This program covers the theoretical basis of sustainable agriculture; the design of alternative production systems and technologies; and the management of insect pests, pathogens, and weeds. It carefully guides students through major agricultural topics such as plant sciences, agriculture technology, and engineering, and farm management using research findings and examples from both the developed and undeveloped worlds.
We also offer this program as a bachelor's or Ph.D.
Sustainable Agriculture Online via distance learning
This module is applicable to Specialist, Expert, Bachelor's, Master's & Ph.D. (Doctor) Degree Programs. This academic program is designed at the postgraduate level (Master’s or Doctoral). This module may also be adapted to complete the course requirements of Specialist, Expert Diploma, or Bachelor’s Degree. A further option is an enrollment into each of the courses listed within this specialization module. This module may be combined or completed with other modules from this faculty. For example: Agribusiness - Agricultural Engineering - Agriculture Science - Agroecology - Biotechnology - Botany & Plant Science - Farm Management - Food Science - Forestry - Livestock & Animal Science - Soil Science - Wood Science.
Method of instruction: Distance Learning Higher Education
This distance learning education program is completed by a traditional correspondence instruction method. Once you sign up for the course, Bircham International University will send you (to your mailing address) the suggested textbooks. After reading the book, you will be asked to write a 20 to 35 pages report that reflects your understanding of the book. This report is equivalent to the exam and can be submitted by email or mail. Bircham International University will evaluate your written work. If passed, BIU will issue the corresponding diploma. For more instructions about BIU pedagogy, tutoring, and evaluation, please read our distance learning education study guide.
Students enrolling in this distance education program should be aware that:
Location: Bircham International University needs a functional geographical location to ship the book and materials for successful completion of this program of study.
Communication: Email, courier, phone are key communication instruments with Bircham University that play an important role in the progress and support of this program of study.
Capacity: Any impediment, physical or psychological, to read a book and write a report must be communicated to Bircham International University prior to enrollment into this distance learning program.
Technology: No specific technology is required to complete this distance education program.
Language: Book reading and report writing in another language other than English must be requested (and approved by BIU) prior to enrollment in any distance learning program.
Discrimination: There is no discrimination with respect to race, color, gender, beliefs, or religion.
Age: Check the admission requirements for each distance education degree program.
Duration - Sustainable Agriculture Online via distance learning
For a program of 21 credits, the estimated time for completion is 21 weeks. For 45 credits, the estimated time for completion will be 45 weeks, and so on. Calculations are approximate. The length of each distance learning degree program is calculated based on an average of 15 hours of learning per week. It also depends on the number of validated credits from previous knowledge and the level of commitment to the studies.
Master's Degree - Sustainable Agriculture Online
Tuition Fee: Min. 4.680 Euros (6.120 US$) | Max. 7.020 Euros (9.180 US$).
Master's Degree Online: 36 - 54 Academic credits required for this distance learning degree program.
Composition: Sustainable Agriculture via distance learning = 42 Academic credits + Additional courses may be selected from other modules in the Faculty of Life & Earth Sciences from Bircham International University if required. This selection must be approved by the Distance Learning University Education Board. For example Agroecology. + 13 Academic credits (Research methodology and final project or thesis).
Courses list (each subject accounts for 3 academic credits):
1 BIU Earned Credit = 1 USA Semester Credit (15 hours of learning) = 2 ECTS Credits (30 hours of study).
You may study any subject as an independent online continuing education course.
The course covers the theoretical basis of sustainable agriculture; designing alternative systems and technologies; alternative production systems; and managing insect pests, pathogens, and weeds. It provides examples from throughout the developed and undeveloped world.
Academic Supervisor: John Stanley BirchamDrainage & Irrigation
This course explores all issues related to drainage and irrigation including soil-water-plant relationships, theory of infiltration and evapotranspiration, saturated and unsaturated flow through soils, movement of chemicals in the vadose zone, the design of surface and subsurface drainage systems, design of sprinkler, trickle, and subsurface irrigation systems. It studies the management of irrigation systems in developing countries.
Academic Supervisor: Rafif SrourSoil & Water Conservation
This course reviews the problems, principles, and control of soil erosion by water and wind, land planning for soil conservation, and water management including irrigation and drainage problems.
Academic Supervisor: Rafif SrourAgriculture Machinery
This course reviews the selection, use, evaluation, maintenance, and management of the farm, industrial, and turf equipment. It also explores the calibration, efficiency, cost considerations, and labor performance of agriculture machinery.
Academic Supervisor: John Stanley BirchamSoil Fertility
This course explores all aspects of soil fertility including nutrient availability, soil chemistry, solubility relationships, ion exchange, and oxidation-reduction reactions in soils. It considers the sources, properties, and utilization of fertilizers and other formulas to affect soil fertility.
Academic Supervisor: Rafif SrourSoil Improvement
This course explores the methods of soil improvement, cohesion, de-watering, drains, compaction, ground stabilization, and injections.
Academic Supervisor: Rafif SrourHorticulture
This course explores the science and technology related to horticulture with an emphasis on the physiological components of the growth and development of ornamentals, fruits, and vegetables.
Academic Supervisor: John Stanley BirchamAgriculture Production
This course reviews the production and management of field crops, including establishment, irrigation, fertilization, pests, harvesting, and the integration of different plants and animals in the agriculture production chain.
Academic Supervisor: John Stanley BirchamBioprocessing of Byproducts
This course presents the principles of chemistry, microbiology, and engineering applicable to the design of systems for the treatment and utilization of livestock manures and other agricultural byproducts. It explains the bioenergetics of microbial processes, composting agricultural and animal wastes, odor measurement, and toxic control.
Academic Supervisor: Jorge Poveda AriasFarm Management
This course explains the key aspects of today's agriculture production industry. It shows how good farm management requires the application of economic principles, budgeting procedures, and information systems to determine optimal combinations of crops and livestock. It considers the whole farm resources, planning, and management.
Academic Supervisor: John Stanley BirchamWater & Waste Sanitation
This course deals with waste sanitation and the environmental health problems concerning watersheds, water channels, river systems, and the sea. It examines the waste impact on the hydrologic cycle and provides management solutions for modifying this impact on water quality, quantity, and use.
Academic Supervisor: Eduard Bes FusterSustainable Agriculture
This course reviews the idea of agricultural sustainability; economic, ecological, and social components; landscape management; agri-food communities in urban and rural systems; pest management; water availability and use for irrigation and other purposes, and the importance of water to agriculture and society; in addition to the land, food, and nutrition and their impact on the human health continuum.
Academic Supervisor: John Stanley BirchamPlant Health Management
This course studies the identification and biology of important diseases and plant insects. It presents an integrated approach to pest and plant health management in various plant environments.
Academic Supervisor: Rafif SrourAgricultural Biotechnology
This course reviews the theory, principles, and techniques of molecular biology and its applications in agriculture and animal production. Humans have historically altered plants to meet food needs. It also explores the impacts of biotechnology from different perspectives.
Academic Supervisor: Girish Kumar Srivastava
Admission requirements - Sustainable Agriculture
For official admission status at Bircham distance education university; you need to send in a filled out, dated, and signed official Application for Admission. You may download this application form from the website or request it by email or mail. Please send this application and enclosed documents to our address. You may also submit this application and attached documents by email in a PDF Format.
Bircham International University issues an admission certificate after receiving your complete application for admission. This document will show the number of credits transferred and validated from previous education and experience, and the number of credits required to complete the distance learning degree program's major. Bircham University can not perform this evaluation without the complete application for admission.