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

Introduction
Environment are the biophysical and social conditions affecting an organism. The quality of environment determine the quality of life of the organism. The underlying factors to environmental quantity and quality deterioration are mainly population growth; economic development, weak laws or lack of enforcement thereof and lack of awareness of environmental issues.

Since independence, Kenya’s economy has been base] on agriculture which has provided for most of the country’s Gross Domestic Product. Most of the commercial agricultural production and population has been concentrated on the 20% of high potential area. The remaining 80% is and and semi-and land of marginal agricultural productivity.

In spite of the fragility of marginal lands, they serve as important biodiversity reservoirs, wildlife habitats, anthropogenic sites and landscape of great attraction. The countries population has been rising rapidly leading to increased demands for food production which compete with the increasing needs for fiber production, housing, commercial and industrial activities among others.

Expansion of these activities has led to land subdivision for settlement and farming and change of land use from agricultural to commercial and industrial. The rapid expansion of the country’s economy is espoused by the “Vision 2030” blueprint which aims at making Kenya an industrialized country by the Year 2030. In this Vision, many development projects are expected to be completed.

Among the most notable that are currently ongoing is the one million acre Ga Iona-Athi irrigation project, the Standard Gauge Railway and Lamu Port South Sudan Ethiopia Transit (LAPSSET) corridor. Others in the plan include Konza city, Turkana and Isiolo Resort cities. All these development projects and agricultural production will be competing for the same environmental resources and given that law enforcement has not been effective, partially due to lack of awareness, the quality of the environment will be compromised.

There is need to ensure that the quality of the environmental resources like water, air, soil and biodiversity are managed and protected for the current and future generations. This is to ensure that there is adequate quality and quantity of the resources for human health, provision of basic needs, habitat functions of the environment, and Wildlife protection of endangered species, among others in perpetuity.

Philosophy
Protection of the environment for quality human existence and sustainable development.

Rationale
In the background of rising environmental challenges both old and new, there is need to ensure that there is always a team of highly qualified individuals who can manage environmental resources that we have sustainably and provide solutions that will ensure environmental protection.

The program “Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science” is well placed to produce graduates who understand the environment holistically, who understand the impacts of the vat.us activities on the environment and the best ways of countering them for posterity.

For a very long time, the environmental resources have been taken as free gifts with zero price attached to them and hence subject to misuse, overuse and degradation. Water pollution, waste dumping, destruction of forests and sensitive habitats, poaching of wildlife among other challenges have been rampart.

Although many of these problems can be better addressed by enforcing environmental laws, the lack of environmental experts who feel for the environment is one of the single most important contributor to lack of proper implementation of the laws. Many of the workers placed in charge of the venous sectors of the environment do not have the deep concern for the environment hence the continued degradation.

The BSc. in Environmental Science of Chuka University intends to produce graduates who are not only knowledgeable in safeguarding the environment but are interested in the sustenance of the environment for the present and figure generations. There is need for trained environment custodians in order to provide safety valves to our production, manage the ecological systems that are highly susceptible to stress and monitor environmental quality.

There is also need to train environmental.ts who are able to provide advisory services on the overall use, conservation and enhancement of environmental quality. The B.Sc. (Environmental Science) graduates can be employed in various sectors across the country.

They will fit in the civil service as environmental protection officers, and as environmental science teachers for both primary and secondary school levels. Other graduates will find it rewarding to pursue further studies in environmental science and join universities as lecturers.

Goal
The programme is designed to provide a broad education for undergraduate shale. who wish to study environmental issues related to resource use, protection and environmental quality.

Curriculum

Loading, Duration, Mode and Method of Delivery
This is a multidisciplinary programme, which will take four academic years to complete. Each year will consist of two semesters Each semester will have three components; lectures and practicals (where applicable), revision and examination weeks.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements
Candidates must satisfy the minimum requirement for the university entrance, as well have done KCSE subjects specified below with at least grade for each of them: Biology or Biological Sciences, Geography, Chemistry or Physical Sciences, and Mathematics. Admission may be granted to outstanding diploma holders in relevant disciplines who have passed with distinction or credit or other equivalent qualification.

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: www.chuka.ac.ke; 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

NOTE:
– 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
Upon completion of the course, the graduates will be qualified to:
– Provide advisory capacity services on matters of environmental law and policy;
– Carry out environmental impact assessment;
– Participate and provide leadership in the formulation of appropriate early warning systems of environment change;
– Analyse and explain the interactive relationships between man and the physical, biological and social environments and relate the emanating issues to the enhancement of environmental quality enhancement
– Pursue graduate studies in environmental science and;
– Carry out teaching and provide environmental extension services.

Tuition Fees Details
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Tuition Fees for Kenyan Students: $1,000
Tuition Fees for International Students: $1,249

Tuition fee per year for Kenyan Students = KES. 110,000
Tuition fee per year for International Students = KES 137,500
NOTE:
– 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