THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN AGRICULTURE

Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree: 120 units

See "Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree" in The University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements. A minimum of 40 units, including those required for the major, must be upper division.

A suggested Major Academic Plan (MAP) has been prepared to help students meet all graduation requirements within four years. Please request a plan from your major adviser or view it and other current advising information on the CSU, Chico Web.

General Education Requirements: 48 units

See "General Education Requirements" in The University Catalog and The Class Schedule for the most current information on General Education Requirements and course offerings. The course requirements marked below with an asterisk (*) may also be applied toward General Education.

For both the BS in Agriculture and the BS in Agricultural Business, ABUS 101 may be applied to General Education Breadth Area D1.

Cultural Diversity Course Requirements: 6 units

See "Cultural Diversity" in The University Catalog. Most courses taken to satisfy these requirements may also apply to General Education.

American Institutions Requirement: 6 units

See the "American Institutions Requirement" under "Bachelor's Degree Requirements." For this major, this requirement is normally fulfilled by completing HIST 130 and POLS 155. For this major, HIST 130 may also be applied to General Education Breadth Area C1, C2, or C3, and POLS 155 may also be applied to General Education Breadth Area D1, D2, or D3.

Literacy Requirement:

See "Mathematics and Writing Requirements" in The University Catalog. Writing proficiency in the major is a graduation requirement and may be demonstrated through satisfactory completion of a course in your major which has been designated as the Writing Proficiency (WP) course for the semester in which you take the course. Students who earn below a C- are required to repeat the course and earn a C- or better to receive WP credit. See The Class Schedule for the designated WP courses for each semester. You must pass ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a C- or better before you may register for a WP course.

Course Requirements for the Major: 83 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this degree. Additional required courses, depending upon the selected option or advising pattern, are outlined following the degree core program requirements.

DEGREE CORE PROGRAM: 46 units

Lower-Division Core: 33 units

2 courses required:
AGRI180The University Experience1.0FS
MATH105Statistics3.0FS *
Prerequisites: Completion of ELM requirement.
1 course selected from:
CHEM107Gen Chem for Applied Sciences4.0FS *
Prerequisites: Intermediate Algebra.
CHEM111General Chemistry4.0FS *
Prerequisites: Second-year high school algebra; one year high school chemistry. (One year of high school physics and one year of high school mathematics past Algebra II are recommended.)
1 course selected from:
CHEM108Organic Chem for Applied Sci4.0FS
Prerequisites: CHEM 107 or CHEM 111 or equivalent.
CHEM112General Chemistry4.0FS
Prerequisites: CHEM 111.
1 course selected from:
ABUS101Intro to Ag Business/Economics3.0FS
ABUS261Farm Accounting3.0FS
1 course selected from:
AGET120Intro to Ag Mechanics3.0FA
AGET150Agricultural Machine Systems3.0FS

NOTE: Students selecting the Option in Agricultural Science and Education must complete both AGET 120 and AGET 150. The additional course counts toward elective units.

1 course selected from:
ANSC101Introduction to Animal Science3.0FS *
ANSC230Animal Feeds and Nutrition3.0FS

NOTE: Students selecting the Option in Animal Science must complete both ANSC 101 and ANSC 230. The additional course counts toward elective units.

1 course selected from:
PSSC101Introduction to Plant Science3.0FS *
PSSC250Introduction to Soil Science3.0FS
Prerequisites: CHEM 107 or CHEM 111.

NOTE: Students selecting the Option in Plant Science must complete both PSSC 101 and PSSC 250. The additional course counts toward elective units.

9 units selected from:

Any combination of lower division courses in Agriculture (AGRI), Agricultural Engineering Technology (AGET), Animal Science (ANSC), Plant Science (PSSC), and Agricultural Business (ABUS). All courses must be approved by your adviser.

Upper-Division Core: 13 units

4 courses required:
AGRI331Agricultural Ecology3.0FS
Prerequisites: Completion of lower division core.
AGRI482Agricultural Issues3.0FS WP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher.
AGRI490Agricultural Experimental Res4.0FS
Prerequisites: AGRI 331.
AGRI491Agricultural Experimental Res3.0FS
Prerequisites: AGRI 490.

Major Option Course Requirements: 37 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required dependent upon the option chosen. Students must select one of the following options for completion of the major course requirements.

