Agricultural Science - BS

The Agricultural Science curriculum is designed to offer the student a combination of courses in scientific agriculture and in professional education that will meet requirements for employment and advanced study in different careers in which the emphasis is on formal and informal programs of education. Such careers may include teaching agricultural science in high schools; working as an agricultural extension agent; working as an agricultural representative for a marketing agency, an agricultural supply company or other industries related to agriculture; and serving as an agricultural development consultant in an international program.

A student majoring in agricultural science will be counseled by an advisor in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications to ensure that the program developed with the student will satisfy his or her unique interests, needs and professional aspirations. A combination of courses in scientific agriculture, education and general studies provides students with a knowledge of scientific agriculture and the ability to work with and influence people. Flexibility in course selection allows a student to place emphasis on a particular field of agriculture or to prepare broadly in agricultural studies. This flexibility might prepare a student to teach in a particular school setting, focusing upon a certain curriculum (e.g., horticulture, animal science, or agricultural business).

Many aspects of the practice of agriculture are learned through experience. Enrollment in high school agricultural science and participation in FFA and/or 4-H are encouraged and recommended, but not required.

A student following this curriculum may be eligible to enter public schools as a teacher of agricultural science under the Texas Education Agency. An off-campus professional teaching internship is required.

AGEC 105Introduction to Agricultural Economics3
or ECON 202/ECON 203   or Principles of Economics 
Select one of the following:3
Marketing Agricultural and Food Products
Food and Agricultural Sales
Principles of Farm and Ranch Management
Agribusiness Management
AGLS 101Modern Agricultural Systems and Renewable Natural Resources1
AGSC 301Introduction to Agricultural Science Teaching3
AGSC 384Clinical Professional Experience in AGSC 23
AGSC 402Designing Instruction for Secondary Agricultural Science Programs 1,23
AGSC 405Facilitating Complete Secondary Agricultural Science Programs 1,23
AGSC 425Learner Centered Instruction in Agricultural Science 23
AGSC 436Professional Teaching Internship in AGSC 26
AGSC 481Seminar 21
AGSC 484Field Experience 24
Select one of the following:3
General Animal Science
Dairying
General Avian Science
ANSC 320Animal Nutrition and Feeding3
ANSC 433Reproduction in Farm Animals3
ANSC 484Livestock Practicum1
INST 210Understanding Special Populations 23
INST 301Educational Psychology 23
POLS 206American National Government3
POLS 207State and Local Government3
SCSC 105World Food and Fiber Crops3
or HORT 201   or Horticultural Science and Practices 
American history electives6
Biological and agricultural engineering/Agricultural systems management electives 39
Communication electives 36
Creative art elective3
Language, philosophy and culture elective3
Life and physical sciences electives9
Mathematics electives6
Plant science electives 46
Scientific agriculture electives 3,411
Electives 3,43
Total Semester Credit Hours120
1

Must make a grade of 'C' or better to receive credit.

2

Professional development courses required for certification as a teacher of agricultural science. 

3

In order to be eligible for student teaching, the AGSC major requires a 2.75 GPA.

4

Restricted electives in scientific agriculture are required for teacher certification by the Texas Education Agency. A minimum of 24 semester hours of scientific agriculture must be at the 300- and 400-level.

The Graduation requirements include a requirement for six hours of international and cultural diversity courses. A course satisfying a Core category, a college/department requirement, or a free elective can be used to satisfy this requirement.