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IT, Tralee launches BSc in Agricultural Science

Jun 22, 2012

IT, Tralee launches BSc in Agricultural Science

The Institute of Technology, Tralee announced on Friday 22nd June that a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Science will be offered and delivered by the Institute from September.  The 3 year course will provide students with a strong scienti¿c and business foundation. Students will study a variety of modules including Animal and Plant Biology, Soil Science, Food Technology, Management Principles, Entrepreneurship as well as completing a work placement.  The launch of this degree course comes just in time to for the CAO Change of Mind deadline 1st July. Students wishing to change their CAO form and apply for the BSc in Agricultural Science at the IT, Tralee can do so up until 5.15pm on 1st July at www.cao.ie.

Commenting on the course launch Dr. Oliver Murphy, President IT Tralee, said ‘Agriculture is an integral part of the Irish economy and is our largest indigenous industry.  The Irish agri-food industry is a successful, dynamic and multi-faceted natural resource that makes a significant contribution to our economic and social development. The industry is identi¿ed as an area of major growth and development in Ireland and continues to be of major signi¿cance in the country's economic recovery. Farmers and those interested in pursuing a career in agriculture increasingly require a knowledge of science which can be applied to the management of the farm environment, ensuring that environmental protection, food safety, animal welfare and handling and operation of machinery are considered in the context of animal and crop production’.

Modules will be delivered at the Institute of Technology, Tralee and Teagasc’s Clonakilty Agricultural College ful¿lling the requirements for the Teagasc Green Cert.  It is expected that students who have successfully completed the BSc degree in Agricultural Science from the IT, Tralee will be o¿ered the opportunity to apply for direct entry into a choice of BSc (Hons) in Agricultural Science programmes to continue their studies to Level 8.

According to Dr. Murphy, the course will provide students with the foundation for a career in agri-business roles anywhere in the world. ‘Students will have many different employment opportunities  in the areas of dairy farm management, food processing, food and farm business, state bodies, education and research, professional and owner management of farms, consultancy and marketing and communications’.

For further information on the course visit www.ittralee.ie or contact Brid Mc Elligott 066 71 91800 or Anne Looney 066 71 91994