Environmental science courses in Kenya [Detailed guide]

Last updated on July 27th, 2023 at 03:33 pm

If you have been thinking of pursuing an environmental science course in Kenya, below is everything you need to know about Environmental science courses in Kenya

Environmental science courses in Kenya- all you need to know

To start with, here is a list of environmental science courses in Kenya and the grades you need to pursue them (minimum requirements)

Degree in environmental science in Kenya

Minimum entry requirements

KCSE Mean Grade: C+

Cluster Subjects

Subject 1 Biology
Subject 2 Chemistry
Subject 3 Math / Physics / Geography
Subject 4 English / Kiswahili / Biology / Physics / Chem / Biology / GSC /  GEO / CRE  (IRE / HRE )/HAG / Home science / Art & Design  / Agriculture / Woodwork / Metal Work / BC /PM / ECT / DRD / Aviation / Computer / French / German / Arabic / Kenya Sign Language / MUC / Business Studies

In most cases, you need a C+ / a C plain in each of the cluster subjects.

Universities offering environmental science in Kenya

Below now are the Universities offering Degree in environmental science in Kenya:

  • Cooperative University of Kenya– Bachelor Of Science In Environment, Lands And Sustainable Infrastructure/ Bachelor Of Science In Environmental Science And Technology/ Bachelor Of Science In Environmental Economics And Policy
  • Chuka University- Bachelor of Science(Environmental Science)/ Bachelor of Science(Natural Resources Management)
  • Catholic University– Bachelor of Arts(BA) In Environmental Planning & Management
  • Egerton University– Bachelor of Science(Bsc.) in Environmental Sciences
  • JKUAT-Bachelor of Science(Bsc.) in Environmental Science
  • JOOUST(Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science& Technology)- Bachelor of Science(Bsc.) in Water Resources & Environment
  • Kabarak University– Bachelor of Science(Bsc.) in Environmental Science
  • Karatina University– Bachelor of Science(Bsc.) in Environmental Studies
  • Kisii University– Bachelor of Science(Bsc.) in Environmental Science/ Bachelor Of Science (Bsc.)in Natural Resource Management
  • KU– Bachelor Of Environmental Science/ Bachelor Of Environmental Planning And Management
  • Laikipia University– Bachelor of Science(Environmental Science)
  • Machakos University– Bachelor of Environmental Science
  • Mt Kenya University– Bachelor of Science(Bsc.) in Environmental Science
  • Maasai Mara University– Bachelor of Science(Environmental management)
  • Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology-Bachelor of Science(Environmental Science)/Bachelor of Science(Natural Resources Management)
  • Maseno University-Bachelor Of Science(Environmental Science-With IT)
  • Moi University-Bachelor of Science(Bsc.)in Environmental Science
  • Meru University of Science and Technology-Bachelor of Science(Environmental Science& Resources Management)
  • Pwani University-Bachelor of Environmental Science/- Bachelor of Environmental Planning& Management
  • Rongo University-Bachelor of Science(Environmental Science)
  • SEKU(South Eastern Kenya University)- Bachelor of Science(Environmental conservation& Natural Resources Management)/Bachelor Of Science(Environmental Management)
  • Tom Mboya University College-Bachelor Of Science(Environmental_Science-WithT)
  • Turkana University College-Bachelor of Environmental Science
  • Technical University of Kenya– Bachelor Of Technology(Envir0nmental Resource Management)
  • University of Eldoret-Bachelor Of Environmental Studies(Science)/Bachelor Of Science(Natural Resource Management)/ Bachelor Of Science(Water Resource Management)
  • University of Embu– Bachelor Of Science(Management Of Agro Ecosystem And Environment)/ Bachelor Of Science(Environmental Conservation & Natural Resources Management)/ Bachelor Of Science(Water Resource Management)
  • UON (University of Nairobi)- Bachelor of Science(Environmental Conservation & Natural Resources Management)


Diploma in environmental science in Kenya

Minimum Entry Requirements


Cluster Subject Requirements


Colleges offering environmental science in Kenya (diploma in environmental science)

  • Eldoret National Polytechnic
  • JOOUST(Jaramogi 0ginga 0dinga University of Science& Technology)
  • Kenya Coast National Polytechnic
  • Kendege Technical and Vocational College
  • Kiambu Institute of Science and Technology
  • Kitale National Polytechnic
  • Kisii National Polytechnic
  • Kisumu National Polytechnic
  • Meru National Polytechnic
  • Nairobi TTI (Technical Training Institute)
  • Ol’lessos TTI(Technical Training Institute)
  • Rift Valley Technical Training Institute
  • Sigalagala National Polytechnic
  • Siaya Institute of Technology
  • Thika Technical Training Institute


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Masters in environmental science in Kenya

If you’d like to advance to masters, you have a couple of options.

Here they are:

Master Of Science(Msc.) In Geography& Environmental Studies

This programme is offered at the University of Nairobi (Wangari Maathai Institute of peace and environmental studies).

You can learn more about it here.

Masters of Science (Msc.) – Environmental Health

This course is offered by Kenyatta University.

The minimum qualification is Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies (with upper second class honours-at least) from Kenyatta University or an alternative recognized University.

Go here to read more about the course.


What duties do environmental scientists carry out on a daily basis?

A professional in environmental science will discharge the following Duties and responsibilities (among others):

  • Perform environmental inspections as well as environmental incident management
  • Receive, dispatch, and review Environmental Impact Assessments(EIA) and Environmental Audits(EA) Reports
  • Receive and dispatch applications to various licensing regimes
  • Mobilize the public at large to participate in activities such as environmental conservation/ management
  • Coordinate environmental activities/ environmental events at the community level.
  • Oversee major projects such as those that address climate change, pollution/environmental degradation, etc.
  • Provide teams with appropriate advice depending on the project
  • Ensure compliance with various Environmental Management Acts and regulations to safe-guard the environment
  • Collaborate with other stakeholders in carrying out environmental conservation activities
  • Determine the best solutions for environmental protection

Career prospects for those who pursue environment courses in Kenya

Here now are some of the typical environmental science jobs in Kenya you could be hired for once you complete the course:

  1. Environment Officer
  2. Environmentalist
  3. Senior Environmental Specialist
  4. Environmental Expert
  5. Manager-Climate & Environmental Management
  6. Environment Associate
  7. Environment / Natural Resources Officer
  8. Lecturer- Environmental Management
  9. Environmental Scientist
  10. Environmental Analyst

Where can you find work?

Your potential employers are:

  • County governments
  • National government agencies such as NEMA
  • Not-for-profits in the environmental conservation field
  • International organizations like UNEP(United Nations Environment Programme)
  • Private companies
  • Academic institutions



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