Department of Agricultural Education
and Communications

Professor Paul Vaughn, Chairperson.

Professor Cepica; Associate Professors Fraze and Lawver; Assistant Professors Kieth and Lockaby; 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.

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
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 18773**Ag. elective2
AGSM 2303, Welding & Metalwork3Humanities & Fine Arts3
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
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

Minimum hours required for graduation134. (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.

Choose from Core Curriculum requirements, pages 94-105.

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

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

Agricultural Communications Curriculum.

AGSC 1111, The Ag. Industry1ANSC 1401, 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
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.3AGED 2300, Intro. to Ag. 3
Basic science elective4PHOT 2410, Basic Photography4
16*Humanities and Fine Arts3
JOUR 2310, News Writing3JOUR 3312, Reporting3
COMS 2300, Public Speaking3**PSS 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
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

Minimum hours required for graduation134. (Students must fulfill the University Multicultural Requirement.)

*Choose from Core Curriculum requirements, pages 94-105.

**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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