WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$9,903 /year
Applications Begin:July 2020
Final Award:Bachelor of Science in Applied Bioengineering
Start Date:September 2020
Academic Unit:School of Biomedical Sciences
Campus:Main Campus
Application Deadline:
Programme Overview

Applied bioengineering employs scientific and engineering principles to process biological materials from biological agents for provision of goods and related services. It takes advantage of integrated use of biochemistry, microbiology and genetic engineering in order to exploit capabilities of microorganisms, cultured cells and tissues in industrial processes to generate products that address challenges of food security and health as envisioned in vision 2030.

The degree program will be carried out in collaboration with other Science departments to provide students with basic knowledge in microbiology, research methodologies, computer skills and other foundation courses. The students will acquire practical and theoretical understanding of basic biochemistry and applied bioengineering both of which are fundamental to their acquiring of competence in the areas of research and application in bioengineering.

Other areas included in the program are bioinformatics and environmental biotechnology which advance the students knowledge and skill in computing and the impact of biotechnological activities to the environment.

1 To teach students the applicable principles in applied bioengineering.
2 To equip students with practical skills on recent methodologies and practice in applied bioengineering.
3 To expose students to relevant and recent advances in applied bioengineering.
4 To offer students adequate computer skills and research methods for computing and presentation of biological data.

Like other developing countries Kenya needs to develop its scientific base in order to find effective and logically relevant solutions to problems of health, food security, industrial development and environmental protection. Applied bioengineering remains an essential discipline that will continue to play a catalytic role in the effort to address these challenges.

Resultant from this, applied bioengineering has advanced to include areas of genetic engineering, processing, medical, agricultural and environmental biotechnology which are presently playing a significant role in research directed towards provision of alternative sources of food and medicine.
Courses addressing the said areas are contained in this program making it unique among other similar programs in the country.

Consequently students graduating from this program qualify to join local and international research institutions involved in multidisciplinary life sciences research. Others will be able to develop careers in production, quality assurance and technical sales in food, beverages and pharmaceutical sectors as well as environmental health protection Departments. The said institutions and companies form an important part of our country’s production and services sector.


First Year
First semester
– Communication Skills
– Mathematics for Science
– Atomic Structure
– Physical Chemistry 1
– Structure of Biomolecules
– The Cell and External Environment
– Cellular Basis of Life
– Development Studies and Social Ethics
– Chemical Bonding and Structures
– Organic Chemistry I
– Proteins and Enzymes I
– Basic Metabolism I
– Principles of Environmental Science in Bioengineering
– Introduction to Microbiology
– Genetics and Cytogenetics

Second Year
First Semester
– Physical Chemistry II
– Basic Metabolism II
– Microbial Metabolism
– Biochemical Techniques and Instrumentation I
– Cell and Molecular Biology
– Introduction to Computer and Data Processing
– Organic Chemistry II
– Nuclear Chemistry and Radiochemistry
– Introduction to Programming
– Plant Biochemistry I
– Chemical Reactions in Bioengineering
– Microbial Molecular Genetics

Third Year
First Semester
– Proteins and Enzymes II
– Cell and Molecular Immunology I
– Biostatistics and Research Methodology
– Bioengineering Techniques I
– Microbial Cell Culture Techniques
– Plant and Animal Tissue Culture Techniques.
– Basic Metabolism I
– Bioengineering Techniques II
– Downstream Processing 1
– Applied Microbial Technologies
– Valuable Biotechnology Products
– Immunotechnology

Fourth Year
First Semester
– Entrepreneurship Skills
– Biosafety, Legal and Ethics in Biotechnology
– Research Project
– Transgenic Plants and Animals
– Environmental Biotechnology
– Industrial Enzymes
– Downstream Processing II
– Proteins for diagnosis
– Research Project
– Translational Biotechnology
– Therapeutic Proteins
– Introduction to Bioinformatics
– Gene Therapy and Nanotechnology
Additional Unit
– Preservation of Industrial Microbes

Admission Requirements

Students wishing to study Applied Bioengineering must satisfy the minimum University requirements and Faculty of Science entry requirements.
A student to be admitted must satisfy any of the following minimum requirements;
1.1 must have passed Biology or Biological Sciences and chemistry in KCSE at a minimum grade of C+. In addition a student must have passed mathematics with a minimum grade of C. A student who has not attained the said grade in mathematics must undertake and pass the respective bridging course in an
institution recognized by the university senate to be considered for the degree programme.
1.2 have a minimum of 2 principal passes in biology and chemistry subjects in Kenya Advanced Certificate of Education (KACE) or its equivalent,
1.3 have a diploma in relevant science subjects and with at least a credit pass from an Institution recognized by the University Senate,
1.4 have a diploma in Applied Sciences with at least a credit pass in relevant science subjects from an Institution recognized by the University Senate,
1.5 have any other qualifications accepted by the University Senate as equivalent to 1.1 to 1.4.
Students who hold any of the qualifications 1.2, 1.3 and 1.4 above may at the discretion of the Faculty of Science be admitted directly to the second year of the course in which case they may complete their course in a minimum of three academic years and a maximum of five academic years.

Application Process
Application Fees for Kenyan and East Africa Community Students: $97
Application Fees for International Students: $324

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

Some career opportunities for this programme include:
– biomechanical engineer
– rehabilitation engineer
– clinical engineer
– bioengineering researcher

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Tuition Fees for Kenyan and East Africa Community Students: $9,903
Tuition Fees for International Students: $11,883

Tuition Fees for Kenyan Students = Kshs152,806
Tuition Fees for International Students = Kshs183,367
**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

Prof. Daniel W Kariuki
Dean School of Biomedical Sciences
Admissions Office
Responsible for Admission Enquiries