Bachelor Of Science In Integrated Forest Resources Management

Rationale

Land cover under forestry in Kenya has continued to diminish and currently stands at

about 2% of the total land area, which falls far below the internationally accepted

minimum of 10%. This has compromised ecological integrity and denied millions of

people access to trees and tree products. Rampant deforestation and tree cutting on

individual farms continue unabated. This puts further stress on the already fragile forest

ecosystem. Despite the various break-throughs in conventional agriculture and forestry,

malnutrition, poverty and deterioration of the natural environment are rampant.

Humankind has a moral responsibility to reverse these negative trends.It is therefore,

imperative to have qualified personnel to take up these challenges.

The Bachelor of Science programme in Integrated Forest Resource Management is

interdisciplinary in approach and is tailored to provide skills and knowledge relevant in

problem analysis, development of research modules, project implementation and

pedagogic assignments on aspects of macro-scale and micro-scale forest resources

management. The basic components of the programme embrace forest biodiversity,

including invasive species, human dimensions in relation to capacity building options,

conservation of genetic resources of wild relatives, and management of water catchment

areas.

Integrated Forest Resources Management is one of the key pathways of mitigating

poverty, hunger, malnutrition, and environmental deterioration. Integration of trees on the

landscape, and intensive forest resources management will diversify and sustain

production for increased socio-economic and environmental benefits at all

levels.Integrated Forest Resources Management can enhance supply of wood and non-wood forest products, soil fertility, soil conservation, biodiversity conservation, carbon

sequestration and reduction of greenhouse gases. The integrated approach will ease the

pressure on the already overutilised national forests by producing competent graduates to

address these challenges. Such persons would find ready market in diverse professions

such as forestry, agriculture, environment and natural resources and related areas.

 

Programme Objectives

The aim of the programme is to train personnel with skills and professional knowledge to

carry out integrated forestry research, provide advisory services and disseminate

appropriate innovations for purposes of sustainable forest resources management.

On completion of the programme, they should be able to;

i) Provide technical and professional services in forest resources

management.

ii) Carry out appropriate research to generate interventions for

implementation in areas of forestresources management

iii) Analyse and evaluate critical issues in forest resources management,

biodiversity

iv) conservation and related policy issues.

v) Take up forestry as a business.

Admission Requirements

Candidates admitted to the degree programme of Bachelor of Science in Integrated Forest

Resources Management must satisfy the minimum University entrance requirements.In

addition, the candidates MUST have attained at least the minimum grades shown in the

following subjects:BiologyB- or Biological Sciences B , GeographyB- ,

ChemistryC+or Physical ScienceB-and MathematicsC +. Diploma holders who have passed

with credit and above in the following fields: Range Science, Environmental Science,

Forestry, Wildlife Management and other relevant diplomas from institutions recognized by

Egerton University Senate will be admitted and awarded credit transfer as stipulated in the

University Statutes.

 

Course Structure and Duration

The Bachelor of Science degree in Integrated Forest Resources Management shall take a full

time student four academic years or less for students who get credit transfer and a maximum

of 8years for part-time students.During this period students will register for a minimum of

eighteen credit factors per semester. To graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Integrated

Forest Resources Management, a student should have a minimum of 159 Credit Factors

which include the University common core courses approved by the Egerton University

Senate.

The course code used is FORM which stands for Integrated Forest Resources

Management followed by 3 digits. Where: Digit 1 indicates the year the course is

offered, digit 2indicates the discipline according to the following levels:

Level 0 – Introductory courses

Level 1 - Principles courses

Level 2 - Ecology

Level 3 - Climate

Level 4 - Management courses

Level 5 - Applied courses

Level 6 - Planning

Level 7- Research, Seminars, and Student Projects, and

Level 8- Policy, Law and Administration.

Digit 3 indicates the serial number of individual courses within a particular discipline.

 

Examination regulations

All examinations for the B Sc. in Integrated Resources Management shall be conducted in

accordance with examination regulations as stipulated in Egerton University Statute

XXVIII.

 

Grading

The grading of examination for B Sc. in Integrated Forest Resources Managent shall be in

accordance with Egerton University Statute XXVIII.

 

Graduation Requirements

To graduate with a B Sc. in Integrated Resources Management a student shall be required

to take and pass all required courses within the stipulated time.

 

Degree Classification

The classification for B Sc. Integrated Forest Resources Management shall be in

accordance with Egerton University Statute XXVIII for undergraduate students