This page contains 2024 WAEC and JAMB subject combination (admission requirements) for Chemistry, including the list of Nigerian universities offering this course, A level requirements and much more.


Course Chemistry
Qualification B.Sc
How many years 3 – 4 Years
Who can study this course? Science student
Number of universities 117

Is Chemistry a good course in Nigeria and what is the salary?

Yes, Chemistry is a good course in Nigeria with plenty of job roles to explore. There is no standard salary for any job in Nigeria. It depends on where you get the job. Chemistry graduates typically earn between ₦105,000 and ₦450,000 net per month

Chemistry is competitive and quite popular amongst science students in secondary school. From our records, 117 Nigerian universities offer this degree course.

So while you are here to get information on the O level subject combination for Chemistry, we also expect you consider the total number of students currently studying Chemistry and the employment rate we will show you below so that you will know what you are up against when you choose to study this course.

We have some student guide articles that will be of benefit to you.

WAEC Subject Combinations For Chemistry

In WAEC, NECO or GCE, you are expected to register a maximum of 9 subjects for a Chemistry degree. You can register for less than 9 subjects if you are resitting.

However, you must have at least 5 credit passes amongst the 9 subjects listed below before you can gain admission into any Nigerian university to study for a Chemistry degree.

Remember, the requirement you’re about to read is also applicable to all o level examinations. (WAEC, NECO and GCE). We have painstakingly highlighted (in red) the core subjects on which you must obtain credit before you can gain admission. Any subject with blue colour means, a pass is allowed.

If however, you fail one of the core subjects, you should read through each university’s special requirements for this course below to see if there is a university that may accept another subject in lieu of the one you failed. The 9 WAEC/NECO/GCE subject combinations for Chemistry in Nigeria are:

  1. Mathematics
  2. English
  3. Civic Education 
  4. Trade Subject 
  5. Biology
  6. Physics
  7. Chemistry
  8. Geography
  9. Further Mathematics

If you have your O level result already and the subjects you have is not the same as the admission requirement that is the required O level subject combinations to study Chemistry, don’t give up. You should consider other Chemistry similar courses or take a look at Polytechnic or College of Education related course subject requirements.

You can also study online with a foreign university right from your bedroom or apply for a scholarship to study abroad. Education is now a choice. And please before you make a decision on which University to choose, please read useful guides on how to choose a course and university


JAMB subject combination for Chemistry

For this degree, you are also required to register for 4 subjects and English is compulsory. More so, your JAMB score and your POST UTME score will determine the cumulative score that the university will use to decide your candidacy for admission.

You should score 200 or above in JAMB to stand a better chance of gaining admission to study Chemistry. You can still gain admission if you score between 180-190 upward but you do not stand a chance with those who had scored higher. Try out JAMB Admission Simulator.

The 4 JAMB subject combination for Chemistry are:

  • English
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry


Direct Entry requirement (required A-level result) to study Chemistry

If you’re one of those seeking admission into the University to further your studies, in addition to the required WAEC subjects combination for Chemistry, you are expected to have

  • Two ‘A’ level passes in Chemistry and any one of Physics, Mathematics or Biology.
  • OND/NCE with good grades in relevant ‘O’ level subjects


List of Universities offering Chemistry in Nigeria:

