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.
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.
- 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.
Duration: 8 semesters
Mode of Study: Full-time/Weekend
Campus: Main Campus (Nchiru)
Tuition fees per semester: Ksh. 45,000
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:
- Research methodologies
- Research projects
- Teaching practice
- 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)
History and government
Christian Religious Education
Islamic Religious Education
Hindu Religious Education
Art and design
Drawing and design
Kenya Sign Language
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?
|Introduction to Agriculture and Food Security
|Development Studies and Social Ethics
|Introduction to Animal Production
|Plant Morphology and Anatomy
|Environmental Science and Agro-meteorology
|Plant Physiology and Biochemistry
|Principles of Crop Production
|Soil Formation and Classification
|Technical Drawing and Survey
|Animal Physiology and Anatomy
|Introduction To Computers and Applications
|Agribusiness Accounting and Finance
|Genetics and Cytogenetics
|Annual Crop Production
|Soil Chemistry and Biology
|Pasture and Fodder Crops
|Weed Science and Management
|Field Attachment I
|Introduction to Animal Health
|Horticultural Crops Production
|Plant Nutrition, Soil Fertility and Fertilizers
|Perennial Crops Production
|Soil and Water Conservation
|Research Proposal And Seminar
|Field Attachment II
|Animal Breeding and Nutrition
|Animal Diseases and Parasites
|Research Project and Seminars I
|Postharvest Technology of Field Crops
|Apiculture and Aquaculture
|Ruminant Livestock Production
|Non-Ruminant Livestock Production
|Agricultural Laws, Standards and Certifications
|Research Project and Seminars II
|Agricultural Project Management
|Sociology of Extension and Development
|Leadership and Team building