B.sc in Agricultural Engineering

Bsc Agricultural Enginnering


 The Department of Agricultural Engineering is the oldest of the four departments in the Faculty of Engineering & Technology. The department offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Agricultural Engineering incorporating the various areas of specialization: Farm Power & Machinery, Soil & Water Engineering, Agricultural Processing, Structures & Environment, and Renewable Energy Resources. The B.Sc. degree programme is conceptualized and designed to produce trained work force that shall contribute towards enhanced agricultural production, food security, and poverty alleviation in Kenya by the year 2016 and make Kenya industrialised by the year 2030.

The department has specifically designed the programme to train engineers who can contribute solutions to the ever-changing agricultural production conditions. It lays emphasis on the application of practical scientific knowledge and skills while recognizing the importance of theoretical knowledge in developing the intellectual capacity of the engineer. The programme provides core elements of engineering that are recognised by professional bodies such as Engineers Registration Board (ERB) and Institution of Engineers of Kenya (IEK).

The graduates of this program shall find employment in Government Ministries such as Water and Agriculture, National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA), Regional Development Authorities, Institutions of Higher Learning, Sugar Industry, Coffee Industry, National Irrigation Board, Non-Governmental Organizations, Private sector, and International bodies, among others. The vision of the Department is to contribute towards the making a World

Class Faculty and University. The Mission is to produce high-level trained work force that can use their engineering knowledge to enhance agricultural production, food security, poverty alleviation, and contribute to the industrialisation of developing nations like Kenya.


The decline in the contribution of the Agricultural sector to Kenya?s Gross Domestic Product has been attributed to, among other things, poor technologies, and lack of well-trained manpower in this sector. The Agricultural Engineering programme covers areas such as Soil and Water Conservation, Farm Power and Machinery, Irrigation, Agricultural Structures, Agricultural Processing, and Renewable energy, which are all crucial in enhancing the performance of the Agricultural sector. The programme has thus been designed with emphasis on practical approach incorporating the current advancements in technology to satisfy the technical manpower requirements for the Agricultural Industry and to achieve Kenya?s development goal of industrialisation in the year 2030.


Aims and Objectives
The main aim of this programme is to train and graduate agricultural engineers. At the end, the programme will produce an engineer who will be able to:
(a) Prepare an agricultural engineer to plan, design, modify, and direct the manufacture of agricultural machinery & implements for different agricultural production systems.
(b) Prepare an engineer to plan and design Soil & Water conservation engineering structures and modern irrigation and drainage systems.
(c) Provide practical training to the engineer to contribute practical solutions to agricultural production problems.
(d) Inculcate the engineer with sound theoretical knowledge in engineering principles, sciences, research and in consultancy.

(e) Impart positive and responsive out-reach attitudes, initiative and creative thinking in their mission as engineers.
(f) Produce a professional engineer who understands ethical issues and responsibility of serving the society and the environment at large.
(g) Train an engineer equipped with effective written and oral communication skills.


Admission Requirements
All candidates admitted to the degree programme of Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering (B.Sc. Agricultural Engineering) must satisfy the minimum entrance requirements stipulated in the common university entrance regulations.

In addition, candidates must obtain at least the minimum grades in the following cluster subjects at Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (K.C.S.E).

Mathematics:B+ Mathematics: B+
Physics: B+ Physical Science: A-
Chemistry: B+ Biological Sciences:A-
Either Biology or Geography or any Either Geography or any Group IV subjects (i.e. technical Group IV subjects (i.e. technical group of subjects):B+ group of subjects): B+

Those holding qualifications equivalent to the K.C.S.E above from institutions recognized by Egerton University Senate may also be admitted.
Admission may be offered to outstanding diploma holders in engineering disciplines who have passed with a credit or above or their equivalent from institutions recognized by Egerton University Senate. Such cases will be treated on individual merit.
Transfer of credit up to a maximum of 30% of the total CF may be considered for diploma holders based on the guidelines stipulated by the Senate.
Self-sponsored applicants shall be required to meet the University and Faculty

 Duration of the Course
The programme shall be covered in five academic years each consisting of two semesters of 17 weeks each. All students are expected to undergo an Internal Engineering Practice and an external Industrial/Field Attachment each lasting 8 weeks after the third and fourth years, respectively.

