Bachelor of Science in Agriculture | UMP

APS Required

points

Duration

4 year(s)

Type

Bachelor's Degree

Delivery

Full-time

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Requirements

  • Minimum APS: 30
  • English (Home or First Additional Language) Level 4
  • Mathematics Level 4
  • Mathematical Literacy Level 6
  • Life Sciences, Biology or Agriculture Level 4
  • Physical Sciences Level 4
  • Any other relevant subjects: Level 4

Career Prospects

A Bachelor of Science in Agriculture equips graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to contribute to the agricultural sector through various career paths. In South Africa, where agriculture plays a significant role in the economy and food security, graduates with this qualification can pursue diverse opportunities in agricultural production, management, research, and development. Here are some potential career paths for graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture:

  1. Agricultural Scientist: Conduct research and experiments to improve crop yields, soil fertility, pest and disease management, and livestock production. Agricultural scientists work in research institutions, government agencies, and private companies to develop innovative technologies and practices that enhance agricultural productivity, sustainability, and resilience.
  2. Crop Production Manager: Oversee the cultivation, management, and harvest of crops on farms and agricultural estates, ensuring optimal yields, quality, and profitability. Crop production managers plan planting schedules, monitor crop health, and implement agronomic practices to maximize productivity while minimizing environmental impact.
  3. Livestock Production Manager: Manage the breeding, feeding, and health care of livestock, including cattle, sheep, poultry, and pigs, to ensure efficient production and animal welfare. Livestock production managers oversee herd management, reproductive programs, and biosecurity measures to optimize livestock performance and profitability.
  4. Agribusiness Manager: Manage agricultural businesses, including farms, agribusiness companies, cooperatives, and agricultural supply chains, to ensure operational efficiency and profitability. Agribusiness managers oversee production, marketing, finance, and logistics activities, making strategic decisions to maximize returns on investment and meet market demand.
  5. Extension Officer: Provide agricultural advisory and extension services to farmers, rural communities, and agricultural stakeholders to promote best practices, adopt new technologies, and improve agricultural productivity and sustainability. Extension officers deliver training, workshops, and demonstrations on topics such as crop management, animal husbandry, and sustainable agriculture.
  6. Soil Scientist/Soil Conservationist: Study soil properties, fertility, and erosion processes to develop soil conservation and land management strategies that enhance soil health and productivity. Soil scientists conduct soil surveys, analyze soil samples, and recommend soil conservation practices to farmers and landowners to prevent soil degradation and improve land use efficiency.
  7. Agricultural Economist: Analyze economic trends, market dynamics, and policy impacts on agricultural industries and rural communities to inform decision-making and policy development. Agricultural economists conduct economic research, analyze data, and provide economic forecasts and recommendations to government agencies, businesses, and agricultural organizations.
  8. Environmental Consultant: Assess and mitigate environmental impacts of agricultural activities, such as land use change, water pollution, and biodiversity loss, to ensure sustainable and environmentally responsible farming practices. Environmental consultants conduct environmental assessments, develop mitigation plans, and advise clients on compliance with environmental regulations and standards.
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