What is Horticulture?
Horticulture is the science and art of the development, sustainable production, marketing, and use of high-value, intensively cultivated food and ornamental plants. Horticultural crops are diverse; they include herbs, fruits and vegetables, and decorative indoor and landscape plants. The Bachelor of Science in Horticulture is anchored on the philosophy of producing self-reliant graduates with skills in the production, processing, and marketing of horticultural products.
Why Study Horticulture?
Horticulture is the leading foreign exchange earner in Kenya, employing directly or indirectly about 10% of the entire population. Horticultural crops help sustain and enrich our lives by providing nutritious food, enhancing the beauty of our homes and communities.
Kenya has a vibrant Horticultural industry and is a leading exporter of fruits, vegetables, and flowers. Many graduates find employment in Horticultural Companies as front-line supervisors in field production, packhouse management with eventual progression to managerial levels. Other opportunities include government agencies involved in phytosanitary law enforcement such as the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service and State Department of Agriculture. Research institutions eg. Kenya Agricultural & Livestock Research Organization, consultancy firms, NGOs involved in horticulture promotion, landscaping companies, and academic institutions. The acquired skills also provide a huge potential in self-employment.
Why Horticulture at Meru University of Science and Technology?
The University is located strategically in Meru County which has the three main agro-ecological zones that support the production of all types of horticultural crops. This provides an opportunity to see Horticulture in practice during field visits, many opportunities for industrial attachment, and eventual work placement. MUST provides a serene learning environment modern learning facilities, and a dedicated faculty.
A candidate wishing to be admitted to Bachelor of Science in Horticulture must meet the following requirements;
Have a minimum aggregate of C+ (plus) in K.C.S.E with 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 a 3rd Group II (BIO, PHY, CHE) or a Group III (HAG, GEC, IRE, HRE) or any Group IV or any Group V subjects
Have a Diploma in Agriculture, Horticulture,
Biology or equivalent and related disciplines from K.N.E.C or its equivalent.
Duration: 8 semesters
Mode of Study: Full-time/Weekend
Campus: Main Campus (Nchiru)
Tuition fees per semester: Ksh. 45,000
Regulations on Credit Transfers
- Only a grade A in the transferable unit(s) (as prescribed by the departmental academic board) taken during the diploma program from MUST or recognized institution by the MUST senate shall be transferable.
- Only 3 units per semester shall be transferable.
- Levels of courses eligible are the transferable units offered in the first year of study.
- 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 except as provided below. To be eligible for credit transfer the student must have attained a minimum grade B in the course in consideration
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 Economics
|Introduction to Agriculture and Food Security
|Development Studies and Social Ethics
|Introduction to Animal Production
|Plant Morphology and Anatomy
|Environmental Science & Agro-meteorology
|Agricultural Plant Taxonomy
|Plant Physiology and Biochemistry
|Principles of Horticulture
|Soil Formation and Classification
|Annual Crops and Perennial Crops
|Technical Drawing and Survey
|Introduction to Workshop Technology
|Introduction to Computer and Application
|Agribusiness Accounting and Finance
|Genetics and Cytogenetics
|Soil Chemistry and Biology
|Weed Science and Management
|Field Attachment I
|Plant Nutrition, Soil Fertility and Fertilizers
|Ornamental Horticulture, Landscape Design and Management
|Tropical and subtropical Fruits
|Research Proposal and Seminars I
|Field Attachment II
|Food Processing and Preservation
|Research Project and Seminar II
|Horticultural Postharvest Physiology
|Plant Biotechnology and Food Bio-Safety
|Agricultural Laws, Standards and Certifications
|Postharvest Technology of Horticultural Crops
|Research Project and Seminar III
|Agribusiness Resource Management
|Sociology of Extension and Development
|Leadership & Team Building In Agriculture