| Bachelor of Agriculture

Bachelor of Agriculture - University of Nairobi

The Bachelor of Science in Agriculture 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.

 Bachelors Degree  4  Fulltime Fee: on application
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Public University Starehe - Constituency, Nairobi - County

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.

Bachelor of Agriculture - objectives

The Bachelor of Science in Agriculture 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.

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.

  • Acquire the knowledge of economic disciplines to have an integrated approach to understanding agricultural and environmental problems.
  • 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.

 

Entry requirements

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

Bachelor of Agriculture - course content

Year 1

Semester 1

  • 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