Tuesday, 12 November 2019

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN BIOLOGY

Admission Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Biology
a)  Candidates must have obtained the minimum University and School admission requirements.
The following shall be eligible for registration for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Biology in the Department of Biological sciences:
b)  An aggregate of C+ grade which is the minimum University of Embu admission requirement and must have obtained at Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) the following grades:

                                       Biological Sciences C+
                                       Physical Sciences C
                                       Mathematics C
                                       English/Kiswahili /Geography C
                                       OR
                                       Biology C+
                                       Chemistry C
                                       Mathematics/Physics C
                                       English/Kiswahili/ Geography C


ii) Two principal passes at A-level in Biology and Chemistry and a subsidiary all obtained at the same sitting. In addition, a credit in Mathematics or Physics at O-level.
c)    A credit at Diploma level in any relevant area the following from a Senate recognized training institution
d)    Any other qualification equivalent to the above subject to Senate’s approval.

Duration of Study
Four (4) academic years

Expected learning outcomes
Upon successful completion of the program students will:
i)    Apply scientific reasoning in explaining biological concepts.
ii)    Demonstrate ability to design, conduct and communicate biological research.
iii)    Explain the role of molecular, cellular and organismal diversity in fundamental biological processes.
iv)    Demonstrate an understanding of laboratory and field techniques that relate to natural resource management, such as parasitology, entomology, microbiology and molecular biology.

Career prospects
The University of Embu aims to train biologists who will work in academia, conservation, natural resources and environmental management and industries related to biological processes such as agriculture and health.

Course requirements.
i.    A learner is required to attend at least two thirds of the total number of lectures in a unit in order to be allowed to sit for the end of semester examination in a given unit of the programme.
ii.    The lecturer shall ensure the programme course(s) are delivered in a manner that learning takes place and in line with the University requirements for teaching, assessment and evaluation of a unit.
iii.    Any student who fails to attain the pass mark in:
a)    Less than 40% of the units taken in an academic year shall be required to retake the failed units when next offered.
b)    Between 40% and 75% of the units taken in an academic year shall be required to repeat the year.
c)    More than 75% of the units taken in an academic year shall be discontinued.
iv.    A student who fails to attain a pass mark in a retake examination, shall on recommendation of the school board and approval by Senate be allowed to retake the failed unit only once. Grading of retake Examinations shall be similar to that of ordinary Examinations as specified in respective programmes.
v.    A student will not be allowed to proceed to the subsequent year of study without clearing retakes in the previous year. For instance, a second year student with retakes in the first year will not be allowed to proceed to the third year of study.
vi.    A student who fails after the second retake will be required to repeat the year and shall not be allowed to register for the next year of study until they have passed in all the pending retake units.
vii.    A student shall be allowed to repeat a year of study ONLY ONCE.
viii.    A repeating student in any academic year who fails to attain the pass mark in any of the failed courses shall on recommendation of the School Board and approval by Senate, be discontinued from the degree programme.
ix.    The lecturer is obliged to interpret and implement the curriculum and check student class attendance.


Bachelor of Science Biology Courses/Unit Distribution Table
FIRST YEAR COMMON UNDERGRADUATE COURSES

Unit code

Course Title

Theory Hours

Practical Hours

Status

CCS 001

Communication Skills

45

0

Senate approved

CCS 010

HIV and AIDS

45

0

Senate approved

CCS 009

Elements of Economics

45

0

Senate approved

First year 11 Courses

Unit code

Course Title

Theory Hours

Practical Hours

Status

SBT 101

Plant diversity

30

15

Senate approved

SBT 102

Introduction to Genetics

30

15

Senate approved

SZL 101

Invertebrate Zoology

30

15

Senate approved

SBT 103

Lower Plants

30

15

Senate approved

SZL 102

Vertebrate zoology

30

15

Senate approved

SCH 103

Physical Chemistry 1

30

15

Senate approved

SCH 102

Organic Chemistry 1

30

15

Senate approved

SCH 101

Inorganic Chemistry 1

30

15

Senate approved

SZL 103

Fundamentals of Ecology

30

15

Senate approved

SMB 102

Introduction to Microbiology

30

 15

Senate approved

SMB 103

Information Technology

30

 15

NEW

 

SECOND YEAR

Unit code

Course Title

Theory Hours

Practical Hours

Status

SZL 201

Cell Biology

30

15

Senate approved

SZL210

Biomolecules

30

15

Senate approved

SBT 201

Gymnosperm and Angiosperm Taxonomy

30

15

Senate approved

SMB 210

General Microbiology

30

15

Senate approved

SBT 203

Plant Ecology

30

15

Senate approved

SBT 204

Plant Biochemistry

30

15

Senate approved

SZL 202

Histology

30

15

Senate approved

SZL 203

Fundamentals of Aquatic Ecology

30

15

Senate approved

SZL 204

Basic Immunology

30

15

Senate approved

SBC 202

Laboratory Techniques and Safety

30

15

Senate approved

SBT 207

Principles of Plant Pathology

30

15

Senate approved

SBT 208

Plant microbial interactions

30

15

Senate approved

SBC 210

Principles of Parasitology

30

15

Senate approved

SBC 206

General and Molecular Genetics

30

15

Senate approved

 

