Agricultural Education - Agricultural Communications Option, B.S.

Department

Department of Animal Sciences and Agricultural Education

Arthur A. Parham, Chair
Agriculture Building, Room 232, M/S AS75
559.278.2971
www.fresnostate.edu/jcast/asae

Degrees and Programs Offered

BS in Agricultural Education - Agricultural Communications Option, B.S.
BS in Agricultural Education - Teacher Preparation Option, B.S.
BS in Animal Science - Production Mgt Option-Livestock Business Mgt Emphasis, B.S.
BS in Animal Science - Production Mgt Option-Dairy Science Emphasis, B.S.
BS in Animal Science - Production Mgt Option-Equine Science Emphasis, B.S.
BS in Animal Science - Production Mgt Option-Meat Technology Emphasis, B.S.
BS in Animal Science - Science Option-Basic Animal Science Emphasis, B.S.
BS in Animal Science - Science Option-Pre Veterinary Emphasis, B.S.
CRED in Single Subject Credential - Agriculture
MN in Animal Sciences, Minor
MS in Animal Sciences, M.S.

Animal Sciences and Agricultural Education

Prepare for the future in agricultural sciences, technology, and management with a degree in animal sciences or agricultural education. The Department of Animal Sciences and Agricultural Education offers options in agricultural communications, teacher preparation, science, and production management. The science option has career specialization in the areas of preprofessional (basic) animal science and preveterinary medicine. The production management option offers career specialization in the areas of dairy science, equine science, meat technology and livestock business management. Courses integrate animal evaluation, behavior, disease, environmental management, genetics, health, marketing, muscle biology, nutrition, physiology, production, and reproduction.

The agricultural education major is designed to equip students for careers as agricultural communication specialists or secondary agriculture teachers. Specializations may be developed in agricultural business, animal sciences, plant sciences, or mechanized agriculture.

Instructional Facilities

Instruction in the animal science disciplines is enhanced through practical application at the various farm laboratory units on-campus. The Beef, Dairy, Horse, Meats, Poultry, Sheep, and Swine units are maintained by our faculty and students to support this educational purpose and provide a unique, hands-on learning experience for our students. In addition, veterinary and physiology laboratories are utilized to complement on-campus education. A 4,300-acre livestock and range management facility and another 800 acres of rangeland in the Sierra foothills are available.

Courses

Animal Sciences & Ag Education

AGED 50. Orientation to Agricultural Education

An overview of Agricultural Education in California, including the principle components of Agricultural Education, developing academic and career plans, and observation in a secondary agricultural classroom. Two-hour lecture and three-hour school site observation laboratory. CR/NC grading only.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

AGED 66. Agricultural Communications

Agricultural news and information gathering and dissemination to food producers and consumers through print/broadcast media and computer networks; mass communications writing, editing, simulated videotape presentations (Formerly AGEC 66, 166)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

AGED 80. Undergraduate Research

Open to freshmen and sophomores with permission of instructor. Exploratory work on a suitable agricultural problem in agricultural education. Approved for RP grading.

Units: 1-4
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

AGED 115. FFA Activities

Organization and administration of various FFA activities. Parliamentary procedure and meeting organization; committee work and structure.

Units: 2, Repeatable up to 4 units
Course Typically Offered: Spring

AGED 120S. Leadrship & Communications

Students will develop leadership skills, self-confidence, and oral and writtne communication skills. Also experience the benefits of volunteerism through participation in various service learning activities within their community industries, and the university. Approved for RP grading.

Units: 2, Repeatable up to 4 units
Course Typically Offered: Fall

AGED 135. Introduction to Agricultural Education

Survey of agricultural education in California, including qualifications for teaching agriculture, structure and content of vocational agriculture programs. Supervision of vocational youth organizations.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

AGED 150. Agricultural Resources and Computer Applications

Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor; 12 upper-division units in the major. Development and application of techniques for obtaining and using resource materials including government documents, university and experiment station reports. Development of computer skills utilized in agricultural education. (2 lecture, 2 lab hours)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

AGED 160T. Topics in Agriculture

Prerequisites: junior standing and permission of instructor. Agricultural education. Topics may require lab hours.

