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.
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?
|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|
|SBA 3150||Plant Morphology and Anatomy|
|SCS 3150||Organic Chemistry|
|AAA 3151||Environmental Science and Agro-meteorology|
|SBA 3300||Plant Taxonomy|
|SBA 3250||Plant Physiology and Biochemistry|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|