The Department of Economics at Egerton University was established in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in 1994. Currently the Department has one undergraduate degree programme namely Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) with Economics. The B.Sc. Economics and statistics programme is expected to offer specialized training to qualified students in the two disciplines. It has been necessitated by a growing demand among high school leavers and equivalent candidates for a programme of this kind.
The B.Sc. in Economics and Statistics programme enables students to describe, compare and correlate the important Economics phenomena of production, consumption, exchange and distribution with the help of Statistics. Mathematics and its offspring, statistics and accounting are powerful instruments, which the modern economist has at his/her disposal and of which business is making increased use. Graduates of this programme will be in high demand in the public and private sectors. This is market-driven programme.
The main objective of the B.Sc. Economics and Statistics programme is to provide students with thorough understanding of the theories, principles and analytical techniques in the economics and statistics disciplines as taught worldwide.
The specific objectives of the programme will be to:
i) Equip students with relatively advanced analytical skills in Economics and statistics;
ii) Provide students with skills for careers in the public and private sectors;
iii) Equip students with skills for job opportunities in research institutions and non-governmental organizations (NGOs);
iv) Prepare students for post-graduate study in either of the two fields.
Applicants to this programme must satisfy the minimum entry requirements for admission into the University. In addition, applicants must have at least the grade of B minus (B-) in Mathematics, or C+ in Mathematics and B in Economics/Commerce/Accounting/ Business studies. Holders of A- level qualifications with two principal passes in Economics or Mathematics will be considered.
Course Structure and Duration
The undergraduate degree programme extends over four academic years. Every academic year consists of two semesters of seventeen weeks, the last two weeks being devoted to examinations. There is, therefore, a total of 8 semesters during the four-year period of study. The weighting of courses if in terms of semester units where semester units is equivalent to 45 lecture hours.
The B.Sc. Economics and Statistics requires the student to complete a minimum of 48 courses, at least 20 in economics and a minimum of 18 in statistics. The student, by consent of the department, shall then be required to take at least 9 non-economics units of heir own choice, from the options available during the duration of study.
Elective courses are offered only in the third and fourth years of study. They are selected by students during each semester and are aimed at enabling the student to specialize in a particular area. The specialization area selected and the related electives must be adhered to throughout the two-year period.
Each 3.0 CF course will take a minimum of 45 contact hours per semester and each will be examined for two hours.
All the examinations for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with examination regulations as stipulated in the Egerton University Statute XXVIII.
The grading of examinations for this programme shall be conducted in accordance within Egerton University Statute XXVIII.
To graduate a student shall be required to take and pass ALL scheduled courses within the stipulated period.
Degree classification shall be in accordance with Egerton University Statute XXVIII.