Stanislaus State Ag Advising Information

This information is for use only as a planning guide. It should not be considered a formal transfer/graduation evaluation.

Bachelor of Arts in Agricultural Studies

Concentrations

  • Agricultural Biology  
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • General Agriculture

Minor

  • Agriculture

Preparation for the Major

All students who enroll in the Agricultural Studies major will be required to complete 30 units of lower division agriculture courses at the community college level.

The lower division Agriculture Core includes:

Introduction to Animal Science
Introduction to Plant Science
Elements of Agricultural Economics
Soil Science
Computer Applications in Agriculture

Agriculture Elective units to complete the total 30 unit minimum:

Macroeconomics
Statistics (College Algebra accepted)
Check specific Concentrations for additional lower division requirements

Upper Division Major Core Courses at Stanislaus State

Two distinguishing features of these classes are: (1) they collectively address the concepts, theories, and principles that will enable students to meaningfully pursue more specialized subject matter concentrations, and (2) they integrate the offerings of five academic departments.

Major Core Courses (One course from each area)

1. Capstone Course/WP:

AGEC 4400 Agribusiness Entrepreneurship WP (3) Examination of the process of starting and managing agribusinesses, and the challenges faced by entrepreneurs in the agricultural industry. Prerequisites: Completion of the Writing Proficiency Screening Test with a passing score; ECON 2500 and ECON 2510; and a lower division accounting course or consent of instructor. An agricultural economics course may be substituted for ECON 2510.

AGST 4450 Research Methods in Agriculture WP (3) Examination of the process of scientific investigation and the communication of research findings in the context of agricultural research with the development of applied research skills. Prerequisites: Completion of the Writing Proficiency Screening Test with a passing score; MATH 1600 or equivalent; completion of all program prerequisites; and senior standing or consent of instructor.

2. Methodology/Technology of Agriculture:

GEOG 4750 Geographic Info. Systems (3) The use of computers for input, storage, representation, analysis, and retrieval of spatial data for cartographic purposes; GIS as a tool in information management and decision-making. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and computer experience.

GEOG 4770 Remote Sensing of the Environment (3) Theories and techniques of remote sensing. Methods of image acquisition, correction, enhancement, classification, and analysis will be examined. Examples from geography, planning, hazards, agriculture, biology, soil science, hydrology, and atmospheric science.

3. Physical/Biological Aspects of Agriculture:

AGST 3950 Tree & Fruit Crop Production & MGT (3) Current principles and cultural practices of tree fruit and nut production, and vine fruit production in California and in other regions of the World. Major emphasis will be on practical aspects of production and management practices based on a foundation of the underlying biology and physiology of the plants. Prerequisites: BIOL 1050 or equivalents and consent of instructor.

AGST 4070 Agricultural Geography (4) Examines a variety of agricultural systems in the world from an agro-ecological approach. The natural resources and cultural factors, which interact to shape and change agricultural systems are studied in detail. Prerequisites: One course in physical geography.

AGST 4080 Sustainable Agriculture (3) The study of natural resource sustainability in agriculture integrating theoretical aspects of agricultural sustainability with field-based exercises. (Offered under the subjects GEOG and AGST)

4. Business/Economics of Agriculture:

ECON 4640 Economics and Agriculture (3) Resource allocation and decision making environment of agricultural markets; study of the complex issues in agriculture and related markets including market structures, international trade, resource use, and government agriculture policy.

5. Agricultural Policy and Regulation:

PSCI 4326 Agricultural Policy and Regulations (4) Examines the roles of the public and political structures in agricultural policy development process.  Focus is on the effects of agricultural policies and regulations at the local, state, national, and international levels.

6. Labor/Personnel Management:

AGST 3100 Leadership and Labor Issues in AG (3) Introduces students to leadership and labor issues in the food and agriculture industry.  The course provides students with an overview of labor productivity and practices pertinent to agribusiness and farm operations.  Students will observe, practice, and develop leadership skills necessary to succeed as managers in a variety of agricultural settings.

7. Internship: 

            AGST 4940 Ag Studies Internship (1-4)