Why Choose Agricultural Science A.S. Degree at CLC?
- Low instructor to student ratios (approximate class & lab sizes of 20) – allow for students to receive personal attention from their instructors and develop working relationships with classmates.
- CLC offers an affordable education option without compromising the quality of education – allowing students to save money for use in the completion of a Bachelor’s degree upon transfer to a four-year institution.
- Fulfillment of all Minnesota Transfer Curriculum goals with carefully chosen courses which transfer as core requirements into many different bachelor degrees – allows undecided students numerous options while limiting unnecessary and costly electives.
- A variety of technical courses instructed by professionals working in the industries makes the A.S. degree versatile and practical – allowing students an introduction to an area of interest/specialization of their choice and ensuring that what they are learning is current.
- Availability of internships in agriculturally related fields – allows students hands-on experience to help them decide if they have made the right career choice.
- Articulation agreements with Southwest Minnesota State University, and pending with University of MN Crookston, North Dakota State and South Dakota State – allow for seamless transfer into select Bachelor’s degrees.
- Industry professionals serving as student Advisors provide practical, real-life experience recommendations and guidance to help students in choosing a career pathway.
- Located in the beautiful Brainerd Lakes Area, students studying at CLC have ample resources for recreation to help them balance the stress of academic life with rest and relaxation.
AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE AS DEGREE
Program Course Requirements
Required General Education
Students completing the general education courses listed below will satisfy all required credits for all 10 Minnesota Transfer Curriculum goals.
BIOL 1431 General Biology (Goal 3), 5 credits
CHEM 1414 Fundaments of Chemistry OR CHEM 1407 Life Science Chemistry OR PHYS 1401 College Physics I (Goal 3), 4 credits
COMM 1430 Public Speaking (Goals 1 and 2), 3 credits
COMM 2420 Intercultural Communication (Goals 1 and 7), 3 credits
ECON 2402 Microeconomics (Goal 5), 3 credits
ENGL 1410 Composition I OR ENGL 1420 Honors Composition I (Goal 1), 4 credits
ENGL 1411 Composition II OR ENGL 1421 Honors Composition II (Goal 1), 4 credits
MATH 1460 Introduction to Statics (Goal 4), 4 credits**
MATH 1470 College Algebra (Goal 4), 3 credits
PHIL 1421 Critical Thinking (Goal 2) OR PHIL 1421 Honors Critical Thinking (Goals 1 and 2), 3 credits
Select one course that meets both Goals 5 and 8. One of the following courses is recommended:
GEOG 1410 Maps and Places (Goals 5, 8), 3 credits
GEOG 1459 Cultural Geography (Goals 5, 8), 3 credits
GLST 1401 Introduction to Global Studies (Goals 5, 8), 3 credits
Total – 3 credits
Select one course that meets both Goals 5 and 10. One of the following courses is recommended:
ENVR 1400 Introduction to Environmental Studies (Goals 5,10), 3 credits
GEOG 1400 Physical Geography (Goals 5,10), 3 credits
PSYC 1425 Environmental Psychology (Goals 5,10), 3 credits
SOCL 2422 Culture and Environment (Goals 5,10), 3 credits
Total – 3 credits
Select one course that meets both Goals 6 and 9. One of the following courses is recommended:
PHIL 2420 Ethics (Goals 6, 9), 3 credits
PHIL 2421 Honors Ethics (Goals 6, 9), 3 credits
PHIL 2430 Contemporary Moral Problems(Goals 6, 9), 3 credits
Total – 3 credits
Select two additional courses from Goal 6
Total – 6 credits
**ACCT 2011 Principals of Accounting I, 4 credits may be substituted for MATH 1460 Intro to Statistics for degree articulations requiring the course. Consult an advisor for specific programs.
Total General Education – 51 credits
Required Technical Courses
Students will select from any of the following technical or internship courses for a total of 9 credits. Total internship credits may not exceed 4. Students pursuing articulation degrees should consult an advisor to determine which courses transfer into their chosen degree program.
