BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN AGRICULTURE

Overview

The programme objective is to produce competent graduates in agricultural sciences and environmental management with adequate knowledge and skills to effectively exploit agricultural research and development opportunities. This objective will be achieved through the majors mentioned below

Agricultural Economics Major

The objective of this major is to produce graduates with the knowledge and skills for efficient and sustainable use of agricultural resources. Therefore, students branching into Agricultural Economics Major after two years of general grounding in agriculture will:

  1. Acquire the knowledge of economic disciplines to have an integrated approach to understanding agricultural and environmental problems.
  2. Apply the skills of the discipline in solving agricultural and environmental problems as managers in enterprises that use these resources or in research, extension and education.

Crop Science Major

The objective of this major is to produce graduates with the knowledge and skills to effectively address all aspects of crop management, crop improvement and postharvest handling. On completion, the Crop Science Major programme graduates will have the competence to:           

  1. Contribute to improvement of  crop productivity  through research, extension and training
  2. Contribute to setting up and running of crop products enterprises.
  3. Promote domestic, urban and institutional landscapes through design, development and maintenance.
  4. Promote environmental conservation.

Crop Protection Major

The objective of this major is to produce graduates with knowledge and skills to effectively address all aspects of crop protection and integrated pest management. On completion, the Crop Protection Major programme graduates will have the competence to:           

  1. Offer advisory services in the design and execution of crop protection strategies
  2. Address all aspects of safe use, handling, disposal and evaluation of pesticides.
  3. Contribute to setting up and running of crop protection enterprises.

Animal Science Major

The objective of this major is to produce graduates with knowledge and skills to effectively address all aspects of livestock management, livestock improvement and value addition.  On completion, the Animal Science Major programme graduates will have the competence to:          

  1. Effectively address all aspects of livestock development from a multidisciplinary  point of view
  2. Promote sustainable livestock production in all agro-ecological zones
  3. Contribute to setting up and running of livestock products enterprises.
  4. Promote environmental conservation in the livestock sector.

Land Resource Management Major

The objective of this major is to produce graduates with the knowledge and skills to effectively manage land resources. On completion, the Land Resource Management Major graduates will have the competence to:     

  1. Promote sustainable land and water management for increased agricultural production and environmental protection
  2. Contribute to prevention and alleviation of  land degradation

Provide leadership in the implementation of the national policies relating to natural resource management

      1. Course Structure and Duration

The course shall be offered under two modules; full time and through Open, Distance and e-learning (ODeL).

  1. Full time modules

3.1 A candidate shall take a minimum of four academic years and a maximum of 8 academic years to complete the course.

3.2 Each academic year shall consist of two semesters except during the third year of study which will have a third semester.

3.3 Each semester shall consist of 15 teaching weeks inclusive of teaching and examinations, while the third semester shall be eight weeks.

3.4 A candidate for B.Sc. Agriculture shall participate and complete course work and practical assignments that may be applicable to the programme. Admission to the examination at the end of the semester shall be based on satisfactory completion of such requirements.

3.5 Each candidate shall be required to undertake field practice (attachment) after completion of the second semester of the third year of study. During the field attachment, students are expected to embark on a research project, which they have to complete and present at a seminar during the fourth year of study.

3.6 In the third and fourth years of study, each student will be required to take courses in any of the following five majors: Agricultural Economics, Animal Science, Crop Protection, Crop Science or Land Resource Management  

    1. Majors shall be taken after completion of the second year level courses  4.0 Open, distance and e-learning

The course structure and requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture offered by open, distance and e-learning mode (ODeL) remain the same as under the full time format. However, the model of delivery will involve:

    1. Use of various media and largely home based
    2. Other modes of delivery:
  1. Written self instructional study modules at the registration time including study books, relevant literature, interactive devices and self tests
  2. Mediated technical learning materials; audio cassettes, e-learning materials and video clips
  3. Limited face-to-face sessions to provide overview of the course at commencement of semester, mid semester and revision period before examinations.
      1. Provision of learner support services
  1.  Support study centers at the University of Nairobi  
  2. Access to information through computers at the University of Nairobi
  3. Use of libraries at the University of Nairobi and related research institutions.
      1. Orientation (immediately after registration):
  1. Orientation in ODeL delivery
  2. Study, reading and computer skills
  3. Time management and techniques in handling assignments
  4. Mentorship, guidance and counseling
      1. Emphasis in ODeL is use of satellite centres that serve as a link between the university and the students in the following: registration, collecting reading materials, collecting results and programmes, examination information, posting timetable and holding meetings.
  1. Holders of Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) with mean grade of C+ or equivalent with passes at C plain or above in Biology or Biological Sciences and any one of the following subjects: Chemistry, Physics, Physical Sciences, Mathematics, Agriculture  or Geography
    1. Holders of KCSE mean Grade of C- or equivalent plus a Certificate and Diploma in a relevant field from an institution recognized by the Senate.
    2. Holders of ‘O’ level Division II or equivalent with subjects indicated in 3.1.1 above; plus a Diploma in a relevant field from an institution recognized by the Senate
    3. Holders of ‘A’ level with two Principal Passes or equivalent in Biology and any one of the following subjects: Chemistry, Physics, Geography or Mathematics
    4. Holders of KCSE mean Grade of C plain or equivalent plus a Diploma in Biological Sciences or related sciences from an institution recognized by the senate
    5.  Holders of a higher national Diploma in Biological Sciences or related sciences from an institution recognized by the Senate.
    6. Holders of a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences or related sciences from an institution recognized by the senate
    7. Equivalent qualifications to the above from institutions recognized by the Senate

