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BAMENDA UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY - CAMEROON

BAMENDA UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY - CAMEROON
Agriculture & Rural Development

VISION AND MISSION STATEMENT:

Agriculture is the professional art of applying science and technology to cultivating the soil, producing crops and livestock. It also encompasses managing human and physical resources to supply an adequate quality and quantity of food at reasonable costs to fulfil the needs of an increasing world population.

VISION

The primary goal of the faculty is to be the best faculty of Agriculture and Rural development in Cameroon.

The faculty’s vision is to develop a partnership of faculty, students, and staff, government and non-governmental organization leaders working in concert to provide the highest quality learning experiences which enhance the development of able and responsible intelligent citizenship, living and earning a livelihood and thereby contributing to the building of one of Cameroon’s best agricultural universities.

The complementary goals to reinforce the primary goal of the faculty are to:

 Serve as the primary comprehensive agricultural resource of  Cameroon for education, research and service to the public

Provide local and national leadership in agriculture

Structure the faculty for maximum effectiveness and continuous improvement in contributing to the University’s complex mission of education, research and technology transfer.

Maintain a faculty environment that is intellectually challenging  for faculty, staff and students.

Develop a Faculty climate that is supportive of women and men and one that reflects Cameroon’s rich cultural and ethnic diversity.

MISSION

The mission of the faculty is to transfer high quality instruction in the specific fields; to accomplish leading research and scholarly publications in pursuit of advanced knowledge and its application in the agricultural sciences and also to render needed services to the agriculture profession, industry and Cameroon.

In light of this, the Faculty  of Agriculture has developed coherent and comprehensive educational programs to transfer knowledge and skills that will enhance the management of Cameroon’s agricultural and animal production, forests, wildlife and natural resources including water. The faculty will prepare students for the HND in various specialties and other  higher university diplomas in Agriculture, forestry, animal science, wildlife and natural resources management, environmental studies and community development, cooperatives and mutuality.

 

Graduates from the Faculty of Agriculture and Rural Development are competent to contribute positively to national efforts and strategies focused on Household Food Security, Nutrition and Health including poverty alleviation and income generation. They can also tackle globalisation issues relating to the market place such as peasant farmer produce competing favourably  with agricultural products from out of Cameroon and Africa.
CURRICULA

Agriculture curricula are highly integrated; courses follow each other in a \

definite sequence with advanced courses utilizing the preparation of earlier courses.

A student  in the Faculty has a variety of curricula from which to choose. Each department curriculum leads to the award of either a diploma or a Bachelor of Science Degree. This is unique and also includes many courses common to all curricula. The feature is intended to help students who are undecided on a specific major to transfer from one curriculum to another in the Faculty before the second year with little, if any, loss of credits. The major difference in curricula is the course work required by the department. Some departments offer specialization options which further define the  curricula and the required course work. Generally, curricula are designed to assist the student in the preparation for his/her selected profession. HND and Degrees awarded in the Faculty of Agriculture and Rural Development are:      

HND Agriculture / Animal Health and Production
            B.Sc. Agricultural Economics
            B.Sc. Rural Sociology
            B.Sc. Agronomy
            B.Sc. Soil Science.
            B.Sc. Animal Science.
B.Sc. Environmental Science; Water Resources Management; Forestry; Wildlife and Fisheries.
B.Sc. Food Technology, Human Nutrition and Catering, Home Economics

            B.Sc. Community Development and Cooperative Management.

Duration of the Degree Program:

Studies leading to the Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) Degree take 4 years or 8 Semesters for full-time studies.  This duration will vary for transfer cases and for part-time studies. 

Degree Requirement:

The total number of Credits required for the BSc Degree is 120 of which 60 must be in the specialty. 

Admission Requirement:

Admissions are those for the Faculty. They include GCE “O” and “A” Level Certificates with passes in the relevant subjects including English and General Mathematics at the GCE “O” Level. Transfer cases are evaluated on a case- by -case basis.

STUDENT GUIDANCE SYSTEM (MENTORING)

Students in the Faculty of Agriculture and Rural Development work closely with an academic adviser who is associated with the curriculum in which the student is majoring. All registered first year students are encouraged to participate in the university wide orientation program in which they have the opportunity to meet and work with academic advisers in planning their adjustments to university life and provide helpful information on career opportunities. In addition, they make a special effort to adjust the course schedule to accommodate student’s interests and capacities.

The programs outlined below propose a two year program for the HND and four-year course of studies leading to the B.Sc. degree in the specified curriculum. Full-time instruction is offered throughout the year. The academic year is divided into two semesters of sixteen weeks each, beginning in mid October and ending in June. 

Department of Environmental Sciences and Water Resources Management

The Environmental science program offers both a major and a minor. The major is designed to develop students’ understanding of environmental  issues, their  political, legal, scientific, social, and economic inter-relationships. Students also acquire knowledge and skills to deal effectively with such complex multidisciplinary issues as population, resource use and environmental protection. In addition, emphasis is placed on developing strong writing, research, qualitative and quantitative analyses and communication skills. The program further includes land use, natural resources management, and the relationship between public health and the environment.

