Course Descriptions

The list below is NOT a complete list of program courses and shows courses taught in the previous, current, and two future terms. View complete degree/certificate requirements and course offerings by clicking the links below.

AGRI 100 - Introduction to Agriculture - 3.00 credits

Explore career opportunities and create a strategy for a professional future in agriculture. Introduction to modern agricultural industries, history, management philosophies, and challenges. Course topics include food production, sustainable resource management, global food demands, and economics.

AGRI 102 - Introduction to Agribusiness - 3.00 credits

Overview of all phases of owning, operating, managing, and working in an agriculture-based business. Topics include agriculture economics, planning and organization, management, accounting and finance. This course will also acquaint students with agriculture input and policies as well as domestic and international marketing.

AGRI 120 - Introduction to Plant Science - 4.00 credits

This course provides a foundation of plant science knowledge and skills. Students will experience various plant science concepts through exciting “hands-on" activities, projects, and problems. Student experiences will include the study of plant anatomy and physiology, classification, and the fundamentals of production and harvesting. Students will learn how to apply scientific knowledge and skills to use plants effectively in agronomic, forestry, and horticultural industries. Students will discover the value of plant production and its impact on the individual, the local, and the global economy. Students will work on major projects and problems similar to those that plant science specialists face in their respective careers.

AGRI 130 - Agribusiness Management - 3.00 credits

Prerequisite: AGRI 102 with a minimum grade of C. Principles and practices of agribusiness management developed around the framework of business planning, organizing, controlling, and analysis. Specific topics covered include managerial ethics, group dynamics, employee motivation, communications, decision-making, leadership and management styles, productivity, and organizational effectiveness.

AGRI 140 - Animal Science - 4.00 credits

The primary goal of the AGRI 140 Animal Science is to expose students to agriculture, animal science, and related career options. Throughout the course, students investigate consumer perceptions and preferences related to animals in local, regional, and global markets. Students gain knowledge and skills related to animal anatomy, physiology, behavior, nutrition, reproduction, health, selection, and marketing through hands-on activities, projects, and problems. By mimicking work similar to that of animal science specialists, students learn to solve problems and communicate solutions to peers and members of the professional community.

AGRI 142 - Meat Science - 3.00 credits

Meat Science will cover livestock evaluation, animal health and nutrition influences, meat processing, proper storage and safety, and meat quality determination and grading.

AGRI 200 - Global Agriculture - 3.00 credits

Prerequisite: ENGL 101 with a minimum grade of C. This course is an overview of farming and food systems worldwide. Students will discover the agricultural practices in different cultures and how agriculture influences social, economic, governmental, and environmental factors.

AGRI 220 - Soil Science - 4.00 credits

Prerequisite: AGRI 100 with a minimum grade of C. Students will discover the physical, chemical, and biological properties of soils. The course will cover effective soil management techniques to improve soil properties and aid plant production.

AGRI 229 - Pest Management - 3.00 credits

Prerequisite: AGRI 120 or AGRI 140 with a minimum grade of C. This course is an introduction to the application of ecological principles to the management of pests and the types of losses they cause. Principles and concepts of pest management will be presented and discussed, and the importance of pest management as an environmentally sound practice will be emphasized based on economic, ecological, and sociological consequences. The course will introduce the principles of monitoring and population assessment, review the different techniques used for pest management including biological, cultural, physical, chemical, behavioral, genetic, and other control tactics, and how to implement IPM programs in the field. Laboratories emphasize hands-on activities to familiarize students with pest identification and IPM techniques.

AGRI 232 - Agriculture Marketing - 3.00 credits

Prerequisite: ECON 210 with a minimum grade of C. This course is a study of the elements of agricultural markets and marketing. Students will learn price analysis, markets for agricultural products, international agricultural trade, marketing strategies, strategic price setting, and creative pricing methodology. The course will cover market and consumer research along with commodities and futures markets.

AGRI 270 - Leadership in Agriculture - 3.00 credits

Prerequisites: AGRI 120, AGRI 130, or AGRI 140 with a minimum grade of C. This course will assist students in developing their knowledge, attitudes, skills, and aspirations regarding leadership development in an agricultural setting. The course will cover personal leadership development, effective leader characteristics, leadership styles, ethics, and leadership challenges.