DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES
David I. Kibaara
Coordinator, Department of Biological Sciences
The Department of Biological Sciences was separated from the Department of Basic Sciences in 2013 soon after Chuka University was granted a Charter as a fully-fledged public university. The Department has since grown into one of the most diverse in terms of academic programmes and the research interests of its academic staff. This diversity has resulted in numerous collaboration programmes among the staff and friendly institutions as they discover common themes and approaches within their research programmes. The department integrates research and teaching across all levels of biological disciplines within Chuka University. We offer comprehensive undergraduate and postgraduate education in the wide range of biological disciplines from molecules to ecosystems and the biosphere.
The Department of Biological Sciences has witnessed remarkable growth–with regard to the number of students registered, new staff joining the department, acquisition of new equipment and overall infrastructure. During the last couple of years it has embarked on a steady acquisition of biological laboratory equipment in order to enhance quality teaching and research.
To be a leading Department in the provision of quality education, training and research in the areas of Botany and Zoology for sustainable national and global development.
To generate and disseminate knowledge through collaborative research with local and foreign institutions in the fields of Botany and Zoology to nurture an intellectual culture that integrates theory with practice.
- To stimulate student's interest and understanding of Botany and Zoology to prepare them for careers in research in relevant government and non-governmental institutions, and also as workers in industry, private sector and as teachers of Biology in secondary schools
- To produce high quality graduates for research, innovation, consultancy and dissemination in specific disciplines in Botany and Zoology
- To initiate collaborative research with local and foreign institutions in the fields of Botany and Zoology to develop multi-disciplinary approaches to address societal problems
- To initiate and participate in community outreach and extension services for the welfare of the society
The Department of Biological Sciences offers service courses to undergraduate students with areas of concentration in Animal Biology, Cell Biology, Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Genetics, Physiology and Developmental Biology, and Plant Biology. These areas of concentration are pursued through certificate, diploma or the bachelors degrees in collaboration with other departments. The Department of Biological Sciences continually reviews its curriculum and is soon to launch the following new undergraduate programmes: Bachelor of Science in Biology, Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Biotechnology and Bachelor of Science in Fisheries and Aquaculture. These new programmes are expected to attract enormous numbers of students registering for them.
The department has begun postgraduate programmes at both the Masters and Doctorate levels. The study programmes are tailored individually to meet postgraduate student needs and emphasize interdisciplinary thinking. The areas of study include Master of Science in Botany (Plant Pathology), Master of Science in Botany (Microbiology and Biotechnology), Master of Science in Botany (Genetics), Master of Science in Zoology (Medical Parasitology), Master of Science in Zoology (Animal Physiology) and related PhD programmes.