Units: 1-4, Repeatable up to 6 units

AGED 166. Agricultural Publication Production

Application of various skills, including writing, editing and layout, in producing agricultural pulications with an emphasis on computer software applications for publishing.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

AGED 180. Undergraduate Research

Open to juniors or seniors with permission of instructor. Exploratory work on a suitable agricultural problem in agricultural education. Approved for RP grading.

Units: 1-4
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

AGED 187. Organization, Administration, and Supervision of Agricultural Education

Prerequisite: senior standing. A study of the California and federal plans for vocational education as they pertain to agricultural education.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

AGED 189. Education in Agricultural Mechanics

Prerequisites: MEAG 15; junior standing. Strategies for organizing, teaching, and administering educational programs in agricultural mechanics for youth and adults.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

AGED 190. Independent Study

See Academic Placement Independent Study. Approved for RP grading.

Units: 1-3, Repeatable up to 6 units
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

AGRI 280. Seminar in Agricultural Education

Maximum total credit 9 units in any given area or any combination of the three areas. Prerequisite: permission of instructor; admission to teacher preparation program; bachelor's degree in agriculture. Advanced problems in agriculture; research and experimentation in a selected area: animal science, plant science, or agricultural mechanics. Approved for RP grading.

Units: 1-3, Repeatable up to 9 units

AGRI 281. Problems in Agricultural Education

Prerequisite: graduate standing. Individual supervised research in agricultural education; appropriate reports and evaluation required. Individual conferences.

Units: 1-3

ASCI 1. Introduction to Animal Science

Overview of the livestock and poultry industry; types and breeds, world distributions, foods and products from farm animals, reproduction, genetics, nutrition, and marketing. (2 lecture, 2 lab hours)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

ASCI 11. Meat Animal Selection and Evaluation

Prerequisite: ASCI 1 or concurrently. Basic factors involved in selection and evaluation of market animals; relationships of live market animal traits to carcass cutability and quality. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

ASCI 21. Beef Cattle Production

Prerequisite: ASCI 1 or concurrently. Overview of world and United States beef production. Evaluation of the structure of the beef industry (consumer, packer, retailer, feedlot, seedstock, commercial cow-calf, stocker). Discussion of genetics, nutrition, reproduction , and meat science as applied to beef cattle. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

ASCI 31. Swine Production

Prerequisite: ASCI 1 or concurrently. Management principles and practices of purebred and commercial pork production. Nutrition, reproduction, environ mental management, health, marketing, selection, and records are studied. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours; field trips)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

ASCI 35. Feeds and Feeding

Prerequisite: ASCI 1 or concurrently. Principles of nutrition; nutrients and their metabolism; comparison of qualitative nutrient requirements of non-ruminant and ruminant animals and formulating diets to meet these requirements. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

ASCI 41. Sheep Production

Prerequisite: ASCI 1 or concurrently. Management of purebred, commercial, and small farm flocks; principles and practices in breeding, feeding, care of ewes and lambs, and marketing of lamb and wool. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

ASCI 51. Horse Production

Prerequisite: ASCI 1 or concurrently. Breeds, selection, and care and feeding of light horses. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

ASCI 56. Beginning Colt Training

Horse training methods for young horses, primarily ground work including leading, grooming, longeing, saddling and bridling. Emphasis on safe protocols, horse psychology and observable outcomes of training protocols. (Formerly ASCI 185T).

Units: 2, Repeatable up to 4 units

ASCI 57. Advanced Colt Training

Advanced training methods for young horses including ground work and basic under saddle training. Emphasis on safe protocols to create a methodical program increasing skill, ability, and confidence in both student and horse. (Formerly ASCI 185T)

Units: 2, Repeatable up to 4 units

ASCI 61. Dairy Cattle Production

Prerequisite: ASCI 1 or concurrently. Principles and practices of milking, feeding, breeding, evaluating, housing, health, behavior, and management of dairy cattle. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

ASCI 65. Introduction to Animal Health

The stockman's approach to animal health and disease control in domestic animals. Classification of animal diseases, their causes and appropriate treatments with emphasis on preventative medicine. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours)

