BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN CHEMISTRY

Overview

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry is a foundational degree programme in the physical sciences subject domain that offers course units in the classical branches of chemistry namely organic, inorganic and physical chemistry and also incorporates elements of analytical, environmental and industrial chemistry. Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degree programme was launched during the 2012/2013 academic year. The programme aims to equip learners with knowledge on chemical processes, how they occur and their beneficial effects on society. It prepares learners for employment in the chemical and allied industries, in addition to postgraduate studies in any of the chemistry sub-disciplines. 

 

 Philosophy of the Degree Programme

The philosophy of Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degree programme is that learners are facilitated by various instructional means and conducive environment to acquire high standard chemistry knowledge and skills to enable them succeed in their careers and to make local and global contributions in chemistry and related fields. 
 

 Rationale of the Degree Programme

The expected role of the education sector is to equip learners with desired values, attitudes, knowledge, skills and competencies essential for productive employment. Vision 2030 has set wealth creation as one of its goals and targets the exploitation of available natural resources to spur development in agriculture, energy, water and health among other economic sectors. To contribute to the achievement of these aspirations, there is need for the university to offer relevant knowledge and hands-on training in form of practicals, projects and industrial linkages to enhance development of entrepreneurial skills. The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degree programme responds to the goals of Vision 2030 by offering chemistry knowledge and skills that exploits natural resources to drive the industrialization process.  
 
The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degree programme responds to the goals of Vision 2030 by offering industrial chemistry knowledge and skills that can be applied in the exploitation natural resources to drive the industrialization process. The review of the curriculum was informed by a needs assessment of the existing programme through questionnaires administered to students on session, former students and employers in order to identify the gaps. A stakeholders’ workshop was held to give feedback on the quality of the prototype curriculum. The curriculum was benchmarked with similar programmes offered at other world-class universities. Some of the changes that have been made to the programme include offering of industrial training, adding some senate approved course units for the purpose of addressing deficiencies observed in the previous curriculum and, offering standalone practicals to enhance learning as well allowing more time to teach fundamental theory in first and second years of study. The programme has been formatted to comply with the Commission of University Education (CUE) guidelines for academic programmes. 
 

Goals of the Degree Programme

The goal of the programme is to produce graduates who are well-grounded in chemistry knowledge and appropriate skills to meet the needs of industry, academia and society. 
 

Expected learning outcomes

At the end of the programme, the graduate will be able to:

1. Apply chemical knowledge for problem solving, innovation, economic development and in improvement of quality of life and environment.

2. Demonstrate competencies in knowledge and skills relevant to postgraduate training in chemistry and related fields.

3. Employ chemical safety skills in laboratory, industry and other work environment. 

4. Demonstrate effective communication skills in dissemination of chemical and related information.

5. Practice chemistry as a profession, lead and work in teams ethically with integrity. 
 

 

Mode of Delivery of the Programme

The mode of delivery shall be either face-to-face and/or online or Open, Distance and e-Learning (ODeL) and Blended

 Face-to-Face

The face-to-face mode of delivery is given to students admitted in the full time program and shall consist of comprehensive coverage of the syllabus through lectures, tutorials, practicals, seminars, workshops and industrial visits for a semester (15 weeks). 
 

Online learning

The online mode of delivery is given to students admitted in the full time program and shall consist of comprehensive coverage of the syllabus through lectures, assignments, quizzes, tutorials, practicals, seminars, workshops using learning management systems (LMS) approved by Senate.  
 

Open, Distance and e - Learning (ODeL)

This delivery mode shall use Open, Distance and e-leaning including:

• Written self instructional study modules issued at registration time consisting of course study materials, relevant literature and interactive devices and self tests;

• Limited face-to-face sessions to provide overview of the course at commencement of the semester, mid-semester and revision period before examinations;

• Support Study Centers at the University of Nairobi and its Regional Resource Centers to allow access to information through computers and e-learning platform as well as use of the library facilities.

 During orientation, students shall be introduced to the following; 

• Orientation in Open, Distance and e-learning (ODeL) and the link between the University and satellite centres

• Reading skills and computer skills

• Mentorship, guidance and counseling 

 

Blended

This mode combines the face to face leaning, distance learning and online learning delivery methods

 

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Duration.

The programme duration is minimum of four (4) academic years to a maximum of eight (8) academic years

Courses Structure

In addition to the specialised courses pertaiing to the programme, the structure complies with the University policy of offering common course units that impart social skills to undergraduate students

First Year

Learners take a miniumum of Twelve (12) course units in the first year and include chemistry, mathematics, and physics.

Second Year

Learners take a miniumum of miniumum of thirteen (13) course units in the second year of study

Third Year

Learners take a miniumum of twelve (12) course units in the third year of study

Fourth Year

Learners take  a miniumum twelve (12) course in the fourth years of study.

