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Bachelor of Science in Horticulture

Admission Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Horticulture

Candidates must have obtained the minimum University and School admission requirements.
The following shall be eligible for registration for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Horticulture in the Department of Water & Agricultural Resources Management:

a) Holders of KCSE with mean grade of C+ with passes at C or above in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics or Geography, and any one of the following: English, Kiswahili, Physics (if not included above), History and Government, Geography (if not included above), Christian Religious Education, Islamic Religious Education, Hindu Religious Education, Home Science, Art and Design, Agriculture, Aviation Technology, Computer Science, French, Germany, Arabic, Music, Business Studies.
b)    Holders of K.A.C.E or equivalent with minimum 2 principal passes in Biology and Chemistry and at least a subsidiary pass in Mathematics. If Mathematics was not offered at K.A.C.E, then it is accepted at Ordinary Level but with a minimum of a credit pass.
c)    Holders of a Diploma in Biological Sciences or related sciences from a recognized institution with credit or distinction, with KCSE mean grade of C or above.
d)    Holders of a degree in biological sciences or related sciences from a recognized University.
e)    qualifications to the above from institutions recognized by the Senate

Duration of Study
Four (4) academic years

Expected Learning Outcomes
At the end of the degree programme, the student should be able to:
i)    Perceive and appreciate the importance of horticultural crops in the national economy,
ii)    Contribute to improved production and marketing of horticultural products,
iii)    Set up and run private horticultural enterprises,
iv)    Participate in scientific research on various facets of horticultural and other crops,
v)    Promote domestic, urban and institutional landscapes through design, development and maintenance.

Career prospects
The University of Embu aims to train Agriculturist who will work in industry and academia

Bachelor of Science Horticulture Courses/Unit Distribution Table

 

First Year

Code Course title Hours
CCS 001 Communication Skills 45
CCS 010 HIV & AIDS 45
SCH 101 Inorganic Chemistry 45
SCH 103 Physical Sciences Chemistry 45
ACS 103 Mathematics 45
ACS 101 Agricultural Botany 45
ACH 101    
Code Course title Hours
CCS 002 Fundamentals of Development  45
AEC 102 Introduction to Micro-economics  45
AEB 101 ICT and Computers  45
SCH 102 Organic Chemistry  45
ACS 104 Principles Plant Physiology  45
ACS 105 Principles of Genetics  45
ASS 102 Introduction to Soil Science  45
     
     

 

Second Year

Code Course title Hours
 AEC 201 Sociology and Development  45
 AEC 202 Introduction to Macro-economics  45
 ACS 206 Bio-statistics  45
 ACS 201 Principles of Crop Production  45
 AEB 201 Power Systems and Machinery for Agriculture  45
 AEB 202 Farm Structures and Materials  45
 ACP 202 Agricultural Entomology  45
     
     
  Semester II
 
Code Course title Hours
SBT 202 Microbiology  45
ABC 201 Plant Biochemistry  45
ACH 201 Plant Propagation and Nursery Management  45
ACP 203 Principles of Weed Science  45
ACH 202 Greenhouse Production and Protected Environment  45
ACH 203 Beverages, Medicinal and Nut crops  45
ACP 201 Principles of Plant Pathology and Disease Control  45
     
     

 

Third Year

Code Course title Hours
ACS 302 Principles of Plant Breeding 45
ACH 301 Olericulture 1: Temperate Vegetables 45
ACH 302 Herbs and Spices 45
ACH 304 Floriculture 1 – Cut Flower Production 45
ACH 303 Seed Science and Technology 45
ASS 307 Soil Fertility and Fertilizer Use 45
AEC 301 Farm Management 45
     
     
     
  Semester II
 
Code Course title Hours
ACP 304 Environmental Management 45
ACP 305 Crop Pests and their Management 45
AEB 302 Irrigation and Water Management 45
AEC 304 Agriculture Policy and Law 45
ACH 305 Landscape Design and Maintenance 45
AEC 302 Production  Economics 45
ACS 306 Design and Analysis of Experiments 45
     
  Semester III  
 ACH 306 Horticulture Field Attachment  

 

Fourth Year

Code Course title Hours
ACS 410 Plant Biotechnology 45
AEC 403 Agric. Extension and Technology Transfer 45
ACP 409 Pesticides and Phytosanitary Regulations 45
ACH 401 Pomology 1 - Tropical and Sub-Tropical fruits 45
ACH 402 Flower Arrangement and Utilization 45
ACH 407 Turf Grass Management 45
ACS 409A Special Projects and Seminars 45
     
     
  Semester II
 
Code Course title Hours
ACS 404 Post-harvest Physiology and Technology 45
AEC 410 Agricultural Marketing and International Trade 45
AEC 408 Micro-Enterprise Development & Management 45
ACH 404 Pomology II – Temperate fruits 45
ACH 405 Olericulture II - Indigenous and Unique Vegetables 45
ACH 406 Floriculture II – Landscape and Indoor Flowers 45
ACS 409B Special Projects and Seminars 45
     45
     

 

Graduation Requirements
i)    To qualify for the award of a degree, a candidate for the Bachelor of Science in Horticulture degree shall take a minimum of fifty seven (57) units during the four years of study.
ii)    A candidate may be allowed, on requisition, to graduate with a maximum of one failed unit. The unit shall be non-core unit.
iii)    The degree award and classification shall be based on the average score of all the units taken in the programme.

Award of Degree
a)    The degree award and classification shall be based on the average score of all the fifty-eight (57) units taken in the programme.
b)    The degree award shall be Bachelor of Science in Horticulture.

Classification of Degrees
A candidate who qualifies for Award of the Degree of Bachelor of Science in Horticulture shall be placed in one of the classes as follows:

i)    First Class Honours                                         70% - 100%   
ii)    Second Class Honours (Upper Division)             60% - 69%
iii)    Second Class Honours (Lower Division)            50% - 59%
iv)    Pass                                                          40% - 49%

 

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