Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Preparing You for the Complex Field of Agriculture

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The undergraduate program in the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is designed to provide both liberal and specialized education for students who seek to advance their education the field of agriculture.


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About the Program

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

Departmental Goals:

  1. Maintain a responsive teaching and learning environment
  2. Attract, retain and graduate outstanding students who can meet global challenges in agriculture and related areas
  3. Advance food security, safety and defense, while embracing biotechnology and biodiversity
  4. Ensure the viability of small-scale agriculture
  5. Protect the environment and natural resources
  6. Use and advance innovative technologies in our academic programs

 Departmental Objectives: 

  1. To recruit high quality students, follow their progress through the program, and insure that they graduate in a timely manner with high levels of achievement; 
  2. To produce graduates who have the capability to apply the concepts of the agricultural sciences to solving problems encountered in government, education, industry, and society in general; 
  3. To produce graduates who have in-depth knowledge and experience in the agricultural sciences, and expertise in their chosen field; 
  4. To produce graduates who are capable of evaluating and defining diverse problems, evaluating and developing feasibility studies, analyzing and interpreting data, and developing, implementing, and evaluating acceptable solutions to professional problems; 
  5. To produce graduates who are able to communicate information to diverse groups at all levels of expertise; 
  6. To produce graduates who are capable of using computer-based information systems to solve problems; 
  7. To produce graduates who understand their responsibility to their profession, to society in general, and to the furtherance of life-long learning; 
  8. To produce graduates capable of functioning successfully on multi-disciplinary teams and; 
  9. To produce graduates capable of further graduate studies.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Core
: Students will identify and apply agricultural and environmental sciences (AES) knowledge and skills to solve problems in AES.

Agribusiness: Students will identify and apply analysis skills to agricultural business and economics knowledge and skills to solve problems in the Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communication (ALEC): Students will identify and demonstrate leadership, Education and communication knowledge and skills in Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

Biotechnology: Students will identify and apply biotechnology knowledge and skills to contemporary issues in Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

Environmental Science: Students will identify and apply environmental science knowledge and skills in Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

Food and Animal Science: Students will identify and apply knowledge and skills in the Food and Animal Sciences to find and communicate solutions to stake holders.

General Statement:
The curricula in the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences are designed to provide both liberal and specialized education for students who seek to advance their education in 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. The overall program offers curricula leading to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Agricultural Sciences, with concentrations in Agribusiness, Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication, Food and Animal Science/Pre-Veterinary Medicine, Biotechnology/Pre-Medicine, and Environmental Sciences.

No grade less than “C” in any major course (Agricultural Sciences course) will be accepted as credit toward meeting departmental requirements.

Departmental Requirements:
For Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Sciences

Major Core: A minimum of 33 semester hours including, AGSC l200, 1410, 1600, 2010 or 2020, 2040, 2200, 3112, 3120, 3500, 4500, 4710, and UNIV 1000.

General Education: A minimum of 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 1110/1111 and 1120/1121 and Mathematics – 3 hours – MATH 1110.

Concentration and Electives: A minimum of 46 semester hours selected from respective concentrations.

Upper Division Policy
Students majoring in Agricultural Sciences must gain upper division status before enrolling in any upper division courses (3000 & 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 2.0

Faculty Focus Groups
Faculty are organized into Focus Groups to stimulate mutual intellectual curiosity, peer support, research coordination, and coordination of academic subject matter and course content.

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