Agriculture

Courses

AGR 1000. Introduction To Field Crop Science. 4 hrs.

The basic principles of plant growth, including human and environmental influences and the theoretical and practical application of agronomic principles to crop production. Includes the historical and economic importance of crop plants for food, feed, and fiber; origin, classification, and geographic distribution of field crops; environmental factors and agronomic problems; crop plant breeding, growth, development, and physiology; cropping systems and practices; seedbed preparation, tilage, and crop establishment; pests and controls; and harvesting, storing, and marketing practices. Lecture, 2 hours; lab, 2 hours; seminar, 1 hour. IAI: AG 903.

AGR 1001. Introductory Agricultural Economics. 3 hrs.

The application of the principles of economics to agricultural problems and the role of agriculture in the United States and world economies. Includes production principles; production costs, supply,and revenue; profit maximization; consumption and demand; price elasticity; market price determination; and competitive versus noncompetitive market models. Examination of the world food situation, including population growth, world food production trends, trade in agricultural products, and agriculture's role in economic growth; agriculture characteristics and inputs (natural, human and capital); the marketing of agricultural products (functional and institutional commodity approaches to marketing, marketing costs, and the operation of the futures market); and agricultural problems and policies (program goals, price and income, and resource use.) Lecture, 3 hours; seminar, 1 hour.

AGR 1002. Intro Agriculture Mechanics. 3 hrs.

This course is designed to introduce students to the various aspects of agricultural mechanics. The content of this course is chosen to give an overview of several technical areas that compromise agricultural mechanization. Content of this course is chosen to give an overview of several technical areas that comprise agricultural mechanization. Lecture, 1 hour; lab, 2 hours; seminar, 1 hour. IAI: AG 906.

AGR 1003. Animal Science. 4 hrs.

The application of the sciences of genetics, physiology and nutrition to the improvement of animal breeds, breeding and selection; anatomy, physiology and nutrition and growth; environment, health and sanitation; products and marketing; production technology and economics; animal behavior; and current issues in animal science. Lecture, 1 hour; lab, 4 hours; seminar, 1 hour. IAI: AG 902.

AGR 1004. Microcomputer Applications in Agri. 3 hrs.

This course is for agriculture students who wish to acquire microcomputer utilization and application skills. Major areas of instruction include computer terminology, choosing a computer system for the farm and agribusiness, common DOS commands, disk maintenance, and use of commercially available applications software. The software that will be used includes word processing, database, spreadsheet, graphics, and communications programs. Students will learn to apply this software to accounting, record keeping, market analysis, and agricultural problem solving. Lecture, 2 hours; lab, 2 hours.  IAI: AG 913.

AGR 1005. Introductory Soil Science. 4 hrs.

This course will cover such areas as: soil formation, color, structure, texture, classes and types. The classes will also include the use of fertilizers and the interpretation of soil tests. Laboratory experiments will be provided to enhance the work with soils and provide the student with ample opportunities to do class and individual experiments, and to ask questions. Lecture, 2 hours; lab, 2 hours; seminar, 1 hour. IAI: AG 904.

AGR 1200. Introduction To Agricultural Business. 3 hrs.

This course is an introduction to the principles of agriculture business management and the role of the agribusiness manager.  Topics covered include business organization structures, budgeting, marketing, inventory management, and human resource management. Lecture, three hours a week.

AGR 1202. Intro To Agricultural Industry. 2 hrs.

An introduction to the vast agricultural industry exploring the various sectors including agribusiness management, agronomy, animal science, and precision agriculture.  Preparation for a successful career in the agricultural industry will be the focus of the courses. Lecture:  Two hours per week.

AGR 1206. Intro To Precision Agriculture. 4 hrs.

This course ia an introduction to the principles of precision agriculture as applied to modern farming techniques.  This course provides an overview of precision farming (GPS, GIS, and VRT).  Students will be engaged in hands-on laboratory activities to provide initial experience with the use of precision agriculture tools.Lecture: Three hours per week; Lab: Two hours per week.

AGR 1207. Agricultural Credit & Finance. 3 hrs.

This course is an introduction to the financial aspects of operating an agricultural business.The focus of the course will be financial statements, financial analysis, calculations, and amortization.  Students will apply and develop financial skills necessary as an employee or owner of an agribusiness. Lecture: Three hours per week.

AGR 1208. Advanced Agricultural Business. 3 hrs.

This course will focus on advanced management strategies used in agricultural businesses.Students will apply management techniques throughout the course to further develop their understanding of agricultural business management.  Topic areas include marketing management, consumer demand, competition, and human resource management. Prerequisite: AGR 1200 or instructor approval. Lecture:  Three hours per week.

AGR 1212. Agriculture Sales. 2 hrs.

This course will consist of sessions dealing with aspects of agricultural sales. The ability to satisfy the customer's needs will be used as the basis for study. This offering will cover such areas as: determining customer needs, analyzing the product, resolving objections, and closing the sale.

AGR 1213. Agricultural Internship. 3 hrs.

This is an on-the-job learning experience.Students work in agricultural jobs related to their field of study.  This course gives students an opportunity to put into practice what they learned in the classroom and laboratory.  The student is required to work a minimum of 225 hours. Prerequisite: Successful completion of 30 credit hours in an agriculture program  of study, consent of the instructor, must also be enrolled in AGR 1214.

AGR 1214. Agricultural Internship Seminar. 1 hr.

This course is to be taken at the same time as AGR 1213, Agricultural Internship.  The course is designed to enhance the overall internship experience.  Students will be engaged in classroom activities designed to help the student further understand the agricultural work environment.  The focus of the course is to prepare students for future employment in the agricultural industry. Enrollment in AGR 1213 is required. Prerequisite: Successful completion of 30 credit hours in an agriculture program of study, instructor approval, and must also be enrolled in AGR 1213. Seminar:  One hour per week.

AGR 1215. Agricultural Marketing. 3 hrs.

This course is an introduction to the marketing of agricultural products.  The course will focus on marketing strategies, futures markets, and cash markets for both livestock and grain commodities.  The course will also explore the use and application of modern technology to buy, sell, and trade agricultural commodities. Lecture: Three hours per week.