Units: 3

ASCI 67. Animals and Society

Philosophical, ethical, and scientific investigation of the human/animal bond and the significance of animals in our society. Importance of animals in wellness, rehabilitation/convalescence, and stress management. Interdisciplinary investigation of controversies in animal research and human disease. G.E. Breadth E1.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
GE Area: E1

ASCI 68. Pre-Vet Orientation

Detailed information for students preparing for veterinary school including course requirements, admission policies, application procedures, interview sessions, and career opportunities in vet medicine. (Formerly ASCI 185T)

Units: 1
Course Typically Offered: Fall

ASCI 71. Meat Science

Prerequisite: ASCI 1 or concurrently. Basic meats course covering topics from harvest to consumption. Discussion of meat quality versus quantity, general food safety and meat preparation. Lab will demonstrate all aspects of modern meat industry practices including harvest, fabrication and further processing. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

ASCI 81. Introduction to Livestock, Meat and Dairy Evaluation

Introductory course in evaluating livestock, meat and dairy cattle. Utilizes visual and performance data in establishing the economic value of animals representing the beef, sheep, swine, dairy, and horse industries. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

ASCI 83. Issues and Opportunities in Animal Sciences

Prerequisite: ASCI 1. Invited speakers provide insight on current industry issues. Comprehensive study of career opportunities available in animal science. Field experience is offered in specific areas. (Formerly ASCI 183).

Units: 2, Repeatable up to 4 units

ASCI 91. Poultry Production

Prerequisite: ASCI 1 or may be taken concurrently. Management principles and practices of commercial poultry production. Nutrition, reproduction, environmental management, health, and processing of broilers and layers. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

ASCI 94. Agri Internship

Prerequisite: minimum GPA of 2.0 and instructor approval. Emphasis on acquisition through experience of practical animal production skill integrated with basic principles acquired in the classroom. This course is for on-campus internships at animal science related units only. CR/NC grading only.

Units: 1-6
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

ASCI 101. Environmental Management of Farm Animals

Prerequisite: ASCI 1. Basic principles of environmental management as applied to domestic farm animals. Special emphasis given to animal behavior, animal welfare, and animal performance. The optimal animal environment will be studied in detail.

Units: 3

ASCI 121. Advanced Beef Management

Prerequisite: ASCI 21. Prevailing and alternative management systems and techniques of beef production in the United States and California including economic analysis. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

ASCI 125. Animal Genetics

Prerequisite: ASCI 1. Genetic principles and application to livestock production; basic inheritance, qualitative genetics, variation in economic traits of livestock, quantitative inheritance, selection progress; current methods of genetic livestock improvement.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

ASCI 131. Advanced Swine Management

Prerequisite: ASCI 31. A comprehensive study of the swine industry. Laboratory exercises designed to improve the management decision ability of students. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours; field trips)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

ASCI 135. Animal Nutrition

Prerequisite: A SCI 35. Principles of nutrition and metabolism; digestive physiology of farm animals.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

ASCI 145. Anatomy and Physiology of Farm Animals

Prerequisite: BIOL 10 or BIOL 12. General structures of farm animals and physiological functions of organs in the animal body. (3 lecture, 3 lab hours)

Units: 4
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

ASCI 146. Physiology of Lactation

ASCI 61, CHEM 3A. Fundamentals of anatomy, physiology, and endocrinology of milk synthesis and secretion; milking machine systems and management; pathological and environmental factors affecting lactation.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

ASCI 151. Advanced Horse Management

Prerequisite: ASCI 51. Advanced principles of horse management, reproduction, breeding systems, nutrition, facilities, business aspects, exercise physiology, training colts. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

ASCI 152. Equine Nutrition

Prerequisite: ASCI 51. Principles of equine nutrition; digestive anatomy and physiology nutrient requirements; feed formulation, nutritional management, and diseases. (Formerly A SCI 185T)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

ASCI 153. Stable Management

Prerequisite: ASCI 51. An overview of horse farm and stable management theories and applications. The impact of management practices on the animal, on the environment, and on economic viability is considered. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours) (Formerly A SCI 185T)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

