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Department of Agriculture

Dr. Malcolm Rainey, Head
Dean Hall, Suite 123
(479) 968-0251
mraineyjr@atu.edu

Professors:
Collins, Hoefler, Rainey
Associate Professor:
Brant
Assistant Professors:
Killingsworth, Maxwell, Renfro, Williams

The Agriculture Department includes programs of study as follows:

  1. A four-year curriculum in agriculture business, with animal science, feedmill management, horticulture, public relations, and pre-veterinary medicine options, leading to a bachelor of science degree.
  2. Pre-veterinary medicine - Through proper advising and taking courses in proper sequence, students can meet the minimum course requirements for entrance into Louisiana State University, University of Missouri, Oklahoma State University, Tuskegee Institute, and other institutions offering the D.V.M degree in two years.
  3. Agricultural Education - Students interested in teaching agriculture in secondary schools should follow the curriculum set forth in this catalog under the agricultural education for teacher licensure curricula in the College of Education.

The objectives of the department are to:

  1. provide a balanced educational program with relatively broad interdisciplinary training as opposed to narrow specialization, thus preparing the student for success in his/her chosen field and in his/her citizenship responsibilities.
  2. serve and assist the student in educational and personal problems through active faculty counseling.
  3. assist the student in development and improvement of leadership abilities through encouragement of active participation in activities of the Ag Ambassadors, Agri Club, Collegiate FFA, FFA Day and Pre-Veterinary Club and other extracurricular activities.

The baccalaureate degree program in agri-business integrates the discipline of agriculture, business, accounting, economics, and finance. Emphasis is placed on management directed toward the farm business and agri-business firms.

Trends in occupations related to agriculture are shifting from production to agri-business services such as management, processing, distribution, and marketing. This creates a need for personnel with a broad background in these areas of training. Our systems concept is geared to integration of disciplines to better prepare graduates for present day needs.

Attractive career opportunities exist in agricultural business firms, banks and other financial agencies, marketing, food processing, extension, soil conservation, forestry, farm and agri-business management, and sales and distribution firms.

The curricula that follow represent the program of study for the four-year degree in agri-business, including the animal science, feed mill management, horticulture, public relations, and pre-veterinary medicine options. Students enrolled in programs other than agri-business may want to tailor their curriculum to best meet their individual needs.

Agriculture Business

Curriculum in Agriculture Business

The matrix below is a sample plan for all coursework required for this program
Freshman
Fall Spring
ENGL 1013 Composition I1,T 3 ENGL 1023 Composition II1,T 3
CHEM 1113 A Survey of Chemistry and CHEM 1111 Survey of Chemistry LaboratoryT 4 MATH 1113 College AlgebraT 3
COMS 1003 Introduction to Computer Based SystemsT 3 SPH 2173 Business and Professional SpeakingT 3
AGAS 1014 Principles of Animal Science 4 AGBU 1013 Principles of Agriculture Business 3
AGBU 1001 Agriculture Orientation 1 AGPS 1024 Principles of Plant Science 4
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 16
 
Sophomore
Fall Spring
ENGL 2053 Technical Writing 3 Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3
ACCT 2003 Accounting Principles IT 3 U.S. History/Government1,T 3
BIOL 1014 Introduction to Biological ScienceT 4 MATH 2163 Introduction to Statistical MethodsT 3
BLAW 2033 Legal Environment of BusinessT 3 AGBU 2073 Principles of Agriculture Microeconomics 3
AGBU 2063 Principles of Agricultural Macroeconomics 3 AGSS 2014 Soils 4
Total Hours 16 Total Hours 16
 
Junior
Fall Spring
Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3 AGBU 4013 Agricultural Marketing 3
AGBU 3133 Intermediate Agricultural Macroeconomics 3 AGBU 4063 Agricultural Investments 3
AGBU 3213 Career Development in Agriculture 3 Agriculture Elective2 6
Agriculture Elective2 3 Elective3,T 2
Elective3,T 3
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 14
 
Senior
Fall Spring
AGBU 4003 Agri-Business Management 3 AGBU 4023 Agricultural Finance 3
AGBU 4043 Appraisal of Farm Real Estate 3 AGBU 4033 Agricultural Policy 3
AGBU 4153 Computers in Agriculture 3 AGBU 4073 Commodity Risk and Futures 3
Agriculture Elective2 4 AGBU 4973 Senior Seminar 3
Elective3,T 3
Total Hours 13 Total Hours 15
 
1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements".
2At least 40 of the total hours required for graduation must be 3000 - 4000 level courses.
3Recommended electives are SPAN 1013 Beginning Spanish I and SPAN 1023 Beginning Spanish II.
TDesignates a block of courses that would provide for a seamless transfer into this program if equivalent courses are taken at another college or university.

