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Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science

Goal of the Programme
To provide students with foundational understanding of the natural environment, the major challenges facing the environment based on the fast growing and urbanizing Kenyan economy and the skill sets to create, interpret and evaluate environmental information.


Expected Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the program students will:
i.    Demonstrate an understanding of fundamental environmental principles.
ii.    Acquire proficiency in laboratory techniques in environmental sciences and apply the scientific method to the processes of experimentation and hypothesis testing.
iii.    Apply biotechnology-based environmental techniques in research and industrial settings.
iv.    Apply and effectively communicate scientific reasoning and data analysis in both written and oral forums.

Admission Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science
a)    Candidates must have obtained the minimum University and School admission requirements.
The following shall be eligible for registration for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences in the Department of Water and Agricultural Resource Management:
b)    An aggregate of C+ grade which is the minimum University of Embu admission requirement and must have obtained at Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) C plain in the following subjects:
ii) Two principal passes at A-level in Geography and Biology/Biological Sciences and a subsidiary all obtained at the same sitting. In addition, a credit in Geography or Biology at O-level.
A degree in Biological Sciences and/or Agriculture from any recognized University plus KCSE Mathematics C or a credit in Mathematics at O-level.
c)    A credit at Diploma level in any of the following from a Senate recognized training institution:
•    Agriculture
•    Water Technology
•    Environmental Sciences
•    Food Science Technology
•    Education (Biology and Chemistry/Biology and Agriculture/Geography and Biology)
•    Animal Production
In addition, such an applicant must have a minimum of C in Geography or Biological Sciences at KCSE.
d)    Any other qualification equivalent to the above subject to Senate’s approval.


Classification of Degrees
A candidate who qualifies for Award of the Degree in Environmental Science shall be placed in one of the classes as follows:
i.    First Class Honours                    70% - 100%    
ii.    Second Class Honours (Upper Division)        60% - 69%
iii.    Second Class Honours (Lower Division)        50% - 59%
iv.    Pass


Bachelor of Science Environmental Science Courses/Unit Distribution Table


First Year
Semester One Units
  Unit Code Unit Title Hours
Common Courses CCS 001 Communication Skills 45
SCH 101 Introduction to Organic Chemistry 45
SCH 103 Introduction to Physical Sciences 45
SMA 101 Basic Mathematics 45
Core Courses  AEM 101 Introduction to Environmental Science 45
 AEM 103    Environmental Ethics 45
 ASS 101 Principles of Soil Science 45
AWM 101 Introduction to Water Resource Management 45
    Semester Two Units
 Common Courses ACS 105 Principles of Genetics 45
AEC 102 Principles of Microeconomics 45
SZL 103 Fundamentals of Ecology 45
SCH 102 Introduction to Organic Chemistry 45
SIT 111 Foundations of Information Technology 45
Core Courses AWM 105    Aquatic Ecology 45
AWM 102 Climatology 45
AWM 104 Fundamentals of Geology 45
    Second Year
Semester One
Common Courses ACS 206    Principles of Statistics 45
AEC 201 Sociology and Development 45
Core Courses ACS 201 Principles of Crop Production 45
ASS 202 Environmental Soil Physics 45
ENS 201 Energy Resources and Technologies 45
ENS 203 Human Population and Environment 45
ASS 201 Soil Biology and Biochemistry 45
Semester Two
Common Courses AEM 201    Environmental Hydrology 45
AEM 202 Pollution Science 45
AEM 205 Atmospheric Science 45
AEM 206 Environmental Policy and Law 45
AWM 206 Soil Erosion 45
ENS 202 Conservation Biology 45
SBT 203 Plant Ecology 45
    Third Year
Semester One
Common Courses  AEC 305    Resource Use and Management 45
ALM 301 Research Design and Experimentation 45
ARM 301 Principles of Rangeland Resource Management 45
Core Courses  ASS 301    Applications of RS and GIS in Natural Resource Management 45
AWM 301 Water Quality Assessment and Monitoring 45
ENS 301 Environmental modelling 45
Semester Two
Core Courses AEM 301     Research Methods and Communication 45
AEM 302 Environmental Project Planning and Management 45
ENS 302 Urban Ecology and Pollution 45
ENS 304 Management of Forestry Resources 45
ENS 306 Wildlife Ecology and Management 45
ASS 306 Utilization and Management of Wetland Resources 45
ENS 308 Field/Industrial Attachment 320
Fourth Year 
Semester One
Core Courses  AEM 403 Environmental and Industrial Toxicology 45
 ASS 402 Watershed Management 45
 ENS 401 Field Ecosystem Ecology 45
 AWM 403 Early Warning Systems in Environmental Management 45
 ENS 403 Marine Resources Management 45
ENS 405 Seminars and Projects 45
ENS 407 Environmental Biotechnology 45
ENS 409 Management of Dryland Resources 45
Semester Two
Common Courses AEM 404 Occupational and Environmental Health 45
AEM 406 Sustainable Development and Global Environmental Health 45
Core Courses AEM 408 Environmental and Social Impact Assessment 45
ASS 406 Soil and Water Pollution 45
ASS 407 Recycling and Bioconversion of Organic Wastes 45
ENS 402 Solid Waste Management 45
ENS 407 Seminars and Special Projects 45


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