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Bachelor of Science Program in Agro-Industrial Technology (AT) (4-year program)

Program Description

Agro-Industrial Technology concerns the application of science and technology (Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Unit Operations, Genetics and Genetic Engineering, etc.) to study about biomass (plant, animal, microorganisms, bio-waste), their enzymes and metabolites or to convert them into new bio-based products which can be edible or non-edible. Necessary standards and regulations must be correctly implemented to ensure quality control of such products as required by end users.

Strength of the Program 

  • This program emphasizes on providing graduates with both fundamental knowledge in sciences as well as an application specifically in Agro-industrial Technology along with sufficient practical skills.
  • This program emphasizes on motivating graduates to continuously follow research trends in Agro-industrial Technology and related areas through subjects such as Research Methodology, Seminar and Special Project. Graduates are also encouraged to think and analyze systematically in order to solve their own research problems.
  • This program offers opportunity for graduates to take short factory visits and participate in professional internship program in agro-industry (ca.180 hours) or cooperative education program with related industries or research institutes (ca. 16 weeks) which are beneficial to their own career path.
  • Our division is well equipped with teaching and research facilities. We have highly qualified academic and supporting staffs and also have closed connection with industries as well as government sectors. Therefore our division is highly capable of successful conducting teaching and research to meet the standard of Thailand Quality Framework (TQF) as well as the specified need of employers.

Academic Semesters

Both Thai and International students who can fluently communicate in Thai are welcomed to apply for the Agro-Industrial Technology program (4-year program). Academic year is divided into 2 main semesters (15 weeks duration for each semester). 
  • Semester I: August - December 
  • Semester II: January - May
  • Semester III (Summer): June – July (only for “Professional Internship” and “Cooperative Education” or otherwise enroll with permission granted from the Department)
Criteria for Credits to be Offered
  • 1 credit of lecture is equivalent to 1-hour teaching session per week (or 15 hours throughout a semester) 
  • 1 credit of laboratory is equivalent to 2 to 3-hour practical session per week (or 30-45 hours throughout a semester) 
  • 1 credit of training is equivalent to 3-hour external practical session per week (or 45 hours throughout a semester)

Course Syllabus

Total credits to be offered: 142 credits

I. General subject module: 31 credits

  • Linguistic subjects: 12 credits
  • Social Sciences and Humanities subjects: credits
  • Sciences and Mathematics subjects: credits
  • Physical Study subjects: credits

II. Specific subject module: 105 credits

Regular Study Program

  • Core course: 37 credits
  • Professional course: 66 credits
  • Training coursecredits

Cooperative Education Program

  • Core course: 37 credits
  • Professional course: 60 credits
  • Training course: credits                

III. Free Elective Course: credits

Prerequisite courses in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry, Applied Genetics, Microbiology, Computer System, and English are usually completed within the first two years of the program. In the third and fourth years, students will learn specific courses as followed: 
- Subjects related to Agro-industrial Technology/Bioindustrial Technology e.g.
  • Bioprocess Engineering 
  • Genetic Engineering 
- Subjects related to Plant Technology e.g.
  • Introduction to Plant Tissue Culture Technology 
  • Postharvest Technology of Crops Commodities 
- Subjects related to Microbial Technology e.g.
  • Microbiology of Food and Industry 
  • Mushroom Technology
  • Environmental Biotechnology 
- Subjects related to Food Technology e.g.
  • Food Processing Technology
  • Food Chemistry
  • Quality Control, Assurance and Industrial Standards
  • Principles of Packaging for Agro-Industrial Products
  • Agro-Industrial Plant Sanitation
Student Options
Regular Study Program
For those who opt for Regular Study Program, they are required to attend 180-hour professional internship either in related industries or in research institutes in the third year of the program in order to gain professional skills. In their fourth year of the program, students are required to return to take more course work and conduct senior projects of their own choices under closed supervision from our academic staffs.

Cooperative Education Program
Cooperative Education Program is aimed to offer high potential students a good chance to work closely with either related industry or leading research institute for a period of 16 weeks. Students are initially required to attend professional internship in the third year of the program and remain there to conduct research in the areas that meet the industry or institute’s need, under closed supervision from both our academic staffs and cooperative partners.

In addition, industrial visit and/or field trip are provided to all fourth year students to gain further professional experience in various kinds of industries.

Example of a 4-year B.Sc. study plan, this is just a general guidance, each student will develop personal study plan in consultation with the academic advisor. Download the Curriculum

Career Opportunities after Graduation
Agro-Industrial Technology graduates find career opportunities with for example
- Agro-, food, dairy, and antibiotic industries in the area of 
  • Production 
  • Production planning
  • Quality control and assurance
  • Product development and
  • Marketing and sales for bio-products or analytical equipment 
- Research institutes and government sectors 
  • Researcher/ research assistant
  • Project coordinator
- Owner of small business 

Moreover, Agro-Industrial Technology graduates can continue their education for the higher degrees in various fields of study including Bioindustrial Technology, Biotechnology, Biochemical Engineering and Postharvest Technology, etc.

Admission Requirements
  • Applicants must have Grade 12 from educational institutes with science-mathematics program or equivalent, which are certified by Ministry of Education.
  • Applications need to achieve the admission system from the Office of the Higher Education Commission (OHEC) and/or the KMUTNB admission.

Admission

  • Students are selected through Central University Admission System (CUAS) managed by Office of the Higher Education Commission (OHEC). In general, applicants must possess O-NET, A-NET and content subject scores according to requirements of each chosen program. CUAS website provides up-to-date information about the selection procedure and criteria as well as the time-table for each academic year.
  • KMUTNB accepts a number of students through direct admission system for particular programs which need to recruit students with specific requirements. The KMUTNBAdmission Office offers information about current admission offers, admission requirements as well as procedures and important schedule.

- KMUTNB Admission for Special-Jointed Program

- Quota Admission for Students with Special Proficiency (students in Science Olympiads, athletes, and students with art and cultural proficiency)

Expected number of students through all admissions for each academic year: 70 persons 

Tuition Fee

  • Regular Program: 19,000 Baht/semester (ca. 160,000 Baht/program)
  • Special-Jointed Program: 29,000 Baht/semester (ca. 240,000 Baht/program)

Scholarships (visit Faculty of Applied Science webpage for more information)

  • Partial Tuition Waiver Scholarships
  • Faculty of Applied Science Scholarships
  • Scholarships for Needy Students
  • Scholarships for Outstanding Students
  • Scholarships for Students in Special Program
  • Scholarships from External Institutes
Faculty members in the Division of Agro-Industrial Technology