Agriculture Transfer Degree Program
The two-year transfer program in Agriculture/ Agribusiness is designed to provide the basic courses in general education and agriculture to students who plan to complete a bachelor's degree at a university.
Students who plan to major in the business, communications, education and other non-science areas of agriculture are encouraged to pursue the Associate in Arts Degree. The Associate in Science Degree is recommended for students who plan to major in a science-based field such as agronomy, engineering, food and grain science and veterinary medicine.
Students are strongly encouraged to consult with one of the agricultural advisors to enroll and get the recommended courses they need for their desired Agriculture major. Courses that the student may want to take depending on the Agriculture major and which university they plan to attend are listed below.
|Course Code||Course Title||Credit Hrs.|
|AGRI-170||Agriculture in Our Society||2|
|AGRI-171||Principles of Agriculture Economics||4|
|AGRI-172||Principles of Animal Science||3|
|AGRI-180||Animal Science and Industry||1|
|AGRI-181||Livestock Selection I||3|
|AGRI-290||Animal Nutrition and Feeding||4|
|AGRI-293||Principles of Meat Evaluation||3|
To complete an associate degree the program emphasis credit hours and the general education credit hours, which must be taken from the list approved by the General Education Committee, must total at least 64 credit hours.
Description of Courses
AGRI-121. Rodeo Techniques. 1 Hour. This course includes the history, agricultural importance and competitive sport aspects of rodeo.
AGRI-123. Applied Rodeo. 1 Hour. This is a comprehensive course in implementing the regulations, methods and techniques used in rodeo as a team sport. Prerequisite: Basic understanding of the skills involved.
AGRI-157. Agricultural Technology, Engineering, and Systems. 3 Hours. This course is an introduction to agricultural technology, engineering and agricultural systems. It will include application of physical and engineering problems in agriculture. Course may cover simple machines, natural resource management, machinery systems, equipment calibration, global positioning systems, geographical information systems, internal combustion engines, animal waste systems, electrical and erosion control. Prerequisite: College Algebra.
AGRI-170. Agriculture in Our Society. 2 Hours. This course is an orientation to curriculums and career opportunities in the Agriculture Industry. Emphasis will be on career planning as related to a chosen profession and agricultural community. The development of the agriculture industry will also be included as it pertains to career opportunities.
AGRI-171. Principles of Agricultural Economics. 4 Hours. This course is a study of economic principles as they relate to agriculture. Emphasis is on application of principles to the solution of farm, agribusiness and agricultural problems. Students will learn the basic micro and macroeconomic concepts needed for analysis and decision-making. The course includes three credit hours of lecture and one credit hour of lab.
AGRI-172. Principles of Animal Science. 3 Hours. This course looks at what animal science is today. This course shows how animals fit into all of society and how animals contribute to the well being of humans from a worldwide perspective. This course explores uses that humans have found for our domesticated animals in addition to food and food uses. It explores traditional livestock but also companion animals, aquaculture, llamoids, rabbits and careers associated with animal science. It also explores food safety, consumer concerns and animal welfare rights.
AGRI-173. Agricultural Seminar. 2 Hours. Practical work experience in an agriculture field or related business. Extent of experience will include an appropriate number of classroom and practical experience hours under supervision of the instructor and/or cooperating employer. This will include practical training in all areas of the business which lend to the student's occupational objectives. Permission of the instructor and cooperation of desired employer are needed.
AGRI-180. Animal Science and Industry. 1 Hour. This course is a study of the types and classes of market and breeding livestock. This class is a lab that accompanies Principles of Animal Science. It includes animal nomenclature and terminology and comparison of live market and their carcasses. Prerequisite: Principles of Animal Science or concurrent enrollment.
AGRI-181. Livestock Selection I. 3 Hours. This is a beginning course in evaluation of animals for slaughter and breeding. It involves the comparison among animals in beef, swine and sheep. It includes developing and presenting written and oral reasons. Members of the Livestock Judging Team are selected from this course; this involves a combination of 5-6 hours lecture, laboratory and activity per week.
AGRI-227. Agricultural Internship. 2 Hours. Supervised experience in an agribusiness consisting of on-the-job training at a selected workstation under the supervision of a coordinator is required for the course. Students will be required to complete a report of their job experiences and hours worked. Prerequisite: Enrollment in Agribusiness Program.
AGRI-260. Agricultural Construction. 3 Hours. The course is designed to provide students with the theoretical basis, knowledge and skills necessary for the construction/fabrication of metal projects. Emphasis will be placed on: laboratory safety, general laboratory measurements, metal identification/characteristics, oxyacetylene welding and cutting, shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), gas metal arc welding (GMAW), gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW), plasma cutting, and project construction.
AGRI-262. Agricultural Structures. 2 Hours. This course is designed to provide students with the theoretical basis, knowledge and skills necessary for the construction/fabrication of agricultural structure type projects. Emphasis will be placed on: laboratory safety, general laboratory measurements, material selection, basic construction techniques, electrical theory and operation, plumbing theory and operation, concrete theory and construction, and basic surveying. The course will include one hour of lecture and two hours of laboratory.
AGRI-264. Agricultural Power. 2 Hours. This course is designed to provide students with the theoretical basis, knowledge and skills necessary for the repair and maintenance of small gas engines and basic hydraulic systems. Emphasis will be placed on: laboratory safety, general laboratory measurements, engine operation, compression, fuel, governor, electrical, cooling, lubrication systems, engine troubleshooting and basic hydraulics. The course will include one hour of lecture and two hours of laboratory.
AGRI-270. Soils. 4 Hours. Fundamental chemistry, physical and biological properties of soils; their formation, fertility and management are included. The course includes three credit hours of lecture and one credit hour of lab. Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Chemistry or Principles of Chemistry I.
AGRI-280. Entomology. 3 Hours. This course is designed to promote an understanding of major elements of general entomology and relate them to modern principles of insect pest management. Basic fundamentals of insects, insect structures, and functions along with basic classifications of economically important insects and how they impact society will be studied.
AGRI-290. Animal Nutrition and Feeding. 4 Hours. Fundamental principles of animal nutrition including digestion, absorption and metabolism of the various food nutrients will be discussed. Ration formulation, measure of body needs and characteristics of the nutrients will be included. The course includes three credit hours of lecture and one credit hour of lab. Prerequisite: Principles of Animal Science, Chemistry preferred.
AGRI-292. Meat Science. 3 Hours. This course is a study of all phases of the meat industry with major emphasis on the animal processing sequence, muscle composition and product quality. It includes promotion, merchandising and marketing of meat products as well as basic evaluation techniques. Prerequisite: Principles of Animal Science.
AGRI-293. Principles of Meat Evaluation. 3 Hours. This course takes a modern look at the evaluation of carcasses. Emphasis is on carcass grading and evaluation and appraisal of meat. The course includes techniques for comparative analysis of meat carcasses.
HORT-203. Horticultural Science. 4 Hours. Horticultural plant structure and function, effects of environmental factors on plant growth and survey of the fruit, nut, vegetable, bedding plant, pot plant, cut flower, nursery and landscape industries will be studied. Horticultural crop families, growing systems and culture needs, soil preparation and fertilization, selecting and propagating varieties, preventing pests, regulating growth, harvesting, value-added processing and marketing will be included. The course includes three credit hours of lecture and one credit hour of lab.