The college of Pure and Applied Sciences (COPAS) builds up from the Faculty of Science which was founded in 1989.The core business of Faculty of Science was to facilitate other faculties. Accordingly, it was a Faculty meant to service others.Since then, Faculty of Science offered degree programmes leading to Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Doctoral degrees in Science.Students enrolled in a variety of short courses related to Science. Many other courses have been added after the year 2000.Starting with 67 students in 1989, the Faculty’s roll has grown steadily to serve over 15,000 students within the University.The College of Pure and Applied Sciences will continue the theme of academia and reconstitute its departments into organized teaching and research-based schools namely; School of Biological Sciences (SBS), School of Physical Sciences (SPS) and School ofMathematical Sciences (SMS) and the School of Computing and Information Technology (SCIT). This new structure reaffirms thecommitment of the College to research-led higher learning. Excellence in fundamental sciences; Microbiology, Chemistry, Physics,Mathematics, Statistics, Plant Sciences and Animal Sciences are intrinsic in COPAS. This places COPAS as the University’s defining College. Since COPAS has programmes that are tailor made to suit emerging trends in the world, the students enrolling and studying in the College will acquire relevant knowledge and skills in their respective areas. This will enable them to be in a position to face the current world’s dynamic challenges. Accordingly, the management o f the college is spearheaded by the following officers:
a) PRINCIPAL-College of Pure and Applied Sciences (Prof. David M. Mulati)
b) DEAN – School of Biological Sciences (Dr Shadrack Muya)
c) DEAN – School of Physical Sciences( Prof. Thiong’o George Thuku)
d) DEAN – School of Mathematical Sciences (Prof. George Orwa)
e) DIRECTOR – School of Computing and Information Technology (Prof. Stephen Kimani)
The current programmes include:
Bachelor of Science; B.Sc. Analytical Chemistry; B.Sc. Control & Instrumentation; B.Sc. Actuarial Sciences; B.Sc. Financial Engineering; B.Sc. Mathematics and computer Science; B.Sc. Biostatistics; B.Sc. Statistics; B.Sc. Biotechnology; B.Sc. Industrial Chemistry; and B.Sc. Genomic Sciences. The Response for this admission is 525 out of 693; which is 76 %. The school of Computing and Information Technology build up from ICSIT.The Institute of Computer Science and Information Technology (ICSIT) was established in 1998, before then programs related to computer science were being run under the Faculty of Science in the department of Mathematics. ICSIT started off with Bachelor of Science in Computer Science program but a year later it started also offering the Bachelor of Science in Computer Technology program. Today ICSIT has two departments namely:
To produce graduates in Computer Science, Computer Technology and Information Technology who are experts in Software and Hardware Infrastructure, development and Maintenance. Other than its own programmes the college services the college of Health Sciences (COHES); College of Engineering and Technology (COETEC); the faculty of Agriculture; and School of Architecture and Building Sciences (SABS). “We set trends for others to follow”.
The College of pure and applied Sciences (COPAS) has enabled the expansion of access to Science education, training and innovation, as well as availed cutting edge solutions to the local communities in Kenya and beyond. COPAS’s core values are augured on university wide values i.e. Quality, Team work, Professionalism, Innovation, Dynamism, Transparency, Accountability, and integrity. Your contributions towards this achievement are most welcome.