Associate of Applied Science in Agriculture

What type of work would I do if I studied 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 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, agriculture, natural resources, plant science and wildlife management.

Agriculture (AAS)

Associate of Applied Science

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Agriculture prepares students for a career in the agriculture field. The AAS in Agriculture provides students with a fundamental knowledge in animal science, plant science, soils and agricultural business, plus additional agriculture courses to meet their individual career goals. 60 Credit Hours

General Education Requirements Credit Hours
CIS 101 Computers for Learning 3
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
ENG 110 Writing I 3
IDS: Select two (2) credit hours
Civics: Select three (3) credit hours
  • HST 121 Survey of US History to 1877  OR
  • HST 122 US History Since 1877  OR
  • PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship
Mathematical Science: Select three (3) credit hours
General Education Total 17
Agricultural Requirements Credit Hours
AGR 101 Animal Science 4
AGR 103 Plant Science 4
AGR 112 Introduction to Agricultural Business 3
AGR 215 Soils 3
AGR 297 Global Agriculture and Food Production (capstone course) 3
AGR 299 Agricultural Internship 3
Agriculture Electives: Select 23 credit hours of AGR or other electives as approved by the department. 23
Agriculture Total 43
Agriculture (AAS) Degree Credit Hours
Total Hours Required 60

Degree Notes:

  1. Math requirements exclude MTH 197 and MTH 297.
  2. Students are required to complete a minimum of three (3) credit hours of math regardless of placement.
  3. Electives must be approved by the department.
  4. Students should confirm transferability of courses with their transfer university before completing courses at MSU-WP.

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 degrees

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