Bachelor of Science (B.Sc General) at Kenyatta University

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Each year, Kenyatta University admits over 250 students into the Bachelor of Science (B.SC) course.

And I know very well that most of them don’t have a single clue what the course entails. That is why today I want to review the course – its admission requirements, cutoff/cluster points, fee structure, and course outline.

What Does Bachelor of Science Entail?

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) comes from the Latin Word Baccalaureus Scientiae. It is a common course throughout the world, lasting about three to five years.

At Kenyatta University, Bachelor of Science is a four-year academic program offered by the School of Pure and Applied Science. It comprises majorly of units from the Department of Plant Sciences found in SPAS.

Students who undertake this course are trained to become scientists and researchers in fields such as Botany, Biotechnology, Ecology, Genetics, and Plant Physiology.

Admission Requirements

The following are the necessary qualifications for undertaking the BSC program at KU: 

  • Mean grade of C+ at KCSE, with at least C+ in any three of the following subjects: Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Geography, or Physics. The candidate must have scored at least C (plain) in Mathematics.
  • A KCSE Mean Grade of C- (minus) and proceeded from Certificate to Diploma level at Kenyatta University or any other accredited/recognized institution.
  • A KCSE grade of C (plain) and at least a Credit Pass at the following Diploma levels: Education (teaching subject = Biology), Applied Biology, Agriculture, Wildlife or Wetlands.

Having seen what is needed to be able to qualify, let us look at the Cluster Points for students joining through the KUCCPS program:

  • 2021 – undefined
  • 2020 – 23.144
  • 2019 – 26.648
  • 2018 – 26.354
  • 2017 – 23.318

Fee Structure for Bachelor of Science Students

The amount of fees per year depends on the mode of admission. For Self-sponsored students, the fee amount is as follows:

East Africans – Kes. 75,000 p.a.

Non-East Africans – Kes. 93,800 p.a.

Statutory fees – Kes. 19,900 per year.

KUCCPS students should download their fee structure here.

Fees can be paid in any of the following banks in Kenya:

Family Bank — Account No. 045000023316

Cooperative Bank of Kenya — Account No. 01129062461400

National Bank of Kenya — Account No. 0100359150801

Equity Bank Limited — Account No. 0180290518859

Unit Codes

What are some of the units that I would need to take in the Bachelor of Science course?

Well, the program is offered by the Department of Plant Science, which means that you will take more units that are of biological nature. However, you also take units from other departments as stated below.

Compulsory University Common Units (UCUs):

  • UCU100: Communication Skills
  • UCU 103: Introduction to Critical and Creative Thinking

Choose One UCU:

  • UCU 101: Development Studies
  • UCU104: Introduction to Entrepreneurship
  • UCU 106: Diversity, Ethics, and Citizenship

Note: It is not a must you do these three Common Units in the First Year. As long as you will complete all of them before graduation, then you are good to go.

Level 100

  • SBT 100: Cellular Basis of Life
  • SBT 101: Survey of the Plant Kingdom
  • SBT 102: Plant Morphology and Anatomy.
  • SBT 103: Botanical Techniques

Level 200

  • SBT 200: Plant Ecology (core)
  • SBT 201: Plant Function (core)
  • SMB 200: General Microbiology (core)
  • SBT 204: Pteridophytes and Bryophytes
  • SBT 205: Phytopathogens

Level 300

  • SBT 300: Cell Biology and Genetics
  • SBT 301: Taxonomy of Higher Plants
  • SBT 302: Mycology
  • SBT 303: Principles of Plant Pathology
  • SBT 304: Biosystematics and Palynology
  • SMB 300: Bacteriology
  • SBT 306: Economic Botany
  • SBT 307: Biostatistics (compulsory for Botany major students)
  • SBT 308: Plant Growth and Development
  • SBT 309: Advanced Plant Ecology
  • SBT 310: Plant Biochemistry and Physiology

Level 400 (Choose any four units)

  • SBT 400: Research Project (2 units over 2 semesters)
  • SBT 401: General Genetics
  • SBT 402: Phycology
  • SBT 403: Ecophysiology
  • SBT 405: Morphogenesis and Developmental Anatomy
  • SBT 407: Arid Land Ecology
  • SBT 408: Forest Ecology
  • SBT 410: Marine Botany
  • SBT 411: Aquatic Botany
  • SBT 413: Environmental Microbiology
  • SBT 418: Microbial Genetics
  • SBT 419: Cytogenetics and Molecular Biology
  • SBT 420: Biotechnology
  • SBT 421: Plant Breeding
  • SBT 422: Virology
  • SBT 423: Diagnosis and Control of Plant Diseases
  • SBT 424: Pesticide

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I become a Biology teacher by doing B.Sc course?

No. TSC accepts a Bachelor of Education degree to be considered eligible for teaching positions.

2. Where is SPAS located?

School of Pure and Applied Sciences at Kenyatta University is located near the Graduation Square. It is directly opposite the National Phytotherapeutics Research Centre (Ooops, I nearly swallowed my tongue trying to pronounce that.)

3. How Do I Change My Course at Kenyatta University.

I have written an article on the same which you can check out the full procedure. 

4. I Have Also Heard About a Bachelor of Arts (General). It is the same as B.SC General?

No. Those are two different academic programs. Bachelor of Arts at Kenyatta University is offered at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. 

That was the complete guide to the Bachelor of Science program at Kenyatta University. In case of any queries, you can add your comment below.


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  1. Clinton Otieno

    Where do i work with a degree in bsc gen majoring in biochemistry and minoring in zoology

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