The department of agronomy offers courses for BS program.
Course Title : Fundamentals of Agronomy
Course Code : AGR 101
Credit: 3+1.5 (Theory + Practical)
- Theory (3.0 Cr. hr.) : Concept, importance, opportunities, constraints and branches of Agriculture; concept and basic principles of agronomy; concept of crops and classification of field crops; principles of crop growth and development; cropping seasons of Bangladesh; definition, classification and characteristics of quality seeds; weather and climate, weather elements and crop growth; definition, importance and classification of tillage; concept of tilth and plough pan formation and their impact on crop production; sowing and transplanting; seedling establishment and plant population density; Intercultural operations: weeding, thinning, earthing up, irrigation and drainage; basic concept of crop nutrition; functions of nutrient elements; fertilizer and manure; crop geography of Bangladesh.
- Practical (1.5 Cr. hr.): Identification and classification of field crops; identification of crop growth stages; identification and utilization of tillage, intertillage and other agricultural implements; observation of agro-meteorological instruments; observation of plough pan formation; seed bed preparation; seed identification; practicing intercultural operation; identification of manures and fertilizers; calculation of fertilizer dose.
Course Title : Fundamentals of Cereal Crop Production
Course Code : AGR 175
- Theory (3.0 Cr. hr.) : Scope, limitation and strategies of cereal crop production; Origin of rice; Distinguished features between indica, japonica and javanica rice; Growth stages of rice plant; Ecology and classification of rice culture and ratoon rice; Upland rice culture; Transplanted and deep water rice culture; Characteristics of HYVs developed in Bangladesh; Origin and classification of wheat; Growth stages of wheat; Distinguished characteristics between new and old wheat; Climate, and cultural practices for wheat production; Cultural practices for wheat production; Quality factors in wheat; Origin, classification and climate of maize; Growth stages of maize; Cultural practices for maize production; Origin and classification of barley; Plant morphology and growth stages of barley; Cultural practices for barley production; Origin, classification and growth stages of minor cereals; Cultural practices for minor cereals.
- Practical (1.5 Cr. hr.): Cereal production under different levels of fertilizers; Cereal production under different levels of moistures; Cereal production under different planting distance; Identification of growth stages of different cereals; Management practices for cereal production.
Course Title : Weed Science
Course Code : AGR 205
- Theory (3.0 Cr. hr.) : Introduction: concept, definition, characteristics and harmful and beneficial effects of weed; Weed biology and ecology: classification of weeds; propagation, dispersal and distribution of weeds; persistence of weeds; major weeds of Bangladesh; morphology of major weeds; Crop-weed interference: critical period of crop-weed competition; degree of weed infestation; competitive ability of crops against weeds; allelopathy, allelopathic effects of weeds on crop and vice-versa; Weed management: components of weed management; weed management in major crops; methods of weed control; chemical weed control; classification of herbicides; herbicide formulation; mode of action of herbicide; herbicide selectivity; behavior of herbicide in plant and soil; rice herbicides in Bangladesh; herbicidal weed control in major crops; integrated weed management.
- Practical (1.5 Cr. hr.): Identification of major weeds from upland and lowland habitat; study on the life cycle and morphology of major rice weeds; identification, description and use of weeding implements; field exercise on mechanical weed control; identification, description and use of chemical weed control equipment; herbicide dose calculation and herbicide sprayer calibration; determination of rice seed purity; study on the effect of weed infestation on the growth and development of rice, mungbean and jute plants
Course Title : Agro-climatology
Course Code : AGR 255
- Theory (3.0 Cr. hr.) : Climate and weather terms; elements of climate and weather, meteorology and climatology; agrometeorology and agroclimatology and importance of agroclimatology; climate, agricultural production and food security, biosphere, atmospheric layers and characteristics; atmospheric composition; atmospheric energy, warming the earth and the atmosphere, heat transferring in the earth atmosphere; radiation and temperature, Wien’s Law, Stefan-Boltzmann Law; absorption, emission and equilibrium; atmospheric moisture; air pressure and humidity; water cycle; ozone layer; atmospheric pressure; causes of air movement; the general circulation of the atmosphere and the ocean; earth rotation: causes of earth season; cloud types and characteristics, formation of cloud; classification of world climatic; agroclimate of Bangladesh: delineation of climatic regions; agroecological zone (AEZ); global climate change; application of agroclimatology knowledge on crop production.
