Agricultural Science A.S. Degree

Agricultural Science A.S. Degree

Program Description

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

By completing this program, students will achieve the following learning outcomes:

  • 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.

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.

Graduation Requirements

In addition to the 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 and completed at CLC must be at least 2.0;
  2. College Technical Core GPA Requirement: cumulative GPA of credits attempted and completed towards the technical core of the diploma or degree must be at least 2.0;
  3. Residency Requirement: students must complete 25% of their credits at Central Lakes College.

Employment Statistics

For more information regarding employment statistics, career salary information and estimated job growth, follow the resource links below:

https://apps.deed.state.mn.us/lmi/ces/
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/home.htm
http://www.iseek.org/jobs/jobmarket.html

Program Course Requirements

Required General Education Courses (51 credits)
BIOL 1431         General Biology (Goal 3)………………….. 5 cr
CHEM1414*    Fundamentals of Chemistry (Goal 3) OR
CHEM 1407      Life Science Chemistry (Goal 3) OR
PHYS 1401*      College Physics I (Goal 3)…………………. 4 cr
COMM 1430    Public Speaking (Goals 1 and 2)………….. 3 cr
COMM 2420    Intercultural Communication (Goals 1,7). 3 cr
ECON 2402       Microeconomics (Goal 5)…………………. 3 cr
ENGL 1410*     Composition I (Goal 1) OR
ENGL 1420*     Honors Composition I (Goal 1)…………… 4 cr
ENGL 1411*     Composition II (Goal 1) OR
ENGL 1421*     Honors Composition II (Goal 1)………….. 4 cr
MATH 1460*   Introduction to Statistics (Goal 4)**…….. 4 cr
MATH 1470*   College Algebra (Goal 4)………………….. 3 cr
PHIL 1420         Critical Thinking (Goal 2) OR
PHIL 1421         Honors Critical Thinking (Goals 1 and 2)… 3 cr

Select one course that meets both MnTC Goals 5 and 8. One of the following courses is recommended:
GEOG 1410      Maps and Places OR
GEOG 1459      Cultural Geography OR
GLST 1401         Introduction to Global Studies……………… 3

Select one course that meets both MnTC Goals 5 and 10. One of the following courses is recommended:
ENVR 1400       Introduction to Environmental Studies OR
GEOG 1400      Physical Geography OR
PSYC 1425         Environmental Psychology OR
SOCL 2422        Culture and Environment ………………… 3 cr

Select one course that meets both MnTC Goals 6 and 9. One of the following courses is recommended:
PHIL 2420         Ethics OR
PHIL 2421         Honors Ethics OR
PHIL 2430         Contemporary Moral Problems………….. 3 cr

Select two (2) additional courses for a minimum of six (6) credits from MnTC Goal 6.
Additional MnTC Goal 6 courses…………………………….. 6

**ACCT 2011 Principals of Accounting I may be substituted for MATH 1460 Intro to Statistics for degree articulations requiring this course. Students should 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.

Agricultural Studies
AGRI 2150      Agricultural Studies Internship…………….. 1-4

Animal Science
ANSI 1100      Introduction to Animal Science………………. 4
ANSI 1110      Food Safety: From Farm to Fork……………… 3
ANSI 2150      Animal Science Internship………………….. 1-4

Horticulture
HORT 1104    Plant Science……………………………………. 4
HORT 1106    Applied Plant Science Lab…………………….. 2
HORT 1345    Horticulture Internship……………………… 1-4

Natural Resources
NATR 1112     Land Measurement……………………………. 3
NATR 1115     Plant Taxonomy………………………………… 2
NATR 1200     Introduction to Natural Resources…………… 3
NATR 1280     Introduction to GPS and GIS………………….. 2
NATR 1310     Natural Resources Internship………………. 1-4
NATR 2155     Soil Science……………………………………… 3
NATR 2170*  Advanced GPS and GIS………………………… 2

GRADUATION REQUIREMENT – 60 CREDITS

*Denotes Prerequisites

Program Instructors

Ann Domagala

Instructor
Phone: 218-825-4963
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