CSU, Chico

The Option in Agricultural Science and Education

The Option in Agricultural Science and Education

Ag Ed Students A broad-based agriculture program combining crops, animals, business, and technology in a hands-on approach makes learning an enjoyable experience. This degree program in general agriculture is recommended for agricultural teacher preparation and for students seeking a broad program that covers all facets of agriculture. Subject matter includes agricultural engineering technology, animal sciences, agricultural business management, ornamental horticulture, plant sciences, and natural resources. Teaching and learning environments often include agriculture science laboratories, greenhouses, school farms, agricultural mechanics laboratories, supervised agriculture experience projects, and FFA programs. A bachelor's degree in agricultural science and education is excellent preparation for admission into the agriculture teaching credential program.

Major Academic Plan
Course Offerings
Ag Ed Planning Guide (doc) 
Major Academic Plan for Credential Canidates
Graduation Forms

Faculty: Mollie Aschenbrener Brad Dodson Michael Spiess

Student Organization: Collegiate FFA

Internships: Students are not required to intern as part of this major. Many students take advantage of the internship program to gain occupational experience required for the teaching credential. Internship Opportunities

Service and Outreach Activities: Students in the Agriscience and Education major are engaged in many service activities across the college. Some of the activities directly related to major are FFA Field Day, Parli Pro Contest, Judging Opening & Closing Ceremonies, FFA State Convention Workshops, and the National FFA Convention, and career development events.

Student Projects: Students have conducted agricultural education research as part of their undergraduate research requirement. Some examples of posters presented at the American Association for Agricultural Education meetings are: 

  • Teacher Perceptions of California Agricultural Mechanics Teacher Preparation
  • Comparison of Student Participation in Agricultural Education to their Standardized Testing Scores - A Pilot Study
  • Internet Use Among California Agriculture Teachers, Focusing on http://www.CalAgEd.org

Career Opportunities: Students graduating with a degree in Agriculture/Agriscience and Education are well prepared to enter the teaching credential program. Current teaching positions in California. Other career opportunities for graduates are found in: management, training, sales, human resources, communications, and production agriculture.

Additional Resources: Resources for students and teachers. FFA Field Day Information