BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN WILDLIFE ENTERPRISE AND MANAGEMENT

Rationale

Agriculture is the mainstay of the Kenyan Economy.Agricultural activities that support increasing human populations are currently based on 20 % of the high rainfall zone.The arid and semi-arid fragile ecosystems constitute the remaining 80 % land surface of marginal productivity.These fragile ecosystems are rich in biodiversity and characterized by a myriad of terrestrial and marine wildlife, natural and physical scenic features and a rich diversity in the social cultural heritage of the people.Wildlife based tourism has dominated the tourism industry in the arid and semi-arid areas, however, the demand for cropping land and other development activities threaten the future sustainability of wildlife resources.

In view of the critical needs to resolve the escalating conflicts of interest between the state and the local communities that have a stake in wildlife resources, there is need to bolster both the consumptive and non-consumptive attributes of wildlife resources.This will ensure that communities living with wildlife benefit from hosting wildlife in their private property.Skilled manpower will be needed to implement new wildlife consumptive and non-consumptive policies and provide key resource management, advisory and research capacity to meet the needs of current and future challenges.The wildlife management curriculum is designed to increase awareness of the importance of wildlife economic activities viable mode of land use from marginal ecosystems.Laws and policies related to wildlife protection, biodiversity conservation and consumptive utilization of wildlife resources are presently inadequate and the existing ones do not comprehensively provide for sustainability of wildlife biodiversity resources.

Trained wildlife resource persons are considered critical in the management of biodiversity based wildlife resources.Professional capacity in integrated wildlife enterprise management is vital in the provision of advisory services and overall conservation and enhancement of wildlife based resources.

Programme Objectives

The programme will provide broad based and specialized training for students who wish to develop careers in areas related to wildlife enterprise development and management, resource use, protection and conservation of wildlife ecosystems.On completion of the study programme, graduates will be able to:

i) provide advisory services on matters of wildlife resource use law and policy.

ii) carry out wildlife resource inventories and evaluate impacts of resource use on sustainability of wildlife ecosystems.

iii) participate and provide leadership in the formulation of appropriate early warning systems in respect of wildlife ecosystem change.

iv) venture in wildlife resource based entrepreneurship.

v) analyze and explain interactive relationships between humans and the physical, biological and social environment and relate the emanating issues to the sustainability and integrity of wildlife biodiversity.

vi) pursue graduate studies in wildlife resources management.

vii) provide wildlife consumptive and non-consumptive extension services.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission into this programme, candidates must have attained at least a mean grade of C+ at Kenya Certificate of Secondary EducationKCSE. level or other equivalent examination or qualification recognized by the Egerton University Senate.

In addition, the candidates must have at least grade C in Mathematics, C+ in Biology or

B- in Biological Sciences, C in Chemistry, B- in Geography or History and Government, and at least C+ in English or Kiswahili at K.C.S.E. Candidates with Diploma from institutions recognized by Egerton University Senate will also be considered for admission.

Course Structure and Duration

The programme shall cover four academic years of two semesters each. Each semester shall consist of seventeen17. weeks, which comprises fifteen15. teaching weeks and two weeks for examination. At the end year 3 semester 2, the students will undergo an eight-week field attachment.The duration for Diploma holders will depend on the number of credit factors transferred as per the University regulations.

The coding for the courses offered in this programme is represented by WIEM followed by a three-digit figure. The first digit represents the year in which the particular course is offered.

The second digit represents the discipline of study. For instance; 0-introductory

course, 1-principle courses, 2-ecology, 3-climate, 4-applied, 5-planning courses, 6-management, 7-policy, law and administration, 8-seminars, research and student projects,.

The third digit is the serial number of the course within that field. For example WIEM 101 is first year introductory course and the first in the series.

Examination regulations

All examinations for the B Sc. in Wildlife Enterprise and 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 Wildlife Enterprise and Management shall be in

accordance with Egerton University Statute XXVIII.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate with a B Sc. in Wildlife Enterprise and Management a student shall be

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

Degree Classification

The classification for B Sc. Wildlife Enterprise and Management shall be in accordance

with Egerton University Statute XXVIII for undergraduate students