BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN HORTICULTURE
- BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN HORTICULTURE
- University of Nairobi (UoN)
- Bachelors Degree Program
- 4 years
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN HORTICULTURE program at University of Nairobi course details
Horticulture is currently one of the fastest growing industries in Kenya and is the country’s highest foreign exchange earner. Among horticultural crops, vegetables, fruit crops, and cut flowers have the highest value: volume ratio making them the export crops of choice. The horticultural sub sector offers an
alternative for increased food self-sufficiency, food security, improved nutrition and generation of increased incomes and employment. Despite this phenomenal growth, horticulture is a highly specialized field requiring well-trained personnel to cover areas of production, handling, storage, value adding, marketing and distribution.
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 any one of the following; English, Kiswahili, Physics (if not included above), History and Government, Geography (if not included above), Christian Religious Education, Islamic Religious Education, Hindu Religious Education, Home Science, Art and Design, Agriculture, Aviation Technology, Computer Science, French, Germany, Arabic, Music, Business Studies.
2. Holders of K.A.C.E. or equivalent with minimum 2 principal passes in Biology and Chemistry and at least a subsidiary pass in Mathematics. If Mathematics was not offered at K.A.C.E, 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 a recognized institution with credit or distinction, with KCSE mean grade of C or above.
4. Holders of a degree in biological sciences or related sciences from a recognized University
The broad objective of this programme is to effectively not only equip students with managerial and technical skills but also hands on ability to adequately serve the Horticulture industry in Kenya through propagation, husbandry, research, extension, marketing and entrepreneurship. On completion of
the horticultural program graduates will be able to:
i) Perceive and appreciate the importance of horticultural crops in the national economy.
ii) Contribute to improvement of production and enhance marketing of horticultural products.
iii) Contribute to public awareness of aesthetic value of ornamental plants.
iv) Contribute to setting up and running of private horticultural enterprises.
Chemistry for Agri. Sciences
Land Forms & Soil Formation
Plant and Crop Physiology
Principles of Genetics
Human Immuno-deficiency Virus/Aquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS)
ICT and Computers
Principles of Soil Chemistry
Principles of Plant Pathology and Disease control
Principles of Crop
Structures and Materials
Sociology & Development
Soil Microbiology and Biochemistry
Power Systems and Machinery for Agriculture
Principles of Weed Science
Greenhouse Production & Protected Environment
Beverages, Medicinal and Nut crops
Plant breeding I. Principles of Plant Breeding
Vegetable Production 1:
Herbs and Spices
Horticultural Seed Tech.
Firm Accounts & Planning
Application of RS & GIS in Land Use & Management
Crop Pests and their Mgt.
Irrigation & Water Mgt.
Agriculture Policy & Law
Soil Fertility & Fertilizer Use
Landscape Design, Constr and Maintenance
Production Economics & Firm Management
Hort. Field Attachment 0 8wk 8wks
Field and Laboratory Experimentation
Agric. Extension and Technology Transfer
Intro. to Molecular Genetics
Special projects & Seminars
Student to choose either Elective A or B
A: Fruit Production 1. Temperate Fruits
Pot Plants, Flower
Arrangement and Consumption
Postharvest Physiology and Technology
Agricultural Marketing and International Agri. Trade
Diagnostic Studies of
Micro Enterprise Development and Mgt.
Special Projects & Seminars
Plant Breeding II. Plant
Breeding Methods and Applications
Student to choose either Elective A or B
Fruit Production 2.
Tropical and Sub-Tropical fruits
Vegetable Production 2. Indigenous and Unique
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