The University started as a University College affiliated to Enugu State University (ESUT). As such the programme seeking accreditation has its root in the B. Agric., Crop Science Department of ESUT. However, with the attainment of a full University status in 1999, the curriculum of the programme was expanded and fine-tuned. This was done in line with the National Policy on Education and National Universities Commission minimum academic standards.
The Crop Production and Landscape Management (CLM) programme is designed with the underlying philosophy of providing training in various areas of agriculture such that graduates of programme acquire competence necessary to scientifically adopt modern techniques in agricultural resource production and management.
The academic content of the courses offered in the programme is designed to produce Agronomists, Crop Protection Professionals, Horticulturists and Landscape Practitioners, who are adequately skilled to apply their knowledge in sustainable production of food crops, fruits, vegetable, flowers and ornamental plants as well as in research activities aimed at solving contemporary problems of agriculture in the State in particular and the Nation in general. The programme also place emphasis on entrepreneurial skill development with the view to producing graduates who are willing and able to apply these skills in the establishment of their own farming and landscape management enterprises.
There is a wide range of interest areas in Crop Production and Landscape Management, which enables people with different backgrounds, aptitudes and temperaments, to select satisfactory Crop production and landscape based careers. In Nigeria, opportunities for service at appropriate levels exist in the commodity research institutes such as the Nigeria Institute for Oil Palm Research (NIFOR) near Benin, the Rubber Research Institute of Nigeria (RRIN) at Iyanomo near Benin, The tropical stored products research institute in Lagos, National Root Crops Research Institute at Umudike, the National Cereals Research Institute Pateggi near Bida, the Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria (CRIN) Ibadan, the National Institute for Horticultural Research (NIHORT), Ministries of Agriculture and Forestry, River Basin Development Authorities, Environmental Protection and conservation agencies. Other possible employers of Crop Production and Landscape Management graduates include; Federal Quarantine service, Germplasm collection centres and herbaria, Botanical Gardens and in various secondary and tertiary institutions. In the private sector, Crop Production and Landscape Management graduates will find employment in large farms, agro-based industries and lumber industries. Furthermore, prospects for self-employment/Entrepreneurship for Crop Production and Landscape Management graduates are quite bright. The areas include floriculture business, mushroom production, and consultancy services to ministries and various companies utilizing agricultural (crops and plants) products.
(a) UME/PRE-Science Requirements: SSC or GCE or NECO with passes at credit level in at least five subjects obtained at not more than two sittings. The five credit should include; Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology or Agricultural Science. A pass in Mathematics may be considered if the candidate has credit in Physics or vice versa.
(b) Direct Entry Requirements: HSC or GCE A/L in Chemistry, in any of the following; Biology, Botany, Agricultural Science., and At least 5 credits at SSC/GCE O/L. Candidate with ND/HND, NCE in Agricultural discipline or other relevant qualification as approved by senate.