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.

Options

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
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 2
ENG 110 or ENG 110A Writing I and ENG 221 Writing II: Writing for the Professions 6
3
IDS 110 Student Success 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
PLS 101 American Democracy & Citizenship 3
  • HST 121 Survey of US History to 1877
  • HST 122 Survey of US History Since 1877
3
Cultural Competence: Select 1
3
Public Issues: Select 1

  • CIS 200 Critical and Creative Thinking Using Information Technology
  • COM 110 Critical Thinking
  • ECO 101 Economics of Social Issues
  • PHI 105 Logic, Language & Argumentation
  • PHI 115 Introduction to Ethics
  • PLS 205 Countries & Cultures: Comparative Government
  • PLS 232 International Relations
  • TEC 105 Technology's Impact on Society
3
Human Culture RequirementsCredit Hours
Humanities: Select 1
  • LLT 121 Classical Mythology or higher
  • ENG 230 Introduction to Reading in Literature
  • ENG 231 Major Writers of English
  • ENG 235 Critical Approaches to Literature
  • ENG 236 Minorities in Literature
  • ENG 280 Short Story
  • ENG 283 Folklore & Cultural Engagement
  • ENG 285 Subjects in Folklore
  • ENG 288 Literature of Work: Readings in Professions
  • MUS 241 The Language of Music
  • MED 274 Understanding Film
  • PHI 110 Introduction to Philosophy
  • REL 101 Introduction to the Old Testament
  • REL 102 Introduction to the New Testament
  • HST 103 World History to 1600 C.E.
  • HST 104 World History Since 1600 C.E.
  • Foreign Language: Any Course
3
Social and Behavioral Science: Select 2
  • AGR 100 Food Security Food Security
  • AGR 144 Agricultural Economics I Agricultural Economics I
  • ECO 155 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECO 165 Principles of Microeconomics
  • PSY 121 Introductory Psychology
6
The Arts: Select 1
  • ART 200 Art in Context
  • ENG 203 Creative Writing: Poetry
  • ENG 205 Creative Writing: Nonfiction
  • ENG 215 Creative Writing: Short Story
  • MUS 239 Introduction to World Music
  • THE 101 Introduction to Theatre and Drama Arts
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
  • BIO 101 Biology in Your World Biology in Your World
  • BIO 111 Understanding Biological Systems Through Inquiry Understanding Biological Systems Through Inquiry
  • BIO 121 General Biology I General Biology I
Physical Sciences
  • CHM 116 Fundamentals of Chemistry Fundamentals of Chemistry
  • CHM 117 Fundamentals of Chemistry Lab Fundamentals of ChemistryLab
  • CHM 160 General Chemistry I General Chemistry I
  • GLG 110 Principles of Geology Principles of Geology
  • GLG 171 Environmental Geology
  • GRY 135 Atmospheric Science Atmospheric Science
  • GRY 142 Introductry Physical Geography Introductory Physical Geography
Courses taken under the pass/not pass option cannot be used to satisfy general 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

General Education Requirements Include:

Agriculture Education Group

General Education Requirements Include:

  • BIO 101 Biology in Your World
  • BIO 111 Understanding Biological Systems Through Inquiry
  • AGR 144 Agricultural Economics I
  • PSY 121 Introductory Psychology

Animal Science Group

General Education Requirements Include:

  • BIO 101 Biology in Your World
  • BIO 111 Understanding Biological Systems Through Inquiry
  • AGR 144 Agricultural Economics I

General Agriculture Group

General Education Requirements Include:

Natural Resources Group

General Education Requirements Include:

Plant Science Group

General Education Requirements Include:

    • BIO 101 Biology in Your World & BIO 111 Understanding Biological Systems Through Inquiry
    • BIO 121 General Biology I
    • AGR 144 Agricultural Economics I
    • ECO 155 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECO 165 Principles of Microeconomics

Wildlife Conservation and Management Group

General Education Requirements Include:

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