Application for admission

Visit: https://application.uonbi.ac.ke/

Agricultural extension officer
Researcher
Farm manager
Extension and outreach services
Food and Agricultural organizations
Agronomist
Non-Governmental Organizations
Entrepreneurial self-employment in agricultural production
All round careers like banking and co-operative societies

   

 

Bachelor Of Science-Agriculture year 1 - 16units      
   Semester 1   Semester 2   Yearly Total  
TUITION                  162,000.00                  162,000.00                   324,000.00
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)                       7,000.00                                    -                          7,000.00
CAUTION - (ONCE)                       5,000.00                                    -                          5,000.00
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)@1000                       8,000.00                       8,000.00                      16,000.00
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)                       2,250.00                       2,250.00                        4,500.00
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)                       1,000.00                                    -                          1,000.00
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)                       1,000.00                                    -                          1,000.00
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)                       6,500.00                                    -                          6,500.00
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)                       2,000.00                                    -                          2,000.00
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)                       4,000.00                                    -                          4,000.00
Total-Bsc-Agriculture-Year1                  198,750.00                  172,250.00                   371,000.00
       
Bachelor Of Science-Agriculture year 2 - 16units      
   Semester 1   Semester 2   Yearly Total  
TUITION                  162,000.00                  162,000.00                   324,000.00
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)                       7,000.00                                    -                          7,000.00
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)                       8,000.00                       8,000.00                      16,000.00
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)                       2,250.00                       2,250.00                        4,500.00
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)                       1,000.00                                    -                          1,000.00
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)                       1,000.00                                    -                          1,000.00
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)                       6,500.00                                    -                          6,500.00
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)                       2,000.00                                    -                          2,000.00
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)                       4,000.00                                    -                          4,000.00
Total-Bsc-Agriculture-Year2                  193,750.00                  172,250.00                   366,000.00
       
Bachelor Of Science-Agriculture year 3 - 16units      
   Semester 1   Semester 2   Yearly Total  
TUITION                  162,000.00                  162,000.00                   324,000.00
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)                       7,000.00                                    -                          7,000.00
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)                       8,000.00                       8,000.00                      16,000.00
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)                       2,250.00                       2,250.00                        4,500.00
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)                       1,000.00                                    -                          1,000.00
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)                       1,000.00                                    -                          1,000.00
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)                       6,500.00                                    -                          6,500.00
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)                       2,000.00                                    -                          2,000.00
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)                       4,000.00                                    -                          4,000.00
Total-Bsc-Agriculture-Year3                  193,750.00                  172,250.00                   366,000.00
       
Bachelor Of Science-Agriculture year 4 - 13units      
   Semester 1   Semester 2   Yearly Total  
TUITION                  162,000.00                  162,000.00                   324,000.00
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)                       7,000.00                                    -                          7,000.00
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)                       6,500.00                       6,500.00                      13,000.00
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)                       2,250.00                       2,250.00                        4,500.00
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)                       1,000.00                                    -                          1,000.00
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)                       1,000.00                                    -                          1,000.00
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)                       6,500.00                                    -                          6,500.00
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)                       2,000.00                                    -                          2,000.00
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)                       4,000.00                                    -                          4,000.00
Total-Bsc-Agriculture-Year4                  192,250.00                  170,750.00                   363,000.00
       
Grand totals        1,466,000.00

      

Application Information
Mode of Delivery

3 Full time modules 3.1 A candidate shall take a minimum of four academic years and a maximum of 8 academic years to complete the course. 3.2 Each academic year shall consist of two semesters except during the third year of study which will have a third semester. 3.3 Each semester shall consist of 15 teaching weeks inclusive of teaching and examinations, while the third semester shall be eight weeks. 3.4 A candidate for B.Sc. Agriculture shall participate and complete course work and practical assignments that may be applicable to the programme. Admission to the examination at the end of the semester shall be based on satisfactory completion of such requirements. 3.5 Each candidate shall be required to undertake field practice (attachment) after completion of the second semester of the third year of study. During the field attachment, students are expected to embark on a research project, which they have to complete and present at a seminar during the fourth year of study. 3.6 In the third and fourth years of study, each student will be required to take courses in any of the following five majors: Agricultural Economics, Animal Science, Crop Protection, Crop Science or Land Resource Management 3.7 Majors shall be taken after completion of the second year level courses. 4.0 Open, distance and e-learning The course structure and requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture offered by open, distance and e-learning mode (ODeL) remain the same as under the full time format. However, the model of delivery will involve: 4.1 Use of various media and largely home based 4.2 Other modes of delivery: a. Written self instructional study modules at the registration time including study books, relevant literature, interactive devices and self tests b. Mediated technical learning materials; audio cassettes, e-learning materials and video clips c. Limited face-to-face sessions to provide overview of the course at commencement of semester, mid semester and revision period before examinations. 4.2.1 Provision of learner support services a. Support study centers at the University of Nairobi b. Access to information through computers at the University of Nairobi c. Use of libraries at the University of Nairobi and related research institutions. 4.2.2 Orientation (immediately after registration): (i) Orientation in ODeL delivery (ii) Study, reading and computer skills (iii) Time management and techniques in handling assignments (iv) Mentorship, guidance and counseling 4.2.3 Emphasis in ODeL is use of satellite centres that serve as a link between the university and the students in the following: registration, collecting reading materials, collecting results and programmes, examination information, posting timetable and holding meetings.

Contacts of Support Persons

Dr. Lydia Nanjala Wamalwa

Cell phone 0725668951

lydia.wamalwa@uonbi.ac.ke

Prof.  James Muthomi

Cell phone +254 722984179

 e-mail: james_wanjohi@yahoo.com, james.muthomi@uonbi.ac.ke