ASCI 155. Animal Reproduction

Principles of reproductive physiology, associated endocrine hormones, and their application to domestic animals.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

ASCI 156. Artificial Insemination Embryo Transfer

Prerequisites: ASCI 155 (may be taken concurrently). Basic principles of artificial insemination and embryo transfer with emphasis on application to cattle. (3 lab hours)

Units: 1
Course Typically Offered: Spring

ASCI 160T. Top A Sci Stock Sch

Units: 3

ASCI 161. Advanced Dairy Farm Management

Prerequisite: ASCI 61. A comprehensive study of daily industry management strategies and practices. Exercises involve recognition of problems and recommendation of solutions associated with managing commercial dairy operations. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours; field trips)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

ASCI 162. Dairy and Meat Systems Management

Prerequisite: ASCI 61or ASCI 71. A comprehensive study of technological systems employed in commercial dairies and meat processing facilities. Exercises involve analysis of systems for application in various facilities and evaluation of dairy and meat plant santitation systems, HACCP and production/processing systems, control of food specific pathogens and their impact of these systems on the animal, food safety, and public health on environment, and on economic viability is considered. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

ASCI 163. Dairy Cattle Nutrition

Prerequisite: A SCI 135. Principles of dairy cattle nutrition. Nutritional requirements of the dairy calf through the mature cow. Special emphasis on computerized diet formulation and feed inventory control.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

ASCI 164. Advanced Commercial Dairy Management Evaluation

Detailed analysis of dairy management. Procedures and methodologies in assessing dairy management productivity and profitability. Actual dairy assessment is emphasized. (Formerly ASCI 185T).

Units: 2, Repeatable up to 4 units

ASCI 165. Infectious Diseases of Domestic Animals

Prerequisite: BIOL 20 or BIOL 120. Microbiological concepts related to bacterial, viral, and fungal diseases in domestic animals with emphasis on specific diseases of veterinary importance. Study of bacterial, viral, and fungal diseases in domestic animals. Discussion of disease identification, prevention, treatment and physiological processes that combat infection. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

ASCI 171. Advance Meat Science

Prerequisite: ASCI 11 or ASCI 71. Basic advanced meats course: covering comprehensive study of the conversion of muscle to meat and factors that affect meat quality. Topics include muscle structure and function and muscle anatomy. Laboratory exercises involve hands-on techniques of harvest, fabrication and further processing of various products from the major species of production livestock. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

ASCI 172. Meat Technology

Comprehensive study of meat science topics. Emphasis placed on food safetey and systems including HACCP and current product development efforts in the meats industry. Laboratory exercises are designed to improve student application of HACCP principles and to strengthen understanding of the vast array of new and innovative products on the market. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours.)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

ASCI 180. Undergraduate Research

Open to juniors and seniors. Exploratory work on a suitable agricultural problem in animal science. Approved for RP grading.

Units: 1-4
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

ASCI 181. Advanced Livestock, Meat and Dairy Evaluation

Prerequisite: ASCI 11 or ASCI 81 or permission of instructor. Detailed analysis of animal form related to functional efficiency, economic value, and sound livestock production management. Written and oral defense of judgments (dairy, horse, livestock, meats). (2 lecture, 3 lab hours; field trips)

Units: 3, Repeatable up to 6 units
Course Typically Offered: Fall

ASCI 182. Livestock Marketing and Show Management

Development of skills in the organization, administration, and operation of livestock activities at a district fair level. Emphasis on practical application of skills. Approved for RP grading. (2 lab hours per unit)

Units: 1-2, Repeatable up to 4 units
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

ASCI 185T. Topics in Animal Science

Prerequisites: junior standing and permission of instructor. Anatomy, physiology, pathology, nutrition, genetics, livestock management. Topics may require labs.

Units: 1-4

ASCI 186. Animal Science Seminar

Prerequisite: senior standing or permission of instructor; 12 upper-division units in the major. Latest developments in research; assigned papers in animal science to be presented in both oral and written form.

