Arid and semi–arid landsASALs. occupy 80% of Kenya‘s total land surface. Despite its
fragile nature, ASALs serves as important biodiversity reservoirs, wildlife habitat, and a
resource for livestock production, various minerals, renewable energy and landscape of
great attraction. Sustained productivity from these ASAL ecosystems is needed for
economic and social development of the country in line with vision 2030. The programme
is intended to produce specialists in range resource management and dryland farming.
The curriculum is designed especially to promote the following skills/ objectives;
i) To assess the quality and quantity of ASAL resources and their influence upon
ii) To integrate this knowledge into management recommendation and to evaluate
different strategies from the aspect of sustainability.
iii) To reduce or overcome infrastructural constraints and limitations with regard to
market and trade restrictions and, therefore, enhancing the marketability of
dryland farm products.
iv) Enhance conservation of biodiversity through nature-based tourism.
v) Equip stakeholders with relevant education in natural resource management and
vi) Create entrepreneurship attitude among graduates of this programme.
Candidates must have achieved the minimum entry requirements for university, and at
least grade B- in Biology or B in Biological Sciences, B- in Geography, C+ in Chemistry
or B- in Physical Sciences and C+ in Mathematics at K.C.S.E. or equivalent
examinations. An added advantage will be given to candidates who have passed with at
least a C grade in Agriculture or Economics at K.C.S.E or equivalent examination.
Admission will also be granted to outstanding Diploma holders who have passed with
Distinction, Credit or equivalent in Range Management, Animal Husbandry, Forestry,
Animal Health, Wildlife and other related fields recognized by the University Senate.
These categories of students will qualify for a maximum of 30% credit transfer and thus
shortening the duration of their course.
Course Structure and Duration
Regular students will take four academic years. Part-time students shall be put on a tailor-made programme to ensure that they cover all the C.Fs required. To graduate from this
programme, a student must have acquired the CF of 199.5.
The coding of courses offered by the Department Natural Resources is represented by
DLRM followed by a three digit figure:The first digit represents the year in which the
course is offered to undergraduate students.The second digit represents the nature of the
course within the department.
i. 0 indicates introductory courses,
ii. 1 principle courses,
iii. 2 energy courses,
iv. 3 climate,
v. 4 management,
vi. 5 Applied courses
vii. 6 planning courses
viii. 7 research seminars, and student projects
ix. 8 policy, law and administration
The third digit represents the serial number of the course
All examinations for the B Sc. in Dryland Resources Management shall be conducted in
accordance with examination regulations as stipulated in Egerton University Statute
The grading of examination for B Sc. in Dryland Resources Management shall be in
accordance with Egerton University Statute XXVIII.
To graduate with a B Sc. in Dryland Resources Management a student shall be required to
take and pass all required courses within the stipulated time.
The classification for B Sc. Dryland Resources Management shall be in accordance with
Egerton University Statute XXVIII for undergraduate students