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Bachelor of Agriculture program

University of Nairobi

Bachelors Degree Program 4

Course Details

Course Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Agriculture programme is a rigorous and broad-based curriculum designed to produce graduates who through extension, teaching, research, or consultancy will provide technical services in agribusiness, agricultural policy formulation, animal production, crop and land management, and environmental protection.

Minimum Entry Requirements

1.     Holders of KCSE with mean grade of C+ with passes at C or above in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics or Geography, and one of the following subjects:-English, Kiswahili, Physics (if not included above), History and Government, Geography (if not included above), CRE, Computer Studies, German, Music, Islamic Religious Education, Hindu Religious Education, Home Science, Art & Design, Agriculture, Aviation Technology, French, Arabic,Business Studies.


2.     Holders of KACE or equivalent with minimum 2 Principal Passes in Biology and Chemistry and at least a subsidiary pass in Mathematics or Physics. If Mathematics or Physics was not offered at KACE, then it is accepted at Ordinary Level but with a minimum of a Credit Pass.


3.     Holders of a Diploma in Biological Sciences or related sciences from an institution recognized by the senate.


4.     Holders of a higher national Diploma in Biological Sciences or related sciences from an institution recognized by the senate.


5.      Holders of a degree in biological sciences or related sciences from a university recognized by the senate

Course Objectives

The programme objective is to produce competent graduates in agricultural sciences and environmental management with adequate knowledge and skills to effectively exploit agricultural research and development opportunities. This objective will be achieved through the majors that the student will specialize in. e.g.


2.1 Agricultural Economics Major
The objective of this major is to produce graduates with the knowledge and skills for efficient and sustainable use of agricultural resources.


 a) Acquire the knowledge of economic disciplines to have an integrated approach to understanding agricultural and environmental problems.
b) Apply the skills of the discipline in solving agricultural and environmental problems as managers in enterprises that use these resources or in research, extension and education.


 

Course Program

Year 1


Semester 1


Course title


Introduction to Agriculture


Communication Skills


Mathematics


Chemistry for Agricultural Sciences


Agricultural Botany


Animal Physiology


Landforms and Soil Formation


HIV/AIDS


Semester II


Introduction to computers and information systems


Microeconomics


Microbiology


Biochemistry


Introduction to Plant/crop Physiology


Principles of Genetics


Principles of soil science 



Year 2


Semester 1


Principles of Plant Pathology and Disease Control


Power Systems and Machinery for Agriculture


Sociology and Development


Introduction to Statistics


Agricultural Entomology


Principles of Crop Production


Soil Microbiology and Biochemistry


Principles of Animal Production


Semester II


Ecology and Climate change


Principles of Weed Science


Structures and Materials


Forage Science and Pastures


Macroeconomics


Animal Genetic Resources


Principles of Animal Nutrition


Principles of Plant Propagation


Majors (Years 3 and 4)


Agricultural Economics Major


Year 3 – Semester I


Field Crops


Application of RS & GIS in Land Use Management


Production Economics


Principles of Resource Use and Management


Principles of Range Management


Development Economics


Seminars


Food Security, Livelihoods and Nutrition in emergencies


 


