Department of Agricultural Education
and Communications

Professor Paul Vaughn, Chairperson.

Professor Cepica; Associate Professors Fraze and Lawver; Assistant Professors Kieth and Lockaby; Adjunct Faculty: Bryant; Emeritus Faculty: Eggenberger; Instructor Akers.

This department supervises the following degree programs: INTERDISCIPLINARY AGRICULTURE, Bachelor of Science; AGRICULTURAL COMMUNICATIONS, Bachelor of Science; and AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION, Master of Science.

The department administers the agricultural education certification program and the teacher certification for ornamental horticulture specialization.

The teacher certification program involves courses from most departments in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Elective courses can be selected in areas of special interest. Job placement in high schools and junior colleges offers a life-long career for many and alternative employment opportunities for others. Students seeking teacher certification may also receive a degree in another agricultural area and, with proper planning, receive certification in agricultural education. Students seeking teacher certification should also refer to the section entitled "Teacher Education."

Agricultural communications allows students to specialize in both mass communications and agriculture. The communications component consists of prescribed courses in journalism, speech, telecommunications, photography, and advertising. Selection of technical agriculture courses allows students to specialize in areas of interest and to reinforce their general knowledge in agriculture.

This department offers a minor in agricultural leadership for students majoring outside the department. For more information on requirements for completing a minor, refer to the "Selecting a Minor" segment in the college section of this catalog or contact the departmental chairperson.

Interdisciplinary Agriculture (Agricultural Education) CurriculumTeacher Certification.

FIRST YEAR
FallSpring
AGSC 1111, The Ag. Industry1PSS 1321, Agronomic Plant Sc.3
BIOL 1401 or 14024ENGL 1302, Adv. Coll. Rhetoric3
ENGL 1301, Ess. Coll. Rhetoric3HIST 2300, Hist. of U.S. to 18773
MATH 1320, Coll. Algebra3CHEM 1305, Ess. Chem. I3
ANSC 1401, Gen. Animal Sci.4CHEM 1105, Exp. Gen. Chem. I1
Electives1MATH 1321, Trigonometry3
1616
SECOND YEAR
FallSpring
CHEM 1306, Ess. Chem. II3*PSS 1411, Prin. of Hort.4
CHEM 1106, Exp. Gen. Chem. II1COMS 2300, Public Speaking3
ENGL 2309, Tech. Writing3AAEC 2305, Fund. Ag. Eco.3
POLS 1301, Amer. Govt., Org.3POLS 2302, Amer. Pub. Pol.3
HIST 2301, Hist. of U.S. since 18773Ag. elective2
AGSM 2303, Welding & Metalwork3Humanities & Fine Arts3
1618
THIRD YEAR
FallSpring
AGED 2300, Intro. to Ag. Ed.3AAEC 3304, Farm & Ranch Mgt.3
PSS 2432, Prin. & Pract. Soils4AGSM 3303, Int. Comb. Eng. Thr. Op.3
ANSC 3305, Appl. Anim. Nutr.3ANSC 3302, Livestock Prod.3
ENGL 2301 or 23073Ag. Elective (3000 or 4000 level)3
Ag. elective3AGSM 4302, Ag. Bldgs.3
16AGED 3330, Inter. Ag. Agency3
18
FOURTH YEAR
FallSpring
EDSE 4322, Managing Learn. Envir.3AGED 3331, Prin. of Ag. Leadership3
AGED 3302, Ag. Data Base3AGED 4304, Meth. of Tchg. Ag. Sci.3
AGSM 4305, Cond. Ag. Mech. Prog.3AGED 4306, Student Tchg.9
PSS 3421, Fund. Prin. of Gen.4EDSE 4311, Curr. Dev. Sec. Educ.3
EDSE 4310, Ed. Psych.318
16

Minimum hours required for graduation--134. (Students must fulfill the University Multicultural Requirement.)

*PSS 1411 can be used as basic science or basic agriculture but not both.

Students will select one of the plans listed below according to their interest. Selection of one of these plans will not prevent a student from teaching in the other agriscience areas.

To be selected from Category D, General Education Requirements.

Production Agriculture: At least 3 hrs. of advanced agricultural credit.

Preemployment Laboratory in Meats Processing: ANSC 2301, 3101, 3201.

Interdisciplinary Agriculture (Agricultural Education) CurriculumTeacher Certification, Ornamental Horticulture Specialization.