Units: 1
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

ASCI 187. Equestrian

Women only. (See ATHL 181)

Units: 2, Repeatable up to 99 units
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

ASCI 190. Independent Study

See Academic Placement Independent Study. Approved for RP grading.

Units: 1-3, Repeatable up to 6 units

ASCI 194. Agricultural Internship

Prerequisites: junior or senior standing and approval of internship committee. This course to be used by students doing off-campus, industry-related internships only. Emphasis on development of decision-making ability through industrial experience integrated with basic principles acquired in the classroom. CR/NC grading only.

Units: 1-8
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

ASCI 196. Enterprise Management

Prerequisites: ASCI 21or ASCI 31 or ASCI 41 or ASCI 51 or ASCI 61 or ASCI 91; MEAG 3; or MEAG 5 or permission of instructor; concurrent participation in project program required. Theory and field application of management principles in beef, sheep, swine, horses, dairy cattle or poultry, and other appropriate animal science enterprises. Approved for RP grading.

Units: 1-3, Repeatable up to 6 units

ASCI 229. Seminar

Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Students investigate and present current research problems. Observation and evaluation of additional assigned seminars. Oral and written reports required. (Formerly AGRI 229)

Units: 1, Repeatable up to 3 units

ASCI 240T. Topics in Animal Science

Prerequisite: upper-division animal science appropriate to study topic; permission of instructor. Investigation of topic in animal science; anatomy, physiology, pathology, nutrition, genetics, or economics. Topics may require lab hours. (Formerly AGRI 240T)

Units: 3

ASCI 241. Endocrine and Reproductive Physiology

Prerequisite: ASCI 155. Physiology which deals with neural and hormonal integration and control of the animal body, including scientific aspects of the processes of reproduction and application of current knowledge in improving reproductive efficiency. (Formerly AGRI 241)

Units: 3

ASCI 242. Environmental Physiology of Domestic Animals

Prerequisite: A SCI 145A; permission of instructor. A study of environmental factors affecting domestic animals under field and controlled conditions. (Formerly AGRI 242)

Units: 3

ASCI 246. Ruminant Nutrition

Prerequisite: ASCI 135, CHEM 150. Ruminant physiology of digestion, absorption, and metabolism and nutrients, and the relationship of enzymes and hormones. (Formerly AGRI 246)

Units: 3

ASCI 247. Concepts in Non-Ruminant Nutrition

Prerequisite: ASCI 135 or equivalent, graduate standing or consent of instructor. Digestion, absorption, nutrient utilization, and interrelationships in poultry, swine, and other non-ruminants. (Formerly AGRI 247)

Units: 3

ASCI 248. Meat Science and Muscle Biology

Prerequisite: ASCI 171, graduate standing or consent of instructor. Evaluation of muscle as meat; biological characteristics, growth and development of skeletal muscle, glycogen metabolism, and factors affecting quality of meat. (Formerly AGRI 248)

Units: 3

ASCI 290. Independent Study

See Academic Placement -- Independent Study. Approved for RP grading. (Formerly AGRI 290)

Units: 1-3, Repeatable up to 6 units

ASCI 299. Thesis

Prerequisite: See Criteria for Thesis and Project. Preparation, completion, and submission of an acceptable thesis for the master's degree. Approved for RP grading. (Formerly AGRI 291)

Units: 2-4

ASCI 299C. Thesis Continuation

Pre-requisite: Thesis 298. For continuous enrollment while completing the thesis. May enroll twice with department approval. Additional enrollments must be approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Units: 0

CI 161. Mth Mtl Agri

Units: 3, Repeatable up to 999 units

EHD 154B. Final Student Teaching Seminar - Agricultural

Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in EHD 155B. Seminar to accompany final student teaching that provides opportunities for candidates to investigate and discuss variety of topics and strategies and to reflect on issues that surface during their student teaching experience.

Units: 1

EHD 155A. Student Teaching in Secondary School

Prerequisites: admission to the Single Subject Credential Program; CI 151, 152, and CI 159 must be taken prior to or concurrently with EHD 155A. SPED 121 Special Needs Secondary Education must be taken concurrently. Student teaching in middle school under clinical supervision; assignment requires 3 hours per day, Monday through Friday. CR/NC grading only. (Instructional materials fee, $15).

