Bachelor Of Science In Horticulture, Bachelors Degree Program.

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Course Type: Bachelors Degree

Duration: 4 Years

Study Method: Fulltime

Fee: Kshs on application

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Overview:

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.

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.

Course 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

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Course Objective

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.

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Course Programme

Year 1:


Semester 1


Mathematics


Communication Skills


Agricultural Botany


Chemistry for Agri. Sciences


Biochemistry


Land Forms & Soil Formation


Semester II


Microeconomics


Plant and Crop Physiology


Microbiology


Principles of Genetics


Human Immuno-deficiency Virus/Aquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS)


ICT and Computers


Principles of Soil Chemistry


Year 2:


Semester1


Statistics I


Principles of Plant Pathology and Disease control


Principles of Crop


Production


Structures and Materials


Sociology & Development


Soil Microbiology and Biochemistry


Power Systems and Machinery for Agriculture


Agricultural Entomology


Semester II


Nursery Management


Principles of Weed Science


Greenhouse Production & Protected Environment


Beverages, Medicinal and Nut crops


Macroeconomics


Plant Propagation


 


Year 3


Semester 1


Plant breeding I. Principles of Plant Breeding


Vegetable Production 1:


Temperate Vegetables


Statistics II


Herbs and Spices


Floriculture 1


Horticultural Seed Tech.


 Firm Accounts & Planning


Application of RS & GIS in Land Use & Management


Semester II


Environmental Mgt


Crop Pests and their Mgt.


 Irrigation & Water Mgt.


 Agriculture Policy & Law


Soil Fertility & Fertilizer Use


Landscape Design, Constr and Maintenance


Production Economics & Firm Management


Semester III


Hort. Field Attachment 0 8wk 8wks


Year 4


Semester 1


Field and Laboratory Experimentation


Biotechnology


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


Semester II


Postharvest Physiology and Technology


Agricultural Marketing and International Agri. Trade


Diagnostic Studies of


Plant Diseases


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


Floriculture


Turf Management