About the Department

Department of horticulture started to offer the course since the establishment of Samara University in 2008. Initially the department was offering an undergraduate program leading to the Bachelor of Education degree (teaching) in horticulture. The Department has revised its curriculum as of 2013 and has been offering an undergraduate program leading to the Bachelor of horticulture. The revision aimed at inculcating the changes and improvements that are happening in the discipline.

The horticulture sector commands a large employment potential by way of supporting a series of direct and indirect activities related to area development, nurseries, cultivation and farming, crop maintenance, production, post-harvest management, storage, processing, transportation, marketing and distribution of horticultural commodities and products. Hence, the on-going growth in the horticulture sector is expected to further provide a huge employment opportunity. Achieving food self-sufficiency necessitates the use of modern agricultural technologies and technical support of qualified agricultural professionals that demonstrate their skills and know-how through their technical advice in using modern agricultural practices and improved crop varieties, which in turn help in improving productivity and quality of crops. In view of the huge trained human resource requirements of the country and the ambitious government policy, the demand for trained professionals at the undergraduate level in horticulture is very high.

Currently, the department of horticulture is running undergraduate programs in the regular modalities. Horticulture graduates work in both the teaching and non-teaching professions and contribute significantly to the socio-economic development of the country.


The department of horticulture  is dedicated to providing quality education on various fields of horticultural , which incorporate fruit, vegetable, flower, beverage and planation plant, landscape post-harvest, conduction problem solving research and community service and there by producing qualified competent and ethical graduates to foster the development aspiration of the nation.


To be one of the leading departments with enormous fields of horticulture  in pastoral and agro-pastoral community of East Africa by 2035.

Department Facilities

The Department of horticulture offers courses in comfortable classrooms that it shares with other departments of the College of dry land agriculture. Furthermore, the Department has a laboratory and field for practical courses such as in 85% of courses. It is planning to further expand the laboratory and demonstration site to integrate practice skill.

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. Osman Ahmed is serving as Head of the Department.

Contact Address

Email:  oa166264@gmail.com

Mobile: +251922881811

P.O. Box: 132, Semera, Afar, Ethiopia.

Bachelor Programs

Program Objectives

General objective

The general objective of the program is to produce high – level manpower equipped with adequate knowledge and skill to design and implement the activities indicated in the perspective graduate profile.

Specific objectives

The program will have the following specific objectives in the undergraduate program of Horticultural sciences:

  • Provide students with basic and applied knowledge and skills of horticultural crops production & management, breeding, protection and soil fertility management principles & concepts
  • Enable the students to understand and realize problems in horticultural crop production and seek solutions through exposure to research, extension and management.
  • Provide the students with the knowledge of handling horticultural fruit plants and their products.
  • Integrate teaching-research activities with extension activities so as to extend the new improved technologies to the farmers.

Graduate profile

Graduates of the department of Horticulture are well equipped with theoretical knowledge and practical skills in various aspects of horticulture i.e. horticultural agronomy, horticultural breeding and protection and soil fertility management which are needed to:

  • Promote and disseminate agricultural technology through training of farmers
  • Assist in planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating programs/projects related to
  • Horticultural production, protection and management in sustainable base
  • Involve in research activities in the area of his/ her professional field of study.
  • Integrate horticultural crop production and natural resources management issues with other farming enterprises
  • Set and manage overall operation of horticultural nurseries and farms.
  • Inspect the quality and safety of horticultural produce.
  • Carry out scientific research on various aspects of horticultural crops.
  • Promote environmental safety by encouraging good agricultural practices.
  • Plan, design, execute and mange residential, public and commercial landscape.
  • Propagate, produce and manage horticultural planting materials.
  • Possesses capabilities to positively influence the community and serve as an agent of change in matters pertaining to his/her field.
  • Understand basics of horticultural plant structures and functions
  • Generate analysis and present different work reports in written as well as oral communication.
  • Possesses the necessary background knowledge to pursue further advanced study in horticulture.
  • The training program for regular classes lasts for four years and is divided into six semesters for a total of 147 ECTS.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to BSc. in Horticulture, candidates should fit to admission requirement to Ethiopian higher education institutions upon successful completion of a one year freshman program in natural science. Placement of students to the program abides to the MoSHE affirmative regulation. Others like re-admission and advanced standing shall be treated according to the academic rules and regulations of the universities. Students who graduated with diploma in the field of Horticulture, Plant sciences, General Agriculture and other related fields from recognized institutions can also apply to pursue their studies in regular, summer and extension programs based on the university legislations.

