BCUC Brochures 2015
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Brochure 2015


The Board of Common Undergraduate Courses (BCUC) is multidisciplinary departments created under the Statutes to offer courses that are taught to all undergraduate students across the board, regardless of the degree programme that a student is enrolled in. These courses are aptly referred to as Common Undergraduate Courses. As per University Statutes, it is envisaged that by the time of graduation, a graduand from the Sciences shall have studied and passed two common courses from the Humanities and one from the Sciences. Similarly, that a graduand from the Humanities shall have studied and passed two common courses from the Sciences and one from the Humanities. 

The Need for Common Courses

As Society expects University graduate to be widely knowledgeable in all aspects of life, and since graduates assume managerial positions, and are therefore expected to provide advice on life in general to the broader society regardless of their profession, it became necessary for the University to produce holistic and well-rounded graduates who have a general understanding of cross-cutting issues that affect society.  One way of producing a holistic, well-rounded graduate was to empower the graduate in all spheres of life and hence the introduction of common undergraduate courses. Thus, a graduate to be widely informed both in and without his/her profession.

Common Courses offered

Currently, there are 10(Ten) Common Undergraduate Courses which have been approved by the Senate as indicated:

  • CCS 001: Communication Skills
  • CCS 002: Fundamentals of Development and Their Applications in Kenya
  • CCS 003: Human Health
  • CCS 004: Law in Society
  • CCS 005: Environmental Science
  • CCS 006:Chemistry and Its Applications
  • CCS 007: Science and Technology in Development
  • CCS 008: Elements of Philosophy
  • CCS 009: Elements of Economics; and
  • CCS 010: HIV & AIDS

Definition of a Common Course

The University definition for a Common Undergraduate Course is that it is that course which is taught to all students regardless of the degree programme that a student is admitted in for study.

Qualification for admission to the Common Courses

Students who get admitted to any programme in the University of Nairobi automatically qualify for admission to the Common Undergraduate Courses. This is because it is a statutory requirement that every undergraduate student study and pass three of the courses before graduation.

Common Courses as a source of common knowledge

Broadly speaking, common courses are general versions of the professional programmes. They are professional programmes designed for non professionals. They are an overview of the professional programmes. Thus, Elements of Philosophy which is a common course is an overview of Philosophy; Elements of Economics is a common course which is an overview of Economics; Law in Society is a common course which is an overview of Law; while Chemistry and its applications is a common course that is an overview of Chemistry etc.

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