The water resource management (WRM) program prepares professionals for agro-industry and livestock operations, water management, and relationships between strategies in urban, semi-urban and rural communities.

The program is designed to train professional through course work, creative research, seminars, field work, role play and case studies. Graduates can use the knowledge acquired to address sustainable resource use issues and confront current and future regional, national and global environmental concerns. Some of  the major career opportunities include; Environmental Resources Planner, Environmental Analyst, Environmental Education Officer, Wildlife Specialist, Environmental Health and Safety Specialist. Petrol-chemical and Environnemental Pollution Control Officer etc.

A degree in Forest Resources Management in the Department of Environmental Studies and Water Resources Management, aims at promoting through teaching, research, publication and extension the proper development  and wise use of our forests, savannas, wildlife, freshwater fisheries and the watershed. The Department will train both professional and sub-professional personnel for the renewable natural resources sector. It will offer courses leading to a 2- year Higher National Diploma (HND) and a 4-year B.Sc. degree in Forest Resources Management.

FACULTY CONSTRAINTS (BARRIERS TO PROGRESS)

The faculty has a very strong foundation upon which to build for the future. Numerical goals have been set which focus on increasing the size of the department faculty to at least specialized full-time scientist, soil scientist, Entomologist, Climatologist, plant pathologist- each with a minimum of M.SC. degree  and some distinguished and highly experienced  technical field/laboratory support staff.

SPACE    
Space and facilities continue to be a critical barrier to progress at the present time. The faculty’s  space needs include construction of at least two buildings to support the faculty’s education and research activities, including a state of the art Faculty Farm.
ENDOWMENTS: 
The faculty has two important areas in the next three year- recruitment of outstanding undergraduates/graduates students and faculty and the seeding of new educational and research initiatives, which will be strongly influenced by financial support from endowment and research activities.

The faculty recognizes the value of  a strong base of external funding and the need for a focused fund raising effort. The Heads of Departments increasingly will become involved in these activities.

The faculty of Agriculture and Rural Development plan establishes the following fund-raising priorities:

ENDOWMENTS: Graduate fellowships, faculty HOD and professorship
DEPARTMENT: Funding for specific departmental projects, Literature, Publications, and Library
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS, RURAL SOCIOLOGY AND EXTENSION EDUCATION
B.Sc. AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS

Department of Agricultural Economics, Rural Sociology and Extension Education

Research and training in Agriculture Economics, Rural Sociology and Extension Education are major themes/concerns of international and national development, including the sustainable management of economic resources, gender issues, and micro-enterprise finance and farm enterprises/businesses.

The focus of the Department is to ensure that students are well prepared and capable of contributing efforts aimed at alleviating poverty and improving livelihood and well being of rural populations.

DEPARTMENT OF AGRONOMY AND SOIL SCIENCE

B.Sc. AGRONOMY

The curriculum is designed to provide students with learning experiences, knowledge, and skills that will enable them work in crop production or agricultural extension advisory services with emphasis on agronomic production, farm supplies (fertilizers, seeds, grains, pesticides) businesses. Students are also prepared to enter graduate school for advanced studies leading to a career in research or teaching crop or soil science; or, self employment in production agriculture.

DEPARTMENT OF FOOD TECHNOLOGY

B.Sc. OPTIONS

GENERAL OBJECTIVES

Department of Food Technology

At the end of the course students should:

  • Have a good knowledge of the physiology of the cell, food nutrients, sources and their functions to the body.
  • Apply the knowledge acquired in solving common nutritional problems in the society such as kwashiorkor, marassmus, hypertension, gastritis, gout.
  • Understand what catering and tourism involve and use this knowledge to set up private business enterprises.

 

The curriculum among other things, focuses on courses that deal with the relationship between diet, and nutritional mechanism involved in holistic nutrition, disease development and prevention.  
It is unique in its emphases on research training and offers the students an opportunity to embrace a wide range of academic disciplines that contribute to an understanding of Human Nutrition and Catering Services.

Graduates can look forward to exciting opportunities in owning and operating business enterprises in Hotel Management and Food Delivery Systems and in Home Economics. This will help to alleviate the ever-rising unemployment and problems of food related diseases.

DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES & WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT

B.Sc. Environnemental Science

 PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Environmental Studies and Water Resources Management Program encourages students to use the resources of the university and its community to acquire an interdisciplinary understanding of issues dealing with natural resources, their utilization and environmental protection. Students receive strong educational preparation touching on population, land use, natural resource management - forestry, fisheries, wildlife, energy, water management, pollution and the relationship between health and the environment.

Design of The Degree Programs:
Students must take the university general education courses and fulfil the faculty  core requirements listed under Faculty and General Education Requirements.  
The Environmental Science Program offers both a major and a minor. The major is designed to help students acquire a better understanding of environmental issues, their political, legal, scientific, social. and economic context. To deal effectively with such complex multidisciplinary issues as population. resource –use and environmental protection, emphasis is placed on developing strong writing, research, qualitative and quantitative analysis and communication skills.

