Chemistry is one of the basic science disciplines taught to students in the Faculty of Science and to students of Faculty of Education as well as students from other faculties that require the subject as service course. The four-year chemistry course is aimed at giving a wide scope to students in the study of chemistry, in the traditional areas namely: analytical, inorganic, organic, physical and theoretical chemistry.
The teaching of Chemistry targets students that are pursuing undergraduate in Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Education degrees.
Bachelor of Science students registered to take chemistry will gain concepts, skills and practical techniques necessary for the job market in various fields like medicine, pharmacy, agriculture and processing technology. This will be achieved by students taking chemistry in addition to other courses offered in the Faculty of Science and other faculties in the University.
Bachelor of Education Science graduates take chemistry as one of their teaching subjects. The knowledge and skills that they acquire is quite crucial for training secondary school students in chemistry as one of the science subjects.
The objectives of the course are to:
i) introduce students to various aspects of chemistry which will prepare them to be teachers, researchers or industrialists adequately.
ii) equip students with laboratory techniques and procedures needed to work in various research fields such as agriculture, biochemistry, medicine, among others.
iii) enable students to handle various analytical equipment used in industries and research institutions; and
iv) facilitate and assist students to solve scientific and technological problems.
The candidate must satisfy the university and faculty minimum entry requirements as stipulated in the Egerton University statutes. The candidate must have at least a grade B- (minus) in chemistry or B (plain) in physical sciences, in KCSE or equivalent. The candidate must also have a minimum of grade C (plain) in mathematics or physics. A student intending to major in chemistry in the third and fourth year of study MUST score an average of B (plain) or better in first and second year chemistry courses.
The general course structure for the degree programme is either 3:3:2:2, or 3:3:1:1 whereby, the first two years will give the student an overview of chemistry from which to specialise during the latter two years of study. The structure of the programmes means that the students takes three subjects in the first two years and either one (1) or two (2) in each of the latter two subsequent years. Students intending to continue with chemistry in third and fourth years of study must do ALL the first and second year chemistry courses. Minors in chemistry can take TWO courses in first and second years of study. Minors will not be allowed to continue with Chemistry courses in their THIRD and FOURTH years of study. Students intending to major in chemistry and thus opt for 3:3:1:1 programme must take ALL the first and second year courses and must score and maintain an average of B plain or better in first and second year chemistry courses. Regular students who opt for a 3:3:2:2 programme must take ALL the first and second year courses: They will be required to take core courses only in their third and fourth years of study.
The course code used is CHEM, standing for Chemistry, followed by 3 digits.
First digit indicates the year of study the course is offered.
The second digit indicates the branch of chemistry that is offered i.e. Inorganic is denoted by one (1), Physical is denoted by two (2), Organic is denoted by three (3), Analytical denoted by four (4) and Applied chemistry courses are denoted by five (5).
The last digit indicates the advance level of the course.
The semesters in which the courses are offered is indicated in the course schedule listed below.
All examinations for the courses shall be conducted in accordance with the university examinations regulations. Continuous assessment will account for 30% and the final examination accounts for 70%.