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Agriculture Sciences (AGS)

Agricultural Sciences

B.S. Degree

The Agricultural Sciences program provides students with a diversified four-year curriculum and the opportunity for practical experience. The curriculum stresses the theory and practice of animal science, agronomy, agribusiness, and horticulture. The curriculum includes numerous "hands-on" experiences, developing practical skills in students. A required internship furthers this facet by placing students in situations of responsibility and creativity. In addition, the Agricultural Sciences program at Ferrum College is unique among collegiate agricultural programs in that it is firmly integrated within the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, providing students with the opportunity to study within the broader contexts of biology, chemistry, and environmental and societal issues. This broad approach, combined with the strong liberal arts base, prepares graduates for a wide range of career opportunities.

Agricultural Sciences 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 emphasis areas within the program that allow them to concentrate their study in Animal Science, Agribusiness, Agronomy, or Horticulture.

Agricultural Sciences (AGS) is comprised of four emphasis areas: Animal Science (ASI), Agribusiness (AGB), Agronomy (AGY), and Horticulture (HOR).

 

The Experiential Component requirement of the major shall be met by successfully completing the following:

AGS 110 Agricultural Sciences Issues
AGS 180 - 481 (any two) Practicum in the Agricultural Sciences
NSM 499 Internship
Required Liberal Arts Core Requirements
CHM 101 Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry  4
CHM 105 Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry 4
   
Degree Specific Requirements
BIO 111 General Biology 4
MTH 208  Introductory Statistics OR 3
ESC 215 Quantitative Environmental Methods and Statistics 4
           
I.  Common Required Courses (22 hours)
AGS 110 Issues in Agricultural Sciences 3
AGS 180 - 481 Practicum in the Agricultural Sciences 2
BIO 202 Introduction to Plant Science 4
AGS 417 Agricultural Business Management 3
NSM 307, 497, 498 Junior & Senior Seminar 6
NSM 399 Professional Preparation 1
NSM 499 Internship 3
II.  Emphasis Areas (Choose one)  

 

A.  Animal Science (ASI) Required Courses  (34 hours) (Teacher Education option)
ASI 201 Introduction to Animal Science 4
ASI 232 Livestock Evaluation and Judging 3
ASI 302 Animal Nutrition 4
AGS 314 Animal and Plant Breeding and Genetics 4
ASI 316 Domestic Animal Anatomy and Physiology 4
BIO 413 Animal Diseases 3
ASI 414 Domestic Animal Reproduction 4
Choose TWO from the following courses:
AGY 301 Principles of Field and Forage Crop Production, AGY 315 Soil Science and Management, HOR 321 Plant Propagation, HOR 415 Plant Diseases, HOR 418 Plant Pest Management
8

Total Required for Agricultural Sciences with Animal Science Emphasis

56
B.  Agribusiness (AGB) – Required Courses (30 hours)
ASI 201 Introduction to Animal Science 4
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
BUS 311 Marketing, BUS 313 Business Finance, OR BUS 318 Introduction to Electronic Commerce 3
BUS 320 Entrepreneurship 3
Choose TWO from:
AGY, ASI, HOR

 

8
Total Required for Agricultural Sciences with Agribusiness Emphasis

52

 

C.  Agronomy (AGY) – Required Courses (35 hours)
ASI 201 Introduction to Animal Science 4
AGY 301 Principles of Field and Forage Crop Production 4
AGS 314 Animal and Plant Breeding and Genetics 4
AGY 315 Soil Science and Management 4
HOR 415 Plant Diseases 4
HOR 418 Plant Pest Management 4
BIO 419 Plant Physiology and Biotechnology      4
Choose TWO from the following courses:
HOR 321 Plant Propagation, ASI 302 Animal Nutrition, ASI 316 Domestic Animal Anatomy and Physiology, ASI 414 Domestic Animal Reproduction
7-8
Total Required for Agricultural Sciences with Agronomy Emphasis

57-58

 

D. Horticulture (HOR) – Required Courses (35 hours) (Teacher Education option) 
ASI 201 Introduction to Animal Science, BIO 102 General Biology, or BIO 301 Invertebrate Zoology 4
AGS 314 Animal and Plant Breeding and Genetics or BIO 305 Introductory Genetics 4
AGY 315 Soil Science and Management 4
HOR 321 Plant Propagation 3
HOR 410 Greenhouse Management 4
HOR 411 Landscape Design and Management 4
HOR 415 Plant Diseases                4
HOR 418 Plant Pest Management 4
BIO 419 Plant Physiology and Biotechnology 4
Total Required for Agricultural Sciences with Horticulture Emphasis 57

 

Agriculture Education Endorsement
Ferrum College also offers teacher 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 – The Profession of Teaching: Student Teaching Field Experience and EDU 403 - The Profession of Teaching: Student Teaching Synthesis. Students pursuing licensure must complete all components of the Teacher Education Minor. (See Teacher Education minor). Besides the liberal arts core and degree specific requirements and the required major common courses in agricultural sciences, Agricultural Sciences majors seeking a secondary teacher endorsement must complete the following courses in either Animal Science or Horticulture emphasis areas:

Animal Science
AGS 314 Animal and Plant Breeding and Genetics 4
ASI 201 Introduction to Animal Science 4
ASI 232 Livestock Evaluation and Judging 3
ASI 302 Animal Nutrition 4
ASI 316 Domestic Animal Anatomy and Physiology 4
ASI 414 Domestic Animal Reproduction 4
BIO 419 Plant Physiology and Biotechnology         4
HOR 418 Plant Pest Management 4

 

Horticulture
AGS 314 Animal and Plant Breeding and Genetics 4
AGY 315 Soil Science and Management 4
HOR 321 Plant Propagation 3
HOR 410 Greenhouse Management 4
HOR 411 Landscape Design and Management 4
HOR 418 Plant Pest Management 4