University of Nairobi

University of Nairobi (UoN)


  • Bachelors Degree Program
  • Duration : 4 years

Course Overview

The BSc. Degree in wildlife offered at the University of Nairobi is designed to produce personnel with the requisite knowledge and skills to work in wildlife, fisheries, tourism, environment and related fields. Wildlife, fisheries and tourism are key sectors in national economies. In Kenya, tourism is one of the largest foreign exchange earners while fisheries alone earns the country more than five billion shillings in foreign currency. Environmental management and conservation plays a major role in planning and sustainable development worldwide. This requirement demands adequate capacity building in both personnel and technology. The above sectors are expanding rapidly and so is the demand for the relevant skilled personnel. In recognition of this demand, the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in the University of Nairobi together with Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) have teamed up to offer a hands-on, practical oriented training in these fields. The combined resources of these two institutions in terms of manpower and facilities are best placed to provide this training.

Minimum Entry Requirements

Minimum entry requirements to the University of Nairobi for a Bachelors degree in wildlife Management and Conservation

1.      A minimum of a C+ in KCSE with a C (plain) in Biology or Biological Science and any one of among: Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics or Physical Sciences, Geography.

2.      Two principals and a subsidiary pass in KACE. One of these passes must be in Biology and the other in any science subject.

3.      A minimum of a C- (minus) in KCSE with a diploma in a biological science from a recognized institution.

4.      Holders of a degree in a biological science from a recognized institution.

Course Objectives

The overall goal of the University of Nairobi in offering this course is to fill an existing gap in training of practically oriented skilled personnel to work in areas of wildlife, fisheries, tourism and environmental management and conservation and to train personnel with relevant wildlife skill

Course Program

First Year

Semester I

Descriptive Botany

General Zoology



Vertebrate Anatomy

Semester II






Second Year

Semester I

Wildlife Behaviour

Remote Sensing & Geographical Information Systems [GIS]

Molecular Biology



Semester II

Principles of Ecology


Infor. Systems and Applications

Principles of Soil Science

Survival Techn. and Field Training

Third Year

Semester I

Mgt. and Entrepreneurship

Principles of Biodiversity Conserv.

 Wildlife Mgt. Techniques I

Conservation & Environ. Mgt

Basic Pharmacology/ Toxicology & Eco toxicology

Semester II


Wildlife Nutrition

Aetiology of Disease

Environmental Policy and Law

Research Methodology

Wildlife Genetics & Breeding

Fourth Year

Semester I

Principles of Tourism and World Tourist Destinations

Food & Beverages Production, Sales and Service

House Keeping

Travel Operations & Tour Guiding


Public Relations & Marketing in Tourism

Tourism Economics & Impact Management

Semester II

Field Training/Attachment Programme

Special Project Report


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