Bachelor of Science Program Offered at Egerton University

Bachelors Degree 4 years Fulltime Fee: on application Intake: Ongoing

Bachelors Degree (Accredited by: Egerton University)

About Bachelor of Science Bachelors Degree program.

The syllabus is designed to offer four distinct areas with specializations in Plant pathology/Crop protection, Microbiology, Genetics, and Plant Biology. Most of the Courses are practical in nature and job market oriented. The students who take Botany Courses may become plant pathologists, crop protectionists in agricultural and research establishments, microbiologists, lecturers and professors, Botanists in Kenya Wildlife Services, and Museums, research officers, researchers, extension workers etc. They can also work as Biotechnologists with (Biotechnology) companies.

Objectives of Bachelor of Science

The programme aims to provide a broad background in plant sciences through classroom, laboratory and field experience in the major areas of plant sciences. Undergraduates majoring in Botany are given a broad background in plant sciences.

Majors as professionals in the plant sciences are prepared for advanced study in Botany and other biological fields as well as in the applied plant sciences such as horticulture, crop science, plant pathology, resource management and environmental biology, teaching and research. The department also offers service Courses to students from other departments.

The main objectives of the programme are;

  • To equip the students with adequate practical and theoretical knowledge in plant sciences.
  • To prepare students for advanced study in Botany and other biological fields and applied sciences.
  • To train graduates who are able to teach, do research and handle botanical engagement in private and public enterprises.

Entry requirements for Bachelor of Science

All candidates admitted to the degree programme of Bachelor of Science must satisfy the minimum entrance requirements stipulated in the common university entrance regulations.
In addition, candidates MUST have passed the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) with a minimum grade indicated in each of the following subjects:

  • Biology B- or Biological Science B
  • Chemistry B- or Physical Science B
  • Mathematics C+ Geography B-

Those holding qualifications equivalent to the above from institutions recognized by Egerton University Senate may also be admitted.
Admission may be offered to outstanding diploma holders in Biological Sciences passed with a credit or above or their equivalent. Such cases will be treated on individual merit.
Transfer of Credit Factors from the diploma programme or their equivalent may be considered and in such a case a credit transfer of a maximum of 30% of the curricular would be allowed for those who qualify based on the guidelines stipulated in the Egerton University Statute.

Mininum Entry Requirements for Bachelor's Degree at Egerton University
The entry requirements set out below are only minimum, and they in no way entitle an applicant to a place in the University. Applicants must:

  • Have the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education with an average grade C+ (C plus)passed at one sitting from at least seven subjects drawn from subject groupings as specified by the Kenya National Examinations Council or its equivalent.


  • Have one of the following combinations of passes in the Kenya Advanced Certificate of Education examination:
  • Two (2) Principal passes obtained at the same sitting.


  • Egerton University Statutes 2008 43
  • Two (2) Principal passes obtained at different sittings provided the passes are of Grade C or higher.


  • Hold a Diploma of Egerton University with a 'Credit' pass or higher or an equivalent
  • Qualification from a recognized institution in the relevant field of specialization acceptable to Senate. Those with a 'Pass' Diploma will be considered if they have at least two years relevant experience after graduation.

Meet additional entry requirements as may be specified by the respective Department, Faculty, School or Institute.

To be admitted for a PRE-SERVICE DEGREE PROGRAM, a prospective candidate must have all the requirements set up by the joint Admission Board (JAB), with a prospective IN-SERVICE student must have completed a diplomaprogram in the relevant field and graduated with at least a CREDIT.

Bachelor of Science Course Subjects

The Bachelor of Science degree shall normally take a full time student four academic years each with two 17-week semesters and eight years for part time students.

Each semester will comprise of fifteen (15) and two (2) weeks of teaching and examination respectively, during which full time students will register for a minimum of 18 CFs per semester and part time students for nine CFs per semester.

The students will do courses from three subject combinations from Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology, Geography and Biochemistry in both 1st and 2nd year of study.

About Egerton University

Egerton University is the oldest institution of higher learning in Kenya. It was founded as a Farm School in 1939 by Lord Maurice Egerton of Tatton, a British national who settled in Kenya in the 1920s.

Egerton University has three (3) Campuses and one Campus College.

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