Disciplines/Thematic Groups



Agricultural Economics

Agricultural Economics applies economic principles to solve agricultural and agribusiness  problems. Our degrees equip graduates for professional and senior management positions,  and are highly valued by employers. They give our graduates the flexibility to pursue a  wide range of career opportunities.

The Agricultural Economics major can be taken as part of a BScAgric (4 year) degree. Students taking the BScAgric option must major in Economics and Agricultural Economics, and take subjects such as Biometry and Statistics, Animal Science, Crop Science, and Horticultural Science.

Agricultural Extension & Rural Resource Management
The Agricultural Extension and Rural Resource Management (AERRM) academic  programme is designed to build the capacity of extension services through the provision of  training and education that is relevant to the urgent issues facing agricultural and rural  development. The programme offers a powerful combination of theoretical knowledge and  practical skills in agricultural extension, rural development, project management, agricultural production and farm economics and management. The programme follows a challenging teaching and learning approach as well as a fresh approach to the theory and practice of agricultural extension.
Agrometeorology involves the study of the transport of energy and water in soil-plant- atmosphere system not excluding the study of climate on insects, animals and humans. It  concentrates on the lower atmosphere and upper layers of the earth. Agrometeorology
Animal And Poultry Science  
Animal Science covers most aspects of animal production and animal products. Students  study various livestock production systems, investigating health, breeding, physiology,  nutrition and environmental factors to optimise production.
Crop Science
Crop Science is the application of biological, chemical & physical principles to crops and  cropping systems to increase their efficiency in converting light & supplemental resources  into food, feed, fibre or floral commodities. Crop Science majors concentrate particularly  on the interrelationships among physical & biological factors that regulate crop plant  productivity
Crop Science
Dietetics And Human Nutrition

There is a vibrancy to this discipline which strives for excellence and has a social  awareness which is clearly imparted to the students. Many of the world's problems facing  people today are directly or indirectly linked to human nutrition and social issues. To  resolve these problems, this discipline's graduates are equipped to be members of multi- disciplinary health and social development teams.

Coursework is dynamic and relevant to everyday living. Students engage in team projects which encourage confident self-expression and respect for the opinions of others. They also undertake field work which enables them to gather information through first hand investigation and observation and to use this as a basis for developing community based interventions in conjunction with community members.

The aim of the discipline is to teach students to think critically and creatively, to judge, analyse and arrive at informed opinions.
Environmental Hydrology (CWRR)

Hydrology is the science of the water cycle. It studies the complex water systems of the  planet, the occurrence, distribution, movement, quality and properties of the waters of the  Earth and their relationship with and within the environment.

The objective of hydrological studies is to produce information for rational decisions in  planning, design and operations of water resources development. Hydrologists seek appropriate solutions
to global water issues, backed by sound scientific knowledge and mathematical principles

Environmental Hydrology
Food Security
At its most fundamental level, the mission of the new African Centre for Food Security is  to contribute towards eradicating food deprivation and promoting sustainable livelihoods  among the people and nations of sub-Saharan Africa. By facilitating and conducting  professional training and trans-disciplinary research, and through targeted information  dissemination and informed advocacy, it seeks to establish, support and sustain a critical  mass of personnel, as well as a network of collaborating institutions and organisations, equipped to lead effective food security policy and practice across the sub-continent.

The Discipline of Geography has a long tradition of interest in the complex relationships  between people and the world in which they live. Its focus is the study of the spatial and  temporal distribution of elements of our natural environment (climate, drainage systems,  etc) and of aspects of the human occupancy of the earth (social, economic and political).
Geological Sciences

Geology is a multi-disciplinary science, which studies the physical and chemical aspects of  the Earth - its surface processes, composition, structure and origin. Central to this is the  study of the formation and distribution of minerals and rocks.

The BSc Degree in Geology offers many options. Because the Earth Sciences are important in Science and Technology, geologists are highly sought after in industry. They are not only
employed in exploration and mining, but are found in spheres as varied as finance, engineering
and construction, analytical and research laboratories, environmental planning and marine studies.

Horticultural Science

Horticultural Science is best described as the science of plant production & management  with special emphasis on fruit, vegetables, flowers and landscaping. Today Horticulturists  not only understand biology & science but also use maths & computers to apply their  knowledge.
Horticultural Science
Plant Breeding
Plant Breeding has been defined as: The art & science of improving the heredity of plants  for the benefit of mankind. Breeding of plants has progressed from being an art reliant on  observational skills & judgement to a highly sophisticated science based on current  knowledge of genetics & plant science. The modern plant breeder is an accomplished  biologist with a broad understanding of a host of different sciences.
Plant Breeding
Plant Pathology

Plant Pathologists are involved in an array of research areas. These include; discovering  new diseases and new strains of microbes, conducting DNA finger printing of microbes and plants, developing plants with both natural and transgenic resistance, using an Electron  Microscope at 100,000 x magnification to look at viruses and bacteria, searching for strains of bacteria and fungi that kill detrimental fungi or insect pests, isolating good viruses that kill dangerous bacteria, discovering biofertilizer strains of bacteria to fix nitrogen for crops of small scale farmers, discovering ways to save bananas and pine trees from being wiped out by a fungus, Fusarium, and breeding new crop varieties that are resistant to pests and diseases.
Soil Science

Soil Science is the study of soils in the environment. It is considered a ‘basic science’ i.e.  comparable with biology, chemistry, physics etc. Soil Science combines specialist areas  such as soil physics, soil chemistry, soil mineralogy, soil microbiology and pedology (the  study of soils in the field).
Soil Science

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