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Tuition Fees:$352 /year
Applications Begin:10 January, 2020
Final Award:Bachelor of Science in Soil Science
Start Date:September 2020
Academic Unit:School of Agriculture
Campus:Legon campus
Application Deadline: 30 June 2020
Programme Overview

Soil Science focuses on the study of the chemical, physical, biological, and mineralogical composition of soils as it relates to plant growth.
It is a multi-disciplinary subject combining aspects of physics, chemistry, biology, pedology (the science of natural soils) and geomorphology (the study of the physical features of the Earth’s surface). Soil Science encompasses how soil forms, its role in the environment, land conservation and rehabilitation issues.
It is a key factor in food production and is at the forefront of environmental and natural resource issues particularly land use, soil contamination, ground water quality and waste disposal.

Soil scientists conduct soil surveys, classify and map soils. They also provide information and recommendations to farmers regarding the best use of land and plants to avoid or correct problems, such as erosion. Others also consult with engineers and other professionals working on construction projects about the effects of, and solutions to, soil problems. Others also consult with engineers and other professionals working on construction projects to solve soil problems’

Many of the most pressing environmental and socio-economic issues faced by the world (climate change, global food shortages, lack of quality drinking water, human health) require effective soil management to resolve them.
Soil scientists are therefore placing major emphasis on development of more effective use of land resources, establishment of scientific guidelines for soil management and maintenance and improvement in the quality and productivity of soils.

Soils have also entered the policy domain and in several countries soil legislation is being developed. Such legal frameworks provides law and policymakers with guidelines for identifying, developing, or strengthening a legal system concerned with the environment or a particular aspect of it (e.g. water, soils and biodiversity).

At the end of the programme, students are expected to:
• Be able to distinguish among various disciplines of soil science and their relative importance to sustainable crop production and environmental management.
• Appreciate the need to optimise the use of land resources for sustainable crop production, while maintaining environmental quality, through application of sound theoretical and practical knowledge on chemical, physical and biological features of soil, their interaction and plant nutrition.
• Be able to relate the theoretical knowledge gained on plant nutrition, agronomy and environment etc. to real field conditions in order to ensure sustainable crop production while minimizing the soil degradation.
• Demonstrate and interpret a range of practical field and laboratory techniques to evaluate soil properties.

Curriculum

LEVEL 100 (First Year) COURSES
 

FIRST SEMESTER
COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE CORE/ELECTIVE CREDITS
SOIL 101 Introduction to Soil and the Environment

C

2

  TOTAL

C

2

 

SECOND SEMESTER

COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE   CREDITS
 
AGRC 108 General Physics

C

3

  TOTAL

C

3

 

B.            LEVEL 200

 

 FIRST SEMESTER
COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE   CREDITS
SOIL  203 Soil Genesis and Characterisation

C

3

  TOTAL

3

 

SECOND SEMESTER
COURSE COURSE TITLE   CREDITS
CODE  
SOIL 204 Chemical and Biochemical Properties of Soil

C

2

  TOTAL  

2

 

C.           LEVEL 300

Students shall be required to take all the University and School required courses. Additionally, students shall take TWO courses per semester from the Department of specialisation and TWO courses per semester from other Departments in the School. 

 

SOIL SCIENCE SPECIALISATION  

FIRST SEMESTER
SOIL 307 Environmental Soil Physics I

C

3

SOIL 309 Soil Research Methodology And Laboratory Analysis

C

3

UGRC 220-238 Introduction to African Studies

C

3

  Two Electives from other Departments within SOA

E

6

  TOTAL  

9

 

SECOND SEMESTER

SOIL 306 Management of Soil Environment

C

3

SOIL 308 Soil degradation and Rehabilitation

C

3

  Two Electives from other Departments within SOA

E

6

  TOTAL  

9

 

LEVEL 400 COURSES

Students shall be required to take all School required courses. Additionally, students shall select one of the EIGHT subject areas listed under Specializations and take all the CORE courses listed and some other electives.  Level 400 students are expected to report to the School 4 weeks before the commencement of the first semester to begin their research project.

 

FIRST SEMESTER
SOIL 400 Research Project and Seminar

C

3

 
SOIL 411 Soil Genesis, Quality and Land-use Planning

C

3

SOIL 413 Environmental Soil Physics II

C

3

  TOTAL

9

*SOIL 415 = Clay and Soil Material Science (3 credits)  and SOIL 419 = Introduction to Paleopedology (3 credits)
 

SECOND SEMESTER

SOIL 400 Research Project and Seminar

C

3

 
SOIL 412 Soil Biochemistry and Microbiology

C

3

SOIL 414 Soil Chemistry and Fertility

C

3

  Select One Elective from SOIL 416  and SOIL 418*

E

3

  TOTAL  

12


Admission Requirements

For Ghanaian Students:

Core: Credit passes in English, Core Mathematics, Integrated Science & Social Studies
Electives: Credit passes in any three of Chemistry, Physics, Biology/Agriculture Science, Geography and Elective Mathematics, with at least a C6 in Chemistry


For International Students:

West Africa WASSCE:

Core: Credit passes in English, Core Mathematics, Integrated Science & a Science subject.
Electives: Credit passes in Chemistry, and any two of Physics, Biology/Agriculture Science, Geography and Further Mathematics.

