Click here to read part 2 of A Letter to UDS Applicants.

Part 3. Nyankpala Campus I.

Okay guys, sorry for the long wait. We were doing all we could to make sure the information you are about to digest is simply 0% nonalcoholic……non contaminated I mean.

Fortunately, Adoko Lucas, the former SRC Vice president of our noble institution offered to help. He is the sole author of this piece. Thanks for being a brother and a perfect gentleman.

ADOKO LUCAS, BSc. Biotechnology and Molecular Biology. NYC SRC Vice President, 2018/2019.

Now to today’s business, this article is going to cover 3 out of 5 the programs offered by the Faculty of Agriculture.

Faculty of Agriculture. The faculty of Agriculture can be found on the Nyankpala campus. It’s the biggest Agriculture faculty in the country. It is 20km from the Tamale township. The faculty runs promgrams in Diploma and BSc. as well as post graduate programmes. The BSc. programmes include, Agriculture Technology, Agriculture Science Education, Vetenary Nursing, Biotechnology and Molecular Biology, Family and Consumer Science and Food Processing Technology

1. BSc. Agriculture technology.

It is basically the study of technology to contribute to the growth of agricultural produce. A lot of opportunities come with the study of Agricultural Technology, this is because it is one of the fastest growing sectors in the world. This programme equips students with practice of farming of livestock, crops and microcosm as well as to explore the ethics and environmental solution to feed the global population. The students are taught courses like Soil Science, Agronomy, Horticulture and Breeding. Students in their final year have opportunities to specialize in Agronomy, Horticulture, Agriculture Biotechnology, Mechanization and Irrigation, Economics and Extension.

2. BSc. Biotechnology and Molecular Biology.

This is a 4 year degree programme under the Department of Biotechnology. This is a scientific based programme designed to give students practical skills and scientific knowledge for a career in Biotechnology and Molecular Biology. This programme enhances you with skills in using biological principles and systems to manufacture products, services and industries. One interesting thing is, it has a wide range of career prospects. It will equip you with skills and knowledge that attracts a prospective employer. Biotechnology has applications in Agriculture, Health, Environment, and Industry. Even though the scope of Biotechnology in Ghana is not so wide, Biotechnology has a very promising future. Biotechnology will soon be credited for revolutionary technologies such as Bioremediation, Bioprocessing, genomics, nanotechnology, DNA technology and Synthetic Biology. Biotechnology is a tool for a lot global problems such as, global pandemic, global warming, fatal diseases and many more. Students are taken through courses such as Introduction to Agriculture, Plant and Animal breeding, Molecular Biology, Molecular Genetics, Food Biotechnology, Environment Biotechnology, Microbiology, Virology and many more. Job opportunities include

  • Clinical Research Assistant, Microbilogist, Laboratory Technologist in Industry, Agriculture and Government Agencies, Biologists in Food Processing Industries, Quality Control Analyst, Genomics Technician, Epidemiologist and many more others.

3. BSc. Food Processing Technology.

Food processing is made up of a set of physical and chemical techniques in the transformation of agricultural produce into edible foods. Food Processing Technology is a 4 year programme under the department of Food Science and Technology. The programme is driven at processing of Agriculture produce into edible foods as well as improved quality. This may contribute to reduction in post harvest loses. There are a lot of prospect in Food Processing which include food processing industries, retailing and in the public sector. Students are taken through courses such as, Agriculture Science, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Human Anatomy, Food Biotechnology, food engineering, food chemistry and others. Job opportunities include, food technician, nutrition therapist, product developer, quality manager, technical Brewer, production manager and many more

We continue to wish all applicants the best of luck and we hope to see you at school soon. The cut-off points for these courses is same as discussed in part 2 of this article.

And as usual don’t forget to practice the COVID-19 precautions; Wash your hands regularly with soap under running water, wear a nose mask when in public and avoid crowded places. This too shall pass!

In the next series of this article, we will be covering the remaining 2 programs offered by the faculty of agriculture at the UDS Nyankpala Campus as well as fees for all the 5 programs.

Finally please don’t forget to share your thoughts on this so we’ll know how to serve you better. We really appreciate the reviews and contributions you made on the last 2 articles.

Click here to read part 2 of A Letter To UDS Applicants.

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