BSc. Applied Aquatic Science Program Offered at Egerton University

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

Bachelors Degree (Accredited by: Egerton University)

About BSc. Applied Aquatic Science Bachelors Degree program.

Freshwater and marine sciences have acquired a prominent dimension world-wide over the past decade. This has been necessitated by the tremendous perturbation of freshwater and marine ecosystems by man. Further, the high demand for food by the ever increasing population requires to be supplemented through harvesting of aquatic resources.

Aquatic resources have not been fully utilised due to lack of well-trained personnel in water and fisheries science. There is an urgent need for scientific and educational institutions to increase the number of trained aquatic scientists. This is particularly urgent in view of water becoming a limiting resource in most regions of the African continent.

The BSc. Applied Aquatic science programme at Egerton University is designed to produce aquatic scientists able to teach, research, advice and formulate policies for better management of aquatic ecosystems. The courses to be taught in this programme will address the interrelationships between the physical, chemical and biological aspects of aquatic systems, including land-water interactions as well as addressing human diseases related to water.

Objectives of BSc. Applied Aquatic Science

The BSc. Applied Aquatic science programme at Egerton University will endeavour to promote interaction between students and laymen, researchers, consultants and policy makers through short-term courses, workshops and symposia in aquatic sciences.

The graduates of this programme from egerton University will be able to engage in self-employment as fishermen, fish farmers, aquaculturists, water quality consultants, and can also be employed as fisheries officers/managers, policy makers and environmental health officers. In addition, the graduates can be employed as researchers or lecturers in freshwater/marine institutes and universities, government ministries and in other private and non-governmental organizations.

The main objectives of the programme are to:

  • equip the graduates with adequate practical and theoretical knowledge which they can use to create awareness in sustainable use of aquatic resources and provide practical solutions to aquatic resources problems.
  • train graduates who are able to interpret and implement policies related to aquatic resources conservation, utilization and management.
  • prepare graduates for the societal and scientific challenges in aquatic sciences and for self-employment in aquaculture, consultancy, inter alia.

Entry requirements for BSc. Applied Aquatic Science

All candidates admitted to the degree programme of Bachelor of Science in Water Science and Fisheries at Egerton University 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 a maximum of 30% of the curricular would be allowed for those who qualify based on the guidelines stipulated by the Senate.

Mininum Entry Requirements for Bachelor's Degree
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.


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  • 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.

BSc. Applied Aquatic Science Course Subjects

The Bachelor of Science in Water and Fisheries Science degree at Egerton University shall normally take a full time student four academic years each with two 17-week semesters comprising of fifteen (15) and two (2) weeks of Teaching and Examination, respectively, during which students will register for minimum of 18 CFs per Semester.
Part time students will, however, be allowed to cover the programme within eight academic years.
To graduate with the Bachelor of Science in Water and Fisheries degree, a student will be required to take and pass a minimum of 144 Credit Factors which includes the University common core courses approved by the Senate.

Subject areas to be covered include:

  • Basic aquatic sciences courses
  • Physical and chemical courses
  • Instrumentation and technology courses
  • Ecological courses
  • Resources management and applied courses
  • Environmental pollution and toxicological courses
  • Seminars, Research, Field Attachment and Visits

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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