Natural Science Courses: 12 hours
BIOL 1401 or 1402--Biology of Plants or Biology of Animals
CHEM 1305, 1306--Essentials of Chemistry I, II
CHEM 1105, 1106--Experimental General Chemistry I, II (Laboratory)

General Courses: 33 hours
MATH 1320--College Algebra
MATH 1321--Trigonometry
HIST 2300, 2301--American History
POLS 1301, 2302--American Government
ENGL 1301, 1302--College Rhetoric
ENGL 2309--Technical Writing
ENGL 2301--Masterpieces of Literature
--or 2307--or Introduction to Fiction
COMS 2300--Public Speaking

Humanities and Fine Arts Courses: 3 hours
(To be selected from Category D of General Education Requirements)

Education Courses: 21 hours
EDSE 4322--Managing Learning Environments
EDSE 4310--Learning, Cognition, and Instructional Design
EDSE 4311--Curriculum Planning, Development, and Evaluation
AGED 4304--Methods of Teaching Agriscience
AGED 4306 (9 hrs.)--Student Teaching

Agricultural Sciences and Botany Courses: 66-67 hours
AAEC 2305--Agricultural Economics
AGED 2300--Introduction to Agricultural Education
AGED 3330--Interrelationships of Agricultural Agency Information Systems
AGED 3331--Principles of Ag. Leadership
PSS 1321--Agronomic Plant Science
PSS 2432--Principles and Practices in Soils
PSS 3421--Fundamental Principles of Genetics
AGSC 1111--Agricultural Industry
AGSC 2300--Computers in Agriculture
--or AGED 3302--or Ag. Data Base Networks, Info. Systems, & Populace
AGSC 3301--Agricultural Leadership Principles
AGSM 4305--Conducting Agricultural Mechanics Programs
PSS 2401--Introductory Entomology
BOT 3302--Plant Pathology
BOT 3304--Taxonomy of the Flowering Plant
BOT 3401--Plant Physiology
--or PSS 4324--or Agricultural Plant Physiology

18 hours from the following courses:
PSS 1411--Principles of Horticulture
PSS 2312--Propagation Methods
PSS 2313--Herbaceous Plant Materials
PSS 2314--Woody Plants
PSS 3314--Nursery Materials Usage for the Home
PSS 3317--Interior Plants
PSS 4313--Arboriculture
PSS 4314--Garden Center and Nursery Management
PSS 4411--Principles of Floriculture

3 hours from the following courses:
PSS 4335--Soil Fertility Management
PSS 2311--Vegetable Crops
PSS 3311--Tree Fruit Culture

Minimum hours required for graduation--134. (Students must fulfill the University Multicultural Requirement.)

Agricultural Communications Curriculum.

FIRST YEAR
FallSpring
AGSC 1111, The Ag. Industry1ANSC 1341, Gen. Animal Science4
BIOL 1401 or 14024ENGL 1302, Adv. College Rhetoric3
ENGL 1301, Ess. College Rhetoric3HIST 2300, Hist. of U.S. to 18773
MATH 1320, College Algebra3CHEM 1305, Ess. Chem. I3
ACOM 2301, Intro. Ag. Com.3CHEM 1105, Exp. Gen. Chem. I1
Electives2MATH 1321, Trigonometry or
16MATH 2300, Statistics3
17
SECOND YEAR
FallSpring
AGED 3302, Ag. Data Base3PSS 1321, Agronomic Plant Science3
AAEC 2305, Fund. Ag. Economics 3HIST 2301, Hist. of U.S. Since 18773
POLS 1301, Amer. Govt., Org.3ACOM 3300, Commun. Ag. to Public3
ENGL 2309, Patterns of Repts.3Basic Ag. 3
Basic science elective4PHOT 2410, Basic Photography4
16*Humanities and Fine Arts3
19
THIRD YEAR
FallSpring
JOUR 2310, News Writing3JOUR 3312, Reporting3
COMS 2300, Public Speaking3PSS 1411, Prin. of Horticulture4
ADV 3310, Prin. of Advertising3POLS 2302, Am. Public Pol.3
RWFM 2301, Introductory Wildlife3TELE 3310, Intro. to Telecomm.3
Advanced Ag. elective3Advanced Ag. elective3
*Humanities and Fine Arts316
18
FOURTH YEAR
FallSpring
JOUR 3380, Editing3Communications elective3
Basic Ag.3Advanced Ag. electives3
RWFM 2302, Ecol. & Conservation3Electives1
Advanced Ag. elective3Communications Electives3
AGED 4302, Transfer of Ag. Tech.3ACOM 4310, Dev. of Ag. Pub.3
ACOM 4100, Sem. in Ag. Comm.1ACOM 4300, Adv. Computer3
1616

Minimum hours required for graduation--134. (Students must fulfill the University Multicultural Requirement.)

