Agricultural Business Management

Agricultural Business Management Course Descriptions

Award: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Academic Year: 2015–2016

Semester 1

AGA114 Principles of Agronomy

3 credits—This course presents introductory principles of plant-soil-climate relationships in crop production, plant anatomy, crop plant classification and identification, crop physiology, climate, soils, soil water, tillage and seeding, plant breeding, seed and grain quality, weeds, insects, crop diseases, crop management, harvesting and storage. Global Positioning and Geographic Information Systems in crop systems is discussed.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

2015–2016 Course Cost: $522.50

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BIO105 Introductory Biology

4 credits—This course provides an introduction to living organisms, their diversity, structure and function, and how they maintain themselves both during their life cycle and as a species. It is designed to highlight concepts of the biological sciences for the non-biology major and satisfies the requirement for a life science course for the Associate in Arts or Science degrees. There are three hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory each week.

Lecture Hours: 48 Lab Hours: 32

2015–2016 Course Cost: $638.00

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BIO112 General Biology I

4 credits—This lecture and laboratory course is the first of a two semester sequence designed for students with a specific interest in majoring in the biological sciences or a desire for a more comprehensive undergraduate course in the discipline. The course integrates the basic principles of general biology and focuses on their interrelationships. The major themes addressed include levels of organization, cell structure and metabolism, the genetic basis of life, evolution, diversity, and ecological relationships. Laboratory exercises are coordinated with lecture topics to enhance the student's understanding of these topics.

Lecture Hours: 48 Lab Hours: 32

2015–2016 Course Cost: $638.00

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BIO113 General Biology II

4 credits—This lecture and laboratory course is part of a two semester sequence designed for students with a specific interest in majoring in the biological sciences or a desire for a more comprehensive undergraduate course in the discipline. The major focus of this course is on the diversity of life forms, including microbes, protists, the fungi, plants, and animals. The course will include the study of their structure and function, evolutionary patterns, ecological relationships and, behavior. Laboratory exercises are coordinated with lecture topics to enhance the student's understanding of the lecture concepts.

Lecture Hours: 48 Lab Hours: 32

2015–2016 Course Cost: $638.00

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AGH280 Botany for Horticulture

3 credits—This course presents the basic structure of plant life, plant nomenclature, botanical terminology, the function of plant parts: cells, tissues, roots, and leaves. The physiological processes of plant life; osmosis, photosynthesis, respiration, transpiration, reproduction and the basic principles of genetics, and the plants metabolism is discussed.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

2015–2016 Course Cost: $478.50

AGC103 Ag Computer

3 credits—This course will introduce students to the hardware, software, word processing, database and spreadsheet programs, as well as various utility software. Applications of various agricultural management uses are covered throughout. Networks, telecommunication, Global Positioning, and Geographic Information Systems are also introduced.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

2015–2016 Course Cost: $478.50

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CSC110 Introduction to Computers

3 credits—An introductory course in electronic information processing and information system management designed to provide the students with a general understanding of computer hardware and software and the facility to use this knowledge in the creation and management of useful information. Students will be given hands-on experience with operating system, word processing, database management, presentation and spreadsheet software. Exposure to and use of the Internet, including security and privacy concerns, is an integral part of the course. Basic computer literacy is expected for students entering this course.

Lecture Hours: 48

Prerequisite(s): The ability to enter data using a computer keyboard at a rate of no less than 15 words per minute on a three-minute timing.

A minimum grade of 'C' in RDG039 College Preparatory Reading II or appropriate Compass score.

Other Requirements: The ability to enter data using a computer keyboard at a rate of no less than 15 words per minute on a three-minute timing.

2015–2016 Course Cost: $478.50

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BCA201 Introduction to Information Systems

3 credits—The purpose of this course is to provide the student with a firm understanding of management information systems. Included are an introduction to hardware and data communication technology, software and data management and business applications of the technology. The course will present the basics of information system design and management, and provide opportunities to experience working with an electronic spreadsheet, database management system, and programming using HTML.

Lecture Hours: 48

Other Requirements: Basic computer, software, and keyboarding skills are required.

2015–2016 Course Cost: $478.50

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ELT192 Introduction to EET Computer Science

3 credits—This course will introduce the student to the basic use of the personal computer. The course will include a study of DOS, Word Processing, Spreadsheet, and BASIC programming language.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

2015–2016 Course Cost: $478.50

AGS113 Survey of the Animal Industry

3 credits—This course introduces students to the species and breeds of domestic livestock and development of an appreciation for the principles of livestock production, and issues facing product marketing. Topics include: breeds, basic management, composition, evaluation, and marketing of farm animals and animal products; including beef and dairy cattle, horses, goats, poultry, sheep and swine.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

2015–2016 Course Cost: $478.50

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Elective 3 credits

CNS121 Environmental Conservation -OR-

3 credits—This course enables students to learn about their environment. Students study about natural ecosystems, interactions within ecosystems, ecological principles and their application, the impact our increasing population has on the environment, the importance and components of a sustainable agriculture, and the environmental issues facing today’s world.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

2015–2016 Course Cost: $498.50

Science Elective 3 credits

ENG105 Composition I

3 credits—This course emphasizes fluency, thesis-driven organization, the use of supporting details, and research techniques. Writing is approached as a recursive process that includes prewriting strategies, drafting, revising, and editing. The course helps students shape writing to serve readers' needs and define a sense of purpose in their writing. It also gives students strategies for reading college-level material.

Lecture Hours: 48

2015–2016 Course Cost: $478.50

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COM781 Written Communication in the Workplace

3 credits—This course focuses on composition and editing of curriculum-specific technical and business-related writing projects. Instruction includes formatting, information gathering, document drafting, editing, and written employment strategies.

Lecture Hours: 48

2015–2016 Course Cost: $478.50

MAT772 Applied Math

3 credits—This course is designed to present basic facts of arithmetic including whole numbers, fractions, decimals, powers, roots, English and metric measurement, ratio-proportion, percents, introduction to algebra, and introduction to geometry. Instruction includes use of scientific hand-held calculators and emphasis placed on critical thinking, problem solving skills.

Lecture Hours: 48

2015–2016 Course Cost: $478.50

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Math Elective 3 credits

Semester 2

AGA154 Fundamentals of Soil Science

3 credits—This course presents information on soils and soil fertility, land use, soil formation, soil types, soil testing, soil physical characteristics, soil classes, primary nutrients, secondary nutrients, micro-nutrients, fertilizer materials, fertilizing, and using soil test information. The use of Global Positioning and Geographic Information Systems in recording soil data is covered.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

2015–2016 Course Cost: $478.50

AGA376 Integrated Pest Management

3 credits—This course is designed to make application and use of some materials learned in other courses. Decision making as it deals with the total cropping plan is stressed. An individual will determine from observation weed problems, plant populations, disease problems, insect