Mission, Goals and Outcomes

The Agricultural Studies program is a multi-disciplinary and experiential learning based educational program that prepares students for productive careers in the diverse field of agriculture.


The Mission of the Agricultural Studies program is to prepare students for productive careers in the dynamic global food and agricultural industry and become responsible leaders in the community.

Our program provides students with a broad understanding of the sustainable production, distribution, marketing and management of agricultural and environmental resources. The program emphasizes knowledge development in the geographical, physical, chemical, biological, technological and restorative principles and practices in agroecosystems.

In pursuing this mission, the program encourages students to critically assess agricultural issues and trends; provides students with opportunities to systematically develop discipline appropriate communicative, analytical, quantitative, problem solving and critical thinking skills; and delivers a high quality academic experience that prepares students for emerging professional opportunities.

Description of the Program

The Bachelor of Arts in Agricultural Studies is a multidisciplinary program that blends the contribution of a number of academic departments through upper division core courses and four concentrations: Agricultural Biology, Agricultural Economics, Sustainable Agriculture and General Agriculture. Experiential learning and applied research opportunities are offered through the concentrations. Our students are encouraged to explore diverse approaches to sustainable agricultural production, distribution, and management in evolving economic and environmental settings. The major fosters sustainable relationships with area community colleges through the implementation of a “2+2” program design. Individuals who have an A.S. degree or equivalent in lower-division course work in Agriculture, Agriculture Science, Agricultural Economics and closely related fields, and who complete the designated lower-division prerequisite courses, may participate in the program. The program also offers a minor in Agriculture to students in other majors.

Program Goals

  1. Skilled, competent and productive graduates: Assist students in developing skills and competencies for productive careers as employees, employers and candidates for graduate studies, in a dynamic, global, food and agricultural industry.
  2. Multidisciplinary learning experiences: Offer broad, integrative, cross-cutting experiences that prepare graduates for careers in agriculture and related fields.
  3. Culture of professionalism and civic engagement: Promote a culture of professionalism and civic engagement among students, faculty, stakeholders and the agricultural community.
  4. Industry partnerships: Foster industry partnerships to offer experiential learning opportunities to students and a pathway for productive careers in the agribusiness industry.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLO)

PLO1: Disciplinary Literacy – Students will demonstrate knowledge, integrative skills and technical competences in multiple areas of agricultural sciences, emerging technologies in the field, and their applications.

PLO2: Critical thinking/Problem solving skills – Students will apply critical thinking skills in distinguishing facts and applying scientific principles in formulating, analyzing and solving problems, and interpreting results.

PLO3: Effective communication – Students will demonstrate effective use of discipline appropriate oral and written communication skills, in diverse and team environments.

PLO4: Global Perspective – Students will demonstrate knowledge of the interconnectivity and interdependency of individuals, groups, systems and activities, and their implications in the dynamic global food and agricultural community.

PLO5: Civic responsibility and Ethical/Professional Behavior – Students will demonstrate ethical practices in the local communities and the diverse agricultural industry in general.