Department of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences title

Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, emphasis in Plant and Soil 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 117.

The curriculum has the following additional requirements:

Prescribed courses: AGR 309P, AGR 312P, AGR 313P, AGR 324P, AGR 328P, AGR 404P, AGR 414:, BIO 106 or 105, BIO 311.  Choose 6 credit hours from the following:  AGR 306P, ABU 320, AGR 305N, GIS 411, GIS 416 and courses from minors and environmental science major.

   *  Also meets General Education “Life and Physical Sciences” requirement.
Minor:   A minimum grade of "C" in
AGR 102P, 201A, 211P, ABU 202E, ENV 103 plus 6 hours of electives (300-400 level).