Natural Sciences courses in Kenya [All you need to know]

In this article, we shall look at Natural Sciences courses in Kenya, the grades you must have to pursue them, and the colleges/universities teaching them locally.

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Natural Sciences courses in Kenya [All you need to know]

First, what do natural sciences deal with as regards careers?

Well, overall, a natural scientist studies the origins, behavior, genetics, life processes, and even diseases of animals and wildlife.

Now, when it comes to natural sciences careers, you may specialize in zoology, botany, wildlife and management, fisheries, forestry and environmental sciences, depending on what interests you most.

Other areas of specialization include Hydrology, Hydrogeology, Geology, and Water Resources Management.

 

Key skills and interests required to pursue a career in this field

  • Interest in natural sciences
  • Interest in environmental science
  • Enjoy working Outdoor
  • Good aptitude for Biology
  • Critical Thinking skills / Creative problem-solving skills
  • Effective communication skills
  • Analytical Mind
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills
  • Good conceptual skills,
  • Love for research

What the job/career/profession entails

Nature scientists carry out the following duties (among others):

  • Study animals and plants
  • Research on environmental effects on the use of land and water habitats
  • Inform public about wildlife population
  • Keep proper records on wildlife and plants
  • Write and publish articles on plants and animals in natural science journals
  • Teach natural science in tertiary colleges. They can also teach Biology in High schools in Kenya.

Entry Requirements for a Natural Science course in Kenya

Degree (Bachelor’s) level

Here are the natural science degrees that you can take in Kenya:

  • Environmental studies
  • Biology and Health science
  • Sustainable Energy and climate change system
  • Coastal and Marine resource
  • Integrated Forest Resource management
  • Range management
  • Maritime Management
  • Soil science
  • Soil and land use management
  • Utilization and sustainability
  • Waste management ,Water and Environment management
  • Water Resource management
  • Water resources and environment
  • Wildlife Enterprise Management
  • Forestry, Ecosystem Management
  • Wood Science and Industrial processes
  • Geography and Natural resource
  • Earth Science
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Metrology
  • Environmental conservation
  • Management of agro eco-system and environment
  • Environmental planning& management

General cluster subject requirements

  1. Biology
  2. Chemistry
  3. Maths/Physics/Geography
  4. English/Kiswahili/Third Best in Group II/III/IV/V

For the most part, you must have a C+ or a C plain in each of the above subjects.

ALSO READ: High school subjects in Kenya [Full list and groups]

 

Diploma level

You can as well pursue the following diplomas (You need to have a Mean Grade of C- and there are no cluster subjects):

  • Wildlife management
  • Environmental science
  • Nautical Sciences
  • Petroleum and Geoscience

Universities offering Natural Sciences courses in Kenya

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  • Cooperative University of Kenya
  • Chuka University
  • Catholic University
  • Egerton University
  • JKUAT
  • JOOUST(Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science& Technology)
  • Kabarak University
  • Karatina University
  • Kisii University
  • KU- Bachelor Of Science (Bsc.) In Environmental Education
  • Laikipia University
  • Machakos University
  • Mt Kenya University
  • Maasai Mara University
  • Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology
  • Maseno University
  • Moi University
  • Meru University of Science and Technology
  • Pwani University
  • Rongo University
  • SEKU(South Eastern Kenya University)
  • Tom Mboya University College
  • Turkana University College
  • Technical University of Kenya
  • University of Eldoret
  • University of Embu
  • UON (University of Nairobi)
  • Mama Ngina University College(environmental studies& community development)

For a diploma in environmental science, you can apply to the following institutions:

  • Eldoret National Polytechnic
  • JOOUST(Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and 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

 

Career Prospects for Holders of Natural Science Qualifications

  • Laboratory Technician
  • Forester
  • Laboratory Assistant
  • Researcher
  • Lecturer
  • Natural science teacher
  • Environmentalist
  • Hydrologist
  • Park ranger
  • Meteorologist
  • Weather Forecasting
  • Natural Sciences Programme officer
  • Natural Sciences project manager
  • Environmental Specialist
  • Senior Environmentalist
  • Climate and Environmental Manager
  • Climate change specialist
  • Environment Enforcement Officer(for organizations like NEMA)
  • Water Engineer
  • Principal Hydrogeologist (in water works agencies like Nairobi Water)
  • Specialist -Water Resources Management

ALSO READ:

Environmental science courses in Kenya

CPA John Gitahi is a trainer at Kenya Online College, Kenya Institute of Information Technology and NITA and has been involved in education all his life. He is very passionate about helping young people make great career choices. He studied Commerce and ICT at the University. He is also an avid traveller.

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