Bachelor of Science (Agriculture) - B.Sc. (Ag.)

     Bachelor of Science [B.Sc] Agriculture is an undergraduate course that focuses mainly on agricultural science. The course duration of B.Sc Agriculture is 4 years (8 semesters). This degree deals with disciplines like- Agricultural Microbiology, Soil Science, Genetics and Plant Breeding, Plant Pathology, Food Microbiology etc. The eligibility criteria for B.Sc Agriculture course is 10+2 from a recognized board having Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Mathematics as mandatory subjects. Since Agriculture is the backbone of our country, there will be an evergreen job scope for B.Sc Agriculture course in India. Agricultural officer, Agriculture Research Scientist, Agricultural Analyst are some of the popular jobs one can get after completion of B.Sc Agriculture course.

B.Sc. Agriculture Course Overview

     Eligibility criteria for admission in BSc Agriculture require completion of 10+2 (PCB/PCM/AG) with minimum 50% marks. The course is divided into 8 semesters. The four-year program aims to provide related knowledge, practical skills, and competencies in agriculture. This degree prepares students for a wide range of careers related to the agriculture industry and other allied industries. We give equal importance to theory and practice of Agriculture, which ensures the application of knowledge and to develop hands-on skills. The focus is on classroom teaching and practical experience through study tours and field trips.

B.Sc. Agriculture: Subjects

The following table gives a glimpse into the subject coverd during B.Sc. Agriculture.

Agronomy- Basics of Agronomy, kharif and rabi crop, Crop Protection, Weed Management, Irrigation Techniques, Water Resource Management, Orgganic Farming, SustainnableAgriculture.

Plant Genetics- Botany, Basicsof Genetics,Crop Physiology, Seed Techology,Basics of Biotechnology.

Soil Science- Introduction to soil science Soil Fertility, Soil Chemistry, Fertilizers, Agriculture Chemistry. Soil Nutrient Management.

Entomology- Pest Management, Beneficial Insects, Grain Storage and Management.

Agricultural Economics- market Prices, Trade Prices, Marketing, Finance, Agribusiness Management, Farm Management.

Agricultur Engineering – Agriculture Machinery, Power and Tools, harvest Techology, Environment Science and Engineering, Renewable Energy.

Agricultural Meteorology- Climate Patterns, Climatic hazardson Agriculture Climatic Zones, Weather Forecasting

Horticulture- Fruit Crops, Medicinal Plant, Aromatic Plants, Flower Production, Spices, Plantation Crop.

Plant Pathology – Crop Diseases, Nematology

Agricultural Extension- Dimensions of Agricultural Extension, Extention Methodologies, Entrepreneurship Develoment program.

Careers Scope & Opportunities for Agriculture Graduates

     B.Sc. Agriculture graduates have ample job opportunities in the government as well as private sector. They can be hired as Agriculture Development Officers (ADO) and Block Development Officers (BDO). Employment opportunities are available as:

1. Agriculture Research Scientist

2. Subject Matter Specialist in different Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs)

3. Extension Officer

4. Field Officer

5. Agriculture Officer

6. Farm Manager

7. Plantation Manager

8. Research Officer

9. Officer in Quality Assurance in Related Fields

10. Agriculture Loan Officer in Banks

11. Production Manager

12. Operations Manager in Fertilizer Units

13. Business Development Manager

14. Food Processing Units in Government

15. Agri-Preneurship

16. and, last but not the least Seed Technologies Firm etc.

     After pursuing B.Sc., those who want to study further can opt for an M.Sc. programme from various government and private universities that offer scope of research, teaching or pursuing a Ph.D.