Crop Sciences

Here we offer a  diploma in Crop Science, BSc in Agriculture-Crop Science and postgraduate qualification degrees in Crop Science/Agronomy. Our 4-year undergraduate program includes the following fields of study:

  • Agronomy
  • Horticulture
  • Soil science
  • Plant protection

Our experienced academics collaborate with many different stakeholders in the agricultural sector and other higher education and/or research-based institutions within and outside South Africa. The Department is well supported by technical support staff and has adequate research facilities that enable development and graduating students with competencies that equip them to be absorbed into the various sectors agricultural industry. There are a number of ongoing funded research projects in the department. These various research projects are directed at addressing household and national food security challenges under the current climate change and global warming challenges. The projects further provide the platform and additional bursary opportunities through which our students undertake their research projects.

Degree options

  • BSc Crop Science
  • BSc Agronomy

Career possibilities

Career opportunities exist for graduates of our programmes in highly diverse environments. These include:

  • National and Provincial Departments of Agriculture
  • Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF)
  • Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR)
  • Agricultural Research Council (ARC)
  • fertilizer companies
  • commercial farms
  • seed companies
  • agrochemical companies
  • agro-processing companies
  • various NGOs that deal in and agriculture and rural development

Graduates from this programme can also obtain a career as high school teachers and/or lecturers/ technicians in Colleges and Universities. Postgraduate qualificationa in any of our programme streams can also open career opportunities as scientists/researchers or technicians in several international agricultural research organisations.