Water and Environment Management (WEM)

Introduction to Water and Environment Management

Efficient resource utilization requires energy, machinery and structures of various categories. Agricultural production causes environmental degradation when cultivation is done on marginal lands, hill slopes, riverbanks, forests and water catchment areas. Human settlement introduces problem of waste management. In the attempt to sustain human population, industries have been developed. As a result of the above air pollution problems have been created. Chemicals used in this agricultural industry have significant impact on water quality. Kenya, like most developing countries, is already experiencing serious environmental pollution in its exploitation of water resources, especially in urban and rural settlements exemplifying the ready market of Water and Environmental managers. There is thus need to develop sufficient human capacity to exploit the natural resources and at the same time be capable of handling the concomitant pollution problems from a technological point of view.

A typical water problem handled by WEM graduates

Like other universities worldwide, JKUAT has been reviewing its programme in response to technological and market driven developments in the field of environmental sciences to benchmark programmes with other universities in the world, and to ensure that graduates can apply modern technologies in industries, thereby ensuring the realization of Vision 2030 (and beyond). The development of this programme Bachelor of Science in Water and Environmental Management (WEM) incorporates adequate units in water, environment and earth sciences. This unique programme incorporates units that address sustainable exploitation of our natural resources in agricultural and industrial development.

Objectives of Water and Environment Management

The Bachelor of Science in Water and Environment Management programme offered at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology aims to produce scientists with necessary knowledge and skills for sustainable land development and natural resources utilization.

The specific objectives of the programme are as follows:

  1. To prepare students for a fulfilling career in the fields of natural resource development
  2. To apply basic sciences to solve problems in production systems and environmental protection
  3. To encourage creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship
  4. To develop a mindset for teamwork and leadership
  5. To develop a culture for continuous learning and development
  6. To produce engineers with capacity to solve problems and communicate effectively.

Programme expected outcome
At the end of the programme, the graduates should be able to:

  1. Accurately diagnose and analyze problems that require engineering solutions.
  2. Apply the knowledge of mathematics, sciences and management principles in solving problems in biological systems
  3. Conduct basic and applied scientific research
  4. Contribute to teamwork and perform efficiently in a multidisciplinary environment
  5. Provide leadership and communicate effectively

Entry requirements

  1. A candidate wishing to be admitted into the B.Sc. degree programme in Water and Environmental Management must satisfy the minimum University entry requirements and College of Engineering and Technology regulations.
  2. In addition to the above, the candidate must have obtained a minimum grade C+ (plus) in each of the following subjects: Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Biology or Geography OR C+ (plus) in each of the following subjects: Physical Sciences, Biological Sciences, Mathematics, and Geography or any of the Group IV subjects at K.C.S.E. or its equivalent.
  3. Alternatively, admission shall be granted to holders of Diploma in Science, Agriculture, Engineering or any other relevant course (with Credit and above) from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology or from other institutions recognized by the University Senate. Such candidates shall enter the programme at the second year of study unless otherwise specified by the Department.

Structure and Duration of the course

  1. The duration of the degree of Bachelor of Science in Water and Environmental Management shall extend for a period of four years.
  2. The academic year shall be divided into two semesters.
  3. A student in Bachelor of Science in Water and Environmental Management shall, during his/her five years of study, have a minimum of sixteen (16) compulsory units in each year of study. One unit is equivalent to 45 contact hours spread over one semester of 14 teaching weeks. Two hours of tutorial or three hours of practical is equivalent to one lecture hour
  4. All students shall be required to undertake practical attachments during the second and third years of study for a period of not less than eight (8) weeks in each year, each of which will be equivalent to one unit.
  5. A candidate shall be required to undertake some university units during their first year of study: