This program, offered by our Faculty of Agriculture, is designed to produce graduates who will work in the ever expanding horticultural sector. Students in B.Sc. Horticulture program study basic sciences, Vegetable Production. Fruit Production Flower and Ornamental Plant Production. Marketing. Crop Protection. Animal Science. Technical Drawing and Survey, Agricultural Extension and Information Technology.
The minimum entry requirements for a candidate interested in B.Sc. Horticulture are: one must have a minimum aggregate of C+ (Plus) in Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) and should have a minimum grade of C (plain) in each of the following subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics/Physics/Geography
OR C (plain) in each of the following subjects: Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences/ Mathematics/Geography
OR A Diploma in Horticulture (with credit and above) from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology or from other institutions recognized by the University Senate. Such candidates shall enter the programme at the second year of study unless otherwise specified by the Faculty.
The course takes four (4) academic years to complete and includes two field attachments done during the 2nd and 3rd year of study.
At the end of the programme the graduates should be able to:
- Perceive the importance of horticulture in the national economy with particular reference to the role of vegetables, fruits and flowers in meeting the family needs for food, clothing and shelter.
- Make use of the acquired knowledge and practical skills to raise production and improve marketing of horticultural crops and products on both small and large-scale farms.
- Set up and run thriving private horticultural enterprise on vegetables, fruits or flowers.
- Using acquired knowledge and practical skills, be able to relate and integrate production of horticultural crops with other farm enterprises.
- Carry out simple, but meaningful scientific research on various facets of horticultural and other crop enterprises.
- Promote environmental conservation by encouraging and effecting practices that minimize soil erosion and pollution from pesticides.
Career paths one may follow after having completed a degree course in Horticulture include:
- Operating/managing a greenhouse, landscaping service, nursery/flower shop.
- Working at research institutions for example Kenya Agricultural Research Institution (KARI) to work on ways of improving yield and quality of fruits and vegetables.
- Marketing i.e. the wholesale and retail sale of fruits, vegetables, seeds etc.
- Consultancy for purposes of Industry support.
- Communications i.e. writing for magazines that deal with agriculture and farm produce, news/radio/TV articles.