WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$921 /year
Applications Begin:August 2021
Final Award:Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Economics
Start Date:September 2021
Academic Unit:Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Campus:Main Campus
Application Deadline: September 2021
Programme Overview

Geography is a dynamic and exciting subject of great relevance for meeting the challenges of the 21st century. The study of Geography draws on students’ curiosity about the diversity of the world’s places and their peoples, cultures and environments.

It enables students to appreciate the complexity of our world and the diversity of its environments, economies and cultures. Students can use this knowledge to promote a more sustainable way of life and awareness of social and spatial inequalities.

Training in Geography for evaluating, analyzing and applying geospatial knowledge and skills in resource and environmental management for sustainable development.

Geography as a discipline values imagination, creativity and speculation as modes of thought. It provides a systematic, integrative way of exploring, analyzing and applying the concepts of place, space, environment, interconnection, sustainability, scale and change.

These principal geographical concepts are applied and explored in depth through unit topics, to provide a deeper knowledge and understanding of the complex processes shaping our world.

Students’ ability to apply conceptual knowledge in the context of an inquiry, and the application of skills constitute ‘thinking geographically’ –a uniquely powerful way of viewing the world.

Bachelor of Arts degree will build students’ knowledge and understanding of the uniqueness of places and an appreciation that place matters in explanations of economic, social and environmental phenomena and processes.

It will also promote students’ communication abilities by building their skills of spatial and visual representation, and interpretation, through the use of cartographic, diagrammatic, graphical, photographic and multimodal forms.

The programme will provide an opportunity for learners to extend their academic experience by working with the experts in their area of specialization.

This programme will produce graduates with the capacity to evaluate analyze and apply geospatial knowledge to manage the earth system as a home to man by responding to human activity and the changing climate.


The Programme shall normally take four years. All students shall take ALL the units offered in the First and Second years of study. Students will pursue the structure, meaning they shall take courses in Geography, Economics, Sociology and University Common Courses in Year One and TWO.

In Year Three and Four, students will specialize in Geography and Economics, or Geography and Sociology subjects combinations.

One Credit Factor (CF) is equivalent to 15 lecture hours or 30 practical hours.

The course comprises of compulsory courses for each year relevant to both physical geography, human geography and geotechnologies.

The programme emphasizes two geographic tracks including: Physical Geography, which focuses on the Earth’s Biophysical aspects of the environment, and Human Geography. Both tracks are strongly blended with principles and applications of Geoinformatics and research methodology.

The Programme introduces students mainly to Physical and Human Geography. Physical Geography focuses on gaining a deeper understanding of the physical aspects of the planet earth and how they influence the life and activities of mankind.

Human Geography focuses on the interactions of humans with the environment, planning, components of and Geo-Information Systems that provide synergy to make spatial examination and analysis of the human environment geographically complete.

The programme pays particular attention to knowledge and applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing techniques, and computer-assisted cartography, land use assessment and planning, and applied human and earth resource management.

The programme will be run through lectures, practicals, field visits, course-work, field-course, attachment and project writing.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted into the degree programme, an applicant must be in possession of the minimum qualification for admission into a B.A degree programme in the public universities in Kenya, or its equivalent.
In addition, he/she will be required to: Have obtained a minimum of a Grade C+ in Geography and C in Mathematics and any of Group II courses at Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) level OR 2 principles (one of which should be in geography) and 2 subsidiaries at A level and should have at least three years of relevant working experience in a recognized field, OR Have a Diploma and/or also have a Higher National Diploma in a related subject (with distinction or credit) from institutions recognized by the Senate.

Application Process
Application Fees for Kenyan Students: $18
Application Fees for International Students: $18

Application Guidelines
Applications should be on official forms available at the University Main Campus at Chuka, Igembe Campus at Ntuene or Keigoi High School, Embu Campus in Embu Town, Chogoria Campus at Nturiri High School, Tharaka Campus at Gatunga High School, OR Website:; A Non-refundable fee of KES 3000 for PhD programmes, KES 2,000 for degree and diploma programmes and KES 1000 for certificate courses will equally be deposited.

The following documents should be made available:
– Originals & a copy of all Transcripts, Diplomas or Certificates (All originals, where necessary, will be returned)
– One recent passport size photograph (write your name on reverse side)
– Copy of the National Identity Card or Birth Certificate

– Preferred Campus should be indicated on the application form
– Certified copies of certificates and original fee payment receipt MUST be attached to the application form and returned latest two weeks prior to the commencement dates given for the programmes

Career Opportunities

Expected Learning Outcomes
The main objective of the programme is to mould and build students capacity in evaluating, analyzing and applying geospatial knowledge and skills in resource and environmental management for sustainable development. The specific objectives of the programme are to:Demonstrate understanding of the use of geospatial knowledge. Apply the various geospatial techniques.Participate effectively in the formulation of natural and human resource management strategies and policies at the local, national and international levels.Pursue postgraduate studies.

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Tuition Fees for Kenyan Students: $921
Tuition Fees for International Students: $1,152

Tuition fee per year for Kenyan Students = KES. 100,000
Tuition fee per year for International Students = KES 125,000
– The Institute reserves the right to change fees without prior notice. However, fee changes are subject to approval by the Governing Council.
– The University policy obliges students to pay the full amount of fees as required on the first day of reporting before they are registered.

Relevant Contact

Dr. Geoffrey Gathungu
Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
General School Office
For General Enquiries