Department of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences title

Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, emphasis in Animal Science


Students completing a degree in agriculture will:

  1. demonstrate competence in written, and verbal communication;
  2. demonstrate critical thinking skills in reasoning, analysis and decision making relevant to the practices of agricultural science, agricultural business, and natural resource management.

Assessment Program

Assessment of agricultural knowledge will occur during the junior and senior years.  The assessment will include both written and oral presentations in scientific information as well as a detailed examination of the student’s scientific experiences.  In order to assess student progress in the objective areas they will participate in the following activities:

  1. Students receiving a B.S. degree in Agriculture will participate in a taped exit interview that will be evaluated by the faculty within the emphasis area.
  2. Students receiving a B.S. degree in Agriculture will take the major field exit exam prior to graduation.

Agriculture Scholarships

Several scholarships are awarded each year through the department.  These include the 1890 USDA Scholars Program, Garden Club and Center of Excellence.

Schedule of Studies

The first two years offer a common core curriculum for all options:  Animal Science, Natural Resource Management and Plant and Soil Science.  Courses during these two years are predominantly in basic science, social science, the humanities and agriculture.

Required Courses

A minimum of 40 upper division credit hours (those numbered 300 and above) is required for graduation.  A minimum grade of “C” is required in all AGR,  ABU, ENV and GIS prefix courses.

All Agriculture majors must complete: ABU 202, AGR 102P, AGR 201A, GIS 208, AGR 211P, GIS 316, AGR 321N, AGR 401, BIO 103*, BIO 104L, BT 212, CHM 101*, CHM 102ENV 103, and MAT 113 or MAT 117.

Each of the four options of the curriculum has the following additional requirements:

Major: B.S. in Agriculture with Emphasis in Animal Science

Prescribed courses:  AGR 303A, AGR 305N, AGR 310A, AGR 340A, AGR 421A, AGR 422A, BIO 106 or 105.  Choose 12 credit hours from the following: ABU 319, ABU 320, AGR 175**, AGR 313P, AGR 320A, AGR 324P,AGR 360A, BIO 301, BIO 310, BIO 314, CHM 301, CHM 302, CHM 303, CHM 306, MAT 114, PHY 101 AND PHY 102.  Students may substitute other courses if approved by the department head.

*  Also meets General Education “Life and Physical Sciences” requirement.
 ** May be repeated when topics differ.