Associate of Science in Agriculture

What is the Associate of Science Agriculture degree?

The Associate of Science (AS) Agriculture degree is specifically designed to transfer to other colleges and universities. It contains a curriculum of basic first- and second-year courses which fulfill the general education requirements of most four-year institutions along with core Agriculture program requirements. The result is a well-rounded education that prepares students for the demands of upper level courses and/or future employment needs.

How does it transfer?

The 42 hours of general education in the AS Agriculture degree transfers as a block to four-year public colleges and Universities in the State of Missouri, thanks to the credit transfer policy of the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education (CBHE). This degree is structured for entry into baccalaureate degree Agriculture programs offered at four-year colleges or universities. As a result, students with the AS will go into four-year public institutions with junior standing and with virtually all of their freshman and sophomore general education requirements completed. This degree also prepares the student for the Bachelor of Science in General Agriculture degree offered through Missouri State University on the West Plains campus. Many private colleges and universities in the state also honor the AS degree.

Why should I get an AS degree?

As pointed out above, having the degree ensures transferability of college credit hours at the freshman and sophomore level. The AS degree also is “locked in,” which means the credits will transfer as a block into a baccalaureate degree program, even several semesters after the AS degree’s completion. This degree also provides core Agriculture courses which allow the student to seek employment in the Agriculture field while continuing his education.

Agriculture (AS)

Associate of Science

The required general education courses for the Associate of Science in Agriculture are listed as follows:

Foundations Requirements£Credit Hours
Student Success (IDS 110) 2
Writing Comunications and Information Literacy: ENG 110 3
Communications: (COM 115) 3
Quantative Literacy, Select 1: MTH 135, MTH 138, MTH 181 or MTH 261 3
Written communications and Integrative Applied Learning, Select 1: ENG 210 or ENG 221 3

£ The basic skills block constitutes preparatory courses necessary for completing a college education and should therefore be completed as soon as possible.

Public Affairs RequirementsCredit Hours

US and MO Constitutions and American History

6
Cultural Competence: Select 1
3
Public Issues: Select 1

3
Human Culture RequirementsCredit Hours
Humanities: Select 1
3
Social and Behavioral Science: Select 2
6
The Arts: Select 1
3
Natural World RequirementsCredit Hours
At least one course from each area, two different subject codes, at least one with a lab
See Agricultural Requirements section for additional information.
7-9
Life Sciences
Physical Sciences
Courses taken under the pass/not pass option cannot be used to satisfy genter education, professional education or specific degree requirements except as noted in the pass/not pass policy.

Total General Education Block Hours

45-47

Other Course RequirementsCredit Hours
CIS 101 Computers for Learning 3
IDS 297/AGR 297 Global Agriculture and Food Production (Capstone) 3
Total Other Requirements Hours 6
Agriculture RequirementsCredit Hours
A minimum of 12 hours from one of the following groups:

Agricultural Business Group
ACC 201¥, AGR 101, AGR 103, AGR 115, AGR 215, AGR 161, LAW 231, MGT 286, QBA 237

General Education Requirements Include: MTH 135, MTH 181, MTH 261 or MTH 287; PSY 121; CHM 107 & CHM 108 or CHM 116 & CHM 117 or CHM 160; AGR 144

Agriculture Education Group
AGR 101 AGR 103 or AGR 115, AGR 104, AGR 143, AGR 215, AGR 216

General Education Requirements Include: BIO 101, BIO 111, AGR 144, CHM 107 & CHM 108 or CHM 116 & CHM 117 or CHM 160, PSY 121

Animal Science Group
AGR 101, AGR 103 or AGR 115, AGR 104, AGR 215, AGR 216, AGR 161, AGR 162, AGR 191, AGR 196, AGR 250, AGR 262

General Education Requirements Include: BIO 101, BIO 111, AGR 144, CHM 107 & CHM 108 or CHM 116 & CHM 117 or CHM 160

General Agriculture Group
AGR 101, AGR 103, or AGR 115, AGR 104, AGR 144, AGR 157, AGR 215, AGR 216

General Education Requirements Include: AGR 100, BIO 101 & BIO 111 or BIO 121, GLG 110 or GRY 135 or GRY 142, AGR 144, CHM 107 & CHM 108 or CHM 116 & CHM 117 or CHM 160, PSY 121

Natural Resources Group
AGR 101, AGR 103, AGR 104, AGR 115, AGR 143, AGR 215, AGR 216

General Education Requirements Include: BIO 101 & BIO 111 or BIO 121, GLG 110 or GRY 135 or GRY 142, AGR 144CHM 107 & CHM 108 or CHM 116 & CHM 117 or CHM 160

Plant Science Group
AGR 103, AGR 104, AGR 115, AGR 143, AGR 215, AGR 216, AGR 144 or ECO 155, ECO 165

General Education Requirements Include: BIO 101 & BIO 111 or BIO 121, AGR 144 or ECO 155, ECO 165, CHM 107 & CHM 108 or CHM 116 & CHM 117 or CHM 160

Wildlife Conservation and Management Group
AGR 103 or AGR 115, AGR 104, AGR 143, AGR 215, AGR 216, BIO 121, BIO 122, GLG 110

General Education Requirements Include:BIO 121, GLG 110, GRY 100, MTH 135 or MTH 138, CHM 116 & CHM 117 or CHM 160

Total Agricultural Requirements Hours 12
Total Associate of Science in Agriculture Degree Hours 63

¥ Recommended for students interested in Agriculture Finance and Management
Recommended for students interested in Agriculture Enterprise and Management

Students are strongly encouraged to confirm the transferability of individual courses to other institutions prior to enrollment. Not all courses will transfer or satisfy specific degree requirements for bachelor’s degrees