Dr John Thuita

Dr. John Thuita (PhD,MVPH,BVM), Ag.Dean SAFS

 

 

 

 

 

 

The School of Agriculture and Food Sciences (SAFs) is made up of three (3) departments including the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Food Sciences and the Department of Animal Sciences. SAFs envisions itself as a centre of excellence in which highly skilled and technologically equipped graduates are produced and released to the market to help actualization of the Kenya Government’s food security objective as outlined in the  big four agenda policy initiative and vision 2030 (www.vision2030.go.ke).

The guiding philosophy of SAFs and the entire University is self-reliance and self-actualization for all. In order to develop these values, students are taken through experiential learning which involves complementing class lectures with provision of a favorable environment for exploration and expression of individual talents. In SAFs, experiential learning is supported by modern laboratory facilities shared by all programmes that need them, a large demonstration farm for various types of crops, provision of a variety of on-farm livestock species including dairy and beef cattle and facilities for aquaculture (fishponds) and apiculture (beehives). Experiential learning is further enhanced using farm visits and academic field trips to various farms as well as agricultural and food oriented industries and institutions.

SAFS boasts of a vibrant academic culture designed to convert the fresh, energetic and knowledge-hungry young people who enroll in our school every year to the final highly skilled young men and women graduates who are released to the market at the end of their postgraduate, undergraduate, diploma and certificate programmes. The school has a full-time academic staff complement consisting of six (6) academic staff members who are at the level of professor or senior lecturer and 13 who are at the level of lecturer or assistant lecturer level.

More about Programmes offered in the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences

Post graduate programmes: The school is currently offering four (4) post graduate programmes including:

  • PhD in Agriculture
  • MSc in Horticulture
  • PhD in Food Science
  • MSc in Food Science.

Bachelor of Science programmes: SAFs has a total of eight (8) BSc on offer to prospective students. The curriuclums for all eight programmes are approved by the Commission for University Education (CoE) and where applicable, other regulatory bodies for the specific disciplines. The programmes include:   

  • BSc in Animal Health and Production,
  • BSc in Food Science and Technology
  • BSc in Food Science and Nutrition
  • BSc in Food Science and Management
  • BSc In Agricultural Education and Extension (AGED)
  • BSc in Agriculture,
  • BSc in Horticulture
  • BSc in Agribusiness Management.

The BSc in Animal Health and Production is housed within the Department of Animal Sciences which was formed in 2018, having previously been a section in the Department of Agriculture. Meru University is one of the 16 institutions accredited by the Kenya Veterinary Board (KVB) to offer this programme in Kenya.  The programme is designed to produce skilled frontline personnel who are equipped to provide animal health, welfare and production services

Under the Department of Food Science, there are four (4) degree programs i.e. Food Science and Technology, Food Science and Nutrition, Food Science and Management and Human Nutrition and Dietetics (HND). Value addition to food commodities and improved nutrition for better health are key to the achievement of Vision 2030. This is the domain of training in the department.  The objective of the department is to produce world class graduates in the area of Food and Health.

Under the Department of Agriculture, there are four (4) BSc programmes including BSc in Agricultural Education and Extension (AGED), BSc in Agriculture, BSc in Horticulture and BSc in Agribusiness Management. The Department runs a demo farm with greenhouse facilities to provide learners with facilities for conducting experiments. The Department of Agriculture came into existence on 1st May 2010.   The department is committed in ensuring the attainment of the University objective of playing a leading role in the development and expansion of opportunities for higher education and research in Agriculture, Forestry, Water, Environmental Science and Arid and Semi-arid lands.

Research 

The staff members in the school are actively involved in research with over five research projects running. These research projects are funded internally by Meru University of Science and Technology (MUST) and externally by the National Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI) as well as various funding agents. The key research projects include:

 Our Milestones

  • SAFS admitted her first PhD students in Agricultural sciences in September 2016.
  • The BSc. Animal Health and Production degree programme offered in the school was accredited by the Kenya Veterinary Board in June 2018.
  • The University has constructed a modern dairy unit at a cost of Ksh 5 million. When fully operational, the facility will have  a capacity of 20 high yielding exotic dairy cattle to facilitate training in animal health and Production and related programmes

Marimba Learning Centre has been accredited by the TVETA to offer diploma and certificate programmes in Agriculture with the first batch of Government sponsored students reporting in the first semester of the 2020/2021 academic year.

SCHOOL OF AGRICULTURE AND FOOD SCIENCE (SAFS)

POSTGRADUATE PROGRAMMES

PROGRAMME

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Ph.D. in Agriculture

 

Master of Science in Agriculture/Horticulture/Crop Science/Plant Biotechnology/ Botany/Forestry/related Sciences from a University recognized by MUST Senate.

Ph.D. in Food Science

Master of Science in Food Science/Chemistry/Biotechnology/Nutrition from a University recognized by MUST Senate.