THE OPTION IN AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE AND EDUCATION: 37 units

This option prepares students for careers in the broad field of agriculture or for careers in teaching at the secondary level. The option consists, therefore, of two parallel advising patterns: Agricultural Science and Agricultural Education. The Agricultural Science area of study prepares students for diverse careers in agricultural production where the integration of animal, plant, and agri-business knowledge and skills is required. The Agricultural Education area of study prepares students to receive a secondary teaching credential in agriculture.

OPTION CORE REQUIREMENTS: 25 units

Genetics

1 course required:
AGRI305Agri Genetics & Biotechnology4.0SP
Prerequisites: ANSC 101 or BIOL 108 or PSSC 101; CHEM 107 or CHEM 111.

Animal Science

2 courses selected from:
ANSC301Intermediate Animal Systems3.0FS
Prerequisites: ANSC 101.
ANSC330Animal Nutrition3.0SP
Prerequisites: ANSC 101 or BIOL 210, ANSC 230.
ANSC340Repro Physiol Domestic Animals3.0FA
Prerequisites: ANSC 101 or BIOL 108.
ANSC360Animal Health and Disease3.0SP
Prerequisites: ANSC 101 or BIOL 210.

Plant and Soil Science

2 courses selected from:
PSSC274Greenhouse Management3.0S1
PSSC353Agrichemicals3.0F1
Prerequisites: CHEM 107 or CHEM 111; PSSC 250.
PSSC356Soil Quality and Health3.0S2
Prerequisites: PSSC 250 or instructor permission.
PSSC360Ecology of Crop Production3.0S2
Prerequisites: AGRI 331.
PSSC361Production of Annual Crops3.0FA
PSSC366Fruit and Nut Production3.0SP
Prerequisites: Upper-division standing.

Agricultural Engineering Technology

1 course selected from:
AGET340GPS/GIS in Ag/Nat Res Mgmt3.0SP
AGET360Irrigation3.0SP
Prerequisites: PSSC 101 or PSSC 250.

Agricultural Business

1 course selected from:
ABUS321Agribusiness Management3.0SP
Prerequisites: ABUS 101 or equivalent.
ABUS331Agricultural Mgmt Info Systems3.0FS

Natural Resources

1 course selected from:
AGRI432Holistic Resource Management3.0F2
Prerequisites: AGRI 331.
PSSC330Rangeland Resources/Management3.0FA
PSSC334Wetland/Riparian Res and Mgmt3.0F1
Prerequisites: Completion of lower-division core.

Area of Study: 12 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required depending upon the area of study chosen. Students must select one of the following areas of study for completion of the major course requirements. Courses must be approved in advance by the academic adviser.

Agricultural Science Area of Study

12 units selected from:

Any upper-division courses in agricultural science and related subject matter approved by the adviser. Students selecting this area of study are strongly encouraged to gain practical skills and knowledge through an approved internship or directed work experience.

Agricultural Education Area of Study

The required course work in agriculture and in agricultural education for this option and area of study fulfills the requirements for two teaching credentials—the Single Subject Credential in Agriculture, and the Specialist Credential in Agriculture. Students pursuing this career objective should also complete HCSV 451 and EDTE 302 and pass the California Basic Education Skills Test.

5 courses required:
AGRI201Intro to Agricultural Educ3.0FA
AGRI210Directed Field Exp in Ag Ed2.0FA
AGRI321Program Dev in Ag Education2.0SP
AGRI420Tech in Vocational Ag Instruct2.0SP
Prerequisites: AGRI 201 or faculty permission.
AGRI421Curric/Method Tch Ag Mechanics3.0SP
Prerequisites: AGET 120. Recommended: AGET 150.

THE OPTION IN ANIMAL SCIENCE: 37 units

This option prepares students for diverse careers involving all aspects of animal agriculture. Careers in animal production, allied industries, and pre-professional preparation for graduate study, are possible directions for students in this option. The option emphasizes science-based study of animal production, including nutrition, health, reproduction, genetics, and meat science. In addition, management level courses in several domestic animal species are offered. Students who pursue this option have the flexibility to follow one of several different areas of study that directly prepares them for their career goals.

