Areas of study for the general agriculture major include:
The area of agribusiness involves the manufacture and distribution of agricultural supplies; production operations on the farm; and the storage, processing and distribution of farm commodities. The study of agribusiness focuses on integrating technical knowledge with economic theory for decision making concerning the use of scarce productive resources to produce food and fiber for distribution to society.
Agricultural communications is a combination of agriculture and communication courses designed to prepare students to become advocates and effective communicators for the agriculture industry. Students will develop skills in writing, photojournalism, public relations, web and social media content and other forms of media as they relate to modern agricultural industries.
Agricultural Development Production
Agricultural development production is a course of study designed to prepare the student for a career in teaching, extension or with agricultural service agencies whose purpose is to disseminate information related to the industry of agriculture. Special emphasis will be placed on communication skills and effective teaching strategies.
Agricultural Engineering Technology
Agricultural engineering technology is a course of study designed to prepare the student for a career in the management of agricultural systems, including the design and marketing of agricultural machinery, agricultural structures and agricultural environments.
Agricultural Engineering Technology Teaching
Agricultural engineering technology teaching is equivalent to the agricultural engineering technology concentration with the addition of the required teaching certification courses. Graduates will be prepared to teach agricultural mechanics in a high school agricultural science program.
The field of animal science provides exciting and challenging opportunities for graduates desiring to pursue careers in animal production, animal health or health services, feed formulation and manufacturing, processing/further processing and the marketing of animals and animal products. Specialty areas include beef cattle science, poultry science, swine production, equine science and pre-veterinary medicine.
Equine science is a branch of animal science that focuses on the equine species. Courses focus on the production, riding, training and reproduction of equine. Graduates are prepared to enter the equine industry.
Horticulture is the science, business and art of growing and marketing fruits, vegetables, flowers and ornamental plants. Horticulture includes site planning and preparation, seed and vegetative propagation, plant growth and development, harvest, distribution, marketing, utilization and human issues associated with a wide diversity of crops for nutrition, beauty and utility. An emphasis in turfgrass is available as a part of the major in horticulture.
Poultry science is a course of study designed to prepare the student for a challenging career in the poultry industry. The curriculum includes all aspects of live production, waste management, computer technology, nutrition and product processing. Upon completion of the course requirements, a student will be prepared for entry-level management positions within the industry.
Pre-veterinary prepares students to enter a school of veterinary medicine to pursue a terminal degree and become a licensed veterinarian. Students focus on the prerequisites required to apply to vet school, as well as small and large animal agricultural production.