*To be selected from Category D, General Education Requirements.

PSS 1411 can be used as basic science or basic agriculture but not both.

Broadcast emphasis requires completion of JOUR 3314 and TELE 3350.

Courses in Agricultural Communications. (ACOM)

2301. Introduction to Agricultural Communications (3:3:0). An overview of information systems and media associated with the agricultural industry.

3300. Communicating Agriculture to the Public (3:2:2). Principles and procedures in communicating agricultural news and information to general and specialized audiences through presentations and various media. S.

4000. Internship in Agricultural Communications (V1-12).

4100. Seminar in Agricultural Communications (1:1:0). Prerequisite: Senior standing or departmental approval. Overview and analysis of the history, development, issues, and trends of traditional agricultural and related information outlets. May be repeated once for credit. F.

4300. Advanced Computer Applications in Agricultural Media Production (3:3:0). Prerequisite: AGED 3302 or equivalent. Computer applications used in development of agricultural media. Emphasis on desktop publishing, presentation packages, and the use of the Internet.

4301. Agricultural Communications Problems (3). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Individual study of advanced application of principles of agricultural communications.

4310. Development of Agricultural Publications (3:2:2). Prerequisite: JOUR 3310. Students integrate various skills including writing, editing, and layout in producing agricultural publications. Emphasis upon computer software applications in agricultural publishing.

Courses in Agricultural Education. (AGED)

2300. Introduction to Agricultural Sciences Development (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or departmental approval. History and principles of vocational education, community assessment of agricultural programs planning, and development of agricultural youth organization. (Writing Intensive)

3302. Agricultural Data Base Networks, Information Systems, and Populace (3:3:0). Computer hardware and software used in agricultural data base networks, and the interface with the agricultural populace. F, S, SS.

3330. Interrelationships of Agricultural Agency Information Systems (3:2:2). Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or departmental approval. Utilization of agricultural service systems to disseminate information to traditional and nontraditional agricultural clientele. Emphasis on USDA organizations.

3331. Principles of Agricultural Leadership (3:3:0). Application of leadership principles with emphasis on interpersonal and personal skills, dynamics of organizational structure, and institutional and agency leadership. For student teaching only.

4000. Internship (V1-12).

4301. Agricultural Education Problems (3). Prerequisite: Senior standing and approval of department chairperson. Individual investigation. May be repeated for credit. F, S, SS.

4302. Transfer of Agricultural Technology (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Junior standing or departmental approval. Examination of processes by which professional agriculturalists influence the introduction, adoption, and diffusion of technological change. F.

4304. Methods of Teaching Agriscience in the Secondary School (3:2:3). F, S.

4306. Student Teaching (3). Prerequisite: Senior standing in agricultural education.

Courses in Agricultural Systems Management. (AGSM)

2302. Agricultural Surveying and Land Conservation (3:2:3). Basics of traversing, computation of curves, land areas, construction layout and staking, and establishment of grades and elevations for landscape architecture and agricultural purposes. Includes uses and care of equipment, application of stadia measurement and the rudiments of land measurement systems. F.

2303. Welding and Metalwork (3:2:3). Metal fabrication and repair using hand tools, power tools, and welding equipment. Includes metallurgy pertaining to welding processes and heat treating.

3303. Internal Combustion Engine Theory and Operation (3:2:3). Fundamentals of internal combustion engines, principally small gasoline engines. Emphasis on adjustments, repair, and routine maintenance to include tractors and other power units. F, S.

4301. Agricultural Mechanization Problems (3). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Individual study of an advanced phase of agricultural mechanization. Research report required. F, S, SS.

4302. Agricultural Buildings and Environmental Control (3:2:3). Determining agricultural building requirements, materials, design, and construction. Includes construction, tools and equipment, framing, environmental control, and necessary utilities. S.

4305. Conducting Agricultural Mechanics Programs (3:2:2). Organizing, equipping, and managing agriscience laboratories.


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