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BS in Agriculture in the Philippines

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Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (BSA) is a four-year degree program designed to provide students with the technical knowledge in crop raising, agricultural chemicals, fertilizers, integrated pest management, seed conditioning and technology and other areas related to production and quality control in the food and fiber industry. It also teaches students about livestock raising and managing a farm and agribusiness. The BS in Agriculture program helps students understand modern farming by teaching them the process and techniques in identifying, diagnosing, and analyzing problems and in designing, packaging, and applying technologies needed in the development and conservation of agriculture and food system resources.


Students who satisfactorily completed the first two years shall be awarded the Certificate of Agriculture Science (CAS) which the students may use for immediate employment or application for TESDA Skills Certification subject to the requirements of the specific TESDA Training Regulation being applied for.


Recommended Senior High School Strand

Students who want to pursue a degree in Agriculture are encouraged to take the Agri-Fishery Arts Strand under the Technical-Vocational and Livelihood (TVL) track. This strand provides various topics in Animal Production, Crop Production, Landscaping, Food Processing, and Fisheries. Learning these basic topics beforehand will be useful in college.


Subjects and Curriculum

  • Crop Science
  • Crop Protection
  • Animal Science
  • Soil Science
  • Agricultural Extension and Communication
  • Agricultural Economics and Marketing
  • Introduction to Agriculture
  • Fundamentals of Agricultural Engineering
  • Introduction to Ecological Agriculture

Admission Requirements

Qualifications

  • The student must be a high school graduate.
However, if they were not able to graduate high school, they may opt to take the Alternative Learning System (ALS)
and pass the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) to qualify for college; the availability of courses for PEPT passers depend on the university.
  • The students must pass the College Admissions Test of the university.

Basic Requirements

  • Form 138 - High School Report Card (Original and Photocopy)
  • Recommendation letter from High school principal and guidance counselor
  • Most recent medical and dental health record
  • Copy of NSO Certified birth certificate
  • Certificate of Good moral character
  • Copy of honorable dismissal
  • Copy of high school diploma
  • (1) Latest 2”x2” ID Picture

Program Outcome

Graduates of Agriculture are expected to be able to:

  • Create and implement the development of agricultural plans and programs
  • Understand and apply agricultural productivity and sustainability in national, regional, and global development context
  • Participate in agricultural production and post-production activities
  • Promote sound agricultural technologies to different clients
  • Use information technology tools to solve agricultural problems

On-The-Job Training/Internship

During the fourth year of the program, students are required to attend an On the Job Training (OJT) in a farm, plant, laboratory, or other corporations and establishments that will provide more practical experience in agriculture.


Students are given the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in an actual work setting. Usually, universities require them to submit a written report on their tasks, learning experiences, and hours rendered. Their work performance will also be evaluated by their immediate managers and will be submitted to their respective OJT coordinator. The number of hours required may differ in each university.


Board Exam

To become a Licensed Agriculturist in the Philippines, a graduate of BS in Agriculture needs to pass the Agriculturist Licensure Examination. The examination is conducted by the Board of Agriculture under the supervision of the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC).


Career Opportunities

Graduates of BS in Agriculture may pursue a career path in a farm, plant, laboratory, or other corporations and establishments that are part of the agricultural industry. They may apply for roles such as a horticulturist, irrigation specialist, and commercial farm manager. 

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Reviews of BS in Agriculture graduates:

B. B.
◈ Studied BS in Agriculture
◈ At University of the Philippines Los Banos
◈ Graduated 2010

list bulletWhy did I choose Agriculture: Actually, it was an accident choosing this course. I wasn't able to qualify with the course that I like so I have to choose another one among Agricultural courses and Human Ecology which my entrance exam result qualifies. I chose Agriculture because UP Los Baños is known for this course. It's their specialty so I took it though I really don't like Science, and English or Communication courses are the ones that I really prefer. So I really had regrets because I was thinking I would not have the career that I like in the future after graduating.

list bulletAbout my college education: I found my course difficult because it's a Science. And it's English that I like more than this. There are lots to memorize like terminologies, processes, etc. It has a very wide scope.

The enjoyable part in this course are the laboratory subjects where we study the body parts of animals, plant diseases and meat processes, to name some. For an instance, during our Dairy Science laboratory, under the Animal Science major, we are asked to make an ice cream. We brought some crushed Oreo cookies for flavor. It's amazing because it was my first time to enter an ice cream factory and it's inside the campus as part of the College of Agriculture.

I found the Economics subject really boring. I'm not really interested in this subject since high school. I don’t like graphs and analysis. But I had luckily passed the subject.

With this course, I was able to realize that without Agriculture, people will not eat since rice is our staple food especially in Asia. It's really important in our everyday lives. What makes it interesting is that you'll be able to learn the body parts of the animals that we eat and you will be amazed about their terminologies because they sound unusual. With this course, you'll know what does it take before selling the goods out to market.

When you want to take this course, you should have a lot of patience and courage in memorizing the terms and understanding the concepts behind every subject matter most especially with the major that you would like to choose. You should be also enthusiastic in doing field works - you must be a cow boy - when going to farms and performing farm activities.

list bulletMy current job: I'm currently working as an enumerator or a field researcher in my university. An enumerator is the one who conducts house-to-house survey in certain communities. I gather data from my respondents based on the questionnaire given to us by our superiors for research purposes.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: The things that I have learned from my agricultural subjects really helped me perform my job because most of the projects that I had is related to farming.

It's really practical to have some knowledge about this course since farming is very familiar to us because what we eat are basically plants and animals or come from these things. So it's very useful not only in my jobs but also in our lives.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: Immediately after my graduation I easily got a job because it has been my part time job since I was in college.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Agriculture: Yes, I would recommend taking this course for a person who is adventurous and has love for plants and animals.

In terms of employment opportunities, it has a wide scope, in research, farming business or other science related careers. And the demand for this course when it comes to employment opportunities will be almost the same every year since we need to eat and the food we eat needs to be processed and analyze. I think it's a fulfilling career. Based on my experience, I was able to meet different people especially farmers who really play a very important role in Agriculture. These people inspire me to do my job well because unlike them, even they're the ones who are working so hard to provide us food, they are the ones who has the lowest income. So I pity them, and I want to give significance on what they do for us.

When it comes to salary level, Agricultural careers are getting paid well. Like me, even it's project-based, I get more than enough of what the work deserved.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: You should love this course so it will not be too difficult for you if ever you'll consider taking this course. I believe that if you like what you do, you'll be successful on it.
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