To graduate, learners shall take a minimum of forty nine (49) course units. To qualify for the award of a degree, a candidate shall have passed in at least FORTY ONE (41) units; with a minimum of TEN units passed in the 1st year, ELEVEN in 2nd year, TEN in 3rd year and TEN units passed in the 4th years of study AND shall have obtained an average score of at least 40%.

 

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Application to join the programme

Submission of application to join the programme normally opens in April of every year. Applicants wishing to be sponsored by the government must submit their applications through Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS).

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Self sponsored students wishing to join the programme should submit their applications through University of Nairobi Online Application Portal.

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Registration and admission for qualified applicants commences in August. Information on registration can be found here

 

Minimum Admission Requirements

a) A candidate who wishes to register for Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degree must have the following minimum University general admissions requirements.

(i) At least C+(Plus) in Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) or its equivalent

(ii) At least C- (Minus) in KCSE and a Diploma or its equivalent

(iii) At least two Principal Passes in KACE b) In addition to meeting (a) above, candidates wishing to register for Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degree must have any of the following:

(i) At least C+(Plus) in KCSE or its equivalent with passes in at least three subjects in either of the following two alternatives (A or B): 
 
Alternative A

Chemistry  C+

Biology  C+

Physics   C+

Geography  C+

Mathematics  C+

Computer Science C+

Alternative B

Physical Sciences C+

Biological Sciences C+

Geography  C+

Mathematics   C+

Computer Science C+  
 
(ii) At least C- (Minus) in KCSE and a KNEC Diploma or its equivalent in physical science subjects (Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry or Industrial Chemistry), with at least a pass. 

(iii) Kenya Advanced Certificate of Education (KACE) or equivalent qualification with at least two principal passes in science subjects one of which must be chemistry.

(iv) A science/technology based degree or its equivalent from an institution accredited by the Commission for University Education. 

Career Prospects

Graduates of this program find employments in the chemical and allied industries, research assistants, and chemicals management agencies in both private and public sectors. In addition to postgraduate studies in any of the chemistry sub-disciplines. Kills acquired in the program prepare one to venture out as entrepreneurs

Attachment Opportunities

The department has over the years formed very strong collaborations with various public and private institutions where our students can go for attachemnt. They include Kenya Industrial Research and Development Institute (KIRDI) , Government Chemist, Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI), KobianGeothermal Development Company (GDC). Students are encouraged to submit their attachment applications through NITA.

BACHELOR OFSCIENCE IN CHEMISTRY - I64      
YEAR 1 -12UNITS      
  Semester 1 Semester 2 TOTALS
TUITION 132,000 132,000 264,000
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000) 6,000 6,000 12,000
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR) 7,000 0 7,000
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250) 2,250 2,250 4,500
ID CARD ( PER YEAR) 1,000 0 1,000
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR) 1,000 0 1,000
CAUTION - (ONCE) 5,000 0 5,000
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR) 6,500 0 6,500
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR) 2,000 0 2,000
LIBRARY (PER YEAR) 4,000 0 4,000
Total-Industrial chem Year 1 166,750 140,250 307,000
       
YEAR 2 -13UNITS      
  Semester 1 Semester 2 TOTALS
TUITION 132,000 132,000 264,000
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000) 6,000 7,000 13,000
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR) 7,000   7,000
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250) 2,250 2,250 4,500
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR) 1,000   1,000
ID CARD ( PER YEAR) 1,000   1,000
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR) 6,500   6,500
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR) 2,000   2,000
LIBRARY (PER YEAR) 4,000   4,000
Total--Industrial chem Year 2 161,750 141,250 303,000
       
YEAR 3 -10UNITS      
  Semester 1 Semester 2 TOTALS
TUITION 132,000 132,000 264,000
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000) 5,000 5,000 10,000
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR) 7,000 0 7,000
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250) 2,250 2,250 4,500
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR) 1,000   1,000
ID CARD ( PER YEAR) 1,000   1,000
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR) 6,500   6,500
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR) 2,000   2,000
LIBRARY (PER YEAR) 4,000   4,000
Total--Industrial chemYear 3 160,750 139,250 300,000
       
YEAR 4 -10UNITS      
  Semester 1 Semester 2 TOTALS
TUITION 132,000 132,000 264,000
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000) 5,000 5,000 10,000
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR) 7,000 0 7,000
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250) 2,250 2,250 4,500
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR) 1,000   1,000
ID CARD ( PER YEAR) 1,000   1,000
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR) 6,500   6,500
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR) 2,000   2,000
LIBRARY (PER YEAR) 4,000   4,000
Total--Industrial chem Year 4 160,750 139,250 300,000
       
Grand TOTALS     1,210,000
       
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