Bachelor of Arts (Geography)

BACHELOR OF ARTS (GEOGRAPHY)

The Department of Geography emphasizes two geographic tracks including:

  1. Physical Geography, which focuses on the Earth’s Biophysical aspects of the environment and
  2. Human Geography. Both tracks are strongly blended with principles and applications of Geoinfomatics and research methodology.

The B.A. in Geography programme introduces students mainly to Physical and Human Geography. Physical geography focuses on Planning, components of and Geo-information Systems that provide synergy to make spatial examination and analysis of the human environment geographically complete.
The program pays particular attention to knowledge and applications of geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing techniques, and computer-assisted cartography, land use assessment and planning, and applied human and earth resource management.

First Year

First Semester

School Common Courses (6 Units)
Code Course Units
SAS 101 Introduction to Reading & Writing Skills 3
SAS 102 Computer Literacy & Skills 3
Degree Core Courses (9 units)
Code Course Units
GEO 120 Introduction to Earth’s Physical Environment  3
GEO 123 Introduction to Remote Sensing and GIS 3
GEO 122 History and Philosophy of Geography 3
Interdisciplinary Electives (recommended from outside the discipline 6 units)
BGS 121 Introduction to Political Geography 3
BAS 101 Ethnography of African Society 3
BAS 102 Introduction to Social Science 3

Second Semester

School Common Courses (3 Units)
SAS 103 Deviation & Rehabilitation 3
  Degree Core Courses (9 units)
Code Course Units
BGS 120 Geography of Kenya 3
GEO 121 Introduction to Human Geography 3
GEO 124 Introduction to Practical Geography and Fieldwork 3
Interdisciplinary Electives (recommended from outside the discipline 9 units)
BAS 104 Introduction to World Civilizations 3
ANT 104 Leadership and Ethics 3
ANT 105 Culture and Society 3
PSA 103 Introduction to Public Administration 3

Second Year

First Semester

School Common Courses (3 Units)
SAS 201 Introduction to Research Methods 3
Degree Core courses (12 units)  
Code Course Units
GEO 201 Introduction to Cartography 3
GEO 204 Spatial Organization 3
GEO 203 Computer Science for geographers 3
BGS 200 Economic Geography 3
GEO 209 Remote sensing 3
Degree Specialization Electives (3 Units)
GEO 211 Introduction to Hydrology 3
BGS 201 Rural Geography 3
Interdisciplinary Electives (Recommended from outside the discipline 3 units)
BAS 201 Kenya in World History 3
SWK 201 Fundamental Issues of Diversity and Globalization in Social Work  3

Second Semester

School Common Courses (3 units)
Code Title Units
SAS 202 Critical Thinking 3
Degree Courses Core courses (12 units)
GEO 202 Introduction to Land surveying 3
GEO 207 Population Geography 3
GEO 208 Land Use Planning 3
GEO 212 Geographic information Systems (GIS) 3
Degree Specialization Electives (3 units)
GEO 214 Hydrology and Watershed Management 3
BGS 202 East African Environments 3
BGS 203 Geography of Displaced persons 3
BGS 204 Human Migration and Settlement 3
Interdisciplinary Electives (outside the discipline 3 units)
BAS 202 Introduction to Political History 3
SWK 202 Individual Functioning in a Complex Society 3
PSA 209 Principles of Management 3

Third Year

First Semester

School Common Courses (3 Units)
Code Title Units
SAS 301 Contemporary Gender Issues 3
Degree Core courses (12 units)
GEO 301 Climatology 3
GEO 318 Quantitative Methods in Geography 3
GEO 315 Biogeography 3
Degree Specialization Electives (6 units)
BGS 300 Geography of Tourism and Travel Management 3
BGS 302 Cultural and Behavioral Geography 3
GEO 309 Urban Geography 3
GEO 319 Photogrammetry 3
Interdisciplinary Electives (Recommended from outside the discipline) 3 units
BAS 301 Religion and Science 3
BAS 302 Nationalism and the African States 3
PSA 307 Politics of Industrialization and Agriculture in Africa 3