Units: 4, Repeatable up to 999 units
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

EHD 155B. Student Teaching in Secondary School - Agricultural

Prerequisites: admission to student teaching, EHD 155A, CI 161 (or concurrently, depending on major departmental policy); senior or post baccalaureate standing; approval of major department including subject matter competency approval; completion of the subject matter preparation program or passing the subject matter examination(s) designated by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Supervised teaching in single subject classroom; assignment is for the full day; five days per week. CR/NC grading only.

Units: 5-10
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Requirements

Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements

Agricultural Education Major

Options: Agricultural Communications, Teacher Preparation

Major requirements (54-60 units)
Select Teacher Preparation or Agricultural Communications

Teacher Preparation Core (39 units)
Agricultural Economics (6 units)
AGBS 31, 120

Animal Science (9 units)
ASCI 1, 11; select one of the following: ASCI 21, 31, 41, 61, 91

Natural Resources and Forestry (3 units)
CRSC 105

Ornamental Horticulture (3 units)
OH 1

Plant Science (12 units)
CRSC 1; OH 1; SW 100 or SW 100N; HORT 110

Mechanized Agriculture (9 units)
MEAG 1, 50, 114

Teacher Preparation Career Specialty (15 units)
Select one: Agricultural Business, Animal Science, Mechanized Agriculture, or Plant Science (see Teacher Preparation Option check sheet available in the department office.)

Agricultural Communications Core (45 units)
Agricultural Economics (3 units)
Select 3 units from: AGBS 28, 31, 117, 120, 150

Agricultural Education (6 units)
AGED 66, 166

Animal Science (9 units)
ASCI 1
Select 6 units from: ASCI 11, 21, 31, 35, 41, 51, 61, 81, 91

Food Science and Nutrition (3 units)
Select 3 units from: ASCI 71, ENOL 15

Mass Communication and Journalism (9 units)
MCJ 1, 10, 172 or 173

Mechanized Agriculture (3 units)
Select 3 units from: MEAG 1, 20, 50

Plant Science (12 units)
Select 9 units from: CRSC 1; OH 1; HORT 1, 110; VIT 1

Soil and Water (3 units)
Select 3 units from: SW 2, 100, 100N

Agricultural Communications Career Specialty (15 units)
Select one: Advertising, Broadcast Journalism, Digital Medial, Electronic Media Production, Photo Journalism, Print Journalism, Public Relations (see Agricultural Communications Option check sheet available in the department office.)

Additional requirements (1-10 units)
Agricultural education majors must take the following courses, which also satisfy General Education requirements. These courses amount to 12 units of the 51 unit G.E. requirement, plus 1 excess unit beyond the 3 unit requirement in BREADTH Area B1.

BREADTH
Area B1: CHEM 3A
Area B2: BIOL 10, 11, or 12
Area D3: AGBS 1
Area E1: ASCI 67

Teacher Preparation Option (9 units)
Teacher Education require-ments: AGED 50 or EHD 50; AGED 135, 150

General Education requirements (51 units)
(including 12 upper-division units, to be taken no sooner than the term in which 60 units of coursework are completed)

Electives and remaining degree requirements (5-8 units)
Upper-division writing requirement by exam or writing course (see advising note 5 following animal science major)
Courses supplementary to the major are strongly recommended.

Total minimum requirements (120 units)

Advising Notes

  • See advising notes 1-6 following animal sciences major.
  • Teacher preparation majors seeking the Agriculture Specialist Credential must also take AGED 187 and AGED 189.
  • Contact the Kremen School of Education and Human Development for admission and program requirements for the Single Subject Credential.
  • Agriculture courses titled Tours or Lectures may be used to satisfy upper-division unit requirements but may not be counted to satisfy agricultural education core or specialized field requirements in the major.
  • Candidates for the Agriculture Specialist Credential must possess 3,000 hours or two years of occupational experience in agriculture. (For details, consult the agricultural education credentialing coordinator.)
  • Agricultural communications students must pass the Department Qualification Examination (DQE). The DQE is a screening examination administered by the Mass Communication and Journalism Department. It must be passed before permission is given for enrollment in MCJ 10 and other writing and editing courses. Contact the Mass Communications and Journalism Department for DQE information, requirements, and testing dates.

