Why study Agriculture: Concentration Sustainable Development at APSU?
The Sustainable Development concentration is designed to prepare students for a wide variety of new jobs in sustainable agriculture and natural resources management as well as graduate school programs in these areas. 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 livestock, cattle, crops, forestry, wildlife, and renewable energy.
What will I learn?
Sustainable development students take classes in environmental science, biology, geosciences animal, plant and soil sciences, chemistry, environmental and geosciences and natural resources). These courses introduce students to the broad array of sustainability-related subject areas from food production to flood control and environmental hazards. There are also internship and cooperative education course opportunities to work with agricultural organizations, agencies and agri-businesses. At the completion of this program, students are expected to be ready for employment in sustainable agriculture, sustainable development, or other sustainability related positions as well as related graduate school programs.
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. The General Education Core requirements for Management Technology include English Composition, Public Speaking, College Mathematics. Macroeconomics, and a humanities course.
What engagement opportunities are available to APSU students?
APSU fosters a positive campus environment that encourages active participation in university life. Within the Agriculture department, students have a variety of organizations in which to participate.
Pre-Vet Club - This club is open to all agriculture students and other interested students at the university. Its purpose is to promote fellowship among agriculture students, especially pre-veterinary medicine majors. Activities typically include socials and guest speaker as well as visits to institutions with veterinary medicine programs.
Beef Cattle Show Team - The beef cattle show team is open to all students who have an interest in working with and exhibiting beef cattle. Students have a great "hands-on" opportunity to be involved with high quality beef cattle and are involved in the daily care of the show cattle including the feeding, grooming and vaccinations. Students show the cattle at several shows at the local, state, and national levels.
Delta Tau Alpha - The APSU Agriculture department was one of the seven original charter members who helped found Delta Tau Alpha in 1959 as the honor society for non-land-grant agriculture programs. There currently are 41 chapters of DTA nationwide. This honor society recognizes a high standard of scholarship, leadership and character among agriculture students. Annual membership has varied up to about 20 students.
Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity - Alpha Gamma Rho is the only fraternity at APSU which is both social and professional. It was chartered in 1983 as the Beta Mu chapter. Active members as well as many alumni participate in chapter activities. The Beta Mu chapter has a house adjacent to the campus. Activities of the fraternity include participation in regular Greek activities on campus as well as activities at certain sister institutions. Special activities include participation in local livestock shows.
Collegiate FFA - Collegiate FFA is a professional development organization open to all students who have an interest in agriculture. We have several professional development opportunities throughout the year along with opportunities to interact with other students who share your interests and to serve the community. Collegiate FFA is open to all students at APSU of any major.
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 Agriculture: Concentration Sustainable Development 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:
- Soil Conservationists
- Forestry/Wildlife Technicians
- Environmental Quality Specialists
- Sustainability Coordinators
- Environmental Scientists
- Natural Resource Technicians/Managers
- Renewable Energy Specialists
- Environmental Consultants
- Geospatial Technicians