The mission of the School is to provide high quality education based on modern scientific teaching and research techniques and to produce highly trained scientists in the various disciplines to meet the ever growing challenges of a dynamic world in the pure sciences and to offer practical solutions to problems affecting humanity in applied sciences.

The school forms one of the nineen (19) schools of the university and has a student population approximately 2000.

Structure of the School:
The School is headed by a Dean who coordinates the following 6 teaching departments each headed by a Chairman. The 6 departments are listed in the table below:
1. Chemistry
2. Physics
3. Biochem, Microbioloogy& Biotechnology
4. Mathematics & Actuarial Science
5. Zoological Sciences
6. Plant Science

Entry Requirement for Undergraduate Programmes

Mean grade of C+ (Plus) at KCSE or equivalent with a minimum of a C (plain) in Mathematics and at least C+ (Plus) or equivalent in any three subjects chosen from Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Geography OR at least grade C (Plain) at KCSE with a Diploma of at least a credit pass in a relevant field of study from a recognized institution OR KACE with two (2) Principles and one (1) Subsidiary.

Programmes Offered
The School of Pure & Applied Sciences offers the following programmes:


Course Offered

All departments



a. B.Sc (Analytical Chemistry with Management)


b. B.Sc (Industrial Chemistry with Management)


a. B.Sc (Telecommunication & Information Technology)

Biochemistry & Biotechnology

a. B.Sc (Biochemistry)


b. B.Sc (Biotechnology)


c. B.Sc (Forensic Science)


d. B.Sc.
(Molecular/Cell Biology)


B.Sc (Statistics & Programming)

Zoological Sciences

a. B.Sc (Biology)


b. B.Sc (Coastal & Marine Resources)


c. B.Sc (Animal Health)

Plant & Microbial Sciences

a. B.Sc (Microbiology)


b. B.Sc (Conservation Biology)

Postgraduate degree programmes

Postgraduate programmes are offered in various specialization areas depending on the departments.

  • To qualify for a Masters programme, one needs to hold a bachelors degree (Upper Second Class). Those with Lower Second are required to have at least two years relevant working experience.

  • Candidates must also satisfy departmental requirements before admission in any department.

Ph.D Progrmmes:
For admission into Ph.D programmes, a candidate must have a Masters degree from a recognized University and fulfill other departmental requirements.

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The School has separate laboratory facilities and specialized equipment for each of the departments.
A key facility is the Level 2 Biosafety Plant Transformation Laboratory (PTL) and Glasshouse. This is the only approved facility of its kind in a University of Eastern and Central Africa and will greatly facilitate teaching and research in plant genetic transformation and molecular biology.

Research Activities
The School undertakes various research activities in all the departments. The list of these is readily available in the relevant departments.


  1. Name: Dr. Alphonse Wanyonyi

     Position: School Exam Coordinator
     Department: Chemistry
     Qualification: PhD.
     Area of specialization: Natural Products

2. Name: Mr. Evans Kimathi

    Position: Senior Administrator

3. Name: Zipporah Mose

     Position: Administrative Assistant

4. Name: Gladwell Nyambura

    Position: Secretary

5. Name: Jackline Nambuye

    Position: Secretary

6. Name: Halima Asaffa

    Position: Data entry Clerk- Exam Office

7. Name: Christine Mukhabane

    Position: Data entry Clerk- Exam Office

8. Name: Innocent oroo

    Position: clerk- Registry

9. Name: Maureen Makhapila

    Position: Clerk-Registry

10. Name: Patrick Nyaga

     Position: Clerk- Registry

11. Name: William Mwanda

      Position: Clerk- Registry

12. Name: Cecilia M. Njuguna

      Position: Messenger/Cleaner

13. Name: Wycliffe Kibiwott

      Position: Messenger/Cleaner

14. Name: Olpha Maiko

     Position: Messenger/ Cleaner

The following are the active committees at the school.
1. School executive board
2. School Board of Examiners
3. School Board of Postgraduate Studies
4. School Board of Undergraduate Studies
5. Research and Travel Grant committee

The school is assigned a certain amount of money to the Dean’s Research and Travel Grant vote. The funds are meant to assist Master students in doing their research and also enable members of staff who have been invited to conferences abroad to be able to travel and do their presentations.
A number of them from various departments have benefitted from the Dean’s research and Travel Grant award. Below are some of the beneficiaries-;

Research grant;
1. Eliakim Mbaka a PhD student from the department of Biochemistry & Biotechnology received kshs. 100,000.
2. Maundu Anne a PhD student from the department of Zoological Sciences received Kshs 100,000.
3. Olum Fredrick Odondo a PhD student from the department of Mathematics received kshs. 100,000.

Travel Grant
The following among many others have had the privilege of getting the Dean’s travel grant award to travel to various continents to present their PhD abstracts.
1. Prof. Paul Mbugua from plant sciences department received kshs. 438, 567 to travel to Montreal Canada to present his final PhD abstract.
2. Mutuku Winfred Nduku from Mathematics department received kshs. 282,435 to travel to South Africa.
Besides the dean’s research and travel grant the school of pure and applied sciences was privileged to have some of its staff members receive the National Research Fund (NRF) scholarship. Some of the shortlisted members’ are-;
Chemistry Dept-PhD STUDENTS
1. Nyamu Njuguna Samwel
2. Benson Wachira
3. Beatrice Anyango
4. Githinji Peter Muchoki
5. Marangu Joseph Mwiti
6. Phoebe Choge