibadan (UI)

  • University of Port-Harcourt (UNIPORT)

  • Adamawa State University (ADSU)

  • Ahmadu Bello University (ABU)

  • Ambrose Alli University (AAU)

  • Anambra State University (ANSU)

  • Ajayi Crowther University (AJAYI)

  • Babcock University (BABCOCK)

  • Bayero University Kano (BUK)

  • Benson Idahosa University (BIU)

  • Benue State University (BSU)

  • Bowen University (BU)

  • Caritas University (CARITAS)

  • Cross River State University of Technology (CRUTECH)

  • Ebonyi State University (EBSU)

  • Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA)

  • Federal University of Technology Minna (FUTMINNA)

  • Modibbo Adama University of Technology (MAUTECH)

  • Gombe State University (GOMSU)

  • Lagos State University (LASU)

  • Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK)

  • Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH)

  • Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU)

  • Osun State University (UNIOSUN)

  • Rivers State University of Science and Technology (RSUST)

  • University of Jos (UNIJOS)

  • University of Ilorin (UNILORIN)

  • University of Uyo (UNIUYO)

  • Usman Dan Fodio University (UDUSOK)

  • Kaduna State University (KASU)

  • The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (UNAAB)

  • National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN)

  • Madonna University (MADONNA)

  • Adekunle Ajasin University (AAUA)

  • Kogi State University (KSU)

  • Crescent University (CRESCENT)

  • Kwara State University (KWASU)

  • Nasarawa State University (NSUK)

  • Michael Okpara University of Agriculture (MOUA)

  • Ekiti State University (EKSU)

  • Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University (IBBU)

  • Akwa Ibom State University (AKUTECH)

  • Federal University of Petroleum Resource (FUPRE)

  • Covenant University (CU)

  • The Federal University Of Agriculture, Makurdi (FUAM)

  • Redeemer’s University (RUN)

  • Joseph Ayo Babalola University (JABU)

  • Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED)

  • Umaru Musa Yar’adua University (UMYU)

  • Western Delta University (WDU)

  • Renaissance University (RNU)

  • Ondo State University of Science and Technology (OSUSTECH)

  • Novena University (NOVENA)

  • Adeleke University (ADELEKE)

  • Afe Babalola University (ABUAD)

  • Al-Hikmah University (AL-HIKMAH)

  • Bauchi State University (BASU)

  • Baze University (BAZE)

  • Caleb University (CALEB)

  • Federal University, Dutse (FUD)

  • Federal University, Kashere (FUK)

  • Federal University, Lafia (FUL)

  • Federal University, Lokoja (FULOKOJA)

  • Federal University, Ndufu-alike (FUNAI)

  • Federal University, Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE)

  • Federal University, Wukari (FUWUKARI)

  • Fountain University (FOUNTAIN)

  • Godfrey Okoye University (GO)

  • Kano University Of Science And Technology (KUST)

  • Kebbi State University Of Science And Technology (KSUSTA)

  • Landmark University (LANDMARK)

  • Nigeria Turkish Nile University (NTNU)

  • Oduduwa University (ODUDUWA)

  • Paul University (PAUL)

  • Plateau State University (PLASU)

  • Rhema University (RHEMA)

  • Salem University (SALEM)

  • Taraba State University (TASU)

  • Wellspring University (WELLSPRING)

  • Wesley University Of Science And Technology (WUSTO)

  • Yobe State University (YSU)

  • Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA)

  • Nigerian Police Academy, Wudil, Kano State (NPA)

  • Hezekiah University (UNIHEZ)

  • Tansian University (TANSIAN)

  • Sokoto State University (SSU)

  • Federal University Gusau (FUGUS)

  • Federal University, Birnin Kebbi (FUBK)

  • Jigawa State University (JSU)

  • Augustine University (AUI)

  • Elizade University (ELIZADE)

  • McPherson University (MCU)

  • Kings University (UNIKINGS)

  • Chrisland University (CHRISLAND)

  • Edwin Clark University (ECU)

  • Federal University Gashua (FUGASHUA)

  • Gregory University, Uturu (GUU)

  • Hallmark University (HALLMARK)

  • Al-Qalam University, Katsina (AUK)

  • University Of Mkar (UNIMKAR)

  • Micheal and Cecilia Ibru University (MCIU)

  • Northwest University, Kano (NWU)

  • South Western University (SWU)

  • Summit University Offa (SUMMIT)

  • Ritman University (RITMAN)

Benefits of Studying Computer Science

Computer science is one of the courses with many benefits. Some of them are listed below

  • Computer science students can start making money even while still in school. Anyone student who knows the basics of computer can help people type projects for a token. This will help students sustain themselves

  • Computing is part of what everyone does daily, so as a computer science student, you can fit into any industry.

  • Computer science graduates must not work in a company or under anyone. A computer science graduate can work as a freelancer.

  • Studying computer science gives you the opportunity to be creative and innovative. It involves deep thinking.

  • With computer science, there is no limit to what you can achieve.

Careers in Computer Science

A Computer Science graduate who knows his/her onions should be able to excel in any sector he/she is told to work in. With the right skills and resources, you may not even need to be looking for jobs because there are always jobs everywhere for a person skilled with the computer.

Computer science is also one of the highest paying fields both in Nigeria and the world generally. The richest men in the world today are into the technology industry. Below are some high paying careers you can choose from if you wish to study computer science.

  • Database Administrator

  • Web developer

  • Computer System Analyst

  • Software Developer

  • IT Project Manager

  • Information Security Analyst

  • System Manager

  • Network Administrator

  • Video Game Developer

  • Software Engineer

  • Hardware Engineer

  • Business System Analyst

  • Telecommunication Manager


Candidates with the intention of studying computer science will need to study hard since it is known that science courses are not that easy to pass and the competition for this course is equally high. Now that you have known what is required of you, the next course of action is to start studying.

Candidates should also know that computer science can be studied in polytechnics, colleges of education, and special IT centers. This is an option for those unable to secure admission into the university. Over 90% of the polytechnics offer computer science courses.

When you are through with your Ordinary National Diploma (OND) from a polytechnic, you can choose either to continue your HND or apply for direct entry into 200 level in the university. Top universities require a minimum of Upper Credit to get admitted while you can still see other universities that require a minimum of a Lower Credit in your OND.

The duration to study computer science in a polytechnic for a regular student to obtain the OND result is two years while it takes between 4 to 5 years to obtain a degree certificate from a university. NCE takes three years.

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