Agricultural Studies

Agricultural Studies

You’ll get your hands dirty with our hands-on approach to agricultural studies. Our project-based courses let you get marketable experience through internships, field trips, mentorships, capstone projects, and guest lectures led by industry leaders. Innovative courses in specialty crops, animal science, soils, plant science, conservation, sustainability, global agriculture, and agribusiness will help prepare you to enter the agricultural industry as knowledgeable and trained professionals.

While most degrees introduce core classes later in the program, you’ll dive right into practical learning in agriculture during your freshman and sophomore years. Students earning a B.A. in Agricultural Studies are encouraged to pursue complimentary minors in biology, business, chemistry, communication, media writing, pre-law, or social work.

When you finish with your agricultural studies major, you’ll be prepared to tackle a wide variety of careers in the agricultural sector.

Major in Agricultural Studies

The major in Agricultural Studies consists of 54 credit hours. In order to complete prerequisite requirements for Agricultural Studies core courses, students must complete BSC 1010 General Biology, SCI 1120 Chemistry I, and MAT 1040 College Algebra. Students are also highly encouraged to complete ECO 2002 Principles of Micro-Economics.

The required Agricultural Studies core courses are:

Prefix Course Hrs.
AGS 1000 Introduction to Agricultural Studies 3
AGS 2001 Introduction to Plant Science 3
AGS 2002 Introduction to Animal Science 3
AGS 2010 Agriculture Mechanics 3
AGS 2020 Plant Nutrition 3
AGS 3010 Animal Production 3
AGS 3020 Plant Production 3
AGS 3030 Agricultural Policy 3
BUS 3010 Marketing 3
BUS 3070 Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management 3
BUS 3160 Managerial Finance 3

Students must complete 12 hours of the required experiential learning courses:

Prefix Course Hrs.
AGS 2175 Agriculture Practicum I 1-2
AGS 3175 Agriculture Practicum II 1-2
AGS 4175 Agriculture Practicum III 1
AGS 4185 Agriculture Capstone 7-9

Students must complete nine hours of Agriculture Elective courses:

Prefix Course Hrs.
AGS 3040 Natural Resources & Wildlife Management 3
AGS 3050 Weed & Pest Management 3
AGS 3060 Agriculture Post-Harvesting 3
AGS 3070 Specialty Crop Production 3
AGS 3080 International Agricultural Development 3
AGS 4010 Beef Production 3
AGS 4020 Fruit Production 3
AGS 4030 Vegetable Production 3
AGS 4040 Principles of Plant Genetics & Breeding 3