WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$1,090 /year
Applications Begin:January 2021
Final Award:Bachelor of Science in Horticulture
Start Date:September 2021
Academic Unit:Faculty of Agriculture
Campus:Njoro Campus
Application Deadline: October 2021
Programme Overview

Horticulture is a fast-growing and major subsector of the agricultural industry in Kenya. Its contribution towards both small-scale and large-scale farm incomes, employment, foreign exchange earnings and food production security cannot be over emphasized.

However, the full potential of horticulture in is yet to be realized, hence the need for a highly qualified workforce to drive the industry. The major goal of the Bachelor of Science in horticulture is to prepare the graduates to meet challenges faced by the horticultural industry in realizing its full potential.

Programme Objectives
The broad objective is to train advanced level personnel with practical and theoretical skills in general horticulture, who through research, extension, marketing and entrepreneurship, will be able to increase production and use of horticultural and other crops. On completing the programme, graduates will be able to do the following:
i) Perceive and appreciate the importance of horticulture in the national economy with particular reference to the roles played by vegetable and fruit crops as well as ornamental plants in meeting the family needs;
ii) Contribute to improving production of horticultural crops, enhancing marketing of horticultural crop produce and public awareness of aesthetic value of ornamental plants;
iii) Contribute in the setting up and running of private horticultural enterprises;
iv) Relate and integrate production of horticultural crops with other farm enterprises;
v) Carry out scientific research on various facets of horticultural and other crops;
vii) Promote domestic, urban and institutional landscapes through design, development and maintenance;
viii) Promote environmental conservation by encouraging and effecting agricultural practices that minimize soil erosion and pollution.


Course Structure and Duration
The Bachelor of Science degree in horticulture shall normally take a full time student four academic years each with two semesters.
The courses are coded as follows:
i) The abbreviation HORT refers to Horticulture,
ii) The first digit (i.e. 1, 2, 3, 4) represents the year of study. The second digit (i.e. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7) refers to the subject discipline/matter defined as follows:
0 = Introductory Courses
1 = General and Principle Courses
2 = Basic Horticultural Courses
3 = Vegetable Crops
4 = Fruit Crops
5 = Post-harvest Management
6 = Ornamental Horticulture
7 = Experimentation and Research Projects.
iii) The third digit shows the series of courses in a particular field.
Examination Regulations
All examinations for this programme will be conducted in accordance with the examination regulations as stipulated in the Egerton University Statute XXVIII.
Grading System
The grading of examinations for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with Egerton University Statute XXVIII.

Graduation Requirements
To graduate with the Bachelor of Science degree in horticulture, a student shall be required to take and pass all courses scheduled, including the University common core courses approved by the Senate.
Degree Classification
Degree classification shall be in accordance with Egerton University Statute XXVIII.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements
Candidates applying for the Bachelor of Science degree in horticulture must satisfy the minimum University entrance requirements in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary
Education. In addition, they must have studied and passed the following subjects with minimum grades as shown below:
(i) B- in Biology or B in Biological Sciences
(ii) B- in Chemistry or B in Physical Sciences
(iii) C+ in Mathematics

Candidates who have studied and passed agriculture will have an added advantage. However, these requirements may change from time to time. Alternatively, admission may be granted to candidates with at least a CREDIT, or its equivalent, in Diploma in horticulture or agriculture from a recognized University or College. Diploma holders may qualify for credit transfer from their diploma programmes.

Application Process
Application Fees for Kenyan and East African Community Students: $18
Application Fees for International Students: $18

Application Guidelines:
Required Documents to be attached during Application include:
– Certified copies of your Result Slip, Certificates and Transcripts.
– ORIGINAL RECEIPT (Application Fee): KShs. 2,000 for ALL Degree Programmes and Kshs. 1,000 for all Undergraduate Diploma Programmes: Payable to; Account Name; Egerton University, Kenya Commercial Bank; Account No:1108550703.
– Copy of your National ID Card or Birth Certificate.

Online application procedure

– Simply complete the Egerton University Online Application form and upload all the necessary documents, so that it can be processed by the administrative department
– The application will be complete once all the necessary fees have been paid.

Offline Application Procedure
– An Application form can be downloaded through the school website:
– The application form must be fully filled and the relevant academic documents attached. It must be returned to the admissions office of the university according to the deadline set by the admissions office.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for this programme include:
– Plant Pathologist
– Consultant in horticulture
– Ornamental horticulturist
– Horticultural technician
– Plant Care Worker
– Nursery Staffer
– Landscape Designer
– Writer.

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Tuition Fees for Kenyan and East African Community Students: $1,090
Tuition Fees for International Students: $1,418

Tuition Fees for Kenyan Students = Kshs. 120,000
Tuition Fees for International Students = Kshs. 156,000
**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.


– Foreign students out of the East African Community pay 30% more than the Kenyan students.
– The University reviews tuition fees on a regular basis.

Relevant Contact

Prof. Alexander Kahi
Dean, Faculty of Agriculture
Admissions Office
Responsible for Admission Enquiries
School Office
General Enquiries