5 courses required:
AGRI305Agri Genetics & Biotechnology4.0SP
Prerequisites: ANSC 101 or BIOL 108 or PSSC 101; CHEM 107 or CHEM 111.
ANSC301Intermediate Animal Systems3.0FS
Prerequisites: ANSC 101.
ANSC330Animal Nutrition3.0SP
Prerequisites: ANSC 101 or BIOL 210, ANSC 230.
ANSC340Repro Physiol Domestic Animals3.0FA
Prerequisites: ANSC 101 or BIOL 108.
ANSC360Animal Health and Disease3.0SP
Prerequisites: ANSC 101 or BIOL 210.
1 course selected from:
ANSC471Beef Production & Management3.0SP
Prerequisites: ANSC 101.
ANSC474Dairy Production & Management3.0FA
Prerequisites: ANSC 101.
1 course selected from:
ANSC272Sheep Production & Management3.0FA
Prerequisites: ANSC 101.
ANSC273Swine Production & Management3.0SP
Prerequisites: ANSC 101.

Area of Study: 15 units

15 units selected from:

Courses must be selected in advance and approved by the adviser. In selecting courses to meet this requirement, students must create a concentration of courses that best meets their career goals. The following courses are recommended for the indicated areas of study.

Animal Production Area of Study

15 units selected from:
ABUS321Agribusiness Management3.0SP
Prerequisites: ABUS 101 or equivalent.
ANSC320Advanced Livestock Selection3.0FA
ANSC350Meat and the Consumer3.0FS
PSSC330Rangeland Resources/Management3.0FA
OR (the following course may be substituted for the above)
PSSC363Forage Crops3.0Inq
Prerequisites: BIOL 209 or PSSC 101 or PSSC 330.

3 units selected in consultation with your adviser.

Animal Industry Area of Study

15 units selected from:
ABUS211Agri Selling & Consulting3.0SP
ABUS311Ag Markets and Pricing3.0FS
Prerequisites: ABUS 101.
ABUS321Agribusiness Management3.0SP
Prerequisites: ABUS 101 or equivalent.
ABUS331Agricultural Mgmt Info Systems3.0FS
AGRI380AFair Mgmt & Ag Leadership3.0FA
OR (the following course may be substituted for the above)
AGRI380BAg Leadership & Fair Mgmt3.0SP
Prerequisites: AGRI 380A or permission of the instructor.

Pre-professional: Food Animal Veterinary Medicine Area of Study

3 courses required:
BIOL151Biological Principles4.0FS
Prerequisites: Recommend CHEM 111 or concurrent enrollment.
CHEM270Organic Chemistry4.0FS
Prerequisites: CHEM 112.
CHEM370Organic Chemistry3.0FS
Prerequisites: CHEM 270.
1 course selected from:
BIOL152Biological Principles4.0FS
Prerequisites: BIOL 151; recommend CHEM 112 or concurrent enrollment.
BIOL210General Zoology3.0FS
Prerequisites: BIOL 152 or faculty permission.
BIOL211General Microbiology4.0FS
Prerequisites: A college course in biology and in general chemistry.

NOTE: Students selecting this area of study must select CHEM 111 and CHEM 112 in the lower-division core. Additional requirements for application to veterinary school include PHYS 202A, PHYS 202B, BIOL 416, and CHEM 250. In order to complete all requiremens for a degree in Agriculture (Option in Animal Science) and requirements for admission to veterinary school, student programs will exceed 120 units.

THE OPTION IN PLANT SCIENCE: 37 units

This option prepares students to manage agricultural enterprises for the production of plant crops for human and animal consumption, for the protection of these crops and resources against pests (insects, diseases, weeds, vertebrates), and for the stewardship of their natural resources (soil, water, air, and biota). The option emphasizes sustainable land use and crop protection practices and contains three parallel areas of study: crop production, crop protection (which also prepares students for careers as Pest Control Advisors), and soil management. Career opportunities may be found in the agricultural production industry, in agricultural research, and in agricultural advising and regulation.

Option Core Requirements: 22 units

Soil and Water Resources

1 course selected from:
AGET360Irrigation3.0SP
Prerequisites: PSSC 101 or PSSC 250.
PSSC353Agrichemicals3.0F1
Prerequisites: CHEM 107 or CHEM 111; PSSC 250.
PSSC356Soil Quality and Health3.0S2
Prerequisites: PSSC 250 or instructor permission.