Curriculum in Animal Science Option

The matrix below is a sample plan for all coursework required for this program
Freshman
Fall Spring
ENGL 1013 Composition I1,T 3 ENGL 1023 Composition II1,T 3
BIOL 1014 Introduction to Biological ScienceT 4 MATH 1113 College AlgebraT 3
COMS 1003 Introduction to Computer Based SystemsT 3 SPH 2173 Business and Professional SpeakingT 3
AGAS 1014 Principles of Animal Science 4 AGBU 1013 Principles of Agriculture Business 3
AGBU 1001 Agriculture Orientation 1 AGPS 1024 Principles of Plant Science 4
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 16
 
Sophomore
Fall Spring
ENGL 2053 Technical Writing 3 U.S. History/Government1,T 3
ACCT 2003 Accounting Principles IT 3 MATH 2163 Introduction to Statistical MethodsT 3
BLAW 2033 Legal Environment of BusinessT 3 AGAS 2084 Feeds and Feeding 4
CHEM 1113 A Survey of Chemistry and CHEM 1111 Survey of Chemistry LaboratoryT 4 AGBU 2073 Principles of Agriculture Microeconomics 3
AGBU 2063 Principles of Agricultural Macroeconomics 3 AGSS 2014 Soils 4
Total Hours 16 Total Hours 17
 
Junior
Fall Spring
Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3 Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3
AGAS 3004 Reproduction in Farm Animals 4 Poultry Science3 3
AGBU 3213 Career Development in Agriculture 3 AGAS 3104 Swine Management 4
Agriculture Elective2 3 Agriculture Elective2 3
Elective2,T 2
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 13
 
Senior
Fall Spring
AGAS 4203 Livestock and Poultry Nutrition 3 AGAS 3014 Beef Cattle Management 4
AGBU 4003 Agri-Business Management 3 AGAS 3933 Animal Breeding and Genetics 3
AGBU 4013 Agricultural Marketing 3 AGBU 4023 Agricultural Finance 3
AGPS 3023 Forage Crops and Pasture Management 3 AGBU 4033 Agricultural Policy 3
    AGBU 4973 Senior Seminar 3
Total Hours 12 Total Hours 16
 
1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements".
2At least 40 of the total hours required for graduation must be 3000 - 4000 level courses.
3One of the following AGAS 3303 Poultry Management, AGAS 3343 Regulatory Affairs of the Food Industry, or AGAS 4403.
TDesignates a block of courses that would provide for a seamless transfer into this program if equivalent courses are taken at another college or university.

Curriculum in Feed Mill Management Option

The matrix below is a sample plan for all coursework required for this program
Freshman
Fall Spring
ENGL 1013 Composition I1,T 3 ENGL 1023 Composition II1,T 3
BIOL 1014 Introduction to Biological ScienceT 4 CHEM 1113 A Survey of Chemistry and CHEM 1111 Survey of Chemistry LaboratoryT 4
MATH 1113 College AlgebraT 3 COMS 1003 Introduction to Computer Based SystemsT 3
AGAS 1014 Principles of Animal Science 4 AGBU 1013 Principles of Agriculture Business 3
AGBU 1001 Agriculture Orientation 1 AGPS 1024 Principles of Plant Science 4
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 17
 
Sophomore
Fall Spring
ENGL 2053 Technical Writing 3 Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3
Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3 MATH 2163 Introduction to Statistical MethodsT 3
ACCT 2003 Accounting Principles IT 3 AGAS 2084 Feeds and Feeding 4
BLAW 2033 Legal Environment of BusinessT 3 AGAS 3303 Poultry Management 3
SPH 2173 Business and Professional SpeakingT 3 AGBU 2073 Principles of Agriculture Microeconomics 3
AGBU 2063 Principles of Agricultural Macroeconomics 3  
Total Hours 18 Total Hours 16
 
Junior
Fall Spring
U.S. History/Government1,T 3 AGAS 3343 Regulatory Affairs of the Food Industry 3
AGBU 4053 Agricultural Price Analysis 3 AGBU 4013 Agricultural Marketing 3
Agriculture Elective2 9 AGBU 4023 Agricultural Finance 3
    AGBU 4033 Agricultural Policy 3
  AGBU 4063 Agricultural Investments 3
  AGBU 4073 Commodity Risk and Futures 3
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 18
 
Senior
Fall Spring
AGAS 4203 Livestock and Poultry Nutrition 3 AGBU 3993 Internship I in Agriculture 3
AGBU 3213 Career Development in Agriculture 3 AGBU 4983 Internship II in Agriculture 3
AGBU 4003 Agri-Business Management 3    
AGBU 4973 Senior Seminar 3    
Agriculture Elective2 3    
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 6
 
1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements".
2 At least 40 of the total hours required for graduation must be 3000 - 4000 level courses.
TDesignates a block of courses that would provide for a seamless transfer into this program if equivalent courses are taken at another college or university.

