BukSU 2 new courses expected to contribute to Bukidnon agri economy

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MALAYBALAY CITY (08 July 2020) Bukidnon State University (BukSU) announced that it will offer two new courses -  Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biology major in Biotechnology and Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science major in Environmental Heritage Studies starting August 2020, which are expected to contribute to agricultural development in the province.

Dr. Lynette A. Ejem, chairperson of the College of Arts and Sciences Natural Sciences Department
told BukidnonNews.Net that based on their consultations the two courses were considered among the needed courses in Bukidnon.

Both courses may also provide economic and environmental benefits to the province of Bukidnon, she added.

“BS Biology-major in Biotechnology may contribute to agricultural development in Bukidnon by enabling graduates to develop the knowledge and skills needed in the use of technology to develop better crops—crops with improved yields; resistant to environmental stresses; with increased nutritional qualities; reduced dependence on synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and other agrochemicals,” she added.

On the other hand, she said BS in Environmental Science major in Environmental Heritage Studies improves the interaction between human activities and culture and environment of Bukidnon. 

“This course may instill the graduates to necessary skills and attitudes in promoting environment-friendly means of improving agricultural products in Bukidnon yet still conserving and protecting the environment and culture.

Dr. Ejem said, not only did external stakeholders identify the two courses as necessary, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) also considered it as priority courses.

Based on Commission Memorandum Order No. 5, Series of 2019, CHED prioritize courses aligned with global innovation platforms of Science & Technology, Engineering, Agri-fishes and Mathematics as well as the priorities of the government in key growth areas in the grant of scholarships.

Biology and Environmental Science are among those listed as CHED's priority courses under Science, Technology, Engineering, Agri-fishes and Mathematics (STEAM),” she ended. 

She said the two new courses may contribute to the university's vision of becoming a premier institution of innovative and ethical leaders by promoting innovations in the life sciences through biotechnology and in promoting the conservation and protection of the environment and culture in the province of Bukidnon.

Biotechnology crops, Dr. Ejem added, may produce better yields to farmers and eventually may raise their financial capacity. She said biotech-crops and organic farming can significantly reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases, reduce use of pesticides and synthetic fertilizer.

Those who finish BS in Biology major in Biotechnology may be employed as science teacher, science research specialist, project development assistant, science research analyst, science research technician, science and research assistant, laboratory analyst, and laboratory assistant.

Those who took BS in Environmental Science Major in Environmental Heritage Studies may have careers in science positions (entry-level), environmental impact assessors, environmental officers in firms, resource conservation and management officer, project planning and assessment staff, personnel at non-government and government agencies, community organizing work and teaching profession.

Other universities have offered the courses but the specializations have been identified as first to be offered in Mindanao.

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