THIRD YEAR
CORE COURSES

Unit code

Course Title

Theory Hours

Practical Hours

Status

SBT 302

Plant Physiology

30

15

Senate approved

SZL 302

Evolutionary Biology

30

15

Senate approved

SZL 303

Biostatistics

30

15

Senate approved

SZL 312

Entomology

30

15

Senate approved

SZL 313

Bioethics and Biosafety

30

15

Senate approved

SZL 315

Research Methodology

30

15

Senate approved

SMB 304

Microbial Metabolism

30

15

Senate approved

SMB 305

Mycology

30

15

Senate approved

SMB 308

Virology

30

15

Senate approved

 

THIRD YEAR (SPECIALIZATION)
BOTANY MAJOR
(Any 4 courses)

Unit code

Course Title

Theory Hours

Practical Hours

Status

SBT 303

Biosystematics and Palynology

30

15

Senate approved

SBT 312

Plant Cell Structure and Function

30

15

Senate approved

SBT 315

Plant Nematology

30

15

Senate approved

SBT 307

Eco-physiology

30

15

Senate approved

SBT 317

Plant taxonomy

30

15

Senate approved

SBT 318

Ethnobotany

30

15

Senate approved

SBT 303

Biosystematics and Palynology

30

15

Senate approved

SBT 305

Plant Population Ecology

30

15

Senate approved

SBT 307

Eco-physiology

30

15

Senate approved

SBT 319

Arid Land Ecology 

30

15

Senate approved

 

ZOOLOGY MAJOR
(Any 4 courses)

Unit code

Course Title

Theory Hours

Practical Hours

Status

SZL 314

Fundamentals of Animal Welfare

30

15

Senate approved

SZL 301

Animal Physiology

30

15

Senate approved

SZL 304

Developmental Biology

30

15

Senate approved

SZL 318

Animal Behavior and Ethology

30

15

Senate approved

SZL 309

Advanced Vertebrate Zoology

30

15

Senate approved

SZL 301

Animal Ecology

30

15

Senate approved

SZL 310

Theoretical Ecology

30

15

Senate approved

 

FOURTH YEAR
CORE COURSES

Unit code

Course Title

Theory Hours

Practical Hours

Status

SBT 412

Community ecology

30

15

Senate approved

SBT 404

Population Genetics

30

15

Senate approved

SBT 416

Bio-Entrepreneurship

30

15

Senate approved

SZE 401

Environmental Biology and Conservation

30

15

Senate approved

SZL 404

History and Philosophy of Biology

30

15

Senate approved

SZL 405

Limnology and Marine Biology

30

15

Senate approved

 

FOURTH YEAR (SPECIALIZATION)
BOTANY MAJOR

Unit code

Course Title

Theory Hours

Practical Hours

Status

SBE 430

Research project (Optional)

15

75

Senate approved

SBT 403

Plant Morphogenesis

30

15

Senate approved

SBT 406

Ecological Monitoring

30

15

Senate approved

SBT 407

Economic Botany

30

15

Senate approved

SBT 408

Evolution

30

15

Senate approved

SBT 411

Marine Botany

30

15

Senate approved

SBT 417

Advanced Taxonomy

30

15

Senate approved

SBE 430

Research project (Optional)

15

75

Senate approved

SBT 406

Ecological Monitoring

30

15

Senate approved

SBT 408

Evolution

30

15

Senate approved

SBT 412

Fresh Water Ecology

30

15

Senate approved

SBT 421

GIS and Remote Sensing

30

15

Senate approved 

SBT 422

Environmental Impact Assessment and Monitoring

30

15

Senate approved

 

ZOOLOGY MAJOR
Core Courses

Unit code

Course Title

Theory Hours

Practical Hours

Status

SBE 430

Research project (Optional)

15

75

Senate approved

SZL 401

Environmental Biology and Conservation

30

15

Senate approved

SZL 405

Limnology and Marine Biology

30

15

Senate approved

SZL 406

Applied Entomology

30

15

Senate approved

SZL 407

Applied Parasitology

30

15

Senate approved

SZL 411

Animal Breeding and Improvement

30

15

Senate approved

SZL 408

Environmental Physiology

30

15

Senate approved

 

Requirements for graduation
a)    The curriculum for the Bachelor of Science in Biology shall take a minimum of four academic years consisting of two semesters each.
b)    In each year a candidate is required to take all the thirteen (13) course units or equivalent offered.
c)    Candidates are expected to attend the courses registered for in entirety to the satisfaction of the Department and School Board of Examiners.

Award of Degree
The degree award and classification shall be based on the average score of all units taken in programme.
The degree award shall be Bachelor of Science in Biology.
Classification of Degrees
A candidate who qualifies for Award of the Degree in Biology shall be placed in one of the classes as follows:
i.    First Class Honours                                     70% - 100%    
ii.    Second Class Honours (Upper Division)         60% - 69%
iii.    Second Class Honours (Lower Division)        50% - 59%
iv.    Pass                                                      40% - 49%