Associate of Applied Science in General Agriculture

What type of work would I do if I studied General Agriculture?

Career possibilities range from a farmer, rancher or farm manager to an agricultural technician supervisor at a greenhouse or nursery. Farmers and ranchers grow and cultivate crops and/or raise and breed animals for the nation’s food supply. Farm and agricultural managers, as well as greenhouse and nursery managers, oversee the day-­‐to-­‐day operations of farms, ranches, greenhouses and nurseries, carrying out production, financial and marketing decisions based on the owner’s guidelines. Agricultural technicians work with agricultural scientists in food, fiber and animal research, production and processing. Under the scientist’s supervision, they will conduct tests and experiments to improve yield and quality of crops or to increase the resistance of plants and animals to disease or insects.

What type of degree will I earn at Missouri State University-­West Plains?

Students enrolled in General Agriculture will obtain a two-­‐year Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree. Study areas include a general education component and major requirements such as food security, biology and chemistry. Students can then select from specialization groups including agricultural business, animal science, general agriculture, natural resources, plant science and wildlife management.

Areas of Study

General Agriculture (AAS)

Associate of Applied Science
General Education Core RequirementsCredit Hours
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
3
MTH 100 Intermediate Applied Algebra or higher (except MTH 197 or MTH 297) 3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
IDS 110 Student Success 2
General Education Core Total 14
Major RequirementsCredit Hours
AGR 100 Food Security 3
AGR 101 Animal Science 4
AGR 103 Plant Science 3
AGR 118 Agricultural Leadership 1
  • AGR 297 Global Agriculture and Food Production (capstone course) or
  • IDS 297 Topics in Globalization
3
AGR 299 Internship in Agriculture 3
  • BIO 101 Biology in Your World and BIO 111 Understanding Biology Systems through Inquiry
  • CHM 116 Fundamentals of Chemistry
4
CIS 101 Computers for Learning 3
Major Total Hours 24
Agriculture Requirements
Select one of the following groups:
Agricultural Business GroupCredit Hours
Select 24 credit hours from the following:
  • ACC 201 Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • ACC 211 Introduction to Managerial Accounting
  • AGR 112 Introduction to Agricultural Business
  • AGR 115 Sustainable Agriculture and the Environment
  • AGR 144 Agricultural Economics I
  • AGR 161 Introduction to Horses
  • AGR 215 Soils
  • EPR 110 Introduction to Entrepreneurship
  • EPR 150 Marketing for Small Businesses
  • EPR 290 Business Plan Development
  • FIN 266 Principles of Real Estate
  • INS 211 Insurance
  • LAW 231 Legal Environment of Business
  • MGT 286 Business Communications
  • QBA 237 Basic Business Statistics
  • Or other courses approved by the agriculture department
24
Agriculture Business Total 24
Animal Science GroupCredit Hours
Select a 24 credit hours from the following:
  • AGR 104 Animal Science
  • AGR 115 Sustainable Agriculture and the Environment
  • AGR 161 Introduction to Horses
  • AGR 162 Introduction to Riding
  • AGR 191 Evaluation and Performance Appraisals of Horses
  • AGR 196 Dairy/Meat Animal Evaluation
  • AGR 210 Animal Nutrition
  • AGR 215 Soils
  • AGR 216 Soils Lab
  • AGR 252 Beef Production
  • AGR 262 Riding for Horse Training
  • AGR 275 Vegetable and Fruit Production
  • Or other courses approved by the agriculture department
24
Animal Science Total 24
General Agriculture GroupCredit Hours
Select 24 credit hours of AGR courses and/or other courses approved by the agriculture department 24
General Agriculture Total 24
Horticulture GroupCredit Hours

Select a minimum of 24 credit hours from the following:

  • AGR 104 Plant Science (lab)
  • AGR 112 Introduction to Agricultural Business
  • AGR 115 Sustainable Agriculture and the Environment
  • AGR 120 Agricultural Recordkeeping
  • AGR 170 Introduction to Horticulture
  • AGR 171 Controlled Environmental Agriculture
  • AGR 172 Greenhouse Management
  • AGR 173 Aquaponics and Hydroponics
  • AGR 174 Integrated Pest Management
  • AGR 175 Vegetable and Fruit Production
  • AGR 176 Good Agricultural Practices
  • AGR 177 Turf Grass Management
  • AGR 178 Landscape Design and Management
  • AGR 215 Soils
  • AGR 216 Soils (lab)
  • EPR 110 Introduction to Entrepreneurship
  • EPR 150 Marketing for Small Businesses
  • EPR 290 Business Plan Development
  • Or other courses approved by the agricultural department
24
Horticulture Total 24
Natural Resources GroupCredit Hours
Select a minimum of 24 credit hours from the following:
  • AGR 115 Sustainable Agriculture and the Environment
  • AGR 143 Introductory Forestry
  • AGR 144 Agricultural Economcis I
  • AGR 215 Soils
  • AGR 216 Soils Lab
  • AGR 240 Wildlife Techniques
  • AGR 242 Wildlife Damage Management
  • AGR 275 Vegetable and Fruit Production
  • ENV 105 Environmental Science
  • GLG 110 Principles of Geology
  • GRY 135 Atmospheric Science
  • GRY 142 Introductory Physical Geography
  • Or other courses approved by the agriculture department
24
Natural Resources Total 24
Plant Science GroupCredit Hours
Select a minimum of 15 credit hours from the following: 24
Plant Science Total 24
Wildlife Management GroupCredit Hours
Select a minimum of 24 hours from the following: 24
Wildlife Management Total 24
Total Degree Hours Required 62

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

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