American High School:

American High School Grade 12
An applicant for admission to a degree programme in the University of Ghana must have and a Final Grade Point of at least 3.0

Cambridge ‘A’ and ‘O’ Levels:

Three (3)’A’ Level subjects comprising:
Chemistry, and any two (2) of Physics, Biology, Geography and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate:

At least Grade 4 in three (3) HL subjects comprising:
Chemistry, and any two (2) of Physics, Biology, Geography and Mathematics.
In addition, applicants must have at least Grade 4 in English Language/Literature (SL), and at least C in a science subject at the IGCSE or equivalent.

Application Process
Application Fees for Ghanaian students: $34
Application Fees for International students: $105

1. GHANAIAN APPLICANTS
University of Ghana online application E-VOUCHERS can be obtained by Ghanaian applicants for GH¢200.00 at the following banks: Ecobank, Republic Bank, Agricultural Development Bank, Ghana Commercial Bank, Zenith Bank, Universal Merchant Bank, Consolidated Bank Ghana (CBG), Prudential Bank and Fidelity Bank. Ghanaian applicants in the following categories are expected to apply using the E-VOUCHER:

WASSSCE/SSSCE Applicants and Ghanaians with Foreign Background
WASSCE/SSSCE applicants and Ghanaians who apply with foreign qualifications from schools which write the International Baccalaureate (IB) and the IGCSE such as Alpha Beta, Faith Montessori International School, Ghana International School, New Nation International School, SOS – Hermann GMEINER International College and Tema International School etc., should do the following:

At any of the Banks listed above, applicants will be required to indicate their names, mobile phone numbers and e-mail addresses on the bank voucher before they are served. Those without e-mail addresses will however not be disadvantaged. A confirmation of their Pin will be sent to their mobile phones. After purchasing the e-voucher, applicants should CAREFULLY follow the instructions given. After the application has been submitted on-line, the e-voucher should be kept in a safe place as it may be required by applicants when accessing their admission status at a later date.

DIPLOMA/HND TO DEGREE APPLICANTS
After buying the e-voucher, Diploma/HND to Degree applicants are expected to scan and attach the following documents to their online application forms:

Diploma/HND transcripts
Where applicable, certified copies of ‘O’ and ‘A’ Level certificates/result slips
The pay-in-slips together with applicants’ certificates/result slips should be scanned and attached to the application form before submission online. The certificates/results slips should be scanned into one PDF or WORD document and attached to the application form.

2. INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS AND GHANAIANS APPLYING FROM ABROAD
International applicants and Ghanaians applying from abroad should NOT buy the e-voucher. They should use the following this link to access the online application form for completion and submission.

Online Application for International & Ghanaians Abroad Undergraduate applicants

All applicants are expected to pay to the University a non-refundable application processing fee of US$110.00.This fee can be paid directly or wire transferred into the University of Ghana ECOBANK Account.

Details of the Account are:

Account Name: University of Ghana Foreign Students Fees
Account Number: 2441000716652
Bank Details: Ecobank Ghana Limited, Legon Branch
Swift: ECOCGHAC

or International Transfer through Ecobank (2441000716652 or 1441000716647

or Payment with Credit Card on the GT payment platform.

The pay-in-slips together with applicants’ certificates/result slips should be scanned and attached to the application form before submission online. The certificates/ results slips should be scanned into one PDF or Word document and attached to the application form.

Note that no application will be processed without proof of payment of the fee.

Career Opportunities

Soil Science graduates work in a wide array of professional positions in both the public and private sector as:
• Soil conservationists
• Environmental specialists
• Soil microbiologist
• Soil chemist
• Land-use specialist
• Soil physicist
• Soil ecologist

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Tuition Fees for Ghanaian students: $352
Tuition Fees for International students: $4,999

Lecturers

Daniel E. Dodor, BSc (Agric) (Ghana), MSc (Ryukyus), PhD (Iowa State), MPH (Minnesota)
Senior Lecturer
dedodor@ug.edu.gh

Dora Neina (BSc (Agric) (Cape Coast), MSc (Ghent), PhD (Kassel))
Lecturer
dneina@ug.edu.gh

Emmanuel Owusu-Bennoah (BSc MSc (Agric) (Ghana) PhD (Reading))
Associate Professor
eowusu-bennoah@ug.edu.gh

Eric K. Nartey (BSc (Cape Coast) MPhil (Ghana) PhD (Ehime))
Senior Lecturer (Head of Department)
enartey@ug.edu.gh / Erikus14@hotmail.com

Gabriel N.N. Dowuona (BSc (Agric) (K’si) MSc (Ghana), PhD (Sask))
Professor
gdowuona@ug.edu.gh

Innocent Y.D. Lawson (BSc (Agric) (Ghana) MSc (Shizuoka), PhD (Gifu))
Senior Lecturer
idlawson@ug.edu.gh

Mark K. Abekoe (BSc (Cape Coast) MPhil (Ghana), PhD (Sask) )
Associate Professor
mabekoe@ug.edu.gh

Samuel G.K. Adiku (BSc (Agric) (Gh) MSc (Tu-Berlin), PhD (Griff))
Professor
s_adiku@ug.edu.gh

Stella Asuming-Brempong (BSc (Agric) (Ghana) MSc (Philippines) PhD (Michigan State))
Senior Research Fellow
stasuming-brempong@ug.edu.gh

Thomas A. Adjadeh (BSc Agric (Ghana) MSc, PhD (Iwate))
Senior Lecturer
tadjadeh@ug.edu.gh

Relevant Contact

Dr
Eric K. Nartey
Head of Department
 
School of Agriculture
Responsible for admission inquiries
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