BSc Conservation Biology Program Offered at Kenyatta University


Kenyatta University (KU)

Kiambu County

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

Bachelors Degree (Accredited by: Kenyatta University)

About BSc Conservation Biology Bachelors Degree program.

Conservation Biology is the study of the Earth's biodiversity and is concerned with managing and protecting species and ecosystems. Conservation Biologists work with government and non-government agencies to explore the interaction of scientific research with policy and management to develop strategies to minimise the impact of humans on their environment.
The Bachelor of Science (Conservation Biology) degree at Kenyatta University is a practical degree that will give you the knowledge and skills to become an accomplished conservation biologist. Our collaborations with industry and government researchers will provide you with real-world experience in land management and conservation, leading to valuable links with potential employers. 

Entry requirements for BSc Conservation Biology

A student wishing to pursue a degree in conservation biology (B. Sc. Conservation Biology) must satisfy the minimum Kenyatta University and School of Pure and Applied Sciences entry requirements.

A student to be admitted must satisfy ANY of the following minimum requirements:

  • Must have passed Biology or Biological Science at KCSE with C+, PLUS at least a C+ in ANY TWO of the following subjects; Physical Sciences, Physics, Chemistry, Geography and Agriculture
  • Have a minimum of 2 principal passes one which must be biology in the Kenya Advanced Certificate of Education (KACE),
  • Have a C plain in KCSE (or Division III KCE/EACE) with a credit pass at diploma level in any of the following areas: Forestry, Education (Biology, Agriculture), Wildlife, or Wetlands or any other relevant applied science programme from an institution recognized by the University Senate,
  • Mean grade of C- (minus) at KCSE and progressed from certificate to Diploma at Kenyatta University or any other recognized/accredited Institutions.

BSc Conservation Biology Course Subjects

University regulations on examinations shall apply.


Graduates of this programme will be awarded a Bachelor of Science (Conservation Biology) degree.

Programme Structure

In each year of study, a student will be required to take all the twelve (12) core units. Each student will also be required to enroll for the required University Common Units.

During the fourth year of study, student will be required to take a project lasting two semesters. The project will be equivalent to 2 taught units.

Unit Codes and Titles

UCU 100: Communication Skills

UCU 103: Introduction to Critical and Creative Thinking

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UCU 101: Development Studies

UCU104: Introduction to Entrepreneurship

UCU 106: Diversity, Ethics and Citizenship

Level 100

SMR 100: Introduction to Cell Biology and Genetics

SZL 100: General Zoology

SBT 101: Survey of Plant Kingdom

SMA 100: Mathematics for Science 1

SMR 110: Ecological Principles and Concepts SMR 101: Plant Structure and Physiology SMR 102: Natural History of East Africa

SMR 103: History of the East African Coast SMR 105: Physical and Inorganic Chemistry SCB 100: Man and Wilderness

AGE 102: Physical Geography 1

SCB 210: Evolution and conservation

Level 200

KCU 202: Basic Soil Science

SMR 205: Ecological Anthropology

SMR 209: Principles of Resource Management

ESU 305: Environmental Economics

ENS 347: Energy Resources and Management Technologies

AGE 306: Climatology

SCB 104: Laboratory and Field Techniques in Ecology

SCB 203: Tropical Rainforest Ecology

SCB 204: Introduction to Fisheries, Forestry and Wildlife Resources

SCB 201: Introduction to Aquatic Systems

SCB 206: Population and Community Ecology

SCB 105: Computer Applications in Ecology

Level 300

SMR 300: Research Methods and Biostatistics SCB 300: Wetland Ecology and Management SCB 302: Conservation Principles

ERC 304: Agroforestry Systems and Practices SCB 301: Tropical Ecology and Conservation SCB 307: Conservation of Genetic Resources SCB 309: Conservation Areas In Kenya

AGE 317: Geographic Information Systems ENS 349: Rangeland Resource management SCB 305: Restoration Ecology

ASC 404: Environmental Sociology

SMR 305: Wildlife Ecology and Management

Level 400

SCB 400: Project (2 units over 2 semesters)

SCB 405: Tropical Landscape Ecology and Management

SCB 403: Emerging Global Environmental Issues

SCB 406: Conservation and Management of Aquatic Resources

SCB 407: Biodiversity and Conservation Biology

SCB 408: Biological Resource Management

SCB 409: Ecosystem Management

SCB 410: Dry land Agriculture

SMR 410: Nature Based Enterprises and Tourism

ESU 301: Environmental Policy & Law

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