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What is  Agriculture?

The Bachelor of Science in Agriculture program is intended to train human resources equipped with a broad range of both conceptual and practical skills geared towards promoting crop and animal production. Agriculture is a key economic sector that contributes to the country’s GDP through job and wealth creation, food security, industrial raw materials, foreign exchange earning among others. It has been singled out as a key social-economic pillar and an important catalyst of economic growth of at least 10% as envisaged in the Kenya Vision 2030.

Why Study Agriculture?

Agriculture is the single largest employer in the world according to FAO. The UN SDGs number I &2 focuses on agricultural development to; end global poverty and end hunger. With the increase in population and urbanization, the sector faces serious challenges of reduced food production as a result of reduced land under cultivation. The sector requires specialized manpower equipped with knowledge and skills that will spur creativity and innovative ideas to diversify production systems and commodities improve in value addition and provide linkage to industrialization. The program will provide balanced training in competencies necessary in equipping students with knowledge and skills in crop and animal science, and related fields.

 Career prospects

The program prepares graduates to confront career challenges with confidence and provide services to diverse agricultural fields including, extension, production, crop protection, postharvest management, research and training, marketing, manufacturing, and processing, as well as self-employment

Why Agriculture at Meru University of Science and Technology (MUST)?

This program is designed to redefine and transform the Agricultural sector through innovations in production, research, extension, processing, marketing, and the entire value chain management and formulate agricultural laws and policies that will provide a conducive environment for growth. MUST provides a serene learning environment in the agriculture rich area of Meru, modern learning facilities, and a dedicated faculty.

Entry requirements

  • A minimum mean grade of C+ (Plus) in Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) and in addition Should have a minimum grade of C (plain) in each of the following subjects; Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics/Physics/Geography OR C (plain) in each of the following subjects: Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Mathematics/Geography and C (plain) in English/Kiswahili, or 3rd Group II subject, or a Group III subject, or any Group IV or any Group V.
  • Candidates who are admitted under government sponsorship will have their admission cut-off points fixed by the KUCCPS for each admission year.
  • Have a minimum of a credit pass in Diploma in agriculture, horticulture, biological sciences or equivalent and related disciplines from an institution recognized by MUST senate.
  • Mature Students with a relevant Diploma and more than 3 years’ work experience to be admitted in year two
  • Other equivalent qualifications recognized by Meru University of Science and Technology.

Regulations on Credit Transfer

A student registered in a similar or related program that is accredited by a relevant body shall be granted credit transfer in courses covering similar course content as those offered in this program. However, a student will not be allowed to transfer credits exceeding 49 percent. To be eligible for credit transfer the student must have attained a minimum grade B in the course under consideration.

However, this rule shall not apply to the following courses:

  1. Attachment
  2. Research methodologies
  3. Research projects
  4. Teaching practice
  5. University courses

 

KSCE Subject Groupings

Group I (compulsory)

Group II (Science Subjects)

Group III (Humanity Subjects)

Group IV (Technical Subjects)

Group V (humanity/Art Subjects)

English

Kiswahili

Mathematics A*

Mathematics B#

Physics

Chemistry

Biology

General Science

History and government

Geography

Christian Religious Education

Islamic Religious Education

Hindu Religious Education

Home Science

Art and design

Agriculture

Woodwork

Metalwork

Building construction

Power mechanics

Electricity

Drawing and design

Aviation technology

Computer studies

French

German

Arabic

Kenya Sign Language

Music

Business studies

*Mathematics A is for students who intend to pursue Science programs that require strong mathematical skills

#Mathematics B is for students who intend to pursue Arts, Humanities and Social science programs that do not require core mathematical skills

 

What Will I Study?

Courses

Year 1
Semester 1
 Code Course Title
BEC 3100 Introduction Economics
AAA 3100 Introduction to Agriculture and Food Security
UCU 3101 Development Studies and Social Ethics
AAP 3102 Introduction to Animal Production
SBA 3350 General Microbiology
UCU 3102 Communication Skills
Semester 2
UCU 3103 HIV/AIDS
SBA 3150 Plant Morphology and Anatomy
SCS 3150 Organic Chemistry
SPS 3150 Physics
AAA 3151 Environmental Science and Agro-meteorology
SBA 3300 Plant Taxonomy
SBA 3250 Plant Physiology and Biochemistry

 

Year 2
Semester 1
 Code Course Title
AAA 3200 Principles of Crop Production
AAA 3201 Soil Formation and Classification
EMT 3206 Technical Drawing and Survey
AAP 3207 Animal Physiology and Anatomy
ECT 3207 Agricultural Structures
CIT 3117 Introduction To Computers and Applications
AAB 3225 Agribusiness Accounting and Finance
Semester 2
SMF 3261 Biostatistics
SBT 3250 Genetics and Cytogenetics
AAA 3250 Annual Crop Production
AAA 3251 Soil Chemistry and Biology
AAA 3252 Pasture and Fodder Crops
AAA 3253 Weed Science and Management
AAA 3254 Field Attachment I
AAP 3257 Introduction to Animal Health

 

Year 3
Semester 1
 Code Course Title
AAH 3300 Horticultural Crops Production
AAA 3300 Plant Nutrition, Soil Fertility and Fertilizers
AAA 3301 Perennial Crops Production
AAA 3302 Plant Pathology
AAA 3350 Soil and Water Conservation
AAB 3325 Agribusiness Management
AAB 3426 Agricultural Marketing
Semester 2
AAA 3303 Research Methods
AAA 3351 Plant Breeding
AAA 3353 Agricultural Entomology
AAA 3352 Research Proposal And Seminar
AAA 3353 Field Attachment II
AAP 3358 Animal Breeding and Nutrition
EMT 3358 Agricultural Mechanization
AAP 3359 Animal Diseases and Parasites

 

Year 4
Semester 1
 Code Course Title
AAA 3400 Research Project and Seminars I
AAA 3401 Postharvest Technology of Field Crops
AAA 3402 Crop Protection
AAP 3407 Apiculture and Aquaculture
AAP 3408 Ruminant Livestock Production
AAP 3409 Non-Ruminant Livestock Production
AAB 3425 Agricultural Laws, Standards and Certifications
Semester 2
AAA 3450 Research Project and Seminars II
BBS 3451 Entrepreneurship Skills
AAA 3451 Agricultural Project Management
AAA3454 Sociology of Extension and Development
AAA 3455 Sustainable Agriculture
ECT 3462 Irrigation Technology
BFB 3476 Leadership and Team building