School of Agriculture and Biotechnology

The School of Agriculture and Biotechnology aims at training highly skilled manpower for the Kenyan Agricultural sector. The School currently offers several undergraduate programs that include Horticulture; Food Science and Nutrition; Agricultural Economics and Resource Management; Agricultural Extension and Rural Development.

 

We endeavour to equip our students with hands on experience through extensive practical sessions in our laboratory. Our students also gain more experience through practical lessons in the university farm; and by positive engagement with the farming community that neighbours the university.

Karatina University is situated in a rich agricultural area of Nyeri County with small scale farmers engaging in horticulture, tea and coffee farming, keeping of dairy cattle, goats for milk, chicken, rabbits, bees and fish farming.
We also offer Diploma and Certificate courses in Tea Technology.

The School comprises of three departments namely:-
– Food Science and Nutrition

The Department’s structure

– Agricultural Resource Economics & Economics
– Crop Science

We train our students not just to be employees but also employers. We equip them with relevant skills and encourage them to use their extensive knowledge in establishing and running gainful Agricultural enterprises. We also prepare them to become researchers and scholars in Agriculture; so that they help in generation of more knowledge.

However some of the key employers in the Agricultural Sector include: The Horticultural industry locally and globally; vegetable, flower and fruit enterprises; Relevant Government of Kenya Ministries; Public, Private, Tertiary and Secondary training institutions locally and globally; Public and Private Research Institutions e.g. KARI, TRF, CRF, KEFRI, KEPHIS and other regional and international organizations; Relevant Non-governmental organizations; Industrial crops based firms; Gene Banks and Genetic conservation centres.

Programs Offered:

PhD in Soil Sciences
Holder of a Masters degree in Soil Sciences and one publication OR Holder of other qualifications considered by Karatina University Senate as equivalent of a Masters degree in the relevant field.

PhD in Plant Pathology
Holder of a Masters degree in Plant Pathology and one publication OR Holder of other qualifications considered by Karatina University Senate as equivalent of a Masters degree in the relevant field.

Master of Science in Horticultural Sciences
Upper Second class honours degree and above in Horticulture/Agriculture OR Second class lower degree in Horticulture/Agriculture with at least two years relevant experience or one research publications or a relevant Postgraduate Diploma.
Master of Science in Crop Protection
Upper Second class honours degree and above in Agriculture OR Second class lower degree in Agriculture with at least two years relevant experience or one research publications or a relevant Postgraduate Diploma.
Master of Science in Weed Science
Upper Second class honours degree and above in Agriculture OR Second class lower degree in Agriculture with at least two years relevant experience or one research publications or a relevant Postgraduate Diploma.
Master of Science in Soil Science
Upper Second class honours degree and above in Soil Science OR Second class lower degree in Soil Science with at least two years relevant experience or one research publications or a relevant Postgraduate Diploma.
Postgraduate Diploma in Tea Science and Management
Bachelor of Science Degree in Horticulture/Agriculture and any other related discipline from a recognized institution.
Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Nutrition
Minimum mean grade of C+ (Plus) at KCSE with a C in Mathematics and C+ in any two of the following subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Agriculture, or Home science OR 2 principal passes and one subsidiary pass in above subjects at ‘A’ level OR holders of a recognized Diploma in Agriculture or related discipline from a recognized institution.
Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition and Dietetics
Minimum mean grade of C+ (Plus) at KCSE with a C in Chemistry or Physical Science; Biology or Biological Science; English or Kiswahili; Physics; Mathematics; OR 2 principal passes and one subsidiary pass in above subjects at ‘A’ level OR holders of a recognized Diploma in Agriculture or related discipline from a recognized institution.
– Phd in Plant Protection
– Masters in Horticultural Sciences
– Post-Graduate Diploma In Tea Science And Management

– Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Extension Education
– Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics & Resource Management
– Bachelor of Science in Horticultural Science & Management
– Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Nutrition

– Diploma in Horticulture
– Diploma in Agriculture
– Diploma in Tea Husbandry and Management
– Diploma in Tea Trade and Economics
– Diploma in Tea Processing and Quality Assurance


Karatina University has intakes in January, May, and September for Full Time, Weekend and Evening classes. 

Application Procedure: Application forms can be obtained from Karatina University, Main Campus, School of Business, Karatina Town or can be downloaded here

Application fee is Ksh. 3,000 for PhD programmes, Ksh. 2,000 for Masters Programmes, Ksh. 1,000 for Undergraduate Programmes and Ksh. 500 for Diploma & and Certificate Programmes. Payments should be made in Bankers Cheque in favour of Karatina University or direct deposit to the University Account: Equity Bank, Karatina Branch, Ac. No. 0040298291603

Duly filled application forms (with relevant certificates and application payment slip attached) should be sent to:

 The Registrar

(Academic, Research and Student Affairs)
P.O. Box 1957 – 10101
KARATINA

 Or Email: admissions@karu.ac.ke

Bachelor of Science in Animal Science

Semester : January, May, September
Method : Lecture, Online
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Certificate Courses

Semester : January, May, September
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Diploma in Tea Processing and Quality Assurance

Semester : January, May, September
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Diploma in Tea Trade and Economics

Semester : January, May, September
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Diploma in Tea Husbandry and Management

Semester : January, May, September
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Diploma in Agriculture

Semester : January, May, September
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Diploma in Horticulture

Semester : January, May, September
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Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Resource Economics and Management

Semester : January, May, September
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Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Extension Education

Semester : January, May, September
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