Welcome to the Department of Biological Sciences, Egerton University. This is one of oldest departments in the University. From 1952 when Egerton college introduced formal diploma courses viz. Agriculture (1952), Animal husbandry (1962), Dairy technology and Forestry (1963) Range Management (1965), Agricultural Education and Extension (1966), Farm Management (1969), Food Science and Technology (1967), Agriculture and Home Economics (1970), Horticulture and Animal Health (1978), students enrolled in the above mentioned programmes had to go through curricula that begin with foundation biology courses in their first and/or second year of study. The University department charged with the responsibility of teaching biological Sciences was, for a long time, designated as the department of Biology up to 1989. Thereafter, the unitary department was split into separate departments of Botany and Zoology. In 2005, Botany and Zoology departments were merged into the department of Biological Sciences. The current department of Biological Sciences serves students, in particular, as a flashpoint of basic and applied scientific inspiration that contributes to academic excellence at Egerton University.
Our undergraduate curriculum starts with a core of courses that teach students the fundamentals of the life sciences, both in concept and method. In addition, we offer service courses that prepare students for a wide range of career options at Egerton University. The curriculum provides appropriate training for students seeking admission to graduate schools as well as those who wish to enter the job market directly following graduation.
The faculty of the Biological Sciences Department see teaching as the primary mission of both the Department and the University. One of the hallmarks of our department is the close relationship faculty have with students. Each course is handled by a qualified technician and lecturer.
We have three graduate programmes viz., MSc. Plant Pathology, MSc. Limnology, and MSc. Medical Parasitology. The MSc. degree requires two semester coursework and the development and presentation of a thesis based on original research. This degree is more appropriate for students wishing to engage in research as part of their career or to continue their graduate training at the doctoral level. We also offer PhD in Limnology, PhD in Plant Pathology and PhD in Medical Parasitology.