BSc. Botany

Undergraduate studies in Botany

Registration of students into the Department of Botany follows admission into the University and the Faculty of Science. The academic programs are based on the semester system.

Program organization

Botany programs, like other programs in the University is organized around a two-semester model, (2 semesters in an academic year). At enrollment into the program, students draw up their graduation plan. In this way they may graduate after 4 years, when taking average 12 units per academic year for 4 academic years or longer.

Entry requirements

A student wishing to study in the Department of Botany must satisfy the minimum University requirements and Faculty of Science regulations. A student must have passed Biology or Biological Sciences in the KCSE at a minimum grade of B-. In addition, a student must have passed any two subjects from the following alternatives at the grades shown:-

Alternative A
Chemistry
Physics
Mathematics
Alternative B
Physical Science
Mathematics
Geography/Agriculture

Course structure

In the first and second year, students are introduced to introductory courses. In the third and fourth year of study, the student may study Botany as a major, regular or minor subject. Botany will offer the following programs: 3:3:2:2, 3:3:2:1, 3:3:1:1 as stipulated in BSc (7) and BSc (8) of the Faculty of Science of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology regulations. In third year student can major and graduate degree in the following areas.

  • Bachelor of Science in Microbiology
  • Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology
  • Bachelor of Science in Plant Ecology and Environmental Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Plant Pathology
  • Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology and Microbiology
  • Bachelor of Science in Botany majors/regulars/minors

In the final year of the study, students who major may conduct a research project in their respective specialized areas. They are equipped with skills in data collection, analysis, synthesis and report writing.

Each and every unit has a detailed course description that is available in the department. Note- The major students who take the Biotechnology and microbiology combination can only do one research project in either biotechnology or microbiology. With effect from May 2009 the following specialized combinations with other departments are also possible.

  • Microbiology with zoology
  • Ecology (botany) with Ecology (zoology)

Depending on specialization students gain training in the following areas

Bachelor of Science in Microbiology

Trained on different branches of microbiology including bacteriology, mycology, virology, environmental and medical microbiology. Such students may work in medical, environmental, pharmaceutical and research institutions.

Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology

Trained on genetic engineering, cell and tissue culture, organ culture, cell technology among others. The department equips such students with necessary skills to address challenges in industry, agriculture, health, pharmacology and energy sectors.

Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology and Microbiology

Trained on both microbiology and biotechnology hence broadening their market sphere. They acquire skills in both areas hence enabling them to work in wider area of applicability.

Bachelor of Science in Plant Pathology

Focuses on plant disease, diagnosis, prevention and control. Such students may work in the agriculture, pharmaceutical and research organizations.

Bachelor of Science in Plant Ecology and Environmental Science Majors (PLEES)

Focuses on Plant ecology and environmental issues. Such students may work in the agriculture, Environmental bodies like UNEP, NEMA and research organizations like ICRAF, KEMFRI etc

Bachelor of Science in Botany

The BSc. in Botany is awarded to students who major in Botany but do not specialize in any of the specified area. Courses taken include plant growth and development, physiology of plant growth, genetics, molecular biology, etc Students with a BSc. in Botany may work in the agriculture, pharmaceutical and research organizations.

Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science degree is awarded to regular students of Botany with either Zoology, Biochemistry or Chemistry. Such students may work in the agriculture, pharmaceutical and research organizations.