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College of Agriculture
Wendy Wintersteen, Dean
Departments of the College
Students enrolled in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences 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 and Life Sciences 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
Majors in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
A student has many majors from which to choose. Each major is unique although many courses are common. This is helpful to students in that they may transfer from one major to another before the second year with little 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
Majors in agriculture and life sciences are:
A secondary major must be taken in conjunction with a primary major.
*The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences 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 Student
|9.5||Interpersonal and public communication skills|
|6||English composition with grades of C or better|
|3||Speech fundamentals with grades of C or better; 0.5 credit in Lib 160|
|17||Mathematical physical, and life sciences
|3 credits of mathematics; 3 credits of statistics; 5 credits of physical science (e.g., chemistry, geological and atmospheric sciences, physics); 6 credits of life sciences including Biology 101 or 211, and 3 credits of life sciences from a college-ap proved list: (http://www.ag.iastate. edu/student/student_services.php)|
|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 and Life Sciences majors, and a course designated by the student’s major program designated to coordinate with this foundational course. Refer to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences web site for details of the ethics requirement.|
All students graduating with majors within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences are expected to be proficient in the following college level outcomes:
Professional, Interpersonal and Cross-cultural Communications
Articulate how their personal life
experiences and choices fit within the
context of the larger mosaic of U.S.
society, indicating how they have confronted and critically analyzed their perceptions and assumptions about diversity-related issues,
Analyze and evaluate the contributions of various underrepresented social groups in shaping the history and culture of the U.S.,
Analyze individual and institutional forms of discrimination based on factors such as race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, class, etc.,
Analyze the perspectives of groups and individuals affected by discrimination,
Analyze how cultural diversity and
cooperation among social groups affect
Analyze the accuracy and relevancy of their own worldviews and anticipate how people from other nations may perceive that worldview,
Describe and analyze how cultures and societies around the world are formed, are sustained, and evolve,
Analyze and evaluate the influence of global issues in their own lives, Describe the values and perspectives of cultures other than their own and discuss how they influence individuals’ perceptions of global issues and/or events,
Communicate competently in a second language.
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 and Life Sciences 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 and Life Sciences. 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 and Life Sciences 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.