Genetics

1 course required:
AGRI305Agri Genetics & Biotechnology4.0SP
Prerequisites: ANSC 101 or BIOL 108 or PSSC 101; CHEM 107 or CHEM 111.

Crop Production

1 course selected from:
PSSC274Greenhouse Management3.0S1
PSSC361Production of Annual Crops3.0FA
PSSC363Forage Crops3.0Inq
Prerequisites: BIOL 209 or PSSC 101 or PSSC 330.
PSSC364Seed Production3.0F2
Prerequisites: BIOL 209 or PSSC 101 or faculty permission.
PSSC366Fruit and Nut Production3.0SP
Prerequisites: Upper-division standing.

Agronomic Pests and Control

1 course selected from:
PSSC340Economic Entomology3.0F1
PSSC342Plant Pathology3.0F2
Prerequisites: PSSC 101.
PSSC343Introduction to Weed Science3.0S1
Prerequisites: AGRI 331.

Crop Function

1 course required:
BIOL414Plant Physiology4.0FS
Prerequisites: BIOL 108 or BIOL 152; BIOL 209; CHEM 108 or CHEM 270; or faculty permission.

Production Experience

1 course selected from:
PSSC309ADir Work in Field/Row Crops2.0FA
PSSC309BDir Work in Field/Row Crops2.0SP
Prerequisites: PSSC 309A or faculty permission.
PSSC310ADirected Work in Orchard Crops2.0SP
Prerequisites: PSSC 101.
PSSC310BDirected Work in Orchard Crops2.0FA
Prerequisites: PSSC 101.
PSSC312Dir Work in Greenhouse Prod2.0FS
PSSC389Internship1.06.0FS
Prerequisites: Junior standing, faculty permission.

PSSC 389 must be taken for 2 units.

Production Management

1 course selected from:
ABUS321Agribusiness Management3.0SP
Prerequisites: ABUS 101 or equivalent.
AGRI432Holistic Resource Management3.0F2
Prerequisites: AGRI 331.

Area of Study: 15 units

15 units selected from:

Courses must be selected and approved in advance by the adviser. In selecting courses to meet this elective requirement, students must select an area of study that will best meet career goals, such as Crop Poduction, Crop Protection, or Soil Management. A maximum of 6 units that substantively contribute to the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture may be lower division.

THE OPTION IN LAND STEWARDSHIP: 37 units

This option prepares students to manage either the mostly public wildlands and rangelands for the production of goods and services (wildlife, livestock, recreation), or the private/public lands at the urban-rural interface for the protection or restoration of agricultural and natural resources. The option consists, therefore, of two parallel advising patterns, referred to as the Wildland-Range Science Area of Study and the Land Stewardship Area of Study. Career opportunities may be found in urban, agricultural, parkland, rangeland, and wildland environments with private landowners, city/state/federal agencies, and land conservancies and consultants.

Option Core Requirements: 22 units

Plant/Vegetation Management

1 course selected from:
PSSC274Greenhouse Management3.0S1
PSSC330Rangeland Resources/Management3.0FA

Soil Resources

1 course selected from:
PSSC356Soil Quality and Health3.0S2
Prerequisites: PSSC 250 or instructor permission.
PSSC451Soil Genesis & Classification3.0F1
Prerequisites: PSSC 250 or faculty permission.

Plant Foundation

1 course selected from:
BIOL414Plant Physiology4.0FS
Prerequisites: BIOL 108 or BIOL 152; BIOL 209; CHEM 108 or CHEM 270; or faculty permission.
BIOL448Plant Systematics4.0SP
Prerequisites: BIOL 152 and BIOL 209, or faculty permission.

Ecology

1 course selected from:
PSSC433Wildland Vegetation Ecology3.0F2
Prerequisites: PSSC 330 and completion of lower-division core.
PSSC438Landscape Ecology3.0F1
Prerequisites: PSSC 330 and completion of the lower-division core.

