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Bachelor of Science in Soil Science and Plant Nutrition with IT

About the Programme

The degree programme provides students with fundamental theories, concepts, and hands-on practicals to enable the students to appreciate the properties of soil that are subject to manipulation in soil management for the purposes of plant crop production in a sustainable manner. Both laboratory- and field-based practicals are emphasized. The programme focuses on soil physical, chemical, and biological characteristics, soil genesis, soil survey and classification, and soil management with particular reference to plant performance.

  1. Programme Courses

Year 1 Semester 1 

 Course Units Titles

Introduction to Agriculture in Kenya

Plant Structure and functions

HIV and AIDS, Determinants, Prevention and Management

Introduction to Soil Science

Basic Inorganic Chemistry

Mathematics I

Introduction to Microeconomics

Foundation of Information Technology

Word Processing and Design of Presentation


Year 1 Semester 2 

Principles of Food Security

Introduction to Microbiology

Basic Entomology

Basic Organic Chemistry

Basic Analytical Chemistry

Mathematics II

Introduction to Macroeconomics

Computer communication System

Data Manipulation and Analysis using Spreadsheet


Year 2 Semester 1 

Soil Physics  

Soil Biology

Soil Genesis

Basic Genetics

Introduction to Statistics

Plant Biochemistry

The Internet and Worldwide Web

Desktop Publishing Techniques


Year 2 Semester 2 

Soil Chemistry

Plant Nutrition

Principles of Crop Production

Plant Breeding

Technical Drawing

General Plant Physiology

Computer-based Information Systems

Relational Database Management Systems


 Year 3 Semester 1

Soil Degradation I - Factors and Processes

Fundamentals of Research

Rural Sociology and Development

General Topographical Survey

Farm Power and Machinery

Soil and Water Engineering

Geographical information systems

Introduction to Agrometeorology


Year 3 Semester 2 

Soil Fertility Management

Soil and Plant Testing

Soil Survey and Classification

Organic Farming

Soilless Plant Growth Media

Weed Science

Electronic Commerce

Experimental Design and Data Analysis


Third Session (End of Year 3)

Industrial Attachment (10 weeks)


Year 4 Semester 1 

Soil Degradation II – Control Measures

Remote Sensing and GIS in Land Use Management

Tropical Soils I

Land Use and Food Security

Agricultural Extension

Economic Entomology

Social and Professional Issues with IT

Information Assurance and Security

Research Project I: Project Proposal


Programme Requirement
Applicants eligible for admission into the program must:

Satisfy the minimum entry requirements for admission to the University and School of Agriculture and Food Security.

Duration of the Programme
The duration of the program shall normally be four (4) academic years.

Degree Structure
The program offers courses within the degree structure spelled out by the School of Agriculture and Food Security.