WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$1,851 /year
Applications Begin:July 2020
Final Award:Bachelor of Science in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
Start Date:September 2020
Academic Unit:School of Biosystems and Environmental Engineering (SoBEE)
Campus:Main Campus
Application Deadline:
Programme Overview

Increasing world population usually demands for increased and efficient agricultural
production. Efficient agricultural production and processing requires energy, machinery and
structures of various categories.

Agricultural production causes environmental degradation
when cultivation is done on marginal lands, hill slopes, riverbanks, forests and water catchment
areas. Human settlement introduces problem of waste management.

In the attempt to sustain human population, industries have been developed. As a result, air pollution problems have been created. Chemicals used in the agricultural industry have significant impact on water quality. Kenya, like most developing countries, is already experiencing serious environmental
pollution in its exploitation of soil and water resources, especially in urban and rural settlements
exemplifying the ready market for Agricultural and Biosystems Engineers.

There is thus need to develop sufficient human capacity to exploit the natural resources and at
the same time be capable of handling the concomitant pollution problems from a technological
point of view.

There is therefore need to produce engineers for the agricultural and biological
sector but with a better focus (i.e. more specialized) in bio-production systems, agricultural
mechanization, agricultural processing, agricultural structures engineering and soil, water
and environment engineering


Course Units
Year 1
Semester 1
– Communication Skills
– Physical and Inorganic Chemistry for Engineers
– Algebra
– Applied Geometry
– Calculus-I
– Physics for Engineers-I
– Introduction to Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
– Introduction to Computer Science
– Development Studies and Social Ethics
– Engineering Drawing and Design-I
– Introduction to Material Science
– Organic Chemistry for Engineers
– Physics for Engineers-II
– Calculus-II
– Animal Production
– General Economics

Year 2
– Computer Programming-I
– Engineering Surveying
– Engineering Drawing and Design-II
– Crop Production
– Calculus-III
– Electrical Engineering-I
– Engineering Mechanics-Statics
– Engineering Thermodynamics-I
– Ordinary Differential Equations
– Calculus-IV
– Computer Programming-II
– Workshop Processes and Practice
– Electrical Engineering-II
– Engineering Mechanics-Dynamics
– Engineering Thermodynamics-II
– Fluid Mechanics-I
– Internal Practical Attachment

Year 3
– Fluid Mechanics-II
– Statistics
– Soil Science
– Introduction to Agricultural and Construction Machinery
– Project Planning and Management
– Partial Differential Equations
– Mechanics of Machines-I
– Solid and Structural Mechanics-I
– Hydraulics and Pump Technology
– Design of Machine Elements
– Mechanics of Machines-II
– Solid and Structural Mechanics-II
– Irrigation and Drainage Engineering
– Agricultural Process Engineering
– Entrepreneurship Skills
– Engineering Hydrology

Year 4
Common Units
– Soil Mechanics
–  Numerical Methods for Engineers
– Computer Aided Drawing and Design
– Remote Sensing and GIS
– Engineering Instrumentation
–  Engine and Tractor Technology
Biomechanical & Processing Engineering Option
– Properties of Biological Materials
– Production Technology
Soil, Water & Environment Engineering Option
– Applied Environmental and Microbiology Ecology
– Irrigation System Design and Management

Semester 2
Common Units
– Farm Structures- Materials and Types
– Soil and Water Conservation
– Computer Modelling and Simulation
– Engineering Economics
– Structural Design
– Sociology, Extension and Enterprise Management
Biomechanical & Processing Engineering Option
– Heat Transfer
– Agricultural Field Machinery
Soil, Water & Environment Engineering Option
– Waste Water Engineering
– Drainage systems Design and Management
– External Practical Attachment-II

Year 5
Common Units
– Systems Engineering
– Environment Impact Assessment and Audit
– Engineering Project-I
Biomechanical & Processing Option
– Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
– Postharvest Technology of perennial Crops
– Greenhouse Design and Management
– Mechanization Management
– Pollution and Waste Management
Soil, Water & Environment Engineering Option
– Engineering Geology
– Solid Waste Management
– Watershed and Water Resources Engineering
– Aquacultural Engineering
– Design of Rainwater Harvesting Systems
Common Units
– Engineers in Society
– Industrial Management and Safety
– Engineering Project-II
Biomechanical & Processing Engineering Option
– Farm Structures-Design and Management
– Postharvest Technology of Perishable Crops
– Energy Resources Engineering
– Food Microbiology and Toxicology
Soil, Water & Environment Engineering Option
– Land Use Planning and Reclamation
– Design and Construction of Hydraulic Structures
– Air / Noise Pollution and Radiation Control
– Design of Soil and Water Conservation Structures

Admission Requirements

1. A candidate wishing to be admitted into the B.Sc. degree programme in Agricultural
and Biosystems Engineering must satisfy the minimum University entry requirements
and College of Engineering and Technology regulations.
2. In addition to the above, the candidate must have obtained a minimum grade C+ (plus)
in each of the following subjects: Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Biology or
Geography OR C+ (plus) in each of the following subjects: Physical Sciences,
Biological Sciences, Mathematics, and Geography or any of the Group IV subjects at
K.C.S.E. or its equivalent.
3. Alternatively, admission shall be granted to holders of Diploma in Agricultural or
Mechanical Engineering or any other relevant course (with Credit and above) from
Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology or from other institutions
recognized by the University Senate. Such candidates shall enter the programme at the
second year of study unless otherwise specified by the Department

Application Process
Application Fees for Kenyan and East Africa Community Students: $14
Application Fees for International Students: $45

How to Apply
Application Requirements for qualified students:
– A dully filled registration form – to be obtained from the offices/website upon payment of non-refundable fee.
– Two passport size photos.
– Copies of relevant certificates

Application Procedure
Applications for the courses are on official application forms.
1. click to download JKUAT IT Department application form. or obtain a hand-copy from the office.
2. Pay a non-refundable application fee as follows:
– Certificates: Kshs500
– Diplomas: 1000
– Degrees: Kshs1,500
– Masters: 1,500

Bank Account Numbers:
– Standard Chartered Bank Account number 0108023434900
– Barclays Bank Account Number 0775001216
– Co-operative Bank of Kenya Account Number 01129098952900
– National Bank Account Number 0100359580600
– Equity Bank Account Number 0090291251426

3. Proceed on with filling the application form, ensuring all mandatory fields are filled, attach photocopies of required certificates and submit when done.
– You will be required to present certified copies of the relevant certificates, Result slips, National Identity Card, Birth Certificate for verifications when reporting.
– IT Department will call or send an SMS to request successful candidates to pick An official admission letter.
Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for this programme include:
– Agricultural and Food Science Technicians
– Agricultural and Food Scientists
– Architectural and Engineering Managers
– Conservation Scientists and Foresters
– Environmental Engineers

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Tuition Fees for Kenyan and East Africa Community Students: $1,851
Tuition Fees for International Students: $2,221

Tuition Fees for Kenyan Students = Kshs203,742
Tuition Fees for International Students = Kshs244,490
**EAC (East African Community) Students pay the same amount as Kenyan students. Countries in the East African Community include; Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.
NOTE: The tuition fees charged, may vary from programme to programme and from time to time, with foreign students paying 20% more that the Kenyan students.

Relevant Contact

Dr. (Eng.) Gareth Kituu
The Dean, School of Biosystems and Environmental Engineering
Admissions Office
Responsible for Admission Enquiries