Agricultural Economics is a field of study that ensures the optimal utilisation of resources for the betterment of man and national development as well as ensuring the sustainability of the ecosystem for progenies. It specifically deals with allocation of resources in an efficient and sustainable manner.
Agricultural Extension on the other hand is the application and dissemination of scientific research and new knowledge to agricultural practices through farmer education. Rural Development is a field of study that allows for teaching and researching into actions and initiatives that ensure improvement in the standard of living for the rural populace.
PHILOSOPHY AND OBJECTIVE OF THE PROGRAMME
The philosophy of the proposed programme is to uphold the vision of IBBUL as a centre of excellence and to train versatile students in the field of Agricultural Economics and Extension Services that would be employees or employers of labour in accordance with the challenges of the new millennium.
BASIS FOR THE B.Sc DEGREE PROGRAMME IN AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS AND EXTENSION SERVICES
The Millennium challenges globally require graduates that can readily secure employment or that are employers of labour after completion of academic programmes. The proposed Agricultural Economics and Extension programme is designed with this notion in mind.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENT AND EXPECTED DURATION OF THE PROGRAMME
To be eligible for admission into the B.Sc Degree Programme in Agricultural Economics and Extension Services at IBBU candidates must satisfy the entry requirement as specified below:
UTME ENTRY(100 Level)
Credit Passes in 5 WASCE/GCE/NECO subjects including English, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology/Agricultural Science and at least a pass in Physics, Geography or Economics. The Credit pass in Agricultural Science must be backed up by at least a pass in Biology at not more that two sittings.
DIRECT ENTRY (200-LEVEL)
Candidates with the following qualifications are eligible for admission into 200-Level
a) Candidates that have satisfied the above minimum O'Level condition of the credit passes in WASCE/GCE/NECO subjects for admission into programme and in addition have passed the General Certificate of Education at the advanced Level or its equivalent in Chemistry and in at least one subject from the following: Biology, Botany, Zoology, Mathematics, Agricultural Science, Physics, Economics or Geography.
b) Candidates that have obtained the minimum O'Level credit passes as set out above and un addition, have obtained the Higher National Diploma(HND) with minimum of upper credit (60-65) in relevant fields from schools or colleges accredited by NBTE and recognised by the University, will be admitted into 300-level.