The Central Luzon State University (CLSU) has its humble beginnings rooted in agriculture, starting as a farm school in 1907 and becoming the first state institution to offer a four-year curriculum for training vocational agriculture teachers. Part of what made CLSU prestigious is its recognition as the only Comprehensive State University to have the most curricular programs accredited with level IV accreditation by the Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines (AACCUP).
With the State University's rich history showcasing its academic, cultural, and agricultural significance, it officially became a cultural property of the Philippines. Today, CLSU proudly stands as one of the principal research-oriented universities in the country and a premier institution for agriculture in Southeast Asia, realizing its vision of becoming "a world-class National Research University for science and technology in agriculture and allied fields."
If you are looking to be part of their student body, here are six of the best courses to study at Central Luzon State University:
1. Bachelor of Science in Agriculture
The Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (BSA) is a four-year degree course with a curriculum tailored to train students to think scientifically and equip them with entrepreneurial skills useful in technical agriculture. Following the competency standards for agriculture, they will learn about the processing, production, and marketing of plants, animals, and other organisms within the context of integrated and sustainable agriculture resource systems. Graduates of this program may go into research, teaching, entrepreneurship, agriculture and food technology, farm management, and business. Fields of specialization for those who will take up the program include the following: Animal Science, Crop Science, and Crop Protection. They may also conduct thesis or field practice in these areas: Soil Science, Agricultural Economics, and Agricultural Extension Education.
2. Bachelor of Science in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
The Bachelor of Science in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (BSABE) is a four-year degree course designed to produce knowledgeable and proficient graduates applying engineering science and designs to the processes and systems involved in sustainable production, post-production, and the processing of food and agricultural and biological materials. They are expected to aid in the conservation and the efficient management of natural and renewable resources, as well as develop climate change mitigation measures.
3. Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness
The Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness (BSAb) is a four-year degree course with a system-oriented curriculum intending to highlight the interactions of all activities on the farm and the storage, processing, and distribution of farm commodities and the goods made from them. The program aims to produce competent and well-rounded individuals educated in agribusiness and who may later enter managerial and academic positions, specifically as corporate planners, sales representatives, business consultants or managers, entrepreneurs, credit analysts, researchers, teachers, and extentionists. A prerequisite to finishing the program is to complete 158 units, including a case study write-up of their six-unit internship conducted in an agribusiness enterprise (either locally or abroad).
4. Bachelor of Science in Biology
The Bachelor of Science in Biology (BSB) is a four-year degree course that aims to drill into students the fundamental concepts of the biological, natural, and physical sciences with the goal for them to acquire an in-depth understanding of the basic principles governing the science of life. They must be capable of carrying out basic mathematical and statistical computations and assessing current views and theories in various areas of the biological sciences to hopefully contribute and be a part of the existing body of research.
5. Bachelor of Science in Fisheries
The Bachelor of Science in Fisheries (BSFi) is a four-year degree course concerned with the study of fish which covers the subjects of ichthyology, aquatic biology and ecology, fish health, fish nutrition, fish capture, fish culture and breeding, fishery laws, aquaculture engineering, coastal resource management, hatchery management, aquatic post-harvest, research design and methods, and entrepreneurship with interdisciplinary information from different fields like biotechnology, economics, genetics, meteorology, and oceanography. The College of Science in Fisheries is known for its groundbreaking research in aquatic culture, particularly in the sex reversal of tilapia. It is one of the two universities with a level IV BS Fisheries AACCUP accredited program. There are three departments for this field of study. These are Aquaculture, Aquatic Post Harvest, and Aquatic Resources, Ecology and Management. If you choose to pursue this program, the first two years will consist of simulations and case studies before you will have to settle on a major in your third year.
6. Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
The Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) is a six-year degree course that takes into account animal care, both terrestrial and aquatic. The duration of the program will be divided into a two-year preparatory medicine curriculum and a four-year professional veterinary medicine curriculum, which was specially organized to meet the regional, national and international competency standards for practicing veterinary professionals. The objective of this is to produce well-balanced veterinarians who are experts in animal production, welfare, and One Health.