About the Department

This is all about Department of animal Science.

Department of Plant Science is the pioneer department that has laid the foundation of teaching and research in crop science at Samara University and It was established in the College of Dry Land Agriculture in 2011. Initially the department was offering an undergraduate program leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in Plant Science with special focus on sugarcane agronomy. At that time the department was established to meet the needs for highly skilled sugarcane agronomist in the country. Samara University is a pioneer in launching such a new program in the history of a country. In the wake of its establishment, it began training for BSc degrees in plant science with special focus on sugarcane agronomy as a regular program and also extension program as pure plant science at Dubti and Werer areas of the region. Later the Department has revised its curriculum and has been offering an undergraduate program leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in Plant Science from 2016. The program is regularly reviewed and including the changes and improvements that are happening in the discipline to incorporate emerging scientific and technological issues, particularly, in the agricultural production and management via producing competent graduates and conducting problem solving researches and delivering demand driven community services with particular emphasis in the areas of crop science.


The department of plant science is dedicated to produce competent, highly qualified plant scientists through quality theoretical and practical teaching, who will envious work to tackle the poverty of rural population in particular and the nation at large, and to develop and disseminate problem solving crop production technologies through conducting demand- driven research.


To be a leading department in teaching, research and community service in enhancing crop production and managements through efficient utilization of available resources in pastoral and agro-pastoral community.

Department Facilities
The Department of Plant science offers courses in comfortable classrooms that it shares with other departments of the College of Dry Land Agriculture. Furthermore, the Department has a well-equipped laboratory for practical courses.

Department Administration

The Department Head is selected from among the teaching staff of the department on the basis of merit and interest as soon as the college announces the vacancy for the post. The term of office of the Department Head is two years. Currently, Mr. Lelisa Endalu Tura is serving as Head of the Department.

Contact Address

Email:  endalulelisa@yahoo.com / endalulelisa2017@gmail.com

Mobile: +251-917-135-687 / 0913570230

P.O. Box: 132, Semera, Ethiopia

Bachelor Program

Program Objectives

The ultimate aim of the program is to improve crop production and productivity and ensure sustainable use of natural resources in the country, thereby contributing to improvement of the livelihood of the nation. Such a program seeks to produce competent professionals who are equipped with both academic and practical knowledge and skills in managing all phases of the crop production and management; and conducting various research and extension activities which can contribute to the development of the country and ensuring food security and self-sufficiency.

The specific objectives of the program are:

  • To produce adequate and well-trained manpower that will regionally, nationally and internationally contribute to generation, dissemination and adoption of improved plant production and protection technologies;
  • To provide students with basic and applied knowledge of natural resources (soils, agricultural waters and forestry); and field, horticultural and industrial crops production and protection;
  • To enable the students, understand and comprehend problems in crop production and seek solutions through exposure to research, extension and management;
  • To enable the students, gain the skill and knowledge of proper management and conservation of natural resources and protecting the environment;
  • To provide the students with the knowledge of handling plants and their products;
  • To integrate training-research-extension to increase the efficiency of plant technology generation, dissemination and adoption by end-users and, thereby, contribute to the intended regional and national development;
  • To enable students to conduct relevant research in plant science in problems that affect the region and the nations; and
  • To provide professional services to the community and policy makers at

Graduate Profiles

Graduates of the department of plant sciences program are well equipped with knowledge, skills and attitude needed to:

  • Promote and disseminate agricultural technology through training of farmers and extension worker;
  • Identify and analyse problems related to plant sciences and devise appropriate solutions;
  • Plan, implement, monitor and evaluate programs/projects related to plant production, protection and management in sustainable base;
  • Involve in research undertakings in the areas of plant production, plant protection, and natural resources;
  • Design and conduct trainings for specialized skill and knowledge in areas of plant sciences;
  • Assist policy makers and development practitioners on appropriate plant sciences and natural resources management techniques;
  • Generate self-employment, establish and mange private enterprises related to their profession and related fields; and
  • Involve in consultancy and advisory services in the field of plant sciences.

Admission Requirements

Successful candidates as per the rules and regulations of the Ministry of Education and the hosting university can be admitted.

Duration of Study

  • 4 years for regular undergraduate

Graduation Requirements

  • Minimum total credit hours for graduation are 148 (there are four elective courses in the program; a student must register for 50% of the elective courses).
  • 0 or higher cumulative grade point average (CGPA) overall courses and No ‘F’, NG (no grade) or ‘I’ (incomplete) grade in any course (s) taken.
  • Completion of all required courses in the

Degree Nomenclature

The undergraduate Plant Science major program leads to a certification referred in English as:

Bachelor of Science Degree in Plant Sciences.