Graduation Requirements

Students will be eligible for graduation upon successful completion of a minimum load of 144 credit hours set for the regular program. At the end of the program, the student is required to have a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 2.00 with no “F” letter grade in any course.

Duration of the study

A four-year academic time is required to acquire a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree in Horticulture. Each academic year is further divided into two semesters of about 16 weeks.

Degree nomenclature

The nomenclature of the degree in the program is as in;

English: Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) Degree in Horticulture and in  



Course Breakup Semester wise

Year – I Semester – I
S.No Course title Course Code Cr.Hr. ECTS
1 Communicative English language Skills I FLEn1011 3 5
2 General Physics Phys 1011 3 5
3 General Psychology Psch 1011 3 5
4 Mathematics for natural sciences Math 1011 3 5
5 Critical thinking LoCT 1011 3 5
6 Physical fitness SpSc 1011 P/F
7 Geography of Ethiopia and the Horn GeES 1011 3 5
Total 18 30
Semester – II
1 Communicative English language Skills II FLEn1012 3 5
2 Social Anthropology Anth 1012 2 3
3 General Biology Biol 1012 3 5
4 Introduction to Emerging Technology EmTe 1012 3 5
5 Moral and Civic Education MCiE 1012 2 2
6 General Chemistry Chem 1012 3 5
7 Introduction to Economics Econ1103 3 5
Total 18 30



Year – II Semester – I
S.No Course title Course Code Cr.Hr ECTS
1 Agro-meteorology HORT211 2 3
2 Global Trends IRGI 1021 2 3
3 Agricultural Microbiology HORT 231 2 3
4 Inclusiveness SNIE282 2 3
5 Plant Anatomy, Morphology and Taxonomy HORT251 3 5
6 Plant Physiology HORT261 3 5
7 Introduction to Soil Science HORT271 2 3
8 Principles of Genetics HORT281 3 5
Total 19 30
Semester – II
1 Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition HORT212 3 5
2 Plant Biochemistry PlSc211 3 5
3 Principles and Practices of Plant Propagation HORT232 2 3
4 Introduction to Statistics HORT242 3 5
5 Plant Breeding HORT252 3 5
6 Principles and Practices of Irrigation HORT262 2 3
7 Practical Horticulture HORT272 1 5
Total 16 31















Year – III Semester – I
S.No Course title Course Code Cr.Hr ECTS
1 Soil and Water Conservation HORT311 2 3
2 Agricultural Entomology HORT321 3 5
3 Introduction to Plant Biotechnology HORT331 2 3
4 Horticultural Seed Science and Technology HORT341 2 3
5 Principles, Design and Analysis of Agricultural Experiments HORT351 3 5
6 Plant Pathology HORT361 3 5
7 Principles and Practices of Protected Horticulture HORT371 2 3
Total 17 32
Semester -II
1 Urban and Peri-urban Horticulture HORT312 1 2
2 Vegetable Crops Production and Management HORT322 3 5
3 Ornamental Plants Production and Management HORT332 2 3
4 Weeds and their Management HORT342 2 3
5 Farm Machinery and Implements HORT352 2 3
6 Tropical Fruit Crops Production and Management HORT362 2 3
7 Research Methods in Horticulture HORT372 2 3
8 Plant Ecology PlSc232 3 5
9 Practical Attachment* HORT382 2 3
Total 20 30




Year – IV Semester – I
S.No Course title Course Code Cr.Hr ECTS
1 Root and Tuber Crops Production and Management HORT411 2 3
2 Coffee Production, Processing and Quality Control HORT421 3 5
3 Sub-tropical and Temperate Fruit Crops Production and Management HORT431 2 3
4 Management of Horticultural Crops Diseases and Arthropod Pests of Economic Importance HORT441 3 5
5 Spices, Herbs and Medicinal Plants Production and Processing HORT451 3 5
6 Tea Production and Processing HORT461 2 3
7 Landscape Designing HORT471 2 3
8 Senior seminar HORT481 1 2
9 Senior Research Project Proposal HORT491 1 2
Total 19 31
Semester – II
1 Postharvest Physiology and Handling of Horticultural Products HORT412 3 5
2 Entrepreneurship and Business Development MGMT102 3 5
3 Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture HORT432 3 5
4 Rural Sociology and Agricultural Extension HORT442 3 5
5 Marketing of Horticultural Crops HORT452 2 3
6 Farm Management HORT462 2 3
7 Senior Research Project HORT472 2 3
8 Food Safety, Quality and Processing of Horticultural Crops HORT482 2 3
Total 18 32