Mary Christensen, Coordinator
Agricultural Leadership, Education, Communication and Science (ALECS)
Berg Agricultural Hall 156
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The Agricultural Science curriculum is designed for the student undecided as to a specific major field of study within the area of agriculture, or who may want to combine multiple fields of study within agriculture, or plans to return to the farm or ranch after college. A large number of free electives are available allowing the student to take courses in the different disciplines needed for a diversified career or to manage a production unit.
General electives may be selected from any area and allow students to develop special competencies or interests. When qualifying for a Bachelor of Science degree a student may, through a choice of electives, complete courses in business, prepare for graduate study, or enroll in special areas of study such as plant and/or animal science.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the B.S. degree in Agricultural Science, students will:
- have broad knowledge of animal science, agronomy, agricultural systems technology, and agri-business.
- have an in-depth understanding of the principles underlying a chosen area of emphasis.
- be prepared to manage a farm or ranch enterprise or for a career in agribusiness.
- locate and evaluate information to aid in decision making.
- have sufficient core competencies for effective lifetime learning.
- have a broad understanding of global challenges and issues related to food systems and agriculture.
- demonstrate effective written and oral communications skills.
- demonstrate critical thinking and decision making skills.
Course Delivery Format
Courses are delivered in lecture, laboratory, and field-based formats, and some are offered by online delivery.
Requirements for Agricultural Science Major: 120 Credits
Bachelor of Science in Agriculture
System General Education Requirements
College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences Requirements
Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Requirements: 11
Students who wish to complete a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture must complete a minimum of 11 credits from the approved list of Group 1 courses in Agriculture . Some departments require specific courses from the list, whereas others leave the selection entirely to the student and the advisor.
System General Education Requirements and/or major coursework may satisfy some or all of the above requirements. Please review major requirements and the Group 1 list to determine if additional courses are required.
Complete six credits with the prefix(es) of ABE, ABS, AST, DS, EES, FS, HO, NRM, PRAG, RANG or VET. Credits: 6
Ag Product Electives
Select at least one class from the following courses. Credits: 2-3
Select one of the following courses. Credits: 3
Select one of the following courses. Credits: 3-4
Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.
Total Required Credits: 120