About CoNAS

The College of Natural and Applied Sciences (CoNAS) at the Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) at the Solomon Mahlangu Campus (SMC) in Morogoro, Tanzania provides a unique blend of academic excellence, research opportunities, and community outreach. Offering courses in science, environmental studies, information technology, information science, education, mathematics and statistics, and related fields, CoNAS attracts students from across Tanzania, Africa, and beyond.

CoNAS offers comprehensive programs in physical sciences, life sciences, information technology, information science, and mathematics, providing students with a thorough understanding of cutting-edge research and technology. This includes studies in environment, meteorology, hydrogeology, natural products, biosciences, phytochemistry, mathematics, statistics, bioinformatics, science education, information technology, information science, and mathematics.

One of SUA’s largest colleges, CoNAS is renowned for its multidisciplinary professionals and programs. With its blend of academic rigor, real-world experience, and interdisciplinary opportunities, CoNAS provides students with the best foundation to achieve their goals in graduate school and beyond.

At CoNAS, outreach and public service initiatives are a key focus, allowing scientists and students to share their knowledge with the local and wider community. The college’s mission is to drive research excellence, support innovative teaching and outreach programs, and generate scientific and economic benefits for the community. With its distinctive experiential learning approach and strong culture of undergraduate field work and special research projects, CoNAS provides students with numerous opportunities to collaborate with secondary schools, industries, private and government research institutes, mining, and other stakeholders. Encouraging interdisciplinary research and thinking among faculty and students, CoNAS fosters innovative discoveries with positive impacts on both scientific and livelihod communities.

College's History

The College of Natural and Applied Sciences (CoNAS) has a history of over 20 years, beginning as the Basic Sciences Unit (BSU) in 1997, under the leadership of Professor Lusato R. N. Kurwijila at the Solomon Mahlangu Campus. In 1999, it was upgraded to the Faculty of Science, with Professor Kurwijila serving as the first Dean and Professor Yasinta Muzanila as the Deputy Dean.

Prof. Kurwijila, the First Dean, FoS

In 2004, Professor Muzanila became the Dean, with Dr. Geofrey Karugila as the Deputy Dean. Prof. Muzanila term ended in 2011.

Prof. Muzanila, the Second Dean, FoS

From 2011 to 2017, the faculty was led by Professor Patrick Mwang’ingo as the Dean and Dr. Ibrahim Mjema as the Deputy Dean. In 2017, the Faculty of Science merged with the Solomon Mahlangu Campus Directorate, led by Professor Muzanila as the Director, to form the Solomon Mahlangu College of Science and Education (SM-CoSE).

Prof. Mwang’ingo, the third Dean, FoS

Upon the formation of SM-CoSE, Professor Allen Malissa became the Principal, with Dr. Mjema serving as the Coordinator for issues previously handled by the Directorate.

Prof. Malissa, the first Principal, SM-CoSE

In 2020, Dr. Karugila succeeded Professor Malissa as the current Principal of the college.

Dr. Karugila, the first Principal, CoNAS

Our Vision

To become a centre of excellence in natural and applied sciences.

Our Mission

To provide efficient, effective, and high quality training, research, outreach and consultancy services in natural and applied sciences, and education.

Our Facilities






Internet Services and IT Support

Worship Services