Meteorology

The department of Meteorology in the School of Earth Sciences and is currently offering a professional undergraduate course leading to a B.Sc. degree in Meteorology. The South Eastern Kenya University (SEKU) is uniquely located in a dry environment where the local population derives its livelihood on rain fed agriculture. Rainfall is unreliable and its frequent failure results in crop failure and death of animals due to lack of feed, with limited contingency for mitigation. When the rains come, large amount of water is lost to the ocean due to inadequate skills to harvest it. In addition, infrastructure is destroyed, leading to poor access to markets. This scenario is replicated in most parts of the country, making it necessary to train manpower with the necessary skills for early warning and timely intervention.

Vision

To be a department offering globally competitive academic programmes in atmospheric sciences and a leader in Innovative research that transforms lives in dry areas.

Mission

To provide top quality and transformative education through teaching and learning, research and extension with emphasis on agriculture, natural resources and environmental management.

Objectives

a)Develop undergraduate and postgraduate (PGD, Master’s and Ph.D.) programmes that meet the needs of dry land agriculture, water sciences and environment technologies

b) Conduct research that provides answers for environmental and atmospheric problems encountered in the dry lands and Kenya as a whole

c) Develop outreach systems which facilitate the transfer of knowledge and technology to key stakeholders.

d) Develop human capacity for research in atmospheric sciences

e) Be involved in the formulation of policies that affect the realization of agricultural potential in the dry lands

f) Create partnership with institutions and organizations involved in atmospheric and environmental research in order to promote productivity of the dry lands

g) Mobilize resources for developing the physical  infrastructure for the department and its research programmes through formulation of proposals

Career opportunities for graduates

Graduates in B.Sc. Meteorology may be employed as forecasters at the Kenya Meteorological Department and in the aviation industry, as

agrometeorologists/agroclimatologists in national agricultural research institutes, as hydrometeorologists in the ministry of water and in NGOs involved in food security and environmental conservation.

B.Sc. Degree in Meteorology Course Outline

FIRST YEAR:

UNITS

Core Courses in Meteorology:

SMR 101: – Introduction to Meteorology I

SMR 102: – Introduction to Meteorology II

SMR 103: – Quantitative Methods and Computer Applications in Meteorology I

Core Requisite Courses in Mathematics:

SMA 101: – Basic Mathematics

SMA 103: – Calculus I

SMA 104: – Calculus II

Core Requisite Courses in Physics:

SPH 101: – Mechanics I

SPH 102: – Electricity and Magnetism I

SPH 103: – Waves and Optics

SECOND YEAR:

Core Courses in Meteorology:

SMR 201: -Meteorological Instruments and Methods of Observation

SMR 202: – Atmospheric Radiation and Optics

SMR 203: – Quantitative methods and Computer Applications in Meteorology II

SMR 204: – Weather Analysis

Core Requisite Courses in Mathematics:

SMA 201: – Advanced Calculus

SMA 203: – Linear Algebra I

SMA 221: – Vector Analysis

SMA 240: – Probability and Statistics I

Core Requisite Courses in Physics:

SPH 201: -  Mechanics II

SPH 202: – Electricity and Magnetism II

SPH 203: – Structures and Properties of Materials

SPH 204: – Mathematical Physics

THIRD YEAR:

Courses in Meteorology:

SMR 301: – Dynamic Meteorology I

SMR 302: – Tropical Meteorology I

SMR 303: – General Circulation and Climatology

SMR 304: -  Synoptic Meteorology and Weather Analysis

SMR 305: – Applications of Statistical Methods in Meteorology I

SMR 306: – Quantitative Methods and COmputer Applications in Meteorology III

SMR 307: -  Thermodynamics and Cloud Physics

SMR 308: – Principles and Applications of Remote Sensing in Meteorology

SMR 309: – Hydrometeorology I

SMR 310: – Agrometeorology I

FOURTH YEAR:

Courses in Meteorology:

SMR 401: – Dynamic Meteorology II

SMR 402: – Tropical Meteorology II

SMR 403: – Project Work

SMR 404: – Operational Training Course (OTC)

SMR 405: – Applications of Statistical Methods in Meteorology II

SMR 406: – Quantitative Methods and Computer Applications in Meteorology IV

SMR 407: – Micrometeorology and Atmospheric Pollution

SMR 408: – Principles of Renewable Energy Resources

SMR 409: – Hydrometeorology II

SMR 410: – Agrometeorology II

Teaching Staff and their designation

School of Earth Sciences

Dean: Prof. E. M. Mathu, Dept. of Geological Sciences

Department of Meteorology

Dr. D.K. Musembi, Lecturer, Ag. Chairman of Department

Ms. M. W. Mwangi, Asst. Lecturer

Mr. N. M. Kerandi, Asst. Lecturer


 

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!

Vision

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.

Mission

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.

Objectives

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

FIRST YEAR: UNITS

SGL101: – Materials of the Earth

SGL102: – Earth Processes

SGL103: – Introduction to Paleontology

SECOND YEAR:

SGL 201: – Principals of Mineralogy

SGL 202: – Systematic Mineralogy

SGL 203: – Structural Geology

SGL 204: – Geostatistics

THIRD YEAR:

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

FOURTH YEAR:

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)

Contacts

Department Chair

South Eastern Kenya University(SEKU)

P.O BOX 170 – 90200

KITUI.

KENYA.

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