Department of Natural Resources

The scale of disciplinary expertise in the Department of Natural Resources at Egerton University —from hospitality and social sciences to conservation genetics and applied ecology—creates a stimulating multi-disciplinary atmosphere for students, staff, faculty and visiting scholars and makes us unique among peer institutions of higher learning in Kenya. The mission of the department is to generate and disseminate significant Natural Resources knowledge and offer exemplary education to our students so that they can contribute to national and global development. It does this through a number of objectives i.e.

  1. Provision of quality higher education and training through development of market driven programmes in order to produce socially responsible, productive, innovative, entrepreneurial and creative graduates.
  2. Engage in research priority areas and consultancy in conservation, natural resources management, tourism and hospitality.
  3. Disseminate research findings, to scientific and other interest groups
  4. Develop technological innovations towards natural resources management and sustainable development
  5. Promote and facilitate partnerships, networking and collaboration with other relevant institutions and organizations.

The Department was started in 1965 offering Diploma programmes in Range Science, Forestry and Wildlife management. In 1990 a Bachelors Program (BSc) in Natural Resource Management was started. The department was initially domiciled in the Faculty of Agriculture until 1999 when it became the foundational department for the Faculty of Environment and Resources Development (FERD).  Today the Department offers programmes in Natural Resources Management, Wildlife Enterprise and Management, Ecotourism and Hospitality Management and Integrated Forest Resources Management at Certificate, Diploma, Bachelor and Postgraduate levels. These programmes are designed to provide broad based education, technical, professional knowledge and practical skills for undergraduate and postgraduate students who wish to study environmental issues related to resource use, protection and enhancement of environmental quality and human welfare.

The Department has over 400 undergraduate students enrolled in her various diploma and undergraduate programmes. There are over 40 post graduate students enrolled in the different post graduate programmes at Masters and Doctor of Philosophy level. The department has qualified and experienced academic staff to handle the academic programmes offered comprising of two associate professors, eight lecturers and six assistant lecturers.

The Department is exceptional in its strong collaborative ties across Egerton University, other universities, governmental agencies and leading environmental and conservation organizations.   We contribute creative and impactful research and education to address many of the urgent environmental issues of the 21st century through a carefully crafted inter and multidisciplinary packaged programmes that make our students unique products in the market at local, regional and international arena.  We provide essential information to communities, conservation and environmental professionals, and policy makers, as well as educators and researchers worldwide. 

Our students, faculty, partners and outreach program participants explore issues related to biodiversity, ecosystem integrity, ecotourism and hospitality management, climate change, and natural resources management, often in partnership with local groups, state agencies, and national and international environmental organizations.  Through diverse education, experience and research opportunities, the Department offers numerous ways for students, scientists, and citizens to be part of a vital and growing field focused on natural science and sustainability.

Our research and educational reach is global.  Impacts of our scholarship are created at multiple levels with respect to solving problems of natural resource and environmental sustainability.  Our faculty, staff, students and alumni are doing extraordinary things for the wellbeing of current and future generations.