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College of Agriculture
Wendy Wintersteen, Dean
Departments of the College
Agricultural Education and Studies
Students enrolled in the College of Agriculture are provided a broad-based education that includes coursework in communications; biological, physical, and social sciences; humanities; and technical subject matter.
Upon graduation students find diverse career opportunities because of the well balanced education they have received as undergraduates. Opportunities for graduates include production agriculture, business and industry, public agencies, education, biological and environmental sciences, value-added processing, natural resource management, rural development, animal and human health professions, and graduate studies.
High School Preparation
Requirements for students entering from high school or transferring with less than 24 college credits into the College of Agriculture include four years of English; three years of mathematics which must include one year each of algebra, geometry, and advanced algebra; three years of science which must include one year each of biology and chemistry, or biology and physics, or chemistry and physics; and two years of social studies. No foreign language is required for admission to the College of Agriculture.
Majors in the College of Agriculture
A student has many majors from which to choose. Each major is unique but there are courses common to many. This is helpful to students in that they may transfer from one agriculture major to another before the second year with little, if any, loss of credits. Options and areas of specialization further define the majors and required coursework within some majors. In all cases, majors are designed to help students succeed in their chosen professions. Majors in agriculture are:
A secondary major must be taken in conjunction with a primary major.
*The College of Agriculture participates in these interdepartmental minors. See statement on minors in the Colleges and Curricula section of this catalog.
Agriculture Exploration is a starting place for students who wish to pursue careers in the life sciences, food science, natural resources, production agriculture, business, or communications but who are unsure of which majors to choose. Students entering this program will be advised in the Agriculture Student Services Office until they select their majors.
|9.5||Interpersonal and public communication skills|
|6 credits of English composition with grades of C or better; 3 credits of speech fundamentals with grades of C or better; 0.5 credit in Lib 160|
|17||Mathematical and computer science|
|3 credits of mathematics; 3 credits of statistics; 5 credits of physical science (e.g., chemistry, geologi-cal and atmospheric sciences, physics); 6 credits of life science (e.g., biochemistry, biology, botany, ecology, genetics, microbiology, physiology, zoology).|
|12||Humanities, social sciences|
|3 credits of humanities; 3 credits of social sciences; 3 credits of U.S. diversity from an approved list; 3 credits of international perspectives from an approved list.|
|Requirement met in one of two ways designated by the student’s major program of study: 1) 3 credits from a college-approved list; or 2) a course in foundational elements of ethical/critical thinking offered by the Department of Philosophy specifically to meet this requirement for College of Agriculture majors, AND a course designated by the student’s major program designated to coordinate with this foundational course.Refer to the College of Agriculture web site for details of the ethics requirement.|
All students graduating with majors within the College of Agriculture are expected to be proficient in the following college level outcomes:
In addition to the College level learning outcomes, each department within the college has additional discipline-specific outcomes that apply to graduates of that department.
Students use electives to broaden their education or to strengthen an area of specialization. Electives may be used to meet the requirements for a double major (see statement on double majors in this catalog). Those who wish to change their major, or who decide to graduate with a double major, must be enrolled for the last two semesters in the curriculum in which they expect to graduate. Students in ROTC may apply ROTC credits toward elective requirements.
Each student in the College of Agriculture works closely with an academic adviser who is associated with the major in which the student is enrolled.
All entering students are strongly encouraged to participate in the summer orientation program in which they will have the opportunity to meet and work with academic advisers in planning their first semester schedule of classes.
The advisers also assist students in making personal adjustments to university life, offer suggestions on academic and co-curricular choices, and provide information on career choices. Advisers make a special effort to adjust course schedules in accordance with students’ interests and capabilities.
A student may wish to prepare for admission to a professional program such as law, medicine, or veterinary medicine while pursuing a bachelor of science degree in the College of Agriculture. This may be accomplished through several majors; however, it is recommended that the student work closely with an academic adviser.
Each department prepares a guide to help students chart their long-term programs and to specify the exact requirements for graduation. Visit the college web site www.ag.iastate.edu.
Graduate study in agriculture is conducted through the Graduate College. Details are found in the Graduate College section of this catalog.
Various departments in the College of Agriculture also participate in the following graduate-level interdepartmental offerings:
Biorenewable Resources and Technology
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
Professional Agriculture (off-campus)
Seed Technology and Business
Technology and Social Change (interdepartmental minor)
For details, consult the Graduate College section of this catalog.