Stanislaus State Advising Sheets

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Bachelor of Arts in Agricultural Studies

  • Agricultural Biology Concentration
  • Sustainable Agriculture Concentration
  • Special Concentration
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agricultural Studies Minor

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
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. Social Context of Agriculture:

AGST 3000 Agriculture, Society & the Natural World (3) The sociology of agriculture presented through an examination of relationships between societies and their environments, economics and agriculture. Emphasis on the analysis of agriculture’s use of technology and the corresponding impact on the environment, economy and society. Satisfies G.E area F.3 for non-Ag Studies students.

2. Methodology/Technology of Agriculture:

GEOG 4750/4752 Geographic Information 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.

3. Physical/Biological Aspects of Agriculture:

AGST 4080 Sustainable Agriculture The study of natural resource sustainability in agriculture integrating theoretical aspects of agricultural sustainability with field-based exercises.

BIOL 4200 Ecological Agriculture (3) Analysis of ecological patterns and mechanisms of agro- ecosystems, with emphasis on bio-diversity linkages operating between plants, pests and natural enemies. Topics include environmental and health impacts of genetically engineered plants, pesticide resistance, and critical assessments of integrated pest management, biological control, and sustainability. Case studies illustrate working examples of eco-rational approaches to agriculture. Prerequisites: Course in Animal Science and Plant Science or consent of instructor.

GEOG 4070 Agricultural Geography (4) Course 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 or Soils by consent of instructor.

4. Business/Economics of Agriculture:

AGEC 4560 Natural Resources and Environmental Economics (4) Examines how people choose to allocate scarce natural and environmental resources to try to meet our unlimited wants; how these resources affect production, consumption, and well being; and how production and consumption affect the natural environment. Prerequisites: ECON 2500 and ECON 2510 or consent of instructor.

ECON 4560 Economics and Agriculture (3) Students in this course will learn how to examine the resource allocation and decision making environment of agricultural markets. The course will provide students with tools to help them understand the complex issues in agriculture and related markets including market structures, international trade, resource use, and government agriculture policy. Prerequisites: Ag Economics and Macroeconomics or consent of instructor.

5. Agricultural Policy and Regulation:

PSCI 4326 Planning Issues in Agriculture (4) An examination of the political and policy effects of planning. Focus is on the relationship between planning and the protection of agricultural resources as well as other community objectives.

6. Professional Development in Agriculture:

AGST 2100/3100 Professional Development in Agriculture Professional development in agriculture including leadership concepts, interpersonal skills, team interaction, and service learning activities, through a variety of formal instruction and events/activities. Development of Parliamentary Procedure skills and a Professional Portfolio for lifelong career development.