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BSc Majoring in Agricultural Economics

The University of the Free State
Program overview
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Start dates
January 2021

February 2021

Program description

BSc Majoring in Agricultural Economics

The learning program in Agricultural Economics offers only ONE option. It focuses mainly on Agricultural Economics and Statistics as majors. In the first year, Mathematics, Statistics, Biology, and Agricultural Economics are compulsory, with a choice between three electives: Soil Science; Animal, Wildlife and Grassland Sciences; and Biology. In the second year, Agricultural Economics, Economics, Statistics, and Computer Literacy are compulsory, with a choice between the electives: Agronomy, Soil Science, Animal Science, and Grassland Science. In the third and final year, Agricultural Economics and Statistics are compulsory. The electives to choose from are: Agronomy, Animal Science, Soil Science, and Grassland Science.

Admission requirements

  • The UFS reserves the right to change the minimum requirements of each program or any other information without notifying you.
  • There are specific admission requirements that you should meet if you want to study at any South African university. If you finished school in or after 2008 and have a National Senior Certificate (NSC), you need a performance level of at least 4 (50%) in four (4) of the seven (7) subjects included in your NSC subject package.
  • Admission to study at the UFS is furthermore dependent on the following:
    • Your application should meet all the minimum requirements for the program
    • The program must have available space and capacity to admit students
    • You have to submit valid school results with your application
  • All admission requirements apply to first-year students in 2021.
  • A minimum admission point (AP) of 32 is required, unless stated otherwise.
  • Language of instruction on level 4 (50%).
  • A minimum performance level of 5 (60%) in Mathematics. Depending on the program you are interested in, a higher performance level in Mathematics will be required.
  • Both Life Sciences and Physical Science will be required for admission to most BSc programs; however, there are programs where you require either Life Sciences or Physical Science. Consult the Faculty Rulebook for more information.
  • Participation in the NBT tests for Language and Mathematics is required.
  • The admission requirements are a broad indication for entrance into the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences. Make sure you know the admission requirements of the program you are interested in.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Career opportunities

  • Animal, Wildlife and Grassland Sciences: animal breeder, animal physiologist, animal nutritionist, grassland scientist, agricultural adviser, private consultant, farmer, academic, teacher, extension officer, and researcher.
  • Soil, Crop and Climate Sciences: agronomist, soil scientist, horticulturist, agro-meteorologist, researcher, agricultural adviser, and consultant.
  • Plant Sciences: plant pathologist or plant breeder at private or public institutions involved in crop research and development in the agricultural, horticultural, and forestry industries.

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The University of the Free State

The University of the Free State is situated in Bloemfontein – the centre of South Africa.  Bloemfontein serves as the capital of the Free State Province as well as the. Judicial Capital of South Africa.  This beautiful city is also...

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PO Box 339
9300 Bloemfontein

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