  1. Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma
  2. Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba
  3. Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
  4. Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti – Ekiti State
  5. University of Abuja, Gwagwalada
  6. Achievers University, Owo
  7. Adamawa State University Mubi (ADSU)
  8. Akwa Ibom State University of Technology, Uyo
  9. Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin
  10. Anchor University Ayobo Lagos State
  11. Arthur Javis University Akpoyubo Cross River State
  12. Adeleke University Ede (AUE)
  13. Augustine University
  14. Yobe State University, Damaturu
  15. Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo
  16. Bauchi State University, Gadau
  17. Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Ikeji-Arakeji
  18. Bauchi State University, Gadau
  19. Bayero University, Kano
  20. Baze University
  21. University of Benin (UNIBEN)
  22. ECWA Bingham University, New Karu
  23. The Nile University of Nigeria, Abuja
  24. Bowen University, Iwo
  25. Benue State University, Makurdi
  26. University of Calabar (UNICAL)
  27. Caleb University, Lagos
  28. Clifford University Owerrinta Abia State
  29. Coal City University Enugu State
  30. Federal University of Technology, Owerri
  31. Crawford University Igbesa
  32. Nasarawa State University Keffi (NSUK)
  33. Crown Hill University Eiyenkorin, Kwara State
  34. Chrisland University
  35. Crescent University (CUAB)
  36. Cross River State University of Science & Technology, Calabar (CRUTECH)
  37. Delta State University, Abraka (DELSU)
  38. Dominican University Ibadan Oyo State
  39. Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki
  40. Edo University Iyamo
  41. Edwin Clark University, Kaigbodo
  42. Ekiti State University
  43. Elizade University, Ilara-Mokin
  44. Eastern Palm University Ogboko Imo State
  45. Evangel University, Akaeze
  46. Federal University, Lokoja, Kogi State (FULOKOJA)
  47. Federal University, Lafia, Nasarawa State (FULAFIA)
  48. Federal University, Birnin Kebbi (FUBK)
  49. Federal University Gashua, Yobe Umar Suleiman College of Education, Gashua
  50. Federal University, Gusau Zamfara (FUGUS)
  51. Federal University, Kashere, Gombe State (FUKASHERE)
  52. Federal University, Wukari, Taraba State (FUWUKARI)
  53. Federal University, Dutsin-Ma, Katsina
  54. Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State (FUD)
  55. Federal University, Ndifu-Alike, Ebonyi State (FUNAI)
  56. Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa (FUOTUOKE)
  57. Fountain University, Oshogbo
  58. Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun (FUPRE)
  59. Godfrey Okoye University, Ugwuomu-Nike – Enugu State
  60. Gregory University, Uturu
  61. Gombe State University, Gombe
  62. Hallmark University, Ijebi Itele, Ogun
  63. University of Ibadan (UI)
  64. Igbinedion University Okada
  65. University of Ilorin (UNILORIN)
  66. Sule Lamido University, Kafin Hausa, Jigawa (SLU)
  67. University of Jos (UNIJOS)
  68. Kaduna State University, Kaduna (KASU)
  69. Al-Qalam University, Katsina
  70. Kola Daisi University Ibadan, Oyo State
  71. Kogi State University Anyigba
  72. Kebbi State University, Kebbi
  73. Kano University of Science & Technology, Wudil (KUST)
  74. Kwara State University, Ilorin (KWASU)
  75. University of Lagos (UNILAG)
  76. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai (IBBU)
  77. Lagos State University, Ojo (LASU)
  78. Lead City University, Ibadan
  79. Legacy University, Okija Anambra State
  80. Mcpherson University, Seriki Sotayo, Ajebo
  81. University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID)
  82. University of Agriculture Makurdi
  83. Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola (MAUTY)
  84. Federal University of Technology, Minna
  85. University of Mkar, Mkar
  86. Mountain Top University
  87. Nigerian Defence Academy Kaduna (NDA)
  88. Niger Delta University Yenagoa (NDU)
  89. Northwest University Kano (NWU)
  90. Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife (OAU)
  91. Oduduwa University, Ipetumodu – Osun State
  92. Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye
  93. Paul University, Awka – Anambra State
  94. University of Port-Harcourt (UNIPORT)
  95. Plateau State University Bokkos (PLASU)
  96. Nigeria Police Academy Wudil
  97. Ritman University, Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom
  98. River State University of Science and Technology (RSUST)
  99. Salem University, Lokoja
  100. Samuel Adegboyega University, Ogwa
  101. Sokoto State University
  102. Southwestern University, Oku Owa
  103. Summit University
  104. Tai Solarin University of Education Ijebu Ode (TASUED)
  105. Taraba State University, Jalingo (TSUJ)
  106. Michael Okpara University of Agricultural Umudike
  107. Umar Musa Yar’ Adua University Katsina (UMYU)
  108. Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB)
  109. Kings University, Ode Omu (UNIKINGS)
  110. Osun State University Osogbo (UNIOSUN)
  111. University of Uyo
  112. Veritas University, Abuja
  113. Western Delta University, Oghara Delta State
  114. Wellspring University, Evbuobanosa – Edo State
  115. Wesley University of Science & Technology, Ondo
  116. Rhema University, Obeama-Asa – Rivers State
  117. Yobe State University, Damaturu.
Estimated number of students currently studying Chemistry in Nigerian Universities is 75,800
Chemistry has 42% employment rate in Nigeria

Admission Rate:

Chemistry has 30% admission rate.

Cut-off Mark for Chemistry course

As you can see, more than one University offers Chemistry. This means the cut-off mark for Chemistry will vary. However, from aggregate, the cut off mark is 200. You can still gain admission if you score between 180-190 upward but you do not stand a chance with those who had scored higher.

Chemistry is how many years course?

In Nigeria, if you gain admission to study a Chemistry degree course at the university through JAMB UTME, you will study Chemistry for four years. If you gain admission through direct entry, you will study this course for three years. And of course, there is room for more years if you have an extension; the aftermath of carryover courses.

Chemistry is under which faculty in Nigeria?

