Bachelor of Science in Environmental Conservation and Natural Resources Management

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Conservation and Natural Resources Management

1.1    This is a science degree programme that will specialize in subjects dealing with the environment, and natural resources conservation and management. Environmental issues and natural resources conservation and management are of major concern.   Graduates of this degree programme will find themselves well placed to meet the challenges of this expanding field. The field of natural resources conservation and environmental management is a complex and interdisciplinary in nature and, therefore, it is difficult to provide a thorough coverage of all areas of natural resources management and environmental sciences in one undergraduate curriculum. The course will be composed of four core subject areas, namely biological sciences, physical sciences, environmental science and policy. The Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Conservation and Natural Resources Management is designed to produce natural resources and environmental professionals with a broad interdisciplinary background coupled with specific focus in identifying, understanding, protecting, enhancing and managing natural resources and their environment. It is coordinated by the Department of Environmental Science and Technology. The students will learn: how natural ecosystems function, how natural ecosystems can be maintained and sustainably managed to support human livelihoods. They will also deal with economic, social and political issues of natural resource use and environmental management decision-making processes.

2.    OBJECTIVES
    The objectives of the B.Sc. degree programme in Environmental Conservation and Natural Resources Management are to:
•    Encourage the integration of environmental issues and themes into courses and student projects in the basic and natural sciences,
•    Encourage sustainable and wise use of our natural resources using the ecosystem approach.
•    Foster an understanding of fundamental environmental issues, including biological diversity and the preservation of natural ecosystem integrity, both in the University community and the public at large, and
•    Foster an understanding of the interaction between people, natural resources and environmental systems, with special emphasis on the political, social and economic factors that influence use of biological resources.

3.    ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
A candidate eligible for admission to the above degree programme must meet the following requirements:
3.1    Applicants must have obtained the minimum South Eastern Kenya University and School of Environment and Natural Resources Management general admission requirements.
3.2    Applicants must have passed with a minimum average of a C+ in KCSE with a minimum of a C+ in Biology or Biological Sciences and a minimum of a C (plain) in other science subjects (Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics or Physical Sciences,) in KCSE or equivalent. Students with a C+ in Geography will have an added advantage.
3.3.    Two principal passes at KACE, one of which must be in Biology and the other in any other science subject from the following: Chemistry, Geography, Physics and Mathematics.
3.4.    Holders of a degree, diploma or equivalent in a biological science or related subjects from a University or institution recognized by Senate.

4.    TRANSFER OF CREDITS
4.1.    Maximum one-third of the course units

5.    GENERAL REGULATIONS
51. The general regulations of the University and School of Environment and Natural Resources Management shall apply.

6.    SPECIALIZATION
6.1    Fourth year students will be required to conduct a supervised individual project and submit a report duly typed and bound for examination.

7.    EXAMINATIONS REGULATIONS
7.1    The general regulations governing examinations in the SouthEasternKenyaUniversity and School of Environment and Natural Resources Management shall apply.

8.    AWARD OF DEGREES
8.1    The general rules and regulations governing award of degrees of the SouthEasternKenyaUniversity and School of Environment and Natural Resources Management shall apply.  The final degree award shall be Bachelor of Science in Environmental Conservation and Natural Resources Management.

9.  PROGRAM STRUCTURE
Year I Semester I

Code

Course Tile

Units

ESM 101

Introduction to Environmental Management

1

SBL 101

Introductory Botany

1

ESM 104  

Chemistry of the Environment

1

SBL 108

Fundamentals of Ecology

1

CCS 001

Communication Skills

1

CCS 010  

HIV and AIDS

1

Year I Semester II

Code

Course Tile

Units

ESC 101

Principles of Earth Science

1 

ESC 102

Fundamentals of Natural Resources Management 

1

DAS 107

General zoology

1

ESC 103

Energy and Environment

1

ESM 107

Environmental Health and Safety

1

SCI 112

Introduction to Computer Systems

1

 

Year II Semester I

Code

Course Tile

Units

ESC 201

Principles of Environmental Education (EE)

1

ESC 202

Environment and Development in Africa

1 

SBL 201

Plant Ecology

1

WFA 203

Aquatic Ecology 

1

BCH 200

Statistics I

1

ESM 203

Introduction to Environmental Economics

1

 

 

 

 

Year II Semester II

Code

Course Tile

Units

SBL 204

General Microbiology 

1

ESC 203

Weather and Climate

1

ESC 204

Ecological Laboratory Techniques  

1

ESC 205

Principles of Resources Development and Conservation

1

ESC 206

Animal Ecology and Animal Behaviour

1

ESM 209

Hydrology and Watershed Management

1

 

Year III Semester I

Code

Course Tile

Units

ESC 301

Soil Science for Conservation Biology

1

ESC 302

Community Ecology

1

ESM 303

Wetlands Ecology and Management

1

ESC 303

Solid and Hazardous Waste Management

1

SGL 313

Photogrammatry, Remote Sensing and GIS Applications

1

ESC 304

Principles and Practices of Biological Conservation

1

 

 

Year III Semester II

Code

Course Tile

Units

ESC 305

Environmental toxicology

1

ESC 306

Environmental Modeling

1

ESM 305

Research Methods

1

ESM 306

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)

1

BCH 300

Statistics II

1

 

ESC 315

Industrial Attachment/ Internship

8Wks

 

Year IV Semester I

Code

Course Tile

Units

ESC 401

Agroecosystems and Agroecology

1

ESC 402

Ecosystem Approach to Natural Resource Management

1

ESC 403

Industrial Ecology and Cleaner Production

1

ESM 401

Environmental Policy and Law I

1

ESM 405

Environmental Auditing and Reporting

ESC 404

Landscape Ecology

 

ESC 415

Field Research Project

1

 Year IV Semester II

Code

Course Tile

Units

ESC  405

Ecotourism and Environmental Management

1

ESM 406

Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation

1

ESC 406

Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

1    

ESC 407

Wildlife and Fisheries Management

1

ESC 408

Transboundary Natural Resources Management (TBNRM)

1

ESC 415

Field Research Project

1

 

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