Degree Type: 

Bachelor of Science

Department: 

Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension

Modes of Study: 

Regular

About Programme: 

Numerous entrepreneurial opportunities thus exist in the agriculture sector for graduates from the programme. There are several government support projects for such industries that could be accessed. The programme also exposes students to operations management, which makes it possible for them to pursue careers in industries beyond the agricultural sector. Opportunities include the following:
 Business start-up in agro-processing
 Employment with food processing companies such as Nestle, Unilever, Blue Skies etc
 Food and nutrition experts at hospitals
 Employment by NGOs engaged in food processing interventions
 University Lecturers and Researchers in postharvest technologies
 Exporter of processed foods Food Biotechnology
 Principles of food processing engineering
 Food and nutrition
 Principles of food processing, preservation and storage
 Agricultural produce processing
 Food packaging technology
 Entrepreneurship and business development

Entry Requirements: 

Post-Senior Secondary School Candidates
Holders of Senior High Certificate must have the minimum aggregate of 20. Candidates must have passes in core English Language, Mathematics and Integrated Science.

In addition to the above, they must have passes not lower than ‘D7’ (C) in elective subjects under option 1 or 2 or 3 below:
• Option 1: General Agriculture, Chemistry, Physics/Elective Mathematics.
• Option 2: Biology, Chemistry, Physics/Elective Mathematics.
• Option 2: UCC Remedial Agriculture, Remedial Science Programme, Biology/Horticulture/Agro-forestry

Post-Diploma Candidates
Candidates must possess a Diploma in Agriculture (at least a Second Class Lower Division), from a recognised institution together with five (5) credit passes at GCE ‘O’ Level in English Language and Mathematics and in at least three (3) other science subjects or six (6) passes (3 core and 3 elective subjects in SSSCE or WASSCE) with at least two in science subjects.   All Post-Diploma candidates must pass a selection interview.

Career Opportunities: 

The Department believes that, as a training institution for agriculture, and hence a corporate catalyst for sustainable community and national development, the University of Cape Coast in general and School of Agriculture in particular, need to respond to the challenge of community development and the professional development of its students hence graduates. Consequently, the Department has proposed this curriculum that will prepare graduates as change agents, who are capable of spurring on sustainable growth and development of the agricultural sector, its allied sectors, and communities. These graduates will provide the critical professional support base for all development initiatives and interventions at the community level.

The main goal of the BSc (Agricultural Extension and Community Development) Programme is to prepare graduates, who are competent learners, good communicators, system thinkers, problem analysts and solvers, and possess desirable leadership attributes and skills that will enable them conceptualize, plan, implement, monitor, and evaluate agricultural and related development programmes and projects at the community level.

Programme Structure

Level 100

First Semester

CMS 107: Communicative Skills I
3 Credit(s)

Engaging in academic work at the university is challenging. This course is aimed at equipping fresh students to make the transition from pre-university level to the university level. It assists them in engaging and succeeding in complex academic tasks in speaking, listening, reading and writing. It also provides an introduction to university studies by equipping students with skills that will help them to engage in academic discourse with confidence and fluency.

ILT 101: Information Literacy
1 Credit(s)

The rationale of the course is to equip students with skills that will enable them access and retrieve information in the traditional, hybrid and digital libraries. Students will be able to use ICT efficiently and effectively when they have basic knowledge of computers. The course content include: Types of libraries, library resources and their uses, the role the library plays in the academic community, introduction to computers, the internet.

Second Semester

CMS 108: Communicative Skills II
3 Credit(s)

This is a follow-up course on the first semester one. It takes students through writing correct sentences, devoid of ambiguity, through the paragraph and its appropriate development to the fully-developed essay. The course also emphasizes the importance and the processes of editing written work.