Curriculum in Horticulture Option

The matrix below is a sample plan for all coursework required for this program
Freshman
Fall Spring
ENGL 1013 Composition I1,T 3 ENGL 1023 Composition II1,T 3
U.S. History/Government1,T 3 COMS 1003 Introduction to Computer Based SystemsT 3
BIOL 1014 Introduction to Biological Science or BIOL 2134 Principles of BiologyT 4 MATH 1113 College AlgebraT 3
AGAS 1014 Principles of Animal Science 4 AGBU 1013 Principles of Agriculture Business 3
AGBU 1001 Agriculture Orientation 1 AGPS 1024 Principles of Plant Science 4
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 16
 
Sophomore
Fall Spring
ACCT 2003 Accounting Principles IT 3 ENGL 2053 Technical Writing 3
BLAW 2033 Legal Environment of BusinessT 3 Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3
CHEM 1113 A Survey of Chemistry and CHEM 1111 Survey of Chemistry LaboratoryT 4 MATH 2163 Introduction to Statistical MethodsT 3
SPH 2173 Business and Professional SpeakingT 3 AGBU 2073 Principles of Agriculture Microeconomics 3
AGBU 2063 Principles of Agricultural Macroeconomics 3 AGSS 2014 Soils 4
Total Hours 16 Total Hours 16
 
Junior
Fall Spring
Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3 AGPS 3064 Vegetable Growing 4
AGBU 3213 Career Development in Agriculture 3 AGPS 3093 Greenhouse Operation and Management 3
AGPS 3044 Plant Propagation 4 Agriculture Elective2 4
AGPS 3244 Plant Pathology 4 ElectiveT 2
ElectiveT 2
Total Hours 16 Total Hours 13
 
Senior
Fall Spring
AGBU 4003 Agri-Business Management 3 AGBU 4023 Agricultural Finance 3
AGBU 4013 Agricultural Marketing 3 AGBU 4033 Agricultural Policy 3
AGPS 3074 Floriculture 4 AGBU 4973 Senior Seminar 3
Agriculture Elective2 3 AGPS 3083 Small Fruit and Nut Culture 3
    AGPS 4103 Crop and Garden Insects 3
Total Hours 13 Total Hours 15
 
1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements".
2 At least 40 of the total hours required for graduation must be 3000 - 4000 level courses.
TDesignates a block of courses that would provide for a seamless transfer into this program if equivalent courses are taken at another college or university.

Curriculum in Public Relations Option

The matrix below is a sample plan for all coursework required for this program
Freshman
Fall Spring
ENGL 1013 Composition I1,T 3 ENGL 1023 Composition II1,T 3
CHEM 1113 A Survey of Chemistry and CHEM 1111 Survey of Chemistry LaboratoryT 4 COMS 1003 Introduction to Computer Based SystemsT 3
MATH 1113 College AlgebraT 3 JOUR 2133 Introduction to Mass Communication 3
AGAS 1014 Principles of Animal Science 4 AGBU 1013 Principles of Agriculture Business 3
AGBU 1001 Agriculture Orientation 1 AGPS 1024 Principles of Plant Science 4
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 16
 
Sophomore
Fall Spring
ACCT 2003 Accounting Principles IT 3 Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3
BLAW 2033 Legal Environment of BusinessT 3 BIOL 1014 Introduction to Biological ScienceT 4
JOUR 2143 News Writing 3 MATH 2163 Introduction to Statistical MethodsT 3
SPH 2173 Business and Professional SpeakingT 3 AGBU 2073 Principles of Agriculture Microeconomics 3
AGBU 2063 Principles of Agricultural Macroeconomics 3 AGSS 2014 Soils 4
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 17
 
Junior
Fall Spring
ENGL 2053 Technical Writing 3 JOUR 3273 Public Relations Writing 3
Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3 JOUR 4033 Community Journalism 3
U.S. History/Government1,T 3 Agriculture Elective2 3
JOUR 3173 Public Relations Principle 3 Elective 6
Agriculture Elective2 3
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15
 
