The syllabus is designed to offer four distinct areas with specializations in Plant pathology/Crop protection, Microbiology, Genetics, and Plant Biology. Most of the Courses are practical in nature and job market oriented. The students who take Botany Courses may become plant pathologists, crop protectionists in agricultural and research establishments, microbiologists, lecturers and professors, Botanists in Kenya Wildlife Services, and Museums, research officers, researchers, extension workers etc. They can also work as Biotechnologists with (Biotechnology) companies.
The programme aims to provide a broad background in plant sciences through classroom, laboratory and field experience in the major areas of plant sciences. Undergraduates majoring in Botany are given a broad background in plant sciences. Majors as professionals in the plant sciences are prepared for advanced study in Botany and other biological fields as well as in the applied plant sciences such as horticulture, crop science, plant pathology, resource management and environmental biology, teaching and research. The department also offers service Courses to students from other departments. The main objectives of the programme are;
i) To equip the students with adequate practical and theoretical knowledge in plant sciences.
ii) To prepare students for advanced study in Botany and other biological fields and applied sciences.
iii) To train graduates who are able to teach, do research and handle botanical engagement in private and public enterprises.
All candidates admitted to the degree programme of Bachelor of Science must satisfy the minimum entrance requirements stipulated in the common university entrance regulations.
In addition, candidates MUST have passed the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) with a minimum grade indicated in each of the following subjects:
Biological Science B
Chemistry B- or Physical Science B
Mathematics C+ Geography B-
Those holding qualifications equivalent to the above from institutions recognized by Egerton University Senate may also be admitted.
Admission may be offered to outstanding diploma holders in Biological Sciences passed with a credit or above or their equivalent. Such cases will be treated on individual merit.
Transfer of Credit Factors from the diploma programme or their equivalent may be considered and in such a case a credit transfer of a maximum of 30% of the curricular would be allowed for those who qualify based on the guidelines stipulated in the Egerton University Statute
Course Structure and Duration
The Bachelor of Science degree shall normally take a full time student four academic years each with two 17-week semesters and eight years for part time students. Each semester will comprise of fifteen (15) and two (2) weeks of teaching and examination respectively, during which full time students will register for a minimum of 18 CFs per semester and part time students for nine CFs per semester. The students will do courses from three subject combinations from Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology, Geography and Biochemistry in both 1st and 2nd year of study. Subsequently the students will choose either one (1) or two (2) subjects for 3rd and 4th year of study leading to a 3:3:2:2 or 3:3:1:1 programme.
All examinations for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with examination regulations as stipulated in the Egerton University Statute XXIX.
The Course codes shall be designated as follows: BOTA stands for Botany; followed by three digits.
First digit indicates the year of study.
Second digit indicates the nature or sub-discipline of the Course and shall be interpreted according to the following levels:
Level 0 – Basic Course
Level 1 – Genetics/Biotechnology
Level 2 – Anatomy and Morphology
Level 3 – Microbiology
Level 4 – Taxonomy/Economic Botany
Level 5 – Plant Pathology/Crop Protection
Level 6 – Ecology
Level 7 – Physiology/Biochemistry
Level 8 – Research/Seminars
Third digit indicates the serial number of the Course.
The grading of examinations for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with in Egerton University Statute XXIX.
To graduate a student shall be required to take and pass ALL scheduled courses within the stipulated period.
Degree classification shall be in accordance with Egerton University Statute XXIX.