The first two years of study in this programme at the University of Nairobi are designed to give the students a broad but well detailed coverage of biology including introductory courses in Microbiology. During this time the students will also take foundation courses in chemistry and biochemistry. This will enable them to gain a better understanding of how microorganisms function and to appreciate the diversity of their roles in nature during the later part of the course.
In the last two years of study, the Microbiology/Biotechnology Programme will endeavor to expose the students to the immense biotechnological potential that microorganisms have
and how it is exploited for economic benefit in the modern age. Students who have successfully gone through the programme should be able to find employment opportunities in food and pharmaceutical industries; medical; agricultural and other research institutions; quality control and even diagnostic laboratories among others.
Minimum Entry Requirements
Entry requirements to the University of Nairobi for a bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Biotechnology
1. A minimum grade C+ in Biology/Biological Sciences and C (plain) in Chemistry in Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) or its equivalent.
2. KACE with 2 principals in Biology/Biological Sciences and Chemistry.
3. Ordinary or Higher National Diploma in Biology/Biological Sciences or its equivalent.
First Year Units
Survey of the Plant Kingdom
Introductory Biochemistry & Genetics
Fundamentals of Ecology
Mathematics for Biologists
Inorganic Chemistry I
Organic Chemistry I
Law in Society
Elements of Economics
Gymnosperm & Angiosperm Taxonomy
Principles of Bacteriology
Plant Structure & Function
Animal Ecology and Behaviour
Proteins and Enzymes
Laboratory Methods in Microbiology
Mechanisms of Microbial Pathogenicity
Molecular Biology I
Introduction to parasitology
Environmental Health and Ecotoxicology
Applied Microbiology & Biotechnology
Molecular Biology II
Micro-organisms as Bio.
Control Agents 1
Conservation in International
Trade and Development