Agronomy

Objectives of the Program

The program will be fully involved in training and research, and, partly in extension activities of field crops production and management. The ultimate goal of the program is, therefore, to increase production and productivity of field crops in the region in particular and in the country in general, and thereby to improve the livelihood of its people through producing enough number and high quality agronomy personnel who can play a key role in generation, dissemination and adoption of improved technologies.

Staff Profile

No

Name

Academic Rank

Educational Level

Specialization

1

Getachew Alemayehu

Assistant Professor

PhD (Germany)

Agronomy/ Physiology

2

Tsige Genet

Assistant Professor

PhD (South Africa)

Plant Breeding

3

Tadesse Dessalegn

Assistant Professor

PhD (South Africa)

Plant Breeding

4

Melkamu Ayalew

Lecturer

MSc (Jordan)

Plant Pathology

5

Kiflemariam Yehuala

Lecturer

MSc (Haramaya)

Horticulture

6

Elsabeth   Bizuayehu

Lecturer

MSc (AAU)

Applied Biology

7

Demeke Mewa

Lecturer

MSc (AAU)

Applied Genetics

9

** Enyew Adgo

Assistant Professor

PhD (Germany)

Soil Science

10

** Yihnew

   Gebre-Sillassie

Assistant Professor

PhD (Thailand)

Soil Science

11

** Melaku Wale

Assistant Professor

PhD (ICPE-Kenya)

Entomology

12

** Berhanu Aberha

Associate Professor

PhD (Norway)

Stress Physiology

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  **Associate staffs at different departments of Bahir Dar University

Graduate Profile

The graduates of this program will be qualified agricultural professionals who are well equipped with scientific knowledge and practical skills that would enable them to:

  • Identify, analyze and develop holistic solutions to problems related to crop production and protection
  • Generate, demonstrate and promote valuable technologies related crop improvement, production and protection
  • Consult policy makers in formulating appropriate agricultural policies
  • Create, design, implement and manage their own agricultural enterprises as well as advice farmers and other entrepreneurs
  • Play leading role in Integrating multidisciplinary knowledge and skill in the process of enhancing agricultural productivity and ensuring national food security
  • Be engaged in teaching and training activities at various levels in the field of agronomy
  • Be competent candidates in further national and international training opportunities

Duration of the Study

The MSc study program in Agronomy is a two year program. In the first year (2 semesters) of the program courses are taught, while in second year of the program mainly the research project is carried out in a specific area of specialization.

Assessment and Evaluation

The progress of graduate students is assessed regularly and informally by the respective course owners in particular and by the Department of Plant Sciences and Faculty of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences in general. Informal assessment focuses on both completion of coursework and the development of professional skills in research, writing, leadership and service provision. The formal ways of assessment includes the followings:

  • For coursework: Assignments, Mid semester examination, Final semester examination, Seminars and presentations
  • For Practical courses: Laboratory/Field reports, Practical examination, Written examination
  • For Thesis/Seminars/Report presentation: Paper organization, Quality of paper presented, Way of presentation, Defending material presented

The final performance of the course will be evaluated using A (4.0), B+ (3.5), B (3.0), C+ (2.5), C (2.0), D (1) and F (0) grading system.

Degree Nomenclature

Upon successful completion of the program, the degree is labeled

  • In English: “MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN AGRONOMY”
  • In Amharic: ========================

Admission Requirements

Applicants must be graduates of in Crop Sciences, Plant Sciences, Horticulture, General Agriculture, Biology, Ecology, and related fields with CGPA of 2.00 and above, passing qualifying examination, and meet other admission requirements of the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) of Bahir Dar University.

Graduation Requirements

The program of the study leading to the M.Sc. Degree in Agronomy requires 28 credit hours course and a 6 credit hour Master’s Thesis, with the total of at least 34 credit hours. The student must score a minimum of 3.00 cumulative G.P.A., with no “D” and “F” and successfully defended thesis. The even number at the end of the course code shows that the course is conducted in the second semester, while the odd number denotes that the course is conducted in the first semester.

List of Courses

No

Course No.

Course Title

Credit Hours

Required Courses

1

Plag 601

Advanced Biometry and Software Applications

3

2

Plag 603

Advanced Soil Science

3

3

Plag 625

Advanced Plant Physiology

3

4

Plag 607

Advanced Plant Breeding

2

5

Plag 619

Crop Pests Management

3

6

Plag 610

Agroclimatology

2

7

Plag 612

Soil Fertility and Land Management

3

8

Plag 624

Crop Ecology and Cropping Systems  

2

9

Plag 626

Systems Analysis and Crop Modeling

2

10

Plag 628

Modern Crop Husbandry and Irrigation Agronomy

3

11

Plag 731

Current Topics in Agronomy

1

12

Plag 733

Graduate Seminar in Agronomy

1

13

Plag 735

Thesis

6

 

Total

 

34

Elective courses

 

Plag 616

Soil and Plant Analysis (E)

2

2

Plag 606

Seed science and production technology (E)

2

3

Plag 605

Advanced Genetics (E)

2

 

Total

 

6

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