Senior
Fall Spring
JOUR 4073 Graphic Communication 3 JOUR 4173 Public Relations Project 3
AGBU 3213 Career Development in Agriculture 3 JOUR 4883 Mass Communication Theory 3
AGBU 4003 Agri-Business Management 3 AGBU 4023 Agricultural Finance 3
AGBU 4013 Agricultural Marketing 3 AGBU 4033 Agricultural Policy 3
AGBU 4973 Senior Seminar 3
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 12
 
1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements".
2At least 40 of the total hours required for graduation must be 3000 - 4000 level courses.
TDesignates a block of courses that would provide for a seamless transfer into this program if equivalent courses are taken at another college or university.

Pre-Professional Programs

Dr. Malcolm Rainey
Coordinator
Dean Hall, Suite 123

Arkansas Tech University offers a complete pre-professional training program in pre-veterinary medicine. Statements and curricula for this program are listed below.

Curriculum in Pre-Veterinary Medicine Option

The matrix below is a sample plan for all coursework required for this program
Freshman
Fall Spring
ENGL 1013 Composition I1,T 3 ENGL 1023 Composition II1,T 3
BIOL 1114 Principles of BiologyT 4 BIOL 2124 Principles of ZoologyT 4
COMS 1003 Introduction to Computer Based SystemsT 3 CHEM 2124 General Chemistry IT 4
MATH 1113 College AlgebraT 3 AGBU 1013 Principles of Agriculture Business 3
AGAS 1014 Principles of Animal Science 4
AGBU 1001 Agriculture Orientation 1
Total Hours 18 Total Hours 14
 
Sophomore
Fall Spring
Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3 ACCT 2003 Accounting Principles IT 3
CHEM 2134 General Chemistry IIT 4 BLAW 2033 Legal Environment of BusinessT 3
PHYS 2014 Physical Principles IT 4 PHYS 2024 Physical Principles IIT 4
SPH 2173 Business and Professional SpeakingT 3 AGAS 2084 Feeds and Feeding 4
AGBU 2063 Principles of Agricultural Macroeconomics 3 AGBU 2073 Principles of Agriculture Microeconomics 3
Total Hours 17 Total Hours 17
 
Junior
Fall Spring
Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3 CHEM 3264 Mechanistic Organic Chemistry 4
U.S. History/Government1,T 3 ENGL 2053 Technical Writing 3
CHEM 3254 Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry 4 MATH 2163 Introduction to Statistical MethodsT 3
AGAS 4203 Livestock and Poultry Nutrition 3 AGAS 3933 Animal Breeding and Genetics 3
AGBU 3213 Career Development in Agriculture 3
Total Hours 16 Total Hours 13
 
Senior
Fall Spring
AGAS 3004 Reproduction in Farm Animals 4 BIOL 3054 Microbiology 4
AGBU 4003 Agri-Business Management 3 CHEM 3344 Principles of Biochemistry 4
AGBU 4013 Agricultural Marketing 3 AGBU 4023 Agricultural Finance 3
AGBU 4973 Senior Seminar 3 AGBU 4033 Agricultural Policy 3
Total Hours 13 Total Hours 14
 
1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements".
2At least 40 of the total hours required for graduation must be 3000 - 4000 level courses.
TDesignates a block of courses that would provide for a seamless transfer into this program if equivalent courses are taken at another college or university.

Minor Agriculture

The minor in Agriculture is available to students who wish to add to their knowledge of Agriculture for personal improvement and/or for professional development but not open to Department of Agriculture majors. This minor may be of particular interest to those students who wish to work in the food or fiber industries after graduation. This minor may be well suited for students in Accounting, Economics, Business Administration, Engineering, Emergency Management, Hospitality Administration and Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences. The minor in Agriculture requires 21 hours of courses:

AGAS 1014 Principles of Animal Science
AGBU 1013 Principles of Agriculture Business
AGPS 1024 Principles of Plant Science
AGSS 2014 Soils
*AG Electives (6 hours of Agriculture academic courses at the 3000 or 4000 level, excluding: AGBU 3213 Career Development in Agriculture, AGBU 3993 Internship I in Agriculture, AGBU 4983 Internship II in Agriculture, and AGBU 4991-4 Special Problems in Agriculture

*In order to take the upper division (3000-4000 level) AG courses, the student must have completed 54 hours including all 1000 and 2000 level courses listed above as well as any prerequisites and have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0.