Geological Sciences

The Department teaches the following disciplines: Mineralogy, Petrology, Palaeontology, Economic Geology, Structural Geology and Tectonics, Hydrogeology, Exploration Geophysics, Exploration Geochemistry, Stratigraphy among others. Students in Geological Sciences enjoy the opportunity to learn in small classes taught by world-class academicians and researchers. Students are participating in ground-breaking research in a wide variety of fields. It is a great time to consider doing an undergraduate and graduate degree in Geological Sciences at the South Eastern Kenya University (SEKU). Whether your interest is in graduate studies, in a possible undergraduate major or concentration, or in finding out a little more about Geological Sciences.
It is the aim of the Department to equip students with modern knowledge while utilizing state of the art technology developed in the recent past decades so as to widen their scope and enable them keep in pace with these emerging technologies. Students will be introduced to Remote Sensing (RS), Geographical Informational tion System (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS), modern Geophysical and Geochemical resource exploration techniques, among others.Employment opportunities in the Mineral Resources, Environment, Energy, Water Resources, Geotechnical Engineering and other Earth sciences disciplines as well as in allied educational sectors are better than ever before and our graduates are well placed in acquiring jobs in these fields both in public and private sectors. You will be joining a well-knit, socially active community of fellow Geological sciences fraternity and will acquire life-long skills and a network of colleagues and friends. Welcome to the world of Geological Sciences!


To be a leading Department offering internationally competitive academic programmes in Geological Sciences and adopting of new scientific ideas and technologies for the optimum utilization of geological resources to transform lives.


To be a leading Department that offers quality education and training through teaching, research and development with emphasis on innovative methods that enable geological resource utilization in a sustainable manner.


a) Develop undergraduate and postgraduate programmes that meet the needs of sustainable geological resources through exploration, exploitation and utilization in the country and beyond.

b) Conduct research that provides answers to integrated geological resource extraction and environmental conservation.

c) Develop interactive knowledge management systems which facilitate the transfer of knowledge, information and technical skills to key

stakeholders for improved livelihood.

d) Be proactive in the formulation of policies that mainstream the use of geological resources to foster county and national development.

e) Create partnership with institutions and organizations involved in relevant sciences and technological research in order to promote proper utilization of geological resources

f) Mobilize resources for developing the physical infrastructure of the Department, the School and the University College and offering services to the Communities through formulation of research proposals and programmes .

Career opportunities for graduates

B.Sc.Geology graduates are employed in the following Ministries: Environment and Mineral Resources (MEMR), Energy (ME), Water and irrigation (MW&I), Agriculture (MA), Public Works (MPW), Roads (MR) and Regional Development (MRD, among others. They are also employed in Parastatals like Universities and other tertiary institutions, National Museum, KenGen, Geothermal Development Corporation (GDC) and Water Resources Management Authorities (WARMA). Others are engaged by private mineral exploration companies e.g. those prospecting for water, gemstones, gold, rare earth elements, petroleum and coal. Other potential employers include local and international corporations involved in geological resources exploration and exploitation while others joining the construction industry firms e.g. cement manufacturing companies and brick making industries, among others. Other graduates are engaged in self employment.

Programs Offered

B.Sc. Degree in Geology

Course Outline


SGL101: – Materials of the Earth

SGL102: – Earth Processes

SGL103: – Introduction to Paleontology


SGL 201: – Principals of Mineralogy

SGL 202: – Systematic Mineralogy

SGL 203: – Structural Geology

SGL 204: – Geostatistics


SGL 301: – Igneous Petrology

SGL 302: – Metamorphic Petrology

SGL 303: – Sedimentary Petrology

SGL 304: – Stratigraphy

SGL 305: – Global Tectonics

Elective Courses:

SGL 306: – Paleontology

SGL 307: – Historical Geology

SGL 308: – Introduction to Field Mapping

SGL 309: – Introduction to Geophysics

SGL 310: – Photo geology and Remote Sensing

SGL 311:- Surveying for Geoscientists

SGL 312:- Introduction to Geological Thermodynamics


SGL 401: – Field Geology (Field Work)

SGL 402: – Ore Deposits

SGL 403: – Exploration Geochemistry

SGL 404: – Exploration Geophysics

SGL 405: – Hydrogeology

Elective Courses:

SGL 406: – Industrial Rocks and Minerals

SGL 407: – Engineering Geology

SGL 408: – Marine Geology

SGL 409: – Environmental Geology

SGL 410: – Geology and Mineral Resources in Kenya

SGL 411:- Mineral Exploration and Mining

SGL 412:- Seismology

SGL 413:- Project in Geology

Strong Links with the following institutions:

• University of Nairobi (our Parent University)

• University of Dar-es Salaam

• Nazarene University

• Makerere University

• Pwani University College

• Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) (Taita Taveta Campus)

• Masinde Muliro University

• University of Namibia

• University of Natal

• Mines and Geology Department (Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources, Government of Kenya)


Department Chair

South Eastern Kenya University(SEKU)

P.O BOX 170 – 90200




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