The Department of Geography was established in the year 1989 - three years after the establishment of Egerton University. The department was administratively under the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) until later in 1999 when it was transferred to the Faculty of Environment and Resources Development. For a long time, Geography was and still is a service department-offering courses to the Faculties of Education and Community Studies (FEDCOS), Science and Arts & Social Sciences (FASS). The service courses lead to.BA, B.Ed (Arts), B.Ed (Sci), BSc., BSc. (Military) degrees, and diploma (in Education). In addition, the department offers BSc (Geography), PhD, MA, MSc (in Geography) and a Geographic Information System (GIS) certificate programs. The department has dynamic programs that trains graduates on environment-society interaction. Our teaching faithfully incorporates theory and practical. After lectures, we ensure our students go out in the field – ‘our laboratory’ to enable them relate human-nature interaction. We have integrated important skill acquisition courses such as GIS and computerized cartography in our curriculum with a view to giving our graduates a competitive edge in the job market. We are committed to enhancing skill applications through GIS and remote sensing. In addition, our training ensures graduates from the department are in a pole position to solve societal and environmental challenges – ranging from the physical space and geopolitics, to population growth and land degradation. We are keen on maintaining the identity of Geography the discipline and in highlighting its role in society today.
Chairs of Department
1989-1998: Prof. Josephine. Musangi
1998-1999: Dr. Rosemary Hayanga
1999-2001: Dr. Simon Onywere
2001-2009: Dr. Charles Maina Gichaba
2009-2014: Dr. Joseph Oluoch Otieno
2014-present: Dr. Charles Wambongo S. Recha
Mission: To generate and disseminate significant geographical knowledge and offer exemplary education to our students in order to contribute to national and global development
Vision: To be a world class center of excellence in quality teaching, independent research and dissemination of geographical knowledge.