Agricultural Science A.S. Degree

Agricultural Science A.S. Degree

Program Information

The Agricultural Science degree is a broad-based curriculum that includes internship options allowing it to be either a stand-alone degree or to lead to a 4-year degree in agriculture and agricultural education, food science, horticulture, and natural resources. Articulation agreements with Southwest Minnesota State University and the University of Minnesota, Crookston, are available for students electing to pursue a bachelor’s degree upon completion of the Agricultural Science A.S. Degree. Students pursuing articulated degrees should consult an advisor to determine which courses transfer into their chosen degree program.

Program Outcomes

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:

  1. College Cumulative GPA Requirement: cumulative grade point average (GPA) of credits attempted at CLC must be at least 2.0;
  2. 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
  3. Residency Requirement: students must complete 25% of their credits at Central Lakes College.

Transfer Opportunities

Students pursuing articulated degrees should consult an advisor to determine which courses transfer into their chosen degree program. • Southwest Minnesota State University – Agricultural Education, Agronomy, Agricultural Communication and Leadership, Agribusiness Management, Agricultural Solutions • University of Minnesota, Crookston – Agricultural Education, Animal Science, Agronomy – Agronomic Science, Agronomy- Crop Production

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Program Course Requirements

Required General Education (51 credits)
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 1,2), 3 credits
COMM 2420 Intercultural Communication (Goals 1,7), 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 1,2), 3 credits

Select one course that meets both Goals 5 and 8. (3 credits)
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

Select one course that meets both Goals 5 and 10. (3 credits)
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

Select one course that meets both Goals 6 and 9. (3 credits)
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

Select two additional courses from Goal 6 (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.

Required Technical Courses (9 credits)
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 2100 Fundamentals of Animal Nutrition, 4 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 1112 Land Measurement, 3 credits
NATR 1115 Plant Taxonomy, 2 credits
NATR 1200 Introduction to Natural Resources, 3 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


Program Instructors

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Teresa Schmitz Assistant Director of HR Human Resources 218-855-8050 19
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