The prime consideration of man as the most intelligent being on this planet is to utilize and conserve the existing natural resources for sustainable development. The process requires continued understanding by man of the biotic and the abiotic conditions and their interrelationships. There is no greater long-term need in Kenya today than the conservation and management of her vast arid and semi-arid lands ASALS., fauna and flora, the natural forests, water-catchment areas, wetlands, and the aquatic life. The pressure on natural resources for fuel and timber and on land in general, for crops and pasture, has led to forest recession, soil erosion, desertification and water-catchment degradation - all of which combine to impair the land and water resources.
Kenya being a small "niche" on the global environmental complex system needs to produce competent natural resource conservationists / managers who will make effort to facilitate utilization and conservation of her natural resources without upsetting the environmental equilibrium.
The approach to education and training must accordingly be re-oriented. The emphasis needs to shift from a narrow base to a broad base so as to effect integration. The main objective is to produce resource conservationists and managers who are multi-disciplinary in approach and can view the management of natural resources holistically.
The purpose of this BSc. Natural Resource Management degree programme at Egerton University is to offer educational opportunities to students who desire a broad knowledge in the management of renewable and non-renewable natural resources. Emphasis is placed on an ecological approach relative to the conservation and management of natural resources.
Increasing opportunities for employment of graduates with background in the management of Forestry and Watershed Resources, Arid and Semi-Arid Lands Resources, Wildlife and Fisheries Resources and Non-Renewable Resources are available in public and private sections.
The BSc. Natural Resource Management graduates from Egerton University will be deployed in areas such as resources use planning, environmental monitoring and impact studies, natural resource development, conservation information and education, and regulatory activities.
The basic objective of the B.Sc. Programme in Natural Resource Management at Egerton University is to equip the trainees with relevant technical and professional knowledge that will enable them to manage and conserve resources effectively, wherever they are employed. At the end of the programme, Egerton University students will be able to:
Candidates must have achieved the minimum entry requirements for the university, at least grade B- in Biology or B in Biological sciences, B- in Geography, C+ in Chemistry or B- in physical science and C+ in mathematics at K.C.S.E. or equivalent examination.
An added advantage will be given to candidates who have passed with at least a C grade in Agriculture or Economics at K.C.S.E. or equivalent examination.
Admission will be granted to outstanding Diploma holders who have passed with Distinction, Credit or the equivalent in Range Management, Animal Husbandry, Animal Health, Forestry, Wildlife and other related fields.
Mininum Entry Requirements for Bachelor's Degree
The entry requirements set out below are only minimum, and they in no way entitle an applicant to a place in the University. Applicants must:
Meet additional entry requirements as may be specified by the respective Department, Faculty, School or Institute.
To be admitted for a PRE-SERVICE DEGREE PROGRAM, a prospective candidate must have all the requirements set up by the joint Admission Board (JAB), with a prospective IN-SERVICE student must have completed a diplomaprogram in the relevant field and graduated with at least a CREDIT.
The BSc in Natural Resource Manangement programme at Egerton University will take four academic years. Part-time students shall be put on a tailor made programme to ensure that they cover all the C.Fs.
Each Semester shall consist of 15 teaching weeks and 2 examination weeks.
To graduate from this programme a student must have acquired the CF. of 159.
Units to be covered include: