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BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN BIOLOGY program

University of Nairobi

Bachelors Degree Program 4 YEARS

Course Details

Course Overview

Bachelor of Science in biology is a programme in which the School of Biological Sciences of the University of Nairobi participates in teaching and research (Research Project). In this programme, students have to take Botany and Zoology units (unlike BSc. where they may take either Botany or Zoology with other non- biology subjects of their choice). Appropriate non-biology units (1st and 2nd year) have also been selected for them for better understanding of modern biology. It is expected that these students shall have a broad-based foundation in biology including molecular biology. The syllabus for the Bachelor of Science in Biology course places emphasis on disciplines that relate to natural resource management, such as parasitology, entomology, microbiology and molecular biology, to provide graduates who will directly contribute to food production and poverty eradication.

Minimum Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Biology at the University of Nairobi are:


1.      Candidates must have obtained the minimum University and Faculty of Science admission requirements.


2.      Must have passed in Biology/Biological Sciences with a minimum grade C+ in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) or its equivalent.

Course Objectives

Objectives of the University of Nairobi in offering this course is to produce capability for food processing industries and development, environmental protection and parks development which require specialists in biology who are trained in statistics and computer-mathematical modeling in addition to taxonomists.

Course Program

Course outline


First Year


 Survey of the Plant Kingdom


Introductory Biochemistry and Genetics


Lower Plants


Invertebrate Zoology


Vertebrate Zoology


Fundamentals of Ecology


Organic Chemistry 1


Physical Chemistry 1


Mathematics for Biologists


 


Second Year


Gymnosperm and Angiosperm Taxonomy


Principles of Bacteriology


Plant Ecology


Plant Structure and Function


Cell Biology


Histology


Fundamentals of Aquatic Ecology


Basic Immunology


Structure of Biomolecules


Laboratory Techniques


Physical Chemistry 2


Environment and Development in Africa


Third Year


General Mycology


Plant Physiology


Biosystematics and Palynology


General Genetics


Plant Population Ecology


Evolutionary Biology


Biostatistics


Developmental Biology


Molecular Biology I


Theoretical Ecology


Third Year (specialization)


Botany Major


 General Mycology


Plant Physiology


Biosystematics and Palynology


General Genetics


Plant Population Ecology


Elective Courses


Field Course


Ecophysiology


Phycology


Cytology and Cytogenetics


Microbial Metabolism


Biostatistics


Plant Cell Structure and Function


Lichenology


Principles of Ethnobotany


Plant Nematology


Plant Virology


Zoology Major


Animal Physiology


Evolutionary Biology


Biostatistics


Developmental Biology


Applied Immunology


Ethology


Molecular Biology I


Physiology of Integration


Advanced Vertebrate Zoology


Theoretical Ecology


Fourth Year


Plant Biochemistry


Microbial Ecology


Population Genetics


Applied Mycology


Molecular Biology II


Environmental Biology & Conservation


Entomology


Parasitology


History & Philosophy of Biology


Limnology & Marine Biology


Fourth Year (Specialization)


Botany Major


Plant Biochemistry


Microbial Ecology


Population Genetics


Applied Mycology


Molecular Biology II


Elective Courses


Plant Morphogenesis


Ecological Monitoring


Economic Botany


Evolution


Forest Botany


Molecular Genetics


Marine Botany


Freshwater Ecology


Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology


Research Project.


Zoology Major


Environmental Biology and Conservation


Entomology


Parasitology


History and Philosophy of Biology


Limnology and Marine Biology


Applied Entomology


Applied Parasitology


Environmental Physiology


Fish and Fisheries Biology


Research Project


Molecular Biology II

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