- Category: School of Science and Technology
The Department of Agriculture is structured and operated on the belief that human beings are the custodians of the earth and its environment. Humans, therefore, have the primary responsibility to make a positive contribution to the development of Agriculture, particularly in the areas of resource conservation, food production, poverty alleviation, and environmentally sustainable development. It is our belief that Agriculture is a God instituted activity. Agriculture majors are trained to appreciate the value of the call to till the land, tend livestock, promote sustainable agricultural resource management, promote equity in access to food, alleviate poverty, accelerate economic development and be successful stewards.
The mission of the Department is to promote sustainable Agriculture to prepare students for service to God and mankind.
The vision of the Department is to provide the best program in Agriculture in the region.
The Agriculture Department strives to implement the following objectives:
A. General Objectives:
1. To inculcate in the students sound knowledge of Agricultural Sciences and natural resource management.
2. To prepare students to become competent skilled agricultural managers or entrepreneurs in private and public service.
3. To equip students with moral aptitudes for environmental conservation, natural resource utilization, and poverty alleviation.
4. To prepare students for advanced studies, research and career development.
B. Specific Objectives
1. To equip students with agricultural research skills and its practice in society.
2. To prepare students for advanced studies, research and career development.
3. To prepare students for careers in food production, plantation management, floriculture industry and Agricultural development programmes with Non- Governmental Organisations (NGOs), international organizations and other agri-business sectors.
The following degree courses are offered in the Department of Agriculture:
1. Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (BSc Agriculture)
2. Bachelor of Science in Agri-Business (BSc Agri- Business)
3. Bachelor of Technology in Agriculture (BT Agriculture)
4. Minor in Agriculture
In addition to meeting the minimum University entry requirements, applicants desiring to pursue a Degree Programme in Agriculture must meet the following:
1. Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Must pass K.C.S.E. or its equivalent with a minimum grade of C+ in Biology and a C+ in Mathematics, Chemistry, or Physics or C+ in Physical Sciences.
2. Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness: Must have a C+ average in K.C.S.E. or its equivalent in Mathematics or Commerce and any three of the following: Biological Science, Chemistry, Physical Science and Agriculture.
3. Bachelor of Technology in Agriculture: Must have a C+ average at K.C.S.E. or its equivalent in any two of the following: Biological Science, Physical Science, Agriculture, Mathematics, Chemistry, and Physics.
Students transferring from recognized universities or those with a diploma pass from recognized colleges or universities will be allowed the following transfer credits only:
1. General Education Requirement (GR) courses which they have passed with a grade of B or its equivalent.
2. Lower division courses (100 and 200 level UEAB courses) which they have passed with a grade of B or its equivalent.
3. See also challenge examination.
Inter-departmental transfer students should have a minimum of a C+ in either MATH101 and102 or MATH111 and 112 and a C + in either BIOL 155 and 156 or CHEM121 and 122.
COURSE DURATION The duration of the degree course is four years with a course load of about 18 credits per semester for those without any transfer credits and attending two regular semesters per year.
The minimum number of hours required for graduation is 148 credits. All other University requirements for graduation apply as well.
A. Public Service Research Officers–KARI (Kenya Agricultural Research Institute)
B. Officers in various extension agencies
2. Livestock Production
3. Soil Conservation
5. Farm Management
C. Private Sector
1. Sectoral Commodity Companies/Agro-Industry
2. Tea Industry: Agronomy and Factory Management
3. Coffee Industry
6. Sugar Factory
D. Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) Project Management Experts
E. Academic Graduate Studies: Soil Science, Animal Science, Agronomy, Agroforestry, Agricultural Extension, Plant Breeding, Animal Breeding, Environmental Science, Developmental Studies, Rural Development.
F. Self Employment Small Business Entrepreneurs