The Department of Agricultural Technology conducts the academic programme leading to the degree in Bachelor of Bio Systems Technology (BBST) in Agriculture. The aim of the degree programme is to provide comprehensive education to students in fundamentals of biological sciences, mathematics, physical sciences, and technology, balanced with the applications of knowledge in Bio Systems Technology for Agriculture. In the degree programme, we explore and investigate to understand complexed interactions among soil, plants, animals, environment, climate and humans. It is considered that this systems-biology approach will lead to technological advancements in providing farmers with tools and resources to make agriculture more sustainable. The curriculum is developed with the objective of imparting knowledge which will enable students to develop skills and competencies to directly address problems and opportunities related to food, water, energy and the environment which are critical for the maintenance of quality of life in our society.
Students graduating with BBST degree in Agriculture from the University of Colombo, will be equipped with skills and competencies for solving problems; related to, food security in Sri Lanka especially, to produce safe, high-quality food, meeting demands and needs of a growing population in an atmosphere when agriculture is challenged by climate change; associated with protecting natural resources, the efficient use of nonrenewable resources, converting waste materials into valuable resources and minimizing the degradation of air, soil and water quality during agricultural practices. In addition, students graduating with a BBST degree in Agriculture will be educated and trained on awareness, and the importance of economics and safe agricultural practices with lower environmental impact when engaging in agriculture.