Agricultural Science, A.A.S., Major #0514

Agricultural Science is a ThinkPad University curriculum in which the use of laptop computers is integrated into courses.

Agricultural Science is a program which provides fundamental training in the basic sciences as applied to agriculture. All students graduating from our Agricultural Science program have been exposed to a wide breadth of courses, while at the same time allowing enough flexibility to delve deeper into any individual topic. This program offers broad-based training in agriculture preparing students for employment in the agricultural service sector and for technical on-farm work.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Illustrate a broad-based understanding of the scientific principles important in modern agricultural production

  • Demonstrate understanding of key practices and technologies used in the area of their chosen agricultural field

  • Utilize tools necessary for data collection and analysis relevant to modern agricultural production

  • Interpret data necessary for effective management of crop and animal production

  • Describe basic social, political, and economic driving forces impacting the agricultural field of their chosen focus regionally, nationally, and globally

 Curriculum Requirements - 60 Credits

All students graduating with an agricultural science degree will complete the following required courses: (courses preceded by an asterisk count as general education electives)

Course

Credits

AGBS 110 - Agricultural Economics

3

*AGRO 110 - Social Science

3

AGRO 210 - Field Crop Production

3

AGSC 115 - Agricultural Science in Context

1

AGSC 132 - Intro to Precision Farming

2

AGSC 137 - Agricultural Statistics

or

*MATH 123 Statistics

3

AGSC 250 - Current Topics In Agricultural Science All program learning outcomes will be assess at the completion of this course

3

ANSC 101 - Introduction to Animal Science

3

*COMP 101 - Composition and Research

3

*COMP 102 - Writing About Literature

OR

*COMM 111 - Introduction to Speech

3

Social Science, History, Math, Sciences as Advised

6

Students must complete 27 credits from the following lists:

Fundamental Science - 6 credits

Course

Credits

*CHEM 110 - Contemporary Chemistry

4

*CHEM 121 - General Chemistry I

4

*CHEM 122 - General Chemistry II

4

*BIOL 102 - Botany- Form and Function of the Seed Plant

3

*BIOL 120 - General Biology I

4

*BIOL 121 - General Biology II

4

*PHYS 127 - General Physics I

4

*DANS 100 - Dairy Nutrition

3

*DANS 110 - Breeding Diary Cattle

3

*DANS 120 - Anatomy & Physiology of Diary Cow

3

Agronomy - 6 credits

Course

Credits

*BIOL 102 - Botany: Form and Function of Seed Plants

3

AGRO 115 - Principles of Compost Management

3

*AGRO 215 - Soil Fertility and Fertilizers

3

ENSC 106 - Pesticide Use and Handling

2

ENSC 107 - Integrated Pest Management

1

*HORT 150 - Fruit and Vegetable Production

3

*HORT 201 - Plant Propagation

3

Technology - 3 credits

Course

Credits

NATR 103 - Natural Resources Equipment Operation

3

AGEN 105 - Principles of Farm Machinery

2

AGEN 115 - Agricultural Engineering Industry Overview

1

Specialty Focus - 12 credits from any course the following prefixes:

AGBS, AGEN, AGNR, AGRO, AGSC, ANSC, AUTO, BIOL, CANA, CHEM, DANS, DTEC, EDU, ENSC, ESCI, HORT, NATR, PSYC, PHYS, RENG, RREN, SPPR

Suggested Course Sequence

Students in the two-year Agricultural Science degree will work with their advisors to build a course sequence that corresponds with their future academic needs, while meeting requirement of the degree, but these are three potential course sequences for students with 10 an agronomy focus 2) an animal science focus and 3) a diverse focus for students interested in agricultural education.

Suggested Course Sequences

Agronomy Focus

Year 1/Fall

AGRO 110 - Soil Science

AGSC 115 - Agriculture Science in Context

AGSC 132 - Introduction to Computer Applications in Precision Farming

ANSC 101 - Introduction to Animal Science

AGEN 105 - Principles of Farm Machinery

BIOL 02 - Botany: Form & Function of Seed Plants

AGEN 115 - Agricultural Engineering Industry Overview

Year 1/Spring

AGSC 137 - Analysis & Interpretation of Agricultural Data

AGBS 100 - Agricultural Economics

ENSC 106 - Pesticide Use & Handling

HIST 192 - History of Technology from 1750

COMP 101 - Composition & Research

ENSC 107 - Integrated Pest Management

Year 2/Fall

AGRO 210 - Field Crops

COMP 102 - Writing About Literature

CHEM 121 - General College Chemistry

AGRO 115 - Principles of Compost Management

MATH 103 - College Algebra with Trigonometry

AGBS 240 - Farm Management & Finance

Year 2/Spring

AGSC 250 - Current Topics in Agricultural Science

AGRO 215 - Soil Fertility & Fertilizers

CHEM 122 - General College Chemistry II

HORT 150 - Fruit & Vegetable Production

HORT 202 - Greenhouse Production

Animal Science Focus

Year 1/Fall

AGRO 110 - Soil Science

AGSC 115 - Agriculture Science in Context

AGSC 132 - Introduction to Computer Applications in Precision Farming

ANSC 101 - Introduction to Animal Science

COMP 101 - Composition & Research

DANS 160 - Introduction to Dairy Science

Year 1/Spring

AGSC 137 - Analysis & Interpretation of Agricultural Data

AGBS 100 - Agricultural Economics

MATH 103 - College Algebra with Trigonometry

ANSC 150 - Live Animal Evaluation

BIOL 120 - General Biology I

Year 2/Fall

AGRO 210 - Field Crops

COMM 111 - Introduction to Speech

DANS 100 - Dairy Nutrition

AGEN 105 - Principles of Farm Machinery

DANS 151 - Dairy Techniques

DANS 210 - Dairy Health

Year 2/Spring

AGSC 250 - Current Topics in Agricultural Science

AGBS 225 - Environmental Economics

DANS 130 - Anatomy & Physiology of the Dairy Cow

BIOL 285 - General Microbiology

AGRO 215 - Soil Fertility & Fertilizers

Diverse Focus

Year 1/Fall

AGRO 110 - Soil Science

AGSC 115 - Agriculture Science in Context

AGSC 132 - Introduction to Computer Applications in Precision Farming

ANSC 101 - Introduction to Animal Science

AGEN 105 - Principles of Farm Machinery

AGEN 115 - Agricultural Engineering Industry Overview

COMP 101 - Composition & Research

Year 1/Spring

AGSC 137 - Analysis & Interpretation of Agricultural Data

AGBS 100 - Agricultural Economics

MATH 103 - College Algebra with Trigonometry

HORT 150 - Fruit & Vegetable Production

RENG 102 - Renewable Resource Energy

Year 2/Fall

AGRO 210 - Field Crops

NATR 101 - General Ecology

DANS 100 - Dairy Nutrition

AGRO 115 - Principles of Compost Management

BIOL 102 - Botany: Form & Function of Seed Plant

Year 2/ Spring

AGSC 250 - Current Topics in Agricultural Science

AGRO 215 - Soil Fertility & Fertilizers

HIST 152 - World History from 1500

ENSC 106 - Pesticide Use & Handling

COMM 111 - Introduction to Speech

DANS 115 - Dairy Artificial Insemination