Why study Agri-Science at APSU?
Agriculture courses are delivered in small class settings with individual attention from faculty with experience and expertise in agriculture. Students have an opportunity for hands-on learning at the 440-acre University Farm to study cattle, crops, forestry, wildlife, and renewable energy.
What will I learn?
Agriculture is one of the most important majors you could choose because it addresses a basic human need—food and other natural resources. Agriculture majors take a core collection of classes in agri-business and agricultural sciences (animal, plant and soil sciences). These courses introduce students to the broad array of agricultural-related subject areas which provide a comprehensive understanding that will be useful in future agriculture-related careers.
The Freshmen Seminar degree requirement completed by most students is APSU 1000. The course is delivered in a small-class setting with like-minded students led by a faculty member and a peer leader. The interdisciplinary course is intended to support first-semester students and provide them with a foundation for university success. Emphasis is placed on student engagement, university learning success strategies, support services, library literacy, financial literacy, and academic and career planning. The first class meeting of APSU 1000 during fall semesters is on Freshmen Convocation Day.
The general education core is designed to develop critical competencies in written communication, oral communication, mathematical analysis, and critical thinking skills. Students at APSU select coursework in the general education core in the areas of Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics. While the general education core requirements for graduation can be met by choosing courses from each of these areas, some programs of study require lower division courses that serve as prerequisites for upper division courses. Students should consult the sample 4-year plans and confer with their academic advisors as they choose their general education core courses.
What engagement opportunities are available to APSU students?
APSU fosters a positive campus environment that encourages active participation in university life. Organizations and honor societies in which students can engage are Delta Tau Alpha Honor Society, Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity, Pre-Vet Club, Beef Cattle Show Team, Collegiate FFA.
APSU students engage in HIP curricular and co-curricular experiences that advance their learning and knowledge. Opportunities include first-year seminar, first-year learning communities, common reading experience 'The Peay Read', undergraduate research, study abroad, service and community-based learning, internships, e-portfolio development, and capstone courses & projects.
What Do Agri-Science Majors Do After Graduation?
Because agriculture encompasses so many aspects of our world, including the study of animal, plant, and environmental systems, agriculture majors can enter a variety of careers in business, government, and the nonprofit sectors—or work for themselves. Our graduates work in a wide variety of Agricultural related careers. These include but are not limited to:
- Veterinary medicine
- Animal science technicians
- Crop consultants
- Crop breeding specialists
- Forestry/wildlife technicians
- Environmental quality specialists
- Renewable energy specialists
- Agri-business managers