Course of the Week; Bachelor of Geophysics

Geophysics is a course that involves applying principles of Physics to the Earth sciences. It is a major subfield of earth science along with geography, geology and geodesy; which is the science that determines the precise size and shape of the earth, its motions in space, the movement of earths crust and so much more. It also involves the study of  the inaccessible earth using physical measurements and the interpretation of these measurements in terms of subsurface structures and phenomena.

Minimum requirement

(a)  Each student who is registered in the School of Physical Sciences must have satisfied the minimum requirement for the School, which is an average of C+ in any one of the following combinations of three subjects, taken in KCSE (or equivalent examination)

  1.  Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry
    ii.    Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology
    iii.    Mathematics, Physical Science, Biological Science

2.1(b)    Holders of KACE/GCE(“A” level) or Diploma qualifications in appropriate science subjects or another qualification deemed to be equivalent by the Senate may be considered .

Requirements are given below:


  1.  A minimum of 2 principal passes in science subjects in “A” level /Kenya Advanced Certificate of Education (KACE)/General Certificate of Education (GCE).


  1.  A Diploma in relevant subjects and with at least a credit pass from an institution recognized by the Senate.


iii.    A Diploma in applied sciences with at least a credit pass in relevant science subjects from an institution recognized by the Senate.

iv.    A Higher National Diploma in relevant subjects from an institution recognized by the Senate.

  1.  Any other qualifications equivalent to (i) to (iv) above.

2.1(c) Students who hold any of the qualifications (ii) and (iii) above may at the discretion of the Senate be admitted directly into the second year of the course in which case they may complete their courses in a minimum of three academic years and a maximum of five academic years.

The course is offered at the Department of Physics, in the College of Pure and Applied Sciences (COPAS).

Students who pursue this course can practise in the following fields;

  • Exploration Geophysics
  • Geomagnetism
  • Seismology
  • Meteorology
  • Marine Geophysics
  • Oceanography
  • Environmental Geophysics
  • Geodesy
  • Paleomagnetism, among many others.

Compiled by Eva Maguti


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