According to JAMB, a body responsible for your admission into the University or other institutions, Chemistry is under the Faculty/School/College of Science but may also be under a different faculty in some universities in Nigeria.

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Can a commercial or an art student study Chemistry?

No! If you are a Commercial or an Art student, you cannot study Chemistry at the university because it is a pure science course which needs a good background in science subjects. To avoid discouragement, you can go for this course if you wish provided you have the required subjects combination in your O level result.

Special Consideration (waiver) to study Chemistry

  •  Imo State University, Owerri (IMSU) accepts a pass in English Language under exceptional circumstances.
  •  Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria accept P.7 in English Language for candidates who show special ability in Mathematics and Physics
  • University of Calabar (UNICAL) requires credit pass in Physics /Mathematics. University of Calabar (UNICAL) accept P. 7 in English and one of Mathematics or Biology.
  •  Benue State University, Makurdi requires a credit pass in Mathematics.
  • University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) requires Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics or Biology for University of Ilorin (UNILORIN).
  •  Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife (OAU) and Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma accept any other subject in lieu of Biology.
  •  University of Ibadan (UI) requires 5 or 6 ‘O’ level credit passes at one or two sittings including English Language, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, and Biology.
  •  Godfrey Okoye University, Ugwuomu-Nike – Enugu State and Kano University of Science & Technology, Wudil (KUST) require five ‘O’ level credit passes including English Language, Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology and any other Science subject.
  •  Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma and University of Benin (UNIBEN) accepts Agricultural Science in lieu of Biology.
  •  Ajayi Crowther University, Ibadan (ACU) accepts Geography in lieu of Physics.
  •  University of Uyo requires a credit pass in English Language
  •  Umar Musa Yar’ Adua University Katsina (UMYU) requires at least five O/Level credits at not more than two sittings, which must include English Language, Mathematics, Biology and Chemistry
  •  Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso (LAUTECH) same as in Pure and Applied Physics.
  • Crescent University (CUAB) and Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) – Same as in Biochemistry.
  •  University of Port-Harcourt (UNIPORT) requires Mathematics and does not accept Biology.
  •  The American University of Nigeria, Yola (AUN) requires Five ‘O’ level credit passes including English Language, Mathematics, and any other three subjects from the following; Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Science, Biology, Further Mathematics, Literature in English, Government, History, Economics, Geography, Technical Drawing, Visual Arts, Computer Studies, Information Technology, Civics, and French.
  •  American University of Nigeria, Yola (AUN) does not accept credit passes in the following; Agriculture, Food and Nutrition, Home Economics, Home Craft, Home management, Physical Education, Physical and Health Education, Music, Commerce, Accounting, Financial Accounting, Book keeping, Islamic History, Religious Studies, Tajweed, Library Studies, Diction, Kiswahili, Igbo, Hausa, Yoruba, Arabic, Turkish, Study skills.
  •  Nile University of Nigeria, Abuja accepts English Language, Mathematics, Chemistry and any other two Science subjects.
  •  Godfrey Okoye University, Ugwuomu-Nike – Enugu State same as in Biological Sciences.
  •  Michael Okpara University of Agricultural Umudike same as in Mathematics.
  • Kogi State University Anyigba and Redeemer’s University, Mowe require Five ‘O’ Level credit passes to include English Language, Chemistry Mathematics, Physics and Biology/Agricultural Science. Kogi State University Anyigba requires that Credit in Agricultural Science MUST be backup with a pass in Biology.
  •  University of Agriculture, Makurdi accepts credit passes in either Geography or Statistics in lieu of Biology.
  •  Western Delta University, Oghara Delta State requires five SSCE credit passes which must include Chemistry, English Language, Physics, Mathematics and either Biology or Agriculture.
  •  Niger Delta University Yenagoa (NDU) requires the five ‘O’ level credit passes in not more than two sittings.
  •  Kogi State University Anyigba and University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) Accepts Agricultural Science in lieu of Biology.
  •  Kwara State University, Ilorin (KWASU) – Same as in Mathematics.
  •  Nigerian Defence Academy Kaduna (NDA) – Same as in Biological Sciences.
  • The Federal University of Technology, Minna requires five ‘O’ level credit passes in English Language, Mathematics, Chemistry and any other two subjects from Physics, Biology, Further Mathematics, geography and Technical Drawing.
  •  Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State (FUD) accepts ND, HND, NCE, IJMB in addition to 5 O/level Credit passes in Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics/Physics.
  •  Oduduwa University, Ipetumodu – Osun State accepts credit pass in Agricultural Science or Health Science in place of Biology.
  •  Sokoto State University accepts credit pass in Agricultural Science but with a pass in Biology

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