Coding Details

Course Coding
Courses offered by the Department of Agricultural Engineering are each coded by a three-digit figure preceded by the term ?AGEN? to represent Agricultural Engineering. The first digit represents the year in which the course is offered. The second digit represents the discipline in which the course falls within the range of courses offered in the Department. The third digit represents the series of the course within a discipline in any given year of study. Listed below are the various disciplines in which the Agricultural Engineering courses fall and their corresponding digits:
1- Introductory Courses
2- Electrical courses
3- Farm Power and Machinery
4- Processing and Structures
5- Soil and Water Engineering
6- Field/General Experience 

Examination System
University Examinations shall be held at the end of each semester of each year of study in accordance with the examination regulations of the University. The following practical courses shall be examined by project proposal, tests, practical implementation, oral examination, and final reports.
AGEN 360: Engineering Practice
AGEN 412: Principles of Engineering Design
AGEN 464: Industrial/Field Attachment
AGEN 561: Student Research Project I
AGEN 562: Student Research Project II
AGEN 563: Outside Visits and Seminars

Course Coding


AGEN 115 Introduction to Agricultural Engineering
CHEM 102 General Inorganic and Physical Chemistry
COMP 101 Introduction to Computer Applications
COMS 101 Communication Skills
MATH 112 Basic Mathematics
MATH 114 Geometry and Linear Algebra
MENT 110 Engineering Drawing I
MENT 120 Material Science I

AGEN 200 Physics of the Plant Environment
COMP 104 Introduction to Comp. for Scientific Programming
ENSC 100 Environmental Education
MATH 111 Calculus I
MENT 111 Engineering Drawing II
MENT 112 Workshop Technology
PHYS 103 General Physics

AGED 348 Technical Reporting and Writing
MATH 211 Calculus II
MENT 222 Mechanics of Machines I
MENT 224 Engineering Thermodynamics I
MENT 226 Strength of Materials I
MENT 230 Manufacturing Engineering I
WEEN 215 Fluid Mechanics I

ICEN 206 Electrical Engineering Principles
MATH 215 Applied Mathematics
MENT 223 Mechanics of Machines II
MENT 225 Engineering Thermodynamics II
MENT 227 Strength of Materials II
MENT231 Manufacturing Engineering II
WEEN212 Engineering Materials
WEEN217 Fluid Mechanics II

AGEN 332 Introduction to Farm Power
AGEN 357 Engineering Surveying
AGRO 102 Principles of Crop Production
ECON 111 Principles of Microeconomics
MATH318 Calculus III
WEEN 231 Theory of Structures I
WEEN 352 Hydraulics

AGBM 103 Principles of Entrepreneurship
AGEN 333 Tractors and their Power Units
AGEN 343 Agricultural Process Engineering I
AGEN 350 Soil Mechanics
AGEN 356 Hydrology
ICEN 326 Instrumentation and Control
MATH327 Methods of Applied Mathematics I
WEEN 232 Theory of Structures II

AGEN 360 Engineering Practice at end of 3rd Year

AGEC 422 Agricultural Project Analysis
AGEN 412 Principles of Engineering Design
AGEN 431 Farm Machinery I
AGEN 441 Building Materials and Technology
AGEN 445 Structural Design
AGEN 454 Soil and Water Conservation Engineering
MENT 450 Operations Research
WEEN 410 Engineering Statistics

AGEN 432 Farm Machinery II
AGEN 442 Agricultural Structures
AGEN 443 Agricultural Process Engineering II
AGEN 455 Irrigation and Drainage Engineering I
AGEN 462 Research Methods
COMP 305 Scientific Programming
MATH325 Numerical Analysis I

AGEN 464 Industrial/ Field Attachment at end 4th Year

AGEN 533 Farm Power and Machinery Management
AGEN 543 Properties of Agricultural Materials
AGEN 545 Renewable Energy Sources
AGEN 551 Land Use Planning
AGEN 561 Student Research Project I
AGEN 566 Engineering Economy
WEEN 511 Law, Ethics and Professional Practice

AGEN 555 Irrigation and Drainage Engineering II
AGEN 557 Agricultural and Domestic Waste Management
AGEN 562 Student Research Project II
AGEN 563 Outside Visits and Seminars
ANSC 359 General Animal Production
ICEN 307 Electrical Energy Utilization
WEEN 457 Water Supply Engineering

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