Faculty

The faculty represent diverse specializations in the disciplines of animal science and teacher training. With doctoral degrees from many of the nation's most prestigious agricultural universities, the faculty have combined philosophies of undergraduate education, research, curriculum development, industry relations, and career placement into a unique program. Their experience allows for the combination of the practical and theoretical aspects of the animal sciences to provide an education second to none. Students select an adviser who assists in both academic and career planning on an individual basis. The faculty place a high priority on strong teacher-student relationships.

Name Degree Email Phone
Cordeiro, John F Master of Science johnc@csufresno.edu 559.278.2804
Ganci, Michelle L Master of Science mganci@csufresno.edu 559.278.2540
Harris, Richard L Master of Science riharris@csufresno.edu
Henson, John Doctor of Philosophy jhenson@csufresno.edu 559.278.3921
Henson, Judy K Master of Science jkhenson@csufresno.edu
OBannon, Gayle S Doctor of Veterinary Medicine gobannon@csufresno.edu
Parham, Arthur A Doctor of Philosophy artp@csufresno.edu 559.278.4332
Perry, Randy C Doctor of Philosophy randyp@csufresno.edu 559.278.4793
Robison, Jon D Doctor of Philosophy jonr@csufresno.edu 559.278.2873
Rocca, Steven Doctor of Philosophy srocca@csufresno.edu 559.278.5088
Thomas, Michael W Doctor of Veterinary Medicine michaelt@csufresno.edu 559.278.4288
Vaughn, Rosco C Doctorate of Education rvaughn@csufresno.edu 559.278.5067
Williamson, Scott A Doctor of Philosophy scottwi@csufresno.edu 559.278.2799

Careers

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The Department of Animal Sciences and Agricultural Education offers options in agricultural communications, teacher preparation, basic animal science, pre-veterinary medicine, livestock business management, dairy science, equine science and meat technology. Courses integrate animal evaluation, behavior, disease, environmental management, genetics, health, marketing, muscle biology, nutrition, physiology, production, and reproduction.

Instruction in the animal science disciplines is enhanced through practical application at the various farm laboratory units. The Beef, Dairy, Horse, Meats, Sheep, and Swine units are maintained to support this educational purpose. In addition, veterinary and physiology laboratories are utilized to complement on-campus education. A 4,300-acre livestock and range management facility and another 800 acres of rangeland in the Sierra foothills are available. The department is extremely proud of its outstanding faculty and the level and quality of student activities in which they participate.

What You Can Earn

Agricultural Communications
$108,658 (in our region)

Public Secondary School Teacher
$59,597 (in our region)

Source: HR reported data at www.salary.com as of December 2012

Interesting Classes You Might Take

  • Ornamental Horticulture
  • Animal Science
  • Mechanized Agriculture
  • Crop Management

What You Can Learn

  • Farm animal behavior, animal welfare, and animal performance
  • The qualifications for teaching agriculture, and the content of vocational agriculture programs
  • Basic shop skills/welding/power and equipment
  • Techniques of food and fiber production

About the College

The Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology can offer you the education you will need to be a leader in agriculture and related sciences in the New California. We offer outstanding programs in the traditional areas of agriculture, including animal sciences, plant science, agricultural education, viticulture and agricultural business. And, we offer excellent programs in areas which are uniquely related to agriculture, including nutrition and dietetics, food science, enology, child development, family science, fashion merchandizing and industrial technology.

College Contact Information

Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology
2415 E. San Ramon,
MS AS79
Fresno, CA 93740
Phone: 559.278.2061
Fax: 559.278.4496

Department Contact Information

Animal Sciences and Agricultural Education
2415 E. San Ramon, MS AS75
Fresno, CA 93740

Phone: 559.278.2971
Fax: 559.278.4101

The Department is located in the Agricultural Sciences Building on the second floor in room 232.