Applied Science is involved in training of laboratory and health specialists. The department has
also curved a niche in science research.
Applied Science Department was started in 1988 to train Agricultural and Laboratory specialists. Since then, the department has nurtured two other vibrant departments; Institute of Management and Agriculture departments.
The Department of Applied Sciences has Two teaching Laboratories with state of art equipment (some which are not easy to come by even in some of our universities). For example, the department has Gas chromatography/Mass Spectrophotometer (GC-MS), Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer (AAS), Infra-Red Spectrophotometer (IR- Spectrophotometer), Oxygen Bomb Calorimeter plus many more. In line with the realization of the National Big Four agenda in Food Security, the department seeks to improve Agriculture in the community by carrying out soil analysis to advice farmers on the right fertilizer to use for different crops. Plans are also underway for the construction of tissue culture unit that will assist in the mass production of seedlings for seedless crops.
The Department of Applied Sciences seeks to provide an environment for learning that produces her graduates with knowledge, skills and competence in the labour market. It prepares graduates for a wider range of applied science related careers. Graduates from this department have been absorbed in industries, institutions and research laboratories, health institutions, pharmaceutical and biotechnological industries, food industries, Government departments and Non-governmental organizations among others. In addition, they have been able to be self-reliant. Applied Science Department has been in the upwards trend in terms of KNEC examination results. In the July 2019 results the department had an overall 78.7 percentage pass with a majority of students scoring Credits. Chemistry Techniques, Physics Techniques and Practical subjects have been able to post Distinctions in the pass two consecutive National examinations. The Department is planning to attain 85% pass by the year 2022. Currently our student enrollment stands at 148, but with government capitation, we are projecting student population of about 500 by end of 2022. Plans are also underway for research and training collaboration with research institutions, Kenya Bureau of Standard, and Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology We have been able to organize field trips for our trainees annually, this year we were able to visit Kericho Tea Research where our students learnt a lot. The department has been able to present Projects both Regional and National TVET Fair yearly, the last being at Kakamega and Mombasa respectively. The department values student feedback and encourages openness. Students are well guided on social, discipline, academic and career matters. The trainers go extra mile to offer remedial and consultations for slow learners. We regularly conduct customer satisfaction surveys among the trainees. We have set out a policy on career progression. The Department is known for academic excellence and high performance in the job market. I interact and share with the lecturers and management freely and this has created good working relationship and teamwork that helps us achieve great institution goals. Our Department is the department of choice for academic excellence and skill development. The institution should also offer open day programs to show-case expertise in various technological fields and train the general public to ensure technological transfer in collaboration with the appropriate community technology transfer center.