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Background Information

The Department of Geography was established in the year 1989 - three years after the establishment of Egerton University. The department was administratively under the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) until later in 1999 when it was administratively transferred to the Faculty of Environment and Resources Development. For a long time, Geography was and still is a service department- offering courses to the Faculties of Education and Community Studies (FEDCOS), Science, Arts & Social Sciences (FASS), and College of Distance Learning (CODL). The service courses lead to the award of B.A, B.Sc., B.Ed (Arts), B.Ed (Sci), B.Sc. (Military) degrees, and diploma (in Education). In addition, the department offers B.Sc (Geography), MA, MSc (in Geography), MA - Urban Management, PhD - Geography, PhD – Urban Mgt, and a Geographic Information System (GIS) certificate programs.

The department has dynamic programs that trains graduates on environment-society interaction.

Our teaching emphasizes the integration of theory and practice. Following classroom teaching, we ensure our students go out in the field-our laboratory, to enable them relate theory and practice, and examine human-nature interactions. We have incorporated important skill-based courses such as GIS and computerized cartography in our curriculum with a view to giving our graduates a competitive edge in the job market. We are committed to enhancing skill applications through GIS and remote sensing. Our training ensures graduates from the department are in a pole position to solve societal and environmental challenges – ranging from the physical space and geopolitics, to population growth and land degradation. We are keen on maintaining the identity of Geography the discipline, and in highlighting its role in society today.