WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$1,388 /year
Applications Begin:July 2020
Final Award:Bachelor of Science in Industrial Biotechnology
Start Date:September 2020
Academic Unit:School of Biomedical Sciences
Campus:Main Campus
Application Deadline:
Programme Overview

Industrial biotechnology is a science applied in Industrial manufacture of bioproducts and processing bioenergy. The focus of the technology taught in this programme is the use of biological resources as input to biobased processes which are economically and environmentally sustainable. The programme envisages that as the technology is gradually embraced, there will be unfriendly fossil oil and agricultural manufacturing practices but will increase food security and generate sustainable economic growth and jobs.

In this degree programme students will learn Industrial biotechnology applications which can be used to create new bioproducts, such as plant-based biodegradable plastics, using biorefineries to generate electricity, transport fuels and chemicals, modify and develop new industrial processes, such as using enzymes to replace harsh chemicals used in textiles, pulp and paper industry, treating industrial waste water onsite using biological mediums such as microbes, reduce the adverse environmental impact of manufacturing to provide energy and water savings by adding enzymes in detergents thus allowing clothes to be washed in lower temperatures and less water.

1. To teach students the basic principles of processing of bioproducts from biological resources in the areas Industrial Biotechnology.
2. To equip students with skills on recent Methodologies and practice in industrial biotechnology.
3. To expose students to relevant and recent advances in industrial biotechnology.

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. Industrial Biotechnology therefore remains an essential discipline and continues to play a catalytic role. Industrial Biotechnology has advanced to include areas such as Textile Processing, Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, Antimicrobial plant products, Bioenergy systems, Marine Biotechnology. All these courses are presently playing a significant role in research directed towards provision of alternative sources of food, energy and medicine a as well as in prevention of environmental pollution.
Students graduating from this programme qualify to join local and international industries. 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. These institutions and companies form an important part of our country’s production and services sector.


First Semester
– Communication Skills
– Mathematics for Science
– Atomic Structure
– Physical Chemistry I
– Cellular basis of life
– Structure of Biomolecules
– The Cell and its External Environment

Second Semester:
– Development Studies and Social Ethics
– Chemical Bonding and Structure
– Organic Chemistry I
– Proteins and Enzymes I
– Basic Metabolism I
– Plant Biochemistry I
– Biochemistry of Microorganisms I
– Principles of Environmental Science in Bioengineering
– Genetics and Cytogenetics

First Semester:
– Physical Chemistry II
– Introd To Computer And Data Processing
– Chemical Reaction in Bioengineering
– Cell and Molecular Biology
– Analytical Techniques in Biotechnology I
– Cell and Molecular Immunology1

Second Semester
– Organic Chemistry II
– Nuclear Chemistry and Radiochemistry
– Introduction To Programming
– Biochemistry of Microorganisms II
– Analytical Techniques in Biotechnology II
– Plant Biochemistry II

Semester 1
– Principles of Animal Cell Technology
– Biosystems in Microbial Technology
– Protein Biotechnology
– Downstream Processing I
– Pharmaceutical biotechnology I
– Pharmaceutical biotechnology II

Semester 2
– Bioprocess Engineering
– Industrial Enzymes Technology
– Bioenergy systems
– Applied Microbial Technologies
– Microbial Biochemistry
– Biostatistics and Research Methodology

Semester 1
– Entrepreneurship Skills
– Proteins for Diagnosis
– Research Projects
– Marine Biotechnology
– Applied Microbial Biochemistry
– Bioethics and Policy in Biotechnology
– Downstream processing II
– Recombinant DNA Technology

Semester 2
– Research Project
– Translational Biotechnology
– Antimicrobial Plant Products
– Industrial Fermentation
– Preservation of Industrial Microbes
– Bioinformatics
– Biotechnology in Textile Industry

Admission Requirements

Students wishing to study Industrial Biotechnology must satisfy the minimum University
requirements and Faculty/school 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 either maths or physics / Physical Science with a minimum grade of C (C plain). A student who has not attained the said grade in mathematics or physics/physical
sciences must undertake and pass the respective bridging course in an institution recognized by the University Senate in order to be considered for the degree program
1.2 have a minimum of 2 principal passes in biology and chemistry subjects in Kenya Advanced Certificate of Education (KACE),
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/school 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: $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:
– Research and development
– Quality assurance/regulatory affairs
– Manufacturing
– Clinical research
– Government (policymaking)
– Software engineering
– Food, animal, and environmental science
– Sales and technical support.

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Tuition Fees for Kenyan and East Africa Community Students: $1,388
Tuition Fees for International Students: $1,666

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