The Water Resources Management (WRM) program  prepares professionals for agro-industry and livestock operations, water resources management strategies in urban, peri -urban and rural communities. For many communities, water is a scarce commodity and pollution and solid waste disposal have rendered some sources a danger to public health.

Career  Opportunities:
The relationship between economic activities and natural and environmental resources is increasingly a major local, national and global issue of concern. Natural Resources and environmental problems create a demand for individuals who understand and can offer alternative solutions to these problems. The program is therefore designed for individuals who desire to find work as Environmental Resources Planner, in Research, Environmental Analysis, Environmental Consultant, Lobbyist, Environmental Education, Environmental Economist, Environmental Policy Advisor, Environmental Impact Analyst, Protected Area Specialist and Environmental Interpreter, Pollution Control Specialist, Environmental Quality Compliance Officer, and Environmental Health Specialist. Such jobs can be obtained with local and international conservation organizations, private firms, local or national government agencies, consulting firms, teaching institutions, and  natural resources exploration and exploitation companies. 
The Water Resources Management (WRM) Program prepares students for employment at Agro-industry and livestock operations, water supply for urban, peri-urban, and rural communities, waste management.
Graduates in Environmental Studies and Water Resources Management can go on to graduate studies in environmental law, ecology, environmental policy, economics, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, wildlife, watershed management and water resources management.
Graduation Requirements recommended by the Department / Faculty for the award of a B.Sc in Environmental Sciences: 120+ Credits
Maximum transferable credits from other accredited institutions:  60
Total minimum credits that must be completed at BUST: 60
Environmental Studies Minor Requirement:
The minor requires 24 credits in Environmental Studies and related studies. A minimum of 15 upper division credits approved by both Academic and Faculty Adviser. 

B.Sc., FORESTRY FOREST RESOURCES MANAGEMENT

A degree in Forest Resources Management in the Department of Environmental Science and Water Resources Management, aims at promoting through teaching, research, publication and extension the proper development and wise use of our forests, savannas, wildlife, freshwater fisheries and the watershed. The Department will train both professional and sub-professional personnel for the renewable natural resources sector. It will offer courses leading to a 2- year Higher National Diploma (HND) and a 4-year BSc degree in Forest Resources Management.

DEPARTMENT OF ANIMAL SCIENCE

B.Sc. ANIMAL SCIENCE

The HND in Animal Health and Production is taken at the end of the first two years of studies at BUST

Department of Animal Science
The curriculum is designed to give a coherent exposure to adequate knowledge and technical know-how in major livestock species namely: poultry, pigs, large and small ruminants (cattle sheep and goats).
Specific objectives:
  • Provide mastery of the principal physiological functions in relation to animal production
  • Equip students with basic animal breeding methods
  • Provide students with technical know-how on animal management techniques
  • Provide training on the identification, control of diseases of mammalian and avian species. 
Pre-veterinary Medicine Program
A student may enrol as a pre-veterinary student in the Faculty of agriculture and Rural Development until the primary major is selected for a degree. Students are encouraged to select a primary major as soon as possible. Once the primary major is selected, the student’s adviser will be in the primary major department.
The pre-veterinary Medicine program may be completed preferably along with the animal science curriculum in the faculty of agriculture and rural development, but the time required for the B.Sc. will be longer than eight semesters. 

DEPARTMET OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, COOPERATIVES AND MUTUALITY:

B.Sc. Community Development and Mutuality

CURRICULUM

Offers undergraduate programs in Community Development, Cooperative Movement and Management to students with diverse backgrounds and field experience. The program includes foundation courses in disciplines, problems and issues in participatory learning and activities pertaining to community mobilization, cooperation, and cooperative entrepreneurial actions. Community leadership, capacity building for community, cooperatives and mutualities and research in these areas. General and  management personnel training for industries, community and co-operative ventures and coordinators of common initiative groups(NGOs) and resources mobilization

Contact:

The General Secretariat

 

BUST, Mile 6 Nkwen
P.O. Box 277 Nkwen – Bamenda
North West Region
Republic of Cameroon
Tel: +237 79811408 
            7726 1789
           bustbamenda@yahoo.com

 

The Registrar

BUST, BUST, Mile 6 Nkwen
P.O. Box 277 Nkwen – Bamenda
North West Region
Republic of Cameroon
Tel: +237 79811408 
            7726 1789
           bustregistrar@yahoo.com

 

The Vice Chancellor

BUST, BUST, Mile 6 Nkwen
P.O. Box 277 Nkwen – Bamenda
North West Region
Republic of Cameroon
Tel: +237 79811408 
            7726 1789

 

INDECO LTD (Secretariat).

Mile 6 Nkwen
P.O. Box 277 Nkwen – Bamenda
North West Region
Republic of Cameroon
Tel: +237 79811408 
            7726 1789
           indeco@yahoo.com

 

Students Union and Alumni Affairs

BUST, BUST, Mile 6 Nkwen
P.O. Box 277 Nkwen – Bamenda
North West Region
Republic of Cameroon
Tel: +237 79811408 
            7726 1789
            alumni@bamendauniversity.com
           bustalumni@yahoo.com

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