AGRI 2150 Agricultural Studies Internship, 1-4 credits
ANSI 1100 Introduction to Animal Science, 4 credits
ANSI 1110 Food Safety: From Farm to Fork, 3 credits
ANSI 2150 Animal Science Internship, 1-4 credits
HORT 1104 Plant Science, 4 credits
HORT 1106 Applied Plant Science Lab, 2 credits
HORT 1345 Horticulture Internship, 1-4 credits
NATR 1100 Introduction to Natural Resources, 3 credits
NATR 1112 Land Measurement, 3 credits
NATR 1115 Plant Taxonomy, 2 credits
NATR 1280 Introduction to GPS and GIS, 2 credits
NATR 1310 Natural Resources Internship, 1-4 credits
NATR 2155 Soil Science, 3 credits
NATR 2170 Advanced GPS and GIS, 2 credits
Total Technical Courses – 9 credits
GRADUATION REQUIREMENT – 60 CREDITS
Career Description: Students completing and transferring the Agricultural Science A.S. to a 4 year institution will have the opportunity to graduate with a degree related to agriculture or agricultural education, food science, horticulture or natural resources. The career description could include: wildlife and ecosystem management and consulting, greenhouse management and crop production, soil monitoring and consulting, agricultural education for producers, schools and the general public, animal science research, management of crop or animal production facilities, food safety research and inspection, technical and regulatory work within the USDA, Board of Animal Health or state Department of Agriculture, and agricultural finance and consulting.
Program Information: The Agricultural Science degree is intended to be a broad-based curriculum leading to a 4-year degree in agriculture & agricultural education, food science, horticulture, and natural resources.
Graduates will be able to:
- Develop as writers and speakers who use the English language effectively and who read, write, think, speak, and listen critically;
- Develop capacity to identify, discuss and reflect upon social, cultural, ethical, behavioral and environmental issues;
- Demonstrate comprehension of basic principles of chemistry or physics and biological systems;
- Increase their knowledge of and ability to employ mathematical techniques and strategies to solve problems, manage accounts or analyze data;
- Demonstrate comprehension of how markets, prices, demand, profit maximization and other factors of production affect economic behavior of individual units of an economy;
- Increase their knowledge and understanding of techniques and practices utilized in the fields of agriculture, natural resources or horticulture; and
- Increase their awareness and understanding of careers available in the fields of agriculture, natural resources or horticulture.
Special Program Requirements:
Students must meet the following conditions in order to graduate:
- College Cumulative GPA Requirement: cumulative grade point average (GPA) of credits attempted at CLC must be at least 2.0;
- College Technical Core GPA Requirement: cumulative GPA of credits attempted towards the technical core of the diploma or degree must be at least 2.0; and
- Residency Requirement: students must complete 25% of their credits at Central Lakes College.
Transfer Opportunities: Southwest Minnesota State University – Active articulations: Agronomy, Agribusiness, Agricultural Solutions, Agricultural Communication Leadership, Agricultural Education U of Minnesota Crookston – Active articulation: Agricultural Education
Career Opportunities: According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment of agriculture and food scientists is expected to grow 9% from 2012 to 2022 and these scientists should have good job prospects overall. Nationally, according to the USDA, we will need approximately 33,000 graduates in agriculture over the next five years in excess of current projected supply. In 2015, USA Today listed agriculture as the #5 career opportunity field in the nation.
Career Titles: After completion of a 4 year degree: Animal Scientist, Animal Nutritionist, Geneticist, Agronomist, Meat Scientist, Biotechnology Scientist, Agriculture Specialist, Crop Scientist, Hydrologist, Research Scientist, Environmental Scientist, Agricultural Education Instructor, Soil Conservationist, Agricultural Loan Officer, Agricultural Inspector, Agricultural Manager, Feed Mill Manager, USDA Agriculture Specialist, Laboratory Technician, Research Associate, Research Technician