Second Semester

School Common Courses (3 Units)
Code Title Units
SAS 302 Entrepreneurship & Accounting 3
Degree Core Courses (15 units)
GEO 311 Geography of Natural Resources 3
GEO 314 Research Methods and Field Course in Geography 6
(NB: There shall be a 14 days integrated Field Course Designed to Cover All Areas of Geography as part of GEO 314)
GEO 322 Geomorphology 3
GEO 328 Computer Assisted Cartography 3
Degree Specialization Electives (6 units)
GEO 305 Soil Survey and Mapping 3
BGS 301 Arid and Semiarid Lands 3
BGS 303 Political Geography 3
GEO 323 Medical Geography 3
GEO 320 Land Surveying 3
Interdisciplinary Electives (Recommended from outside the discipline 3 units)
BAS 303 Contemporary Political Ideologies 3
BAS 304 Social Economic Change & Development 3
PSA 319 Public Policy and Government Planning in Kenya 3
GEO 327 Institutional Attachment (Core BA Geo Only, a two months program) 3

Fourth Year

First Semester

  School Common Courses (3 units)  
Code Title Units
SAS 401 Conflict & Disaster Management 3
Degree Core Courses (12 Units
GEO 410 Agricultural Geography 3
GEO 412 Environmental Management 3
GEO 423 Digital Image Processing 3
GEO 400 Applied Remote sensing and GIS 3
Degree Specialization Electives (6 units)
GEO 405 Industrial Geography 3
GEO 406 Geography of Coastal Areas 3
GEO 421 Applied Climatology 3
BGS 400 Regional Development Planning 3
Interdisciplinary Electives (outside the discipline 3 units)
BAS 401 Issues in Social Ethics 3
BAS 402 History of Science 3
BAS 403 Planning, Culture and Development 3

Second Semester

  School Common Courses (3 units)  
Code Title Units
SAS 402 Policy Planning, Analysis & Project Management 3
Degree Core courses (12 units)
GEO 404 Conservation of Biodiversity 3
GEO 409 Geography of Africa 3
GEO 425 Special Project in Geography  3
GEO 414 Data Processing 3
Degree Specialization Electives (3 units
GEO 413 Environmental Impact Assessments and Audit 3
GEO 407 Wetlands Management 3
GEO 419 Applied Geomorphology 3
GEO 415 Oceanography 3
BGS 401 Transport Geography 3
BGS 402 Waste Management 3
Interdisciplinary Electives (outside the discipline) (3 units)
SOC 407 Environmental Sociology 3
SOC 412 Project Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation 3

Objectives/Admission

Objectives
The main objective of the programme is to mold students and build their capacity in evaluating, analyzing and applying geospatial knowledge and skills in resource and environmental management for sustainable development.
Specific objectives of the programme are:

  1. To equip students with geospatial knowledge
  2. To develop students capable of applying the various geospatial techniques.
  3. To produce graduates who can participate effectively in the formulation of natural and human resource management strategies and policies at the local, nationaland international levels,
  4. To prepare students for graduate studies.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted into the degree programme, an applicant must be in possession of the minimum qualification for admission into a B.A degree programme in the public universities in Kenya, or its equivalent.  In addition, he/she will be required to:

  1. Have obtained a minimum of a Grade C+ in Geography and C in Mathematics and any of Group II courses at Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) level or 2 principles (one of which should be in geography) and 2 subsidiaries at A level and should have at least three years or relevant working experience in a recognized field. or
  2. have a Diploma and/or also have a Higher National diploma in a related subject (with distinction or credit) from a recognized institution.


Duration and Mode of the Programme
The B.A. Degree Programme in Geography normally takes four years. However, mature entry Diploma holders and mature
age students may join the programme at second year level.
Those with Higher national Diploma may Join at Third year of study. The programme will be run through course-work,
field-course, attachment and project writing.

 

 

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