- Practical (1.5 Cr. hr.): Air temperature and its measurement; measurement of relative humidity; measuring precipitation by rain gauge; estimation of wind velocity and wind direction; measurement of photosynthetically active radiation in the crop canopy; study of agroclimatic zones of Bangladesh; observation of crop plants grown under different light conditions; observation of crop plants grown under different moisture regime.
Course Title : Seed Science and Technology
Course Code : AGR 325
- Theory (3.0 Cr. hr.): Introduction to seed, definition, role, use and classification; physiology of seed formation and development; seed growth and maturation; chemical composition of seed; seed and seedling morphology; seed dormancy, biological significance, types and breaking of seed dormancy,; seed quality attributes: genetical purity; analytical purity; seed moisture content; seed germination; seed health; seed and field standard of seed quality. Seed production: factors influencing quality seed production; agro-ecological requirements, crop and variety selection, crop alteration, isolation, land selection, land preparation, planting, fertilization, irrigation, weed control, rouging, plant protection and harvesting; hybrid seed production; seed processing: principles of seed processing; drying, cleaning, grading, treating, packaging; seed storing: physiology of seed ageing, factors influencing storage life, types of storage; seed certification: quality control, legislation, seed marketing.
- Practical (1.5 Cr. hr.): Seed identification and preparation of seed album; structure of monocotyledonous and dicotyledonous seeds; seed sampling for laboratory tests; purity analysis of seed; determination of seed moisture; seed germination test; seed vigor test; calculation of seed rate of different field crops; practicing seed treatment; field inspection of seed crops.
Course Title : Production of Pulses, Oil-seeds and Industrial Crops
Course Code : AGR 375
Credit : 3+1.5
- Theory (3.0 Cr. hr.) : Origin, distribution, classification, morpho-physiology, climate and soil requirements, characteristics of species, crop varieties, production technology, post-harvest operations and basis of yield improvement of pulses, oilseed and industrial crops i. e. grasspea, lentil, mungbean, blackgram, chickpea, cowpea, pigeonpea, rapeseeds, mustards, sesame, groundnut, soybean, sunflower, safflower, linseed, jute, kenaf, cotton and sugarcane.
- Practical (1.5 Cr. hr.): Conducting simple experiments to study the effect of agronomic practices on crop production and preparation of a project paper; study on the distinguishing characteristics of different species and crop varieties; identification of different crops and varieties; evaluation of the effect of planting density, sowing method, water regimes, fertilizer application and intercultural operations on crop growth and productivity; practicing different planting methods of sugarcane.
Course Title : Irrigation and Farm Management
Course Code : AGR 475
Credit : 3+1.5
- Theory (3.0 Cr. hr.) : Irrigation: definition and background; importance of irrigation; soil physical properties in relation to irrigation practices; irrigation water requirement; time of application of irrigation; conveyance, distribution and field application systems; methods of irrigation, their advantages and disadvantages; measurement of irrigation water loss; present status of irrigation in Bangladesh; common problems in irrigated agriculture and their remedies; drainage of agricultural lands; Farm management: concept and definition; principles of farm management; consideration for establishment of a farm; farm types, structure and farm layout; crop planning, cropping systems, crop rotation, farming systems; Farm budgeting and Farm planning: partial and enterprise budgets, farm budgeting; resource inventory and management of resources; farm efficiency measures and enterprise diversification; Financial management: record keeping, balance sheet and cash book; risk management; personnel management.
- Practical (1.5 Cr. hr.): Identification and use of irrigation machinery; determination of irrigation water requirement; farm layout preparation; layout of experimental plot; farm records and their maintenance; Preparation of cropping scheme, crop rotation schedules, crop calendar; crop cutting experiment; economic analysis of an enterprise; visit to an agricultural farm and preparation and presentation of report.