Duration: 3 years   Mode of Study: Fulltime/Part-time/Weekend    Campus: Main Campus (Nchiru)

Tuition fees per semester: Ksh. 105,000

Master of Science in Horticulture

Second Class Honours (Upper Division) in a relevant Bachelor’s Degree in Horticulture/Agriculture/Crop Science/Biotechnology/Botany/Forestry

OR;

Second Class Honours  (Lower Division) in a relevant Bachelor’s Degree with two (2) years relevant experience.

Master of Science in Food Science and Technology

Second Class Honours (Upper Division) in a relevant Bachelor’s Degree Food Science/Chemistry/Biotechnology/Nutrition or related disciplines

OR;

Second Class Honours (Lower Division) in relevant Bachelor’s Degree with two (2) years relevant experience.

Duration: 4 semesters Mode of Study: Fulltime/Part-time/Weekend   Campus: Main Campus (Nchiru)

Tuition fees in Ksh. Per semester: Ksh. 60,000

UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMMES

PROGRAMME

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness Management

K.C.S.E minimum mean grade of C+ (plus) and minimum grade of C (plain) in each of the following subjects; Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics or

C (plain) in each of the following subjects: Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Mathematics and C (plain) in English/Kiswahili, or 3rd Group II subject, or a Group III subject, or any Group IV or any Group V

OR;

Diploma in Agribusiness, Agriculture, Animal Production, Animal Health, Biology or equivalent and related disciplines by an institution recognized by MUST Senate

OR;

Holder of a Diploma/Higher National Diploma from K.N.E.C or its equivalent.

Bachelor of Science in Agriculture

K.C.S.E minimum mean grade of C+ (plus)) with a minimum grade of C (plain) in each of the following subjects; Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics/ Physics/ Geography or C (plain) in each of the following subjects: Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Mathematics/Geography and C (plain) in English/Kiswahili, or 3rd Group II subject, or a Group III subject, or any Group IV or any Group V

OR;

Have a Diploma in Agriculture, Horticulture, Biology or equivalent and related disciplines from KNEC or its equivalent.

Bachelor of Science in Animal Health and Production

K.C.S.E minimum mean grade of C+ (plus) with a minimum grade of C+ (plus) in each of the following subjects; Biology/Biological Sciences, Chemistry/ Physical Sciences and Mathematics/Physical Sciences.  Two principals and one subsidiary Pass at KACE level or equivalent, one of which must be in Biology and in any other Science Subject

OR;

A minimum of C (plain) in K.C.S.E. and at least a Credit Pass in Diploma in Animal Health/Agriculture/Medical Laboratory Technology/ Animal Science/Animal Production/Dairy Science/Biology from an institution approved by MUST Senate

OR;

A minimum of C- (minus) in K.C.S.E. with at least a Credit Pass in both Certificate and Diploma in Animal Health/ Agriculture/Medical Laboratory Technology/Animal Science/Animal Production/Dairy Science/Biology from an institution recognized by MUST Senate

OR;

A Diploma in Science from KNEC or its equivalent.

Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education and

Extension

K.C.S.E minimum mean grade of C+ (plus) with a minimum grade of C+ (plus) in Agriculture and Biology/Biological Sciences. In addition, they should have a C (plain) in each of the following subjects; Chemistry, Mathematics/Physics/ Geography or C (plain) in each of the following subjects: Physical Sciences, Mathematics/Geography and C (plain) in English/Kiswahili, or 3rd Group II subject, or a Group III subject, or any Group IV or any Group V

OR;

Have a Diploma in Agricultural Education and Extension or the equivalent having obtained a minimum of C (plain) at K.C.S.E and C (plain) in Agriculture and Biology/Biological Sciences and related disciplines from KNEC or its equivalent.

Bachelor of Science in Horticulture

 

 

 

 

 

Have a minimum aggregate of C+ (plus) in K.C.S.E with a minimum grade of C (plain) in each of the following subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics/ Physics/ Geography or C (plain) in each of the following subjects: Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Mathematics/ Geography; and C (plain) in English/Kiswahili, or a 3rd Group II (BIO, PHY, CHE) or a Group III (HAG, GEC, IRE, HRE) or any Group IV or any Group V subjects

OR;

Have a Diploma in Agriculture, Horticulture, Biology or equivalent and related disciplines from K.N.E.C or its equivalent.

Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Technology

K.C.S.E minimum mean grade of C+ (plus) with a minimum grade of C (plain) in each of the following subjects: Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics/Physics or C (plain) in each of the following subjects; Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences/ Mathematics and Geography; and C (plain) in English/Kiswahili or a 3rd Group II, or a Group III, or any of the Group IV, or any Group V subjects.

OR;

Diploma in Food Science and Technology, Nutrition or related field from an institution recognized by MUST Senate.

Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Management

Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition and Dietetics

K.C.S.E minimum mean grade of C+ (plus) with a minimum grade of C+ (plus) in Chemistry/Physical Sciences and English/Kiswahili and C (plain) in Mathematics/ Physics and Biology/Biological Sciences

OR;

Diploma in Nutrition and Dietetics or Nutrition and Food Sciences from K.N.E.C or its equivalent.

Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Nutrition

K.C.S.E minimum mean grade of C+ (plus) with a minimum grade of C (plain) in each of the following subjects: Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics/Physics or C (plain) in each of the following subjects; Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences/ Mathematics and Geography; and C (plain) in English/Kiswahili or a 3rd Group II, or a Group III, or any of the Group IV, or any Group V subjects.

OR;

Diploma in Food Science and Technology, Nutrition or related field from an institution recognized by MUST Senate.

Duration: 8 semesters   Mode of Study: Full-time/Weekend   Campus: Main Campus (Nchiru)

Tuition fees per semester: Ksh. 45,000

 

S/No Program Course Code Course Title
1 BSc. Food Sc.&Tech. Y1S1 CIT 3100 Introduction to computer technology
AFT 3100 Introduction to Food & Nutritional Sciences
SCS 3111 Physical Inorganic Chemistry
SMF 3111 Mathematics I
SZV 3100 Principles of biology
UCU 3101 Development Studies and Ethics
UCU 3102 Communication Skills
       
2 BSc. Human Nutri& Dietetics Y1S1 CIT 3100 Introduction to computer technology
AFN 3100 Introduction to Nutrition and Dietetics
SCS 3111 Physical Inorganic Chemistry
SMF 3111 Mathematics 1
SZV 3100 Principles of biology
UCU 3101 Development Studies and Ethics
UCU 3102 Communication Skills
       
3 BSc. Food Science& Management Y1S1 CIT 3100 Introduction to computer technology
AFT 3100 Introduction to Food & Nutritional Sciences
SCS 3111 Physical Inorganic Chemistry
SMF 3111 Mathematics I
SZV 3100 Principles of biology
UCU 3101 Development Studies and Ethics
UCU 3102 Communication Skills
       
4 BSc. Food Sc.&Tech. Y2S1 AAA 3200 Principles of Crop Production
SMF 3261 Statistics
AFT 3200 Food Engineering I
SBA 3250 General Microbiology
AFT 3201 Food Chemistry 1
AAP 3210 Introduction to Animal Production
AFN3202 Principles of Human Nutrition
       
5 BSc. Human Nutri& Dietetics Y2S1 AAA 3200 Principles of Crop Production
SMF 3261 Statistics
AFN 3200 Macronutrients
SBA 3250 General Microbiology
AFT 3203 Fundamentals of Food Chemistry
AAP 3210 Introduction to Animal Production
AFN 3201 Micronutrients
       
6 BSc. Food Science& Management Y2S1 BFC 3200 Principles of Accounting
SMF 3261 Statistics
BFB 3103 Principles of Management
SBA 3250 General Microbiology
AFT 3201 Food Chemistry 1
BEC 3150 Principles of Macroeconomics
AFN 3202 Principles of Human Nutrition
       
7 BSc.Food Sc.&Tech. Y3S1 AFT 3300 New Food  Product Development
AFT 3301 Food Microbiology II
AFT 3302 Instrumental Methods in Food Analysis
AFT 3303 Meat Science
AFT 3304 Post-Harvest Technology of Perishables and Root crops
AFT 3305 Dairy Science
AFT 3306 Cereal Science
       
8 BSc. Food Sc.&Nutri.Y3S1 AFN 3300 Nutrition Epidemiology
AFT 3301 Food Microbiology II
AFT 3302 Instrumental Methods in Food Analysis
AFT 3303 Meat Science
AFN 3303 Nutrition in Diseases Management
AFT 3305 Dairy Science
AFT 3306 Cereal Science
       
9 BSc. Human Nutri& Dietetics Y3S1 AFN 3300 Nutrition Epidemiology
AFT 3307 Food Hygiene and Safety
AFN 3301 Meal Planning Management and Service
AFN 3302 Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition
AFN 3303 Nutrition in Diseases Management
AFN 3304 Nutritional Disorders
AFN 3305 General Pathology
       
10 BSc. Food Science& Management Y3S1 AFT 3300 New Food  Product Development
AFT 3307 Food Hygiene and Safety
BFB 3304 Financial Management in Agriculture
AFM 3300 Food Industry Consultancy
AFT 3308 Post-Harvest Technology
BEC 3305 Taxation Theory and Practice
BFB 3305 Principles of marketing
       
11 BSc. Food Sc.&Tech. Y4S1 AAE 3425 Agricultural Marketing
AAA 3425 Sociology, Rural development and Extension Studies
AFT 3425 Research Project I
AFT 3426 Food Packaging Technology
AFT 3427 Dairy Technology I
AFT 3428 Food Toxicology and Legislation
AFT 3429 Industrial Transformation of Cereals
       
12 BSc. Food Sc.&Nutri.Y4S1 AAA 3425 Sociology, Rural development and Extension Studies
AFT 3425 Research Project I
AFT 3426 Food Packaging Technology
AFT 3428 Food Toxicology and Legislation
AFT 3430 Food Quality Assurance& Sensory Evaluation
AFN 3425 Community Nutrition and Health
AFN 3426 Food and Nutrition Security
AFN 3427 Nutrition in Emergencies

 

To be a university school of excellence in agriculture and food sciences

To provide quality training and research in agricultural technology and food science, and innovations in order to produce globally competitive work force.