BSc Molecular and Cellular 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 Molecular and Cellular Biology Bachelors Degree program.

Molecular and cellular biology is the study of what cells are, how they are put together, what makes them work, what makes them differ from each other, how they associate and interact, what goes wrong in disease states, and, ultimately, how to intervene in these processes in some beneficial way to correct disease states.

A degree in molecular and cellular biology from Kenyatta University  can lead to a multitude of careers in botany, genetics, medicine and biotechnology.

Entry requirements for BSc Molecular and Cellular Biology

Kenyatta University entry requirements shall apply.

A candidate wishing to enroll for a B.Sc. in Molecular and Cellular Biology must satisfy the minimum entry requirements for the School of Pure and Applied Sciences of Kenyatta University.

Candidates must have passed with a minimum of C+ in the overall average aggregate. In addition, the student must have passed in the following subjects:

Alternative A: Biology B- , Chemistry B-, Mathematics/ Physics C+

Alternative B: Biological Science B,  Physical Science B, Mathematics B

Diploma (or equivalent qualification) in relevant discipline from a recognized institution, with credit or distinction.  In addition, candidates must have had a minimum of a C grade in KCSE.

Mean grade of C- (minus) at KCSE and progressed from certificate to Diploma at Kenyatta University or any other recognized/accredited Institutions.

BSc Molecular and Cellular Biology Course Subjects

Students taking B.Sc. (MCB) must complete 48 departmental units in addition to the university common units.


The general university regulations shall apply.


Graduates of this programme will be awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology (B.Sc. MCB) from Kenyatta University.

Unit Code and Title

Level 100

SBC 100: Structure of Biomolecules

SBC 101: The Cell and its- External environment

SBC 103: Proteins and enzymes I

SBC 113: Introduction to Molecular Biology

SBC 116: Cytoskeleton I

SBC 120: Introduction to Genetics

SBC 151: Developmental Biology

SBC 212: Cell Surface and Intercellular Communication

SBT 101: Survey of Plant Kingdom

SBT 102: Plant Morphology and Anatomy

SCH 100: Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry

SZL 100: General Zoology

UCU Unit

Level 200

SBC 170: Basic Metabolism I

SBC 203: Bio-membranes and Sub-cellular Organelles

SBC 270: Advanced Proteins and Enzymes

SBC 271: Cellular Basis of Morphogenesis

SBC 272: Biochemistry of Tumours

SBC 273: Cytoskeleton II SBC 274: Cell Cycle

SBC 275: Genome Organization I SBC 276: Genetics II

SBC 250: Virology

SBC 252: Basic Immunology

SBC 427: Fundamentals of Bioinformatics

UCU Unit

Level 300

SBC 312: Genome Organization II

SBC 313: Experiments in DNA Identification and Molecular Genetics SBC 314: Human Disease and the Development of Therapeutic Agents SBC 315: Advanced Cell Biology Laboratory (in lieu of 352N)

SBC 370: Advanced Biochemistry Laboratory

SBC 371: Fundamentals of Microbiology

SBC 318: Molecular Biology of Eukaryotic Cells

SBC 321: Gene mapping techniques

SBC 322: Plant tissue culture

SBC 350: Cytoskeleton III

SBC 351: Genetic Engineering and Functional Genomics SBC 373: Attachment/Practicum (in lieu of SBC 315) SBC 353: Molecular Immunology

Level 400

SBC 403: Advanced Immunology

SBC 406: Pharmaceutical Chemistry

SBC 411: Advanced Eukaryotic Genetics

SBC 412: Principles of Genomics

SBC 470: Principles of Organic Spectroscopy

SBC 416: Membrane Biology Cellular Biochemistry

SBC 417: Transgenic Expression Systems SBC 418: Introduction to Neuroscience SBC 425: Bio-safety and Bioethics

SBC 428: Research Project (Two units equivalent) SBC 471: Molecular Evolution and Bioinformatics SBC 472: Molecular Genetics

UCU Unit

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