In Amharic: የባችለር ሳይንስ ዲግሪ በእፅዋት ሳይንስ

Course Break up Semester wise-Bachelor Program


Year I Semester I
S.No Course Title Course Code Cr.Hr ECTS
1 Communicative English Skills I FLEn1011 3 5
2 General Physics Phys1011 3 5
3 General Psychology Psch1011 3 5
4 Math for Natural/Social Sciences Math1011 3 5
5 Critical Thinking LoTC1011 2 3
6 Physical Fitness** ScSc1011 (P/F)
7 Geography of Ethiopia and the Horn GeES1011 3 5
Total 17 28
Semester II
1 Communicative English Language Skills II FLEn1012 3 5
2 Social Anthropology Anth1012 3 5
3 General Biology Biol1012 3 5
4 Introduction to Economics AgEc1012 2 3
5 Introduction to Emerging Technologies EmTe1012 3 5
6 Moral and Civic Education MCiE1012 2 3
7 General Chemistry Chem1012 3 5
Total 19 31


Year II Semester I
S.No Course Title Course Code Cr.Hr ECTS
1 Plant Biochemistry PlSc211 3 5
2 Plant Morphology and Anatomy PlSc221 3 5
3 Agricultural Microbiology PlSc231 3 5
4 Introduction to Computer and its application CoSc241 2 3
5 Climatology and Agro meteorology NaRM251 2 3
6 Introduction to Forestry and Agro-forestry NaRM261 3 5
7 Introductory Soils NaRM271 3 5
Total 19 31
Semester II
1 Principles of Genetics PlSc212 3 5
2 Plant Taxonomy PlSc222 3 5
3 Plant Ecology PlSc232 3 5
4 Introduction to Statistics Stat242 2 3
5 GIS and Remote Sensing (E) NaRM252 3 5
6 Introduction to Animal sciences (E) AnSc262 2 3
7 Farm Machinery and Implements AgEn272 2 3
8 Inclusiveness SNIE282 2 3
Total 20 32




Year III Semester I
S.No Course Title Course Code Cr.Hr ECTS
1 Plant Breeding PlSc311 3 5
2 Plant Physiology PlSc321 3 5
3 Agricultural Entomology PlSc331 3 5
4 Plant Pathology PlSc341 3 5
5 Principles, Design and Analysis of Agricultural Experiments PlSc351 3 5
6 Soil and Water Conservation NaRM361 2 3
7 Global Trends IRGI371 2 3
Total 19 31
Semester II
1 Research Methods in Plant Sciences PlSc312 2 3
2 Fruit Crops Production and Processing PlSc322 3 5
3 Weeds and Their Management PlSc332 3 5
4 Seed Science and Technology PlSc342 2 3
5 Floriculture and Landscaping PlSc352 2 3
6 Introduction to Plant Biotechnology PlSc362 2 3
7 Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition PlSc372 3 5
8 Rural Sociology and Agricultural Extension RDAE382 2 3
9 Practical Plant Sciences PlSc392 1 2
Total 20 32















Year IV Semester I
S.No  Course Title Course Code Cr.Hr. ECTS
1  Coffee and Tea Production and Processing PlSc411 2 3
2  Spices, Aromatic and Medicinal Plants Production and


PlSc421 2 3
3  Vegetable Crops Production and Management PlSc431 3 5
4  Industrial Crops Production and Processing PlSc441 2 3
5  Field Crops Production and Management PlSc451 3 5
6  Principles and Practices of Irrigation PlSc461 2 3
7  Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management AgEc471 2 3
8  Practical Attachment in Plant Sciences PlSc481 1 2
9  Senior Research Proposal PlSc491 1 2
10  Senior Seminar PlSc4101 1 2
Total 19 31
Semester II
1  Post-harvest Handling and Value Addition of Grain


PlSc412 2 3
2  Post-Harvest Physiology and Handling of Horticultural


PlSc422 2 3
3  Agro-chemicals and Their Application (E) PlSc432 2 3
4  Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture PlSc442 3 5
6  Management of Crop Diseases and Insect Pests of

Economic Importance

PlSc452 3 5
8  Dryland Agriculture (E) PlSc462 2 3
5  Farm Management AgEc472 2 3
7  Agricultural Project Planning, Evaluation and Analysis AgEc482 2 3
8  Senior Research Report PlSc492 2 3
Total 20 31