Semester II


Soil Fertility and Fertilizer Use


Irrigation and Water Management


Firm Accounts and Firm Management


Agricultural Policy and Law


Intermediate Microeconomics


Analysis and Planning of Agricultural. Projects


Environmental Management


Seminars


Field Attachment 12 wks


Year 4 – semester I


Environmental and Social Impact Assessment


Agricultural Extension and Technology Transfer


Intermediate Macroeconomics


Rural development


Business Taxation


Quantitative methods in Agricultural Economics


Special projects and oral presentations


Semester II


Micro enterprise development and management


Environmental and Natural Resource Economics


Institutional Economics


Biotechnology


Agricultural Marketing


International Trade


Special Projects and oral presentations


Crop Science Major


Year 3 – Semester I


Field Crops


Plant Breeding


Application of RS & GIS in Land Use Management


Principles of Statistics


Introduction to Population and Quantitative Genetics


Firm Accounts and Firm Management


Seed Science and Technology


Food Security, Livelihoods and Nutrition in emergencies


Semester II


Vegetable Production


Industrial, Biofuel and Medicinal Crops


Soil Fertility and Fertilizer Use


Crop Pests and their Management


Production Economics


Agriculture Policy and Law


Irrigation and Water Management


Analysis and Planning of Agric. Projects


Field attachment 12 wks


Year 4 – semester I


Field and Laboratory Experimentation


Introduction to Molecular Genetics


Agric. Extension and Technology Transfer


Physiological Aspects of Crop Yield


Floriculture and Landscape Horticulture


Fruit Production


Special Projects and Seminars


Semester II


Biotechnology


Genomics and Molecular breeding


Postharvest physiology and Technology


Crop diseases and their management


Micro enterprise development and management


Agricultural Marketing


Special Projects and Seminars


Crop Protection Major


Year 3 – Semester I


Breeding for Resistance to Insects and Diseases


Plant Disease Epidemiology & Seed Health


Firm Accounts and Firm Management


Principles of Statistics


Plant Breeding


Field Crops


Application of RS & GIS in Land Use Management


Food Security, Livelihoods and Nutrition in emergencies


Semester II


Agric. Policy & Law


Horticultural Crops


Environmental Management


Production Economics


Soil Fertility & Fertilizer use


Crop pests and their management


Irrigation and water management


Analysis and Planning of Agric. Projects


Field Attachment 12 wks


Year 4 – Semester I


Plant Mycology & Bacteriology


Plant Virology & Nematology


Diagnostic Studies of Crop Pests


Weed Management Practices


Agric. Extension and Tech. Transfer


Field and Laboratory Experimentation


Special Projects and oral presentations


Semester II


Agricultural Marketing


Postharvest Pests and Diseases


Micro enterprise development and management


Biotechnology


Diagnostics of Crop Diseases


Pesticides and Phytosanitary regulations


Special Projects and oral presentations


Animal Science Major


Year 3 – Semester I


Analytical methods in Animal Science.


Application of RS & GIS in Land Use Management


Firm Accounts and Firm Management


Principles of Statistics


Molecular Genetics


Feed Resources


Livestock Production Systems theory


Food Security, Livelihoods and Nutrition in emergencies


Semester II


Production Economics


Environmental Management


Irrigation and Water management


Research Methods and Communicating Science


Aquaculture and Apiculture


Analysis and Plan. Agric. Projects


Agricultural Policy & Law


Population and Quantitative Genetics


Field attachment 12 wks


Year 4 – Semester I


Dairy Production Systems


Economics of Livestock Production


Agric. Extension & Tech. Transfer


Biotechnology in Animal Industries


Animal breeding


Beef, Camel, Sheep and Goat Production Systems


Special Projects and oral presentations


Semester II


Micro enterprise development and management


Agricultural Marketing


Animal health management


Pig and Poultry production


Processing of animal products


Ration Formulation and Feed manufacturing technology


Special Projects and oral presentations


Land Resource Management Major


Year 3


Principles of Statistics


Soil Survey and Classification


Environmental Soil Chemistry


Firm Accounts and Firm Management


Field Crops


Application of RS & GIS in Land Use Management


Utilization and Management of Wetland Ecosystems


Food Security, Livelihoods and Nutrition in emergencies


Semester II


Soil Fertility and Fertilizer Use


Horticultural Crops


Prod. Econ. & Firm Management


Agric. Policy and Law


Analysis and Planning of Agric. Projects


Soil Biology and Biotechnology


Irrigation and Water Management


Soil Erosion Assessment & Impact on Land Productivity


Field Attachment 12 wks


Year 4 – Semester I


Field and Laboratory Experimentation


Agric. Extension & Tech. Transfer


Land Degradation and Management of Problematic Soils


Environmental and Social Impact Assessment


Watershed Management


Soil Testing and Plant Analysis


Special Projects and oral presentations


Semester II


Micro enterprise development and management


Soil and Water Pollution


Land Evaluation for Agricultural Land Use Planning


Hydrology and Agro-meteorology


Recycling & Bioconversion of Organic Wastes


Ecosystem sustainability and Climate Change


Special Projects and oral presentations


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

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