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Department of Physics

Bachelor of Science in Renewable Energy


World,s energy demand has continued to grow over the past half century owing to high increase in population and industrial advancement. About 80% percent of this energy comes from none renewable energy sources such as oil, coal and natural gases. Over years, these energy sources will be depleted resulting in energy crisis. It is from this perspective that the world energy today is moving in the direction of renewable energy sources such as solar energy, geothermal energy, wind energy, Biomass energy and hydro energy. For maximum extraction, distribution and proper utilization of this energy, scientist with vast knowledge in this area required. It is for this reason that Bachelor of Science in Renewable Energy of Kisii University was developed.

The course is aimed at equipping the graduates with high theoretical and technical skills to allow them work competently in various renewable energy firms as technicians, analysts, consultants among other positions within these firms. Through this course, graduates will also acquire appropriate skills and knowledge to allow them to advance their renewable energy career at postgraduate level. It is at this level that research students will have an opportunity to develop efficient systems for maximum harnessing of energy from the various renewable energy sources. A good example of this is the significant advancement in the design of solar cells that have enhanced efficiency of solar modules.

Career paths:

Graduates of renewable energy will become expert in all sectors dealing with renewable energy. These include solar energy, wind energy, Geothermal Energy, Bio-energy and energy storage among others

Potential area of employment:

A graduate with a degree in renewable energy can find employment opportunities in a wide range of sectors and industries that are focused on sustainable and clean energy solutions. Here are some potential areas where a renewable energy graduate can be employed:

  1. Renewable Energy Companies: Many companies specialize in developing, manufacturing, and implementing renewable energy technologies such as solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, and bioenergy systems. Graduates can work in research and development, project management, engineering, and more.
  2. Energy Consultancies: Consulting firms provide expertise to businesses, governments, and organizations seeking to transition to renewable energy sources. Graduates can offer advice on energy efficiency, policy analysis, project feasibility, and sustainability strategies.
  3. Utilities and Power Companies: Traditional power companies are increasingly integrating renewable energy sources into their energy mix. Graduates can work in areas like energy planning, grid integration, and managing renewable energy projects.
  4. Government and Regulatory Agencies: Governments worldwide are investing in renewable energy to meet climate goals. Graduates can work in regulatory bodies, energy ministries, and environmental agencies to develop policies, incentives, and regulations for renewable energy adoption.
  5. Research and Development Institutes: Research institutions and universities conduct studies to advance renewable energy technologies. Graduates can engage in research, innovation, and development of new renewable energy solutions.
  6. Construction and Engineering Firms: Companies that build renewable energy projects, such as solar farms, wind parks, and hydropower facilities, require engineers and project managers with expertise in renewable energy systems.
  7. Manufacturing and Supply Chain: Manufacturing companies produce components and systems for renewable energy technologies. Graduates can be involved in manufacturing, quality control, supply chain management, and product development.
  8. Energy Storage Companies: Energy storage is a critical aspect of integrating intermittent renewable sources into the grid. Graduates can work on developing and implementing energy storage solutions like batteries, pumped hydro storage, and more.
  9. Environmental Organizations: Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and environmental advocacy groups often work on promoting renewable energy adoption. Graduates can contribute to awareness campaigns, policy advocacy, and community engagement.
  10. Startups and Entrepreneurship: The renewable energy sector continues to evolve, creating opportunities for startups to develop innovative solutions. Graduates with entrepreneurial spirit can start their own companies focused on renewable energy products or services.
  11. Finance and Investment Firms: As renewable energy projects require significant investment, finance and investment professionals are needed to fund these initiatives. Graduates can work in roles related to project financing, risk assessment, and sustainable investing.
  12. Energy Efficiency and Building Design: Graduates can work with architects and engineers to design energy-efficient buildings and systems, incorporating renewable energy technologies like solar panels and efficient HVAC systems.
  13. Transportation and Electric Vehicles: The transportation sector is shifting towards electric vehicles (EVs) and sustainable transportation solutions. Graduates can work on EV infrastructure, charging networks, and related technologies.
  14. Smart Grid and Energy Management: Smart grid technologies optimize the integration of renewable energy sources and improve energy efficiency. Graduates can work on grid management, energy monitoring systems, and demand response programs.
  15. International Development Organizations: Organizations focused on global development may hire renewable energy experts to work on projects that bring clean energy solutions to underserved communities around the world.

These are just some of the many opportunities available to renewable energy graduates. The field is growing rapidly as the world seeks to transition to cleaner and more sustainable energy sources.


Entry Requirement


1.      All candidates admitted to the B.SC. In Renewable Energy degree programme must satisfy the minimum entry requirements stipulated in the common university entrance regulations.

2.      The candidate must have passed the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) with the minimum grades as indicated in the following subjects:

Physics: C+;

Chemistry: C+;

Mathematics: C+

3.      Those holding qualifications equivalent to the above from institutions recognized by Kisii University (KSU) Senate may also be admitted.

4.      Admission may also be offered to outstanding Diploma holders in Physical Sciences with a bias towards Physics and who have passed with a credit or above or their equivalents. Such cases will be considered on a case by case merit.

5.      A holder of KCSE certificate or equivalent with a minimum of C+ and lacking cluster subjects (Physics and two science subjects as in (i) above). The Candidate must score at least a C-plain in the subject he/she is bridging in.

6.      A holder of KACE certificate or equivalent with minimum of two principal passes and lacking O-level cluster subject grades. The candidate must score at least C-Plain the subject in which he/she is bridging in.