2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Apr 19, 2019  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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Agricultural Science (B.S.)

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Program Coordinator/Contact

Mary Christensen, Coordinator
Agricultural Leadership, Education, Communication and Science (ALECS)
Berg Agricultural Hall 156
E-mail: mary.christensen@sdstate.edu
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Program Information

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.

Agriculture Electives

Complete six credits with the prefix(es) of ABE, ABS, AST, DS, EES, FS, HO, NRM, PRAG, RANG or VET. Credits: 6


Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.

Total Required Credits: 120

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