B.Sc. Precision Farming
University profile:Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences
Website degree program:https://www.th-owl.de/studium/angebote/studiengaenge/detail/precision-farming/
Discipline areas:Engineering, IT
Language of instruction:German
Start at university:Winter Semester
BIC Preparation Program: 8 months
Bachelor program: 3.5 years
Total: approx. 4 years for a Bachelor's degree
This Bachelor's degree in Precision Farming is open to all interested students who fulfil the academic entry requirements of the German higher education system.
Today, digitization has touched almost every area of our work and our lives. Automation and IT support have even entered the field of agriculture, resulting in significant changes throughout the entire process chain. The “Precision Farming” degree program responds to these recent developments by teaching innovative technical content and expertise in the areas in question.
Precision Farming combines expertise from the fields of agricultural science, information technology, mechatronics and the social sciences.
Because there are an increasing number of autonomous or highly-automated machines, the role of the farmer is moving more towards analytic and planning work, with focuses on management and on optimizing operating and process planning. Ecological and economic aspects also play a role, and future farmers will need to be able to include nutrient management, conservation areas, water quality and farming restrictions in their plans, for example. Dedicated information management, which must also take data protection aspects into consideration, allows for more precise optimization in these applications.
The same applies to agricultural logistics processes and the associated potential for improvement in terms of space and time, for instance in relation to staff planning and resource efficiency. Cultivation processes are supported by digital maps that allow farmers to plan management activities, and cameras and sensors, which detect weeds and plant stress (lack of nutrients, lack of water, diseases) in agricultural crops. The targeted application of water, fertilizer and pesticides etc. improves yields or reduces expenditures for operating materials. This requires recording, preparing and using local data, either by the farmer in question, decentrally by cooperative associations or in the cloud by service providers.
Profile of qualifications
Graduates of the Precision Farming degree program will be qualified to perform duties in agricultural operations, service companies, and for manufacturers of agricultural machinery and systems. They will plan and develop agricultural production, livestock and conversion systems, analyze data and support agricultural decision-making processes.
- Agricultural sciences
- Information sciences and digitization
- Mechatronics and automation
- Environmental information systems
Course of studies
The six-semester degree program is divided into four specialty focal areas: Agricultural sciences, information technology and digitization, mechatronics and automation, environmental information systems. In addition, students will also learn soft skills and social sciences topics, and clear references to research and development will be included in the instruction. Instructors will consistently relate classic fundamental questions to current issues, for instance those resulting from digitization. Students will complete a final thesis on Precision Farming in regional or global contexts.