Department of Agriculture Sciences

Departmental Directory

The undergraduate program in the Department of Agricultural Sciences is designed to provide both liberal and specialized education for students who seek to advance their education the field of agriculture. The program in liberal education involves the social sciences, the natural sciences, the humanities, and the arts, and is designed to prepare students to understand and function in a very complex environment. The specialized program is designed to provide understanding and training in the complex scientific field of agriculture.

Department of Agricultural Sciences Courses

Upper Division Policy

Students majoring in Agricultural Sciences must gain upper division status before enrolling in any upper division courses (3000 and 4000 levels). Upper division courses taken prior to being given upper division status may not be accepted towards the B.S. degree. Students may be admitted to the upper division after completing at least 60 degree-level lower division credits (as set out in the curriculum) with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 and completion of the Rising Junior Examination. It is the responsibility of the student to submit a formal petition to the Department. Such petition will be reviewed by a departmental committee to ensure that all criteria have been met.

Departmental Requirements for Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Sciences

MAJOR CORE: A minimum of 26 semester hours including, AGSC l200, 1410, 2010, 2200, 2410, 2510, 4500, 4710, 4720, and SAHE 1000.

GENERAL EDUCATION: 41 semester hours including: Communications – 9 hours – ENGL 1010,1020, COMM 2200; Humanities and/or Fine Arts – 9 hours – ENGL 2010-2024 (3 hours), ART 1010, MUSC 1020, or PHIL 2010; Social & Behavioral Sciences – 6 hours – SOCI 2010, PSYC 2010 or ECON 2010 & 2020; History – 6 hours – HIST 2010, 2020 or 2030; Natural Sciences – 8 hours – CHEM 1110/1111 & 1120/1121 or BIOL 1010/1011 and Mathematics – 3 hours – MATH 1110, 1120 or 1410.

Departmental Requirements for Master of Science in Agricultural Sciences

Admission Requirements: M.S. Program

Candidates must have the equivalent of the bachelor's degree with a major in one of the Agricultural Sciences, a minimum quality grade point average of 2.50 on a 4.00 point scale, and a minimum score of 870 on the GRE (verbal and quantitative, or verbal, quantitative and subject), or 370 on the MAT for unconditional admission. An applicant with a bachelor's degree in areas other than the Agricultural Sciences may be recommended  to the Graduate School for conditional admission and be required to take eighteen (18) credit hours of undergraduate prerequisite courses in the Agricultural disciplines: 6 hours from Animal Science, 6 hours from Plant Science, and 6 hours from Agribusiness or Agricultural Education. An applicant may also be recommended for conditional admission if he or she has a 2.25-2.49 GPA and a minimum pre-admission test score of 935 on the GRE or 383 on the MAT, or 2.00-2.24 GPA and a minimum pre-admission test score of 1000 on the GRE or 394 on the MAT.

Program of Study/Admission to Candidacy: M.S. Program

The degree candidate must file a program of study after completing at least nine (9) semester hours of graduate credit, but before completing fifteen (15) hours of graduate credit. The program lists the courses which will be used to satisfy degree requirements, as well as detailing how other requirements will be met. The student may later change the program of study with the written approval of the Department and the Graduate School.

When the candidate files the program of study, he or she must also apply for admission to candidacy. The candidate must have a grade point average of 3.00 or above to be eligible for admission to candidacy.

Degree Requirements: Thesis M.S. Program

Each student must pass Research Methods (AGSC 5110), must have a thesis guidance committee appointed, and must be advanced to candidacy before enrolling in Thesis Writing (AGSC 5120).

The candidate must submit a thesis on a topic approved by the major advisor. Upon completion of the thesis, the candidate must satisfactorily pass an oral examination conducted by the Thesis Examination Committee.

Degree Requirements: Non-Thesis M.S. Program

This option is for students who would like to focus on training in specialized areas to meet the needs of employers in agricultural product processing, marketing organizations, input supply firms, teaching, agricultural extension services, and various state and federal government agencies. This program is not recommended for students who have any aspirations toward pursuing a Ph.D. degree.

Students choosing the non-thesis option will be required to take a minimum of 35 hours of course work which will include AGSC 5350 Independent Study of Contemporary Issues and Problems.

Comprehensive Examination: Non-Thesis M.S. Program

Upon completion of AGSC 5350 and during the semester of graduation, students choosing the non-thesis option must take a comprehensive written and oral examination administered by the student's advisory committee and other faculty members representing appropriate subject matter areas. The student's major advisor will serve as chairperson of the committee conducting the examination.

If a student fails the comprehensive examination, one retake will be allowed. Should the student again fail, a third and final examination may be taken upon completion of additional course work (minimum of 6 hours) to be selected by the student's advisory committee.

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