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Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)

Precision Farming

The goal of “precision farming” is to farm agricultural areas in an economical way that saves resources. Your expertise in the areas of agriculture, IT, digitization and automation will be in demand in this field. As a precision farmer, you will work in a future-oriented, sustainable field in agricultural, consulting, services, or agricultural machinery companies.

Your heart beats for...

... Agriculture, Computer science and Data science, Automation and field robotics, Technical applications, Innovation & sustainability, Practical part, Foreign language English

A Degree Program with a Future

Type of Study

Many students come from an agricultural background, which is helpful, but not required.

Admission

You will bring one of the following educational backgrounds:

  • General university entrance qualification (Abitur)
  • Specialized university entrance qualification
  • Advanced technical college certificate (Fachhochschulreife)
  • Vocational qualification

German language level: C1

Structure and Contents of the Degree Program

1. Semester

  • Mathematics
  • Computer science
  • Agricultural sciences
  • Chemistry and soil science
  • Mechatronics and automation

2. Semester

  • Mechatronics and automation
  • Environmental data collection
  • Agricultural sciences
  • Academic work and technical English
  • Remote sensing, satellite image analysis and surveying

3. Semester

  • Agricultural sciences
  • Programming
  • Mechanical engineering in precision farming
  • Geoinformation systems
  • Projects, organization and ethics

4. Semester

  • Agricultural processes and sustainable farming
  • Analysis of agricultural data
  • IT security and data protection
  • Interdisciplinary application project

5. Semester

  • Modeling in an agricultural context
  • Modeling in crop production
  • Big data and image analysis
  • Precision farming transfer process
  • Start-ups, innovation management and transfer

6. Semester

  • Internship semester/semester abroad

7. Semester

  • Interdisciplinary research project
  • Bachelor thesis
Acquired Knowledge and Skills

As a graduate of the degree program in Precision Farming, you will combine your expertise in the areas of agriculture, IT and digitization and automation and field robotics. You will

  • understand key crop production processes and be able to represent these as a model
  • automate processes through programming technology
  • evaluate large quantities of data directly or via data science approaches
  • collect and analyze spatial data
  • identify and plan appropriate digitization approaches, support or design their implementation
Job Profiles

As a precision farmer, you will

  • work in agricultural operations and at agricultural contract producers, and support the processes digitized there or the transfer process there.
  • advise on agricultural chambers or in private consulting firms with a focus on precision farming.
  • support agricultural machinery manufacturers in their broad range of expertise in developing new machines, technologies and software products or services.
Cooperation With Companies

Our degree program works alongside a network of

  • over 60 agricultural operations
  • the NRW Agricultural Chamber
  • the Westphalia-Lippe Agricultural Association
  • and many major agricultural machinery manufacturers, distribution companies and consulting firms.

In addition, we cooperate with a wide range of start-ups, research institutes, and international universities.

Research in the Department
  • Plant nutrition, modeling in crop production
  • Soil analysis processes
  • Field robotics
  • Use of drones
  • Danger of erosion in an agricultural context
As Graduate You Contribute to...

... the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations

  • directly to zero hunger
  • directly to good health and well-being
  • directly to decent work and economic growth
  • directly to responsible consumption and production
  • directly to climate action
  • directly to life on land

Studying at Sustainable Campus Höxter

Our Sustainable Campus in Höxter

The Höxter campus is home to our environment-related degree programs. They are combined in the departments of Environmental Engineering and Applied Computer Science as well as Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning. The participation with several projects in the "Landesgartenschau 2023" in Höxter illustrates how presentable and exciting sustainability can be. Modern teaching and laboratory facilities guarantee practical work, as does the university's own botanical garden. Sustainability is tangible everywhere on the campus, for example when fertilizers and pesticides can be reduced with the help of digitalization in agriculture as part of the "Precision Farming" degree program. Here, as in the environmental engineering degree programs, the campus cooperates with municipalities and companies, for example when it comes to water purification or landfill remediation. The beautiful location on the curve of the Weser River and the proximity to the city center make the campus a perfect match.

Campus Life

Profile

Degree Course:
Precision Farming
Degree:
Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
Study model:
Full-time
Admission:
Non-restricted
Standard period of study:
7 semester
Start:
Winter semester
Course language:
German
Location:
Sustainable Campus Höxter
Tuition Fees:
None
Preparatory courses:
Chemistry, English, Mathematics

Application periods:

Germany and EU Countries
Winter Semester: 02.05. – 15.10.

Non-EU Countries
Winter Semester: 15.04. – 15.07.