Wildland or Cropland Management

2 courses selected from:
PSSC331Grasses & Grasslands Wstrn US3.0S1
Prerequisites: BIOL 209 or PSSC 101. PSSC 330 is recommended.
PSSC436Vegetation Dynamics & Mgmt3.0S1
Prerequisites: PSSC 330 and completion of lower-division core.
PSSC437Wildland Classifictn & Invent3.0S2
Prerequisites: PSSC 330 and completion of lower-division core.
PSSC343Introduction to Weed Science3.0S1
Prerequisites: AGRI 331.
PSSC441Principles Integrtd Pest Mgmt3.0S2
Prerequisites: AGRI 331; PSSC 340 or PSSC 342 or PSSC 343.

Resource Management

1 course selected from:
AGRI432Holistic Resource Management3.0F2
Prerequisites: AGRI 331.
PSSC334Wetland/Riparian Res and Mgmt3.0F1
Prerequisites: Completion of lower-division core.
RECR446Natural Resources Management3.0FA
Prerequisites: RECR 200, RECR 240, RECR 300, RECR 440, successful completion of computer literacy requirement, or faculty permission.

Area of Study: 15 units

15 units selected from:

Courses must be selected and approved in advance by the adviser. In selecting courses to meet this requirement, students must create a concentration of courses that will best meet career goals, such as Wildland-Range Science or Land Stewardship. A maximum of 6 units that substantially contribute to the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture may be lower division. The following courses are recommended for the indicated areas of study.

Wildland-Range Science Area of Study

Additional course work in wildland-range science and related subject matter selected from the option core and from:

AGET340GPS/GIS in Ag/Nat Res Mgmt3.0SP
RECR444Environmental Interpretation4.0SP
Prerequisites: Upper-division standing, a basic oral communication course such as CMST 131, or faculty permission.

Land Stewardship Area of Study

Additional course work in plant science and related subject matter from the option core and from:

AGET360Irrigation3.0SP
Prerequisites: PSSC 101 or PSSC 250.
AGRI305Agri Genetics & Biotechnology4.0SP
Prerequisites: ANSC 101 or BIOL 108 or PSSC 101; CHEM 107 or CHEM 111.
PSSC453Soil Fert & Plant Nutrition3.0F2
Prerequisites: PSSC 250.
PSSC464Plant Reproduction Systems3.0S1
Prerequisites: PSSC 101 or BIOL 209; AGRI 305, or faculty permission.

Electives Requirement:

To complete the total units required for the bachelor's degree, select additional elective courses from the total university offerings. You should consult with an adviser regarding the selection of courses which will provide breadth to your university experience and possibly apply to a supportive second major or minor.

Students may double count only one approved upper-division General Education theme course with a required option elective.

Grading Requirement:

All courses taken to fulfill major course requirements must be taken for a letter grade except those courses specified by the department as Credit/No Credit grading only.

Advising Requirement:

Advising is mandatory for all majors in this degree program. Consult your undergraduate adviser for specific information.

A sample program for students who wish to complete their major in four years is available in the Office of the College of Agriculture, CSU, Chico, CA 95929.

Honors in the Major

Honors in the Major is a program of independent work in your major. It involves 6 units of honors course work completed over two semesters.

Your Honors work will be recognized at your graduation, on your permanent transcripts, and on your diploma. It is often accompanied by letters of commendation from your mentor in the department or the department chair. Most importantly, however, the Honors in the Major program allows you to work closely with a faculty mentor in your area of interest on an original performance or research project. This year-long collaboration allows you to work in your field at a professional level and culminates in a public presentation of your work. Students sometimes take their projects beyond the university for submission in professional journals, presentation at conferences, or competition in shows; such experience is valuable for graduate school and later professional life.

Some common features of Honors in the Major program are

1. You must take 6 units of Honors in the Major course work. At least 3 of these 6 units are independent study (499H) as specified by your department. You must complete each class with a minimum grade of B. 2. You must have completed 9 units of upper-division course work or 21 overall units in your major before you can be admitted to Honors in the Major. Check the requirements carefully, as there may be specific courses that must be included in these units. 3. Your cumulative GPA should be at least 3.5 or within the top 5 percent of majors in your department. 4. Your GPA in your major should be at least 3.5 or within the top 5 percent of majors in your department. 5. Most students apply for or are invited to participate in Honors in the Major during the second semester of their junior year. Then they complete the 6 units of course work over the two semesters of their senior year. 6. Your honors work culminates with a public presentation of your Honors project.

While Honors in the Major is part of the Honors Program, each department administers its own program. Please contact your major department or major adviser for further information.