WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$1,000 /year
Applications Begin:August 2021
Final Award:Bachelor of Science in Animal Science
Start Date:September 2021
Academic Unit:Faculty of Agriculture and Environmental Studies
Campus:Main Campus
Application Deadline: September 2021
Programme Overview

Rapid transition is taking place in animal agriculture with an increasing application of science and technology to various animal production systems. The challenge to education in animal production is to serve science and animal industry.

Students in Animal Science should be given an opportunity to learn the accumulated knowledge in the field of Animal Nutrition, Physiology, Breeding, Ecology and Management of various species of domestic animals. Students should also receive thorough practical training in all areas of animal production.

The practical training is carried out in laboratories and also in the University farms, which are run as demonstration units. Animals raised in these farms include cattle, sheep, goats, camels, donkeys, pigs, poultry, rabbits, bees, silkworms and fish.

These animals provide facilities for practical training in all aspects of animal science. The B.Sc. in Animal Science is a revision of an earlier B.Sc. Animal Production where new courses have been added to make the programme more responsive to the challenges facing livestock production sub-sector.

The goal of this programme is to expand knowledge and skills to produce holistic graduates with the capacity to face challenges in the crop-livestock production systems.

Kenya’s economy is based on agriculture. The fast population growth in most regions of the country puts a high demand for increased productivity in agriculture. At the advent of industrialisation, the need to increase agricultural production in order to avail adequate food for the fast growing population as well as providing raw materials for industrial processing is even more.

Within the agricultural sector, animal production contributes substantially in providing food, shelter, employment and cash income. As food, animal protein is essential,especially for proper body development and the maintenance of good health in human. The bulk of Kenya’s agriculture is based on smallholder farming units.

It is now quite evident that crop-livestock farming systems are the most appropriate production systems for sustainable farming within the smallholder-farming sub-sector in the country. Animal food protein for proper body development, good human health maintenance, and holistic national economic growth.

The B.Sc. in Animal Science is broad-based,taking foundations in basic science courses such as anatomy, animal physiology, genetics, organic chemistry and biochemistry and Agricultural Sciences with professional skills in Animal Production.

This is necessary in view of the fact that as the country continues to develop, specialist manpower is required in the extension service, public agricultural institutions, private sector and non-governmental organisations. The graduates of this programme are also well equipped for self-employment both as livestock farmers and livestock unit managers. Further, the programme provides a sound base for those graduates aspiring for advanced training in specialised areas of Animal Science.

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science is therefore designed to provide students with fundamental knowledge and skills in the fields of Physiology, Nutrition, Breeding, Animal Health, Ecology and Management of various species of domestic animals. Supporting courses in Crop Production, Pastures and Fodders Crops, Agricultural Economics and Extension are also offered.


Course Loading and Duration of Study
The teaching for the degree shall extend for a period of not less than four years, each year consisting of two semesters.The period following the end of the second semester of the third year shall be devoted to field practical work (Field Attachment). Each Semester will consist of 17 weeks, with 15 weeks of teaching and 2 weeks of examinations.The weighting of Courses is in terms of Credit Factors with one Credit Factor being equivalent to 15 lecture hours or 30 practical (laboratory or tutorial or seminar) hours. A student may be given a Credit transfer on courses done at Diploma level as approved by the Chuka University Senate.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements
All candidates admitted to the BSc Animal Science Degree programme must satisfy the minimum entry requirements stipulated in the common University entrance regulation. Applicants must have a C+ in Biology and Chemistry (or B-in Physical Science) at Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (K.C.S.E.) or equivalent examination. In addition to 4.2 above, applicants must have passes with at least C+ in Mathematics and English or Swahili at K.C.S.E. or equivalent examinations.

Applicants who have passed with grade C and above in Agriculture or Economics will have an added advantage. Alternatively, admission may be granted to diploma holders who have passed with a minimum of a Credit or its equivalents, in Animal Husbandry, Animal Health, Agriculture, Range Management, Wildlife Management and related disciplines from Universities and colleges recognised by the Chuka University Senate. Such cases will be treated on individual merits

Application Process
Application Fees for Kenyan Students: $18
Application Fees for International Students: $18

Application Guidelines
Applications should be on official forms available at the University Main Campus at Chuka, Igembe Campus at Ntuene or Keigoi High School, Embu Campus in Embu Town, Chogoria Campus at Nturiri High School, Tharaka Campus at Gatunga High School, OR Website:; A Non-refundable fee of KES 3000 for Phd programmes, KES 2,000 for degree and diploma programmes and KES 1000 for certificate courses will equally be deposited.

The following documents should be made available:
– Originals & a copy of all Transcripts, Diplomas or Certificates (All originals, where necessary, will be returned)
– One recent passport size photograph (write your name on reverse side)
– Copy of the National Identity Card or Birth Certificate

– Preferred Campus should be indicated on the application form
– Certified copies of certificates and original fee payment receipt MUST be attached to the application form and returned latest two weeks prior to the commencement dates given for the programmes

Career Opportunities

Expected Learning Outcomes
By the end of the Degree programme, the student should be able to:
– State the role of animal production in the national economy particularly the importance of animal products in human nutrition;
– Apply acquired knowledge in nutrition, breeding, physiology and management to various animals to increase their productivity;
– Communicate acquired knowledge and skills to various individuals or groups interested in improving animal production;
– Use acquired knowledge to innovate new technologies and management techniques to improve productivity of domestic livestock;
– Make an analysis of critical factors that affect efficiency of various animals production systems; and Utilise the acquired knowledge and skills in gainful self-employment

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Tuition Fees for Kenyan Students: $1,000
Tuition Fees for International Students: $1

Tuition fee per year for Kenyan Students = KES. 110,000
Tuition fee per year for International Students = KES 137,500
– The Institute reserves the right to change fees without prior notice. However, fee changes are subject to approval by the Governing Council.
– The University policy obliges students to pay the full amount of fees as required on the first day of reporting before they are registered.

Relevant Contact

Dr. Geoffrey Gathungu
Dean, Faculty of Agriculture and Environmental Studies
General School Office
For General Enquiries