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Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Agriculture and Environmental Management (L8)

Duration: Four Years
Awarding Body: QQI (Galway Mayo Institute of Technology)
Course Code: GA789
Location: Mountbellew Agricultural College and GMIT
Application: CAO
Maintenance Grant: Apply through SUSI (Means Tested)
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Entry Requirements and Application Procedures

The minimum entry requirements for the course are a Grade D3 or higher in at least five (ordinary level) subjects in the Leaving Certificate including Maths and English or Irish. The standard points system is used to rank applicants. Mature students and holders of QQI awards at Level 5 and Level 6 may be admitted without meeting these minimum requirements.

Course Aims

The programme places a strong emphasis on environmental and agricultural sustainability. This delivery method is highly practical, with a mixture of lectures, fieldwork, laboratory sessions, and Information Technology. There is an increasing demand for graduates with these skills sets. Graduates of the programme can expect to gain employment in a range of areas including farming, agri-foods, environmental management and consultancy, applied ecology and agri-business.

Location

The Bachelor of Science in Agriculture & Environmental Management (Level 7) is a three-year course, which has a common first year with the Bachelor of Business in Rural Enterprise and Agri-Business. The course is based in Mountbellew Agricultural College for the majority of first and second year with some modules delivered at the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) campus. The learners will study full-time in GMIT in year three and four.

Course Structure and Content

The course is both semesterised and modularised. There are two semesters in each year and students take six modules per semester. The common first year with the Bachelor of Business in Rural Enterprise and Agri-Business is advantageous as learners can choose to remain in science or change to the business stream. There is an on-farm practical learning period for three months in the second semester of Year 2. The Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Agriculture & Environmental Management (Level 8) requires learners to complete a self-directed research dissertation in year four.

Year 1Semester 1Semester 2
Financial and Farm Accounting.
Macroeconomics.
Learning and Innovation Skills.
Animal and Crop Production Science 1.
Plant and Animal Science.
Soil Science and Chemistry.
Management Accounting 1.
Statistics for Business.
Animal and Crop Production Science 2.
Computer Applications.
Plant and Animal Science.
Soil Science and Chemistry. 
Year 2Semester 1Semester 2
Marketing.
Farm management safety & law.
Animal & Plant Science: field & lab.
Soil & Analytical Science.
Data handling, maths and stats.
Electives:
Advanced Dairy Production or Advanced Drystock Production. 
Agriculture & Agribusiness Placement. 
Year 3Semester 1Semester 2
Market Research.
New Venture Creation.
*Applied Ecology & Environmental Management 1.
Food Science, Technology & Quality Assurance.
Geographical Information Systems 1. 
Operations Management.
New Venture Planning.
Agri Marketing Management.
Sustainable Agriculture.
*Applied Ecology & Environmental Management 2. 
Year 4Semester 1Semester 2
Soil Science and Nutrient Management.
Rural Resource Planning, Management and Agricultural Research.
*Research methods and dissertation preparation.
Biodiversity & Conservation.
Agribusiness and Food Company Management. 
Geographical Information Systems 2.
Animal Nutrition and Breeding.
Rural Resource Planning, Management and Agricultural Research.
Environmental Legislation.
*Project. 
  *Equivalent to two modules