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Environmental Sciences


Speciality and Branding

The Department of Environmental Sciences offers two unique and interdisciplinary programmes of study: Environmental Sciences (ENS) and Environmental Resource Conservation (ERC). The programmes have been reviewed in the last 2 years to make them academically rigorous and relevant and also competitive in the job market.  Our graduates find employment in a wide range of  organisations in both the private and public sectors. Majority of our graduates are certified and licensed EIA Lead Experts with the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA), and many others have made succesful careers as local and global consultants in environmental sciences, resource conservation, climate change, energy, and other related disciplines.

Internal Links

The Department of Environmental Sciences is one of the inaugural departments in the School of Environmental Studies. The school currently has a total of four departments. The Environmental Sciences Department currently offers two degree programmes namely Environmental Sciences (ENS) and  Environmental Resource Conservation (ERC) at bachelors, masters, and doctoral levels. 

External Links

The Department of Environmental Sciences has formal links with the Regional Centre for Mapping Resources for Development (RCMRD), and is in the process of formalising links with the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA), and the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI). Collaboration with the University of Glasgow for postgraduate student training is also being developed. The Department also has links with the Nile Basin Initiative, and UNEP.

Research activities

Postgraduate students have conducted research with their supervisors in the areas of: water pollution, air pollution, waste management, agroforestry, aquatic ecology, renewable and non-renewable energy resources, environmental economics, ecotourism, soil fertility, indigenous knowledge systems, hydrology, and dryland agriculture.

Staff members are carrying out research in the following broad areas:
Agrometeorology, hydrology, pollution, waste management, energy systems, environmental impact assessment, agroforestry, soil fertility, aquatic ecology, marine ecosystems, management of arid and semi arid lands, ecotourism.


The Department of Environmental Sciences has 24 members of staff, comprising 1 Professor, 6 Associate Professors, 5 Senior Lecturers, 10 Lecturers, 2 Assistant Lecturers, and 1 Tutorial Fellow. Sixteen of the staff members are PhD holders, and the other 8 are working towards the completion of their doctoral studies. The staff members have qualifications in the following areas:

  • Pollution monitoring and control
  • Energy Resources Management
  • Water Resources Management
  • Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecology
  • Forestry Resources Management
  • Agroforestry
  • Soil Science
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Environmental Policy and Law
  • Arid and Semi Arid Lands Development
  • Meteorology
  • Environmental Information Systems
  • Environmental Education

Academic Staff


In addition to the highly qualified staff, the Department has a laboratory, where some analyses of chemical and biological parameters can be done. A computer laboratory of the School, with internet access is also available to students. More specialised analyses are conducted in collaborating laboratories.

Doctoral programmes are by thesis only and are normally for a duration of three years of full time study, and five years of part time study.

Student Profiles

Students from high school join the Department of Environmental Sciences to acquire knowledge and skills in environmental issues and challenges. They get first hand experience on environmental management, including environmental impact assessment, and environmental education. Graduates of Diploma Colleges join our programmes to upgrade their proficiency in environmental management. Practitioners of environmental management join our masters and doctoral programmes to gain knowledge and experience in conducting research on environmental issues.

Careers/Student Destinations

There is wide scope for employment of our graduates in the public, private, and civil society organisations. Some of our graduates have established consultancy firms, and are providers of employment themselves.



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