BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

The prime consideration of man as the most intelligent being on this planet is to utilize and conserve the existing natural resources for sustainable development. The process requires continued understanding by man of the biotic and the abiotic conditions and their interrelationships. There is no greater long-term need in Kenya today than the conservation and management of her vast arid and semi-arid lands ASALS., fauna and flora, the natural forests, water-catchment areas, wetlands, and the aquatic life. The pressure on natural resources for fuel and timber and on land in general, for crops and pasture, has led to forest recession, soil erosion, desertification and water-catchment degradation - all of which combine to impair the land and water resources. Kenya being a small "niche" on the global environmental complex system needs to produce competent natural resource conservationists/managers who will make effort to facilitate utilization and conservation of her natural resources without upsetting the environmental equilibrium. The approach to education and training must accordingly be re-oriented. The emphasis needs to shift from a narrow base to a broad base so as to effect integration. The main objective is to produce resource conservationists and managers who are multi-disciplinary in approach and can view the management of natural resources holistically. 

The purpose of this degree programme is to offer educational opportunities to students who desire a broad knowledge in the management of renewable and non-renewable natural resources. Emphasis is placed on an ecological approach relative to the conservation and management of natural resources.

Increasing opportunities for employment of graduates with background in the management of Forestry and Watershed Resources, Arid and Semi-Arid Lands Resources, Wildlife and Fisheries Resources and Non-Renewable Resources are available in public and private sections. The graduates will be deployed in areas such as resources use planning, environmental monitoring and impact studies, natural resource development, conservation information and education, and regulatory activities.

Programme Objectives

The basic objective of the B.Sc. Programme in Natural Resource Management is to equip the trainees with relevant technical and professional knowledge that will enable them to manage and conserve resources effectively, wherever they are employed. At the end of the programme, students will be able to:

i) Apply the acquired knowledge in ecological, sociological, technical and

economic concepts to the theory and practice of natural resource conservation, utilization and management.

ii) Communicate this knowledge and management techniques to the relevant members of the society at large.

iii) Analyse and evaluate critical issues in natural resource policy, conservation, utilization and management.

Admission Requirements

Candidates must have achieved the minimum entry requirements for the university, at least grade B- in Biology or B in Biological sciences, B- in Geography, C+ in Chemistry or B- in physical science and C+ in mathematics at K.C.S.E. or equivalent examination.

 An added advantage will be given to candidates who have passed with at least a C grade in Agriculture or Economics at K.C.S.E. or equivalent examination. Admission will be granted to outstanding Diploma holders who have passed with Distinction, Credit or the equivalent in Range Management, Animal Husbandry, Animal Health, Forestry, Wildlife and other related fields.

Course Structure and Duration

Regular students will take four academic years. Part-time students shall be put on a tailor made programme to ensure that they cover all the C.Fs.Each Semester shall consist of 15 teaching weeks and 2 examination weeks. To graduate from this programme a student must have acquired the CF. of 159.Coding of the courses offered by the Department of Natural Resources Management is represented by NARE followed by a three digit figure: The first digit represents the year in which the course is offered to undergraduate students.The second digit represents the nature of the course within the department:

0 indicates introductory courses,

1 principle courses,

2 ecology,

3 climate,

4 management courses,

5 applied courses,

6 planning,

7 research seminars, and students projects,

8 policy, law and administration.

The third digit represents the serial number of the course e.g. NARE 212: Principles of Wildlife Management, taught in the second year is a principle course and second in the series.

Examination regulations

All examinations for the B Sc. in Natural 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 Natural Resources Management shall be in accordance with Egerton University Statute XXVIII.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate with a B Sc. in Natural 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. Natural Resources Management shall be in accordance with Egerton University Statute XXVIII for undergraduate students