Biological Sciences Department

Dr. Steve Omondi Oduor; Dr. rer. Nat. PhD
Dr. Steve Omondi Oduor; Dr. rer. Nat. PhDCoD - Department of Biological SciencesE-Mail: biologicalsciences@egerton.ac.ke

The Department of Biological Sciences is one of oldest departments in the University having been started in 1952 when Egerton College introduced formal diploma courses. The Department was started to offer basic life science courses that supported the professional diploma courses which were started at different periods viz. Agriculture (1952), Animal husbandry (1962), Dairy technology and Forestry (1963) Range Management (1965), Agricultural Education and Extension (1966), Farm Management (1969), Food Science and Technology (1967), Agriculture and Home Economics (1970), Horticulture and Animal Health (1978). The students enrolled in the above mentioned programmes had to go through curricula that begin with foundation biology courses in their first and/or second year of study. The University department charged with the responsibility of teaching biological Sciences was, for a long time, designated as the department of Biology up to 1989. Thereafter, the unitary department was split into separate departments of Botany and Zoology. In 2005, Botany and Zoology departments were merged into the department of Biological Sciences. The current department of Biological Sciences serves students, in particular, as a flashpoint of basic and applied scientific inspiration that contributes to academic excellence at Egerton University.

The Department of Biological Sciences is one of oldest departments in the University having been started in 1952 when Egerton College introduced formal diploma courses. The Department was started to offer basic life science courses that supported the professional diploma courses which were started at different periods viz. Agriculture (1952), Animal husbandry (1962), Dairy technology and Forestry (1963) Range Management (1965), Agricultural Education and Extension (1966), Farm Management (1969), Food Science and Technology (1967), Agriculture and Home Economics (1970), Horticulture and Animal Health (1978). The students enrolled in the above mentioned programmes had to go through curricula that begin with foundation biology courses in their first and/or second year of study. The University department charged with the responsibility of teaching biological Sciences was, for a long time, designated as the department of Biology up to 1989. Thereafter, the unitary department was split into separate departments of Botany and Zoology. In 2005, Botany and Zoology departments were merged into the department of Biological Sciences. The current department of Biological Sciences serves students, in particular, as a flashpoint of basic and applied scientific inspiration that contributes to academic excellence at Egerton University.

Our undergraduate curriculum starts with core courses that teach students the fundamentals of life sciences, both in concept and method. In addition, we offer service courses that prepare students for a wide range of career options at Egerton University.  The curriculum provides appropriate training for students seeking admission to graduate schools as well as those who wish to enter the job market directly following graduation.

The Department has a pool of highly qualified academic and technical staff that offer quality teaching and carry out many research activity as well as giving guidance to students in their project work. It also has a number of research laboratories with modern equipment both for teaching and research. One of the hallmarks of our department is the close relationship that exists between our staff and students which makes learning atmosphere to be friendly.

The Department offers a number of graduate programmes viz., MSc. Plant Pathology, MSc. Limnology, MSc. Medical Parasitology, MSc. Mycology, MSc. Animal Physiology the International joint degree MSc. Limnology and Wetlands Management that is offered between our University, BOKU University in Austria and the IHE-Delft Institute of Water Education, as well as the International Joint Degree MS in Aquatic Ecosystem and Environment Management which we offer together with the Addis Ababa University and the Bahir Dar University in Ethiopia. We also offer doctorate degrees in each of those MSc field of studies, i.e PhD in Limnology, PhD in Plant Pathology, PhD in Animal Physiology and PhD in Medical Parasitology.  
Please do not hesitate to contact me (e-mail: biologicalsciences@egerton.ac.ke) or any member of the Department should you have questions about our programmes.

Academic Staff

  1. Dr. Steve Omondi Oduor - C.O.D
  2. Prof. Okiror Michael A.
  3. Prof. Andrew W. Yasindi
  4. Prof. Wagara Isabel Nyokabi
  5. Prof. Nzula Kitaka
  6. Prof. Rose O. Ogwang
  7. Prof. Kariuki Samuel Kabuitu
  8. Prof. C. M. Mwithali
  9. Prof. Kipkemboi Julius
  10. Prof. Otaye Daniel Otieno
  11. Dr. Muia A. Wairimu
  12. Dr. Charles Maina Kihia
  13. Dr. Elick Onyango Otachi
  14. Dr. James Koskey
  15. Dr. Maina Charles Irungu
  16. Dr. Geoffrey Odhiambo Ong'ondo
  17. Dr. Philip Kandagor Bett
  18. Dr. Nyakoah R. Otanga
  19. Dr. Muthamia Japheth
  20. Dr. Faith J. Toroitich
  21. Dr. Evans.O. Obura
  22. Dr. Francis McOdimba – Leave of Absence
  23. Ms.Thiongo Phylis Njeri
  24. Ms. Wainaina Rose Kibura
  25. Mr. Essendi Miding'a Walter
  26. Ms. Mercy N. Wamalwa
  27. Mr. Ayeka Peter Amwoga

Technical Staff

  1. Mr. Osumo J. Misati – Chief Technologist
  2. Ms. Kariuki Catherine Wanjiru - Ag. Chief Technologist
  3. Mr. Lewis Kamau Mungai
  4. Ms. Njoroge R. Wambui
  5. Mr. Ceasar Mathenge Ngunjiri
  6. Mr. Musingi Musyimi Benjamin
  7. Mr. Mugwe Humphrey Wanjama
  8. Mrs. Kiptoo Gaudencia Jerop
  9. Mr. Githaiga B. Muriuki
  10. Mr. Oduor Peter Leonard
  11. Mr. Anderson Kiburai Mwangi
  12. Ms. Kiplagat A. Jepkorir
  13. Mr. Kosimbei Kenneth K.
  14. Mr. Ngure Samuel M.
  15. Mr. Kamau J. Gachoka
  16. Mr. Edward M. Obong'o
  17. Mr. Kiarie R.Mburu
  18. Mr. Mwangi J. Kimani

Administrative Staff

  1. Ms. Joyce Kitheka – Departmental Secretary
  2. Ms. Jesca Iminza Omega – Departmental Clerk
  3. Mr. Patrice Ombul – Departmental Messenger

Our Mission

  1. To generate cutting –edge biological knowledge from molecular to global level and disseminate effectively.
  2. To equip students with scientific skills to meet the challenges in biology and knowledge to be educated citizens
  3. Prepare students for national and international careers in biological sciences

Our Objectives

  1. To provide 100% teaching and examination services every semester
     
  2. To increase number of publications in refereed journals by 5 papers annually
     
  3. To admit at least 9 graduate students annually

Faculty of Science

We are committed to teaching, creation and application of knowledge through pure and applied research and the dissemination of new knowledge through scholarly publication through a dynamic, locally and internationally recognized research standing....

Our Location & Contacts

The Faculty of Science Complex

Egerton University - Main Campus

P.o Box, 536 - 20115
Egerton, Nakuru KE

Phone: +(254)-051-2217891/2

Fax: +(254)-051-2217781

Email: info@egerton.ac.ke