Course Code : GA 777 for Level 7 and GA 789 for Level 8.
Duration: 3 years or 4 years. Students can progress from level 7 to level 8.
Location: Mountbellew Agricultural College and GMIT
4 days per week in Mountbellew for year 1 and 1 day in GMIT
3 days per week in Mountbellew for Year 2 and 2 days in GMIT
Years 3 and 4 are delivered at GMIT
The course, resulting in the award of Bachelor of Science in Agricultural and Environmental Management is aimed Primarily at students interested in training and qualifications for careers in Agriculture and Environmental Management. Some of the areas that graduates are expected to find employment in are: Farm Management, Agricultural and Environmental Consultancy, Sales Reps with Agribusiness and Agri-service companies and as Agricultural and Environmental Officers with local governments and national government agencies.
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. Mature students and holders of specific FETAC awards may be admitted without meeting these minimum requirements.
The course is both semesterised and modularised. There are two semesters in each year and students take six modules per semester. There is a common first year for the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and Environmental Management programme and the Bachelor of Business in Rural Enterprise and Agribusiness programme. Students then have a choice to continue in the science stream or change to the business stream or vice versa. There is a farm/industry placement period for the three months in the second semester of Year 2. The placement is normally done on a host farm in Ireland but students also have the opportunity to do it overseas. Some students in the past have opted for Australia, New Zealand, England and other European Countries.
Modules for year 1:
Mandatory modules: Financial and Farm Accounting, Macroeconomics, Animal and Crop Production Science 1, Soil Science and Chemistry, LIS and Plant and Animal Science.
Mandatory Modules: Management Accounting 1, Statistics for Business, Animal and Crop Production Science 2, Soil Science and Chemistry, Plant and Animal Science and Computer Applications.
Modules for Year 2:
Mandatory Modules: Applied Principles of Marketing, Farm Management, Safety and Law, Advance soil and Analytical Science, Animal and Plant Science: Field and Laboratory and Data Handling, Maths and Stats.
One Elective from: Advanced Dairy Production or Advanced Drystock Production
Agriculture or Agribusiness Industry / Farm Placement for 12 weeks.
Modules for year 3:
Mandatory Modules: Market Research, New Venture Creation, Applied Ecology and Environmental Management 1 (10 Credits), Food Science, Technology and Quality assurance and Geographic Information Systems 1.
Mandatory Modules: Sustainable Agriculture, New Venture Planning, Agri-Marketing Management, Applied Ecology and Environmental Management 2 and Operations Management.
Modules for Year 4:
Mandatory Modules: Soil and Nutrient Management, Agricultural and Rural Resource Management, Planning and Research, Research Methods and Dissertation Preparation (10 Credit), Biodiversity and Conservation and Agribusiness Food Company Management.
Mandatory Modules: Geographic Information Systems 2, Agricultural and Rural Resource Management, Planning and Research, Animal Nutrition and Breeding, Environmental Legislation and Project (10 Credit).