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Agriculture

Agriculture

B.S. Degree

Ferrum College is the only private college in Virginia that offers a four year degree in agriculture. The Agriculture program provides students a diversified four-year curriculum and the opportunity for practical experience. The curriculum stresses the theory and practice of agriculture, while also emphasizing the importance of environmental, economic, and business knowledge.Teaching includes numerous “hands-on” experiences, developing practical skills in students. The required internship furthers this facet by placing students in situations of responsibility and creativity. In addition, the Agriculture program at Ferrum College is unique among collegiate agricultural programs in that it is firmly integrated within the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. This unique aspect of the Agriculture program provides students with the opportunity to study agriculture within the broader contexts of biology, chemistry, and environmental and societal issues. This broad approach to agriculture, combined with the strong liberal arts base, prepares graduates for a wide range of career opportunities.

Agriculture graduates find employment in farm management and operation, agricultural extension and natural resources conservation agencies, agricultural supply businesses, marketing and distribution of farm products, teaching vocational agriculture, agricultural creditors, agricultural research, and numerous other areas. The broad “hands-on” approach and internship experience are invaluable preparations for this diverse industry. Students may choose General Agriculture, Agribusiness, or Agroecology. The above emphasis areas allow the student to concentrate their study in Animal Science, Plant Science, Production Agriculture, Agricultural Business, or Agricultural Environmental Science.

Ferrum College is located in Franklin County, a rural agricultural area of Southwestern Virginia. The economy is dominated by the agricultural industries of dairy, beef, tobacco, tree fruit, and general farming. This diversity strengthens the broad focus of the curriculum while providing a range of environmental conditions in which to study and observe American agriculture.


The Experiential Component (requirement of the major) can be met by successfully completing the following:

  • AGR 110, 180, 201, 202, 280, 314, 315, and 380
  • NSM 499 Internship

Liberal Arts Core and Degree Specific Requirements

  • BIO 101 General Biology    4
  • CHM 101 Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry    4
  • MTH 208 Introductory Stats. or MTH 215 Env. Methods & Stats.    3/4
  • COM 201 Public Speaking    3
  • Additional CHM    4


Required Courses (29 Hours)

  • AGR 110 Agriculture Issues    3
  • AGR 201 Intro. to Animal Science    4
  • AGR 202 Introductory Plant Science    4
  • NSM 307 Junior Seminar    2
  • AGR/ESC/HOR 315  Soil Science & Management    4
  • NSM 399 Professional Preparation    1
  • AGR 314 Animal and Plant Breeding    4
  • NSM 499 Internship    3
  • NSM 497, 498 Senior Seminar    4


I. Agriculture Major without a minor

In addition to completing the common required courses, students must complete the requirements within one of the following emphasis areas to complete the Agriculture major without a minor.

A. Agriculture with General Agriculture Emphasis

  • AGR 417 Farm Business Management    3
  • ECO 202 Principles of Microeconomics    3


Choose two from the following:     

  • AGR 301 Principles of Field/Forage Production    4
  • AGR 302 Principles of Animal Production    4
  • AGR/HOR 219 Horticulture Crop Production    4


Select 15 credits from the following:

  • AGR 232 Livestock Evaluation and Judging    3
  • AGR/HOR 321 Plant Propagation    3
  • AGR 390/490 Special Topics in Agriculture    1-4
  • AGR 413 Animal Diseases    3
  • AGR/BIO/HOR  415 Plant Diseases    4
  • AGR/HOR 410 Greenhouse Management    4
  • AGR/HOR 418 Plant Pest Management    4

Total Required for Agriculture with General Agriculture Emphasis    58


B. Agriculture with Agribusiness Emphasis

  • ACC 201 Principles of Accounting I    3
  • ACC 202 Principles of Accounting II    3
  • ECO 201 Principles of Macroeconomics    3
  • ECO 202 Principles of Microeconomics    3
  • AGR 417 Farm Business Management    3

Choose two from the following:

  • AGR 301 Principles of Field/Forage Production    4
  • AGR 302 Principles of Animal Production    4
  • AGR/HOR 219 Horticulture Crop Production    4

Select one from the following:

  • ESC 310 Environmental Planning and Assessment    3
  • BUS 315 Business Law    3

Total Required for Agriculture with Agribusiness Emphasis    55


 C. Agriculture with an Agroecology Emphasis   

  • ESC 211 Fundamentals of Ecology    4

Choose two from the following:

  • AGR 301 Principles of Field/Forage Production    4
  • AGR 302 Principles of Animal Production    4
  • AGR/HOR 219 Horticulture Crop Production    4

Choose one from the following:

  • BIO 303 Microbiology    5
  • AGR/HOR 415 Plant Diseases    4
  • AGR 413 Animal Diseases    4
  • AGR/HOR 418 Plant Pest Management    4

Select 10 credits from the following:   

  • ESC 209 Physical Geology and Hydrology    3
  • ESC 302 Conservation Biology    3
  • ESC 310 Env. Planning and Assessment    3
  • ESC 321 Aquatic Ecology    4
  • ESC 405 Fisheries and Wildlife Management    4
  • ESC 413 Forest Sciences Management    5
  • ESC 421 Pollution Science    4
  • ESC 424 Environmental Toxicology    3
  • GEO 220 Introduction to Physical Geography    4

Total Required for Agriculture with Agroecology Emphasis    55-56

II. Agriculture Major with Minor

In addition to completing the required Liberal Arts Core Courses and required courses for the major, students must complete at least 7 hours in Agriculture at the 300-400 level.
Total Required for Agriculture with Minor    36

Agriculture Education Endorsement
Ferrum College offers teaching licensure in vocational agriculture (grades 6-12) through the selection of a minor in Teacher Education with specialization in Secondary Education.  This licensure requires passing state mandated testing prior to enrollment in EDU 402 – Student Teaching.  Students pursuing licensure must complete all components of the Teacher Education Minor. (See page XX)