The Department of Agriculture came into existence on 1st May 2010.  The vision of the Department is to be a world centre of excellence in agricultural training, research and innovations. 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.

Under the Department of Food Science, there are three degree programs i.e. Food Science and Technology, Human Nutrition and Dietetics and Food Science and Management.  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.

 

SAFS boasts of a vibrant academic culture, real life practicals and intensive scientific research. The laboratories are well equipped for advanced research.

 

The School in line with the University objective of offering quality postgraduate programmes, has launched four postgraduate programmes i.e. PhD. in Agricultural Sciences, PhD in Food Science. MSc. in Horticulture and MSc. In Food Science.

 

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.

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 inspected by Kenya Veterinary Board in June 2016.
  • The BSc. Human Nutrition and Dietetics degree programme offered in the school is licensed by the Kenya Nutritionists and Dieticians Institute (KNDI)
POSTGRADUATE PROGRAMMES
PhD in Agriculture Be a holder of a Master of Science in Agriculture, Horticulture, Crop Science, Plant Biotechnology, Botany, Forestry and related Sciences from a University recognized by MUST Senate.
Duration: 3 years   Mode of Study: Part-time    Campus: Main Campus (Nchiru)Total fees is Ksh. 553,000 for the whole course
PhD in Food Science Be a holder of a Master of Science in Food Science, Chemistry, Biotechnology and Nutrition from a University accredited by CUE.
Duration: 3 years   Mode of Study: Part-time    Campus: Main Campus (Nchiru)Total fees is Ksh. 553,000 for the whole course
Master of Science in Horticulture Minimum requirement Second Class Honors (Upper Division) in relevant Bachelor’s Degree (Horticulture, Agriculture, Crop Science, Biotechnology, Botany, Forestry) OR Second Class (Lower Division) in a relevant Bachelor’s Degree with two (2) years relevant experience.
Duration: 4 semesters Mode of Study: Part-time    Campus: Main Campus (Nchiru)Tuition fees in Ksh. per semester: Ksh. 60,000
Master of Science in Food Science and Technology Minimum requirement Second Class Honors (Upper Division) in relevant Bachelor’s Degree Food Science, Chemistry, Biotechnology and Nutrition as (Food Science, Food Science & Nutrition, Biotechnology, Biochemistry or related disciplines) or Second Class ( Lower Division) in relevant Bachelor’s Degree with two (2) yrs relevant experience.
UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMMES
Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness Management Minimum mean grade of C+ (plus) in Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (K.C.S.E).Should have a 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 an institution recognized by MUST Senate OR Holder of Diploma/Higher National Diploma from KNEC or its equivalent.
Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Minimum mean grade of C+ (plus) in Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (K.C.S.E).Should have 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 Minimum mean grade of C+ (plus) in Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (K.C.S.E). Should have a minimum grade of C+ (plus) in each of the following subjects; Biology/Biological Sciences, Chemistry/Physical Sciences and Mathematics/Physics and C (plain) in English/ Kiswahili.  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 approved by MUST Senate OR A Diploma in Science from KNEC or its equivalent.
Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education &Extension Minimum mean grade of C+ (plus) in Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (K.C.S.E). Should have 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 3rdGroup 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 and should have 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 4 or any Group V subjects or have a Diploma in Agriculture, Horticulture, Biology or equivalent and related disciplines from KNEC or its equivalent.
Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Technology Have a minimum mean grade of C+ (plus) in K.C.S.E. and should have 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.
Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Management
Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition and Dietetics Have a minimum mean grade of C+ (plus) in K.C.S.E. and should have a minimum grade of C+ (plus) in the following subject cluster: Mathematics/Physics, Biology/Biological Sciences, Chemistry/Physical Sciences and English/Kiswahili. Candidates holding a Diploma in Nutrition and Dietetics or Nutrition and Food Sciences from KNEC or its equivalent.
Duration: 8 semesters   Mode of Study: Full-time   Campus: Main Campus (Nchiru)Tuition fees per semester: Ksh. 45,000
DIPLOMA PROGRAMME
Diploma in Agriculture Minimum mean grade of C- (minus) in K.C.S.E.  In addition, must have a minimum of C- (minus) in Biology/Biological Sciences and Agriculture and a C- (minus) in Chemistry/Physical Sciences, Mathematics/Physics or Geography OR Holders of Certificate in Agriculture or its equivalent with a credit and above from any institution recognized by MUST Senate OR Holders of Certificate in Agriculture or its equivalent with a pass and a minimum of two years relevant experience from any institution recognized by MUST Senate.
Duration: 3 years   Mode of Study: Full-time      Campus: Marimba learning centreTuition fees per semester: Ksh. 25,000
CERTIFICATE PROGRAMME
Certificate in Agriculture Minimum mean grade of D+ (plus) in K.C.S.E OR a relevant qualification.
Duration: 2 years   Mode of Study:  Full-time            Campus: Marimba learning centreTuition fees per semester: Ksh.18,000

 

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.