BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (HORTICULTURE)

Overview

The broad objective of this program is to effectively not only equip students with managerial and technical skills but also hands on ability to adequately serve the Horticulture industry in Kenya through propagation, husbandry, research, extension, marketing and entrepreneurship. On completion the horticultural program graduates will be able to:

  1. Perceive and appreciate the importance of horticultural crops in the national economy.
  2. Contribute to improvement of production and enhance marketing of horticultural products.
  3. Contribute to public awareness of aesthetic value of ornamental plants.
  4. Contribute to setting up and running of private horticultural enterprises.
  5. Participate in scientific research on various facets of horticultural and other crops.
  6. Promote domestic, urban and institutional landscapes through design, development and maintenance.
  7. Promote environmental conservation.

 

The programme will be offered under two modules; full time (Module I) and through Open Distance Learning (ODL) (Module III) for students who cannot attend regular university programme.

  • FULL-TIME
  1. The teaching period for the degree programme shall be not less than four academic years or their equivalents. Each academic year shall consist of two semesters of 15 teaching weeks and two weeks of examination.
  2. A candidate enrolled for the degree shall satisfactorily complete the programme in a period of not more than twice the minimum period for which he/she was registered for the degree.
  • A candidate enrolled for the programme shall participate and complete course work and practical assignments that may be applicable to horticulture. Admission to the examination at the end of the semester shall be based on satisfactory completion of such requirements.Each student shall be required to undertake industrial 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.
  •   DISTANCE LEARNING

The delivery mode of this program will be use of open and distance education learning modes involving;

  1. Largely home based media
  2. Other modes of delivery include:Written self instructional study modules at the registration time
  3. Study course materials (booklets etc)
  4. Relevant literature
  5. Interactive devices and self tests
    1. Face to face introductory Tutorial
    2. Mediated technical learning materials
    1. Audio cassettes
    2. E-learning materials
    3. Video clips

d)    Limited face-to-face sessions to provide overview of the course at commencement of semester, mid semester and revision period before examinations.

e)    Support study centers at the University of Nairobi

  1. Access to information through computers at school of computing and informatics, Biometry Laboratory at College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences (CAVS) and other centers such as the library

ii)   Use of libraries at the University of Nairobi and Agricultural research institutions.

         f)    Orientation (immediately after registration):

  1. Orientation in ODL delivery

ii)   Study, reading and computer skills

iii) Time management and techniques in handling assignments

    1. Mentorship, guidance and counseling
    2. Emphasis is on satellite centers that serve as a link between the university and the student in the following manner:
        • Registration
        • Collecting reading materials
        • Collecting results and programmes
        • Examination information
        • Posting timetable
        • Holding meetings.

Duration and the course load of the programmes.

The Distance Learning programme will run for a minimum of 8 semesters of 15 weeks each and a maximum of 16 semesters of 15 weeks each. There will be two semesters per calendar year therefore the minimum calendar years for completion of the programme would be a minimum of 4 years and a maximum of 8 years.

The average course load per semester will be 6 course units studied through the 15 weeks. However, students may be allowed to take a minimum of 4 units per semester. Each course unit in the programme has a loading of a minimum of 45 hours.

  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

Equivalent qualifications to the above from institutions recognized by the Senate

Application for admission

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

Horticultural flower and vegetable production chains,
exports companies/limited
Researcher
Quality control manager
Quality standards control agencies
Ministry of Agriculture
Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization
Landscaping services
Ornamentals and arboreta
Fruit production
Garden and lawns management
Greenhouse and Lathe house management
Teacher/Lecturer
National and international research organizations

 
YEAR 1 -15UNITS  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)                       7,000.00                       8,000.00                      15,000.00
CAUTION - (ONCE)                       5,000.00                                    -                          5,000.00
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)                       4,000.00                                    -                          4,000.00
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)                       1,000.00                                    -                          1,000.00
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)                       2,250.00                       2,250.00                        4,500.00
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
Total Bachelor Of Science-Horticulture - year 1                  197,750.00                  172,250.00                   370,000.00
       
YEAR 2 -14UNITS  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)                       7,000.00                       7,000.00                      14,000.00
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)                       2,250.00                       2,250.00                        4,500.00
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)                       1,000.00                                    -                          1,000.00
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)                       4,000.00                                    -                          4,000.00
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
Total Bachelor Of Science-Horticulture- year 2                   192,750.00                  171,250.00                   364,000.00
       
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
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)                       4,000.00                                    -                          4,000.00
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
Total Bachelor Of Science-Horticulture - year 3                  193,750.00                  172,250.00                   366,000.00
       
YEAR 4 - 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
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)                       4,000.00                                    -                          4,000.00
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
Total Bachelor Of Science-Horticulture- year 4                  193,750.00                  172,250.00                   366,000.00
       
Grand totals        1,466,000.00

 

Application Information
Mode of Delivery

The programme will be offered under two modules; full time (Module I) and through Open Distance Learning (ODL) (Module III) for students who cannot attend regular university programme.

  • FULL-TIME
  1. The teaching period for the degree programme shall be not less than four academic years or their equivalents. Each academic year shall consist of two semesters of 15 teaching weeks and two weeks of examination.
  2. A candidate enrolled for the degree shall satisfactorily complete the programme in a period of not more than twice the minimum period for which he/she was registered for the degree.
  • A candidate enrolled for the programme shall participate and complete course work and practical assignments that may be applicable to horticulture. Admission to the examination at the end of the semester shall be based on satisfactory completion of such requirements.Each student shall be required to undertake industrial 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.
  •   DISTANCE LEARNING

The delivery mode of this program will be use of open and distance education learning modes involving;

  1. Largely home based media
  2. Other modes of delivery include:Written self instructional study modules at the registration time
  3. Study course materials (booklets etc)
  4. Relevant literature
  5. Interactive devices and self tests
    1. Face to face introductory Tutorial
    2. Mediated technical learning materials
    1. Audio cassettes
    2. E-learning materials
    3. Video clips

d)    Limited face-to-face sessions to provide overview of the course at commencement of semester, mid semester and revision period before examinations.

e)    Support study centers at the University of Nairobi

  1. Access to information through computers at school of computing and informatics, Biometry Laboratory at College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences (CAVS) and other centers such as the library

ii)   Use of libraries at the University of Nairobi and Agricultural research institutions.

         f)    Orientation (immediately after registration):

  1. Orientation in ODL delivery

ii)   Study, reading and computer skills

iii) Time management and techniques in handling assignments

    1. Mentorship, guidance and counseling
    2. Emphasis is on satellite centers that serve as a link between the university and the student in the following manner:
        • Registration
        • Collecting reading materials
        • Collecting results and programmes
        • Examination information
        • Posting timetable
        • Holding meetings.

Duration and the course load of the programmes.

The Distance Learning programme will run for a minimum of 8 semesters of 15 weeks each and a maximum of 16 semesters of 15 weeks each. There will be two semesters per calendar year therefore the minimum calendar years for completion of the programme would be a minimum of 4 years and a maximum of 8 years.

The average course load per semester will be 6 course units studied through the 15 weeks. However, students may be allowed to take a minimum of 4 units per semester. Each course unit in the programme has a loading of a minimum of 45 hours.

Contacts of Support Persons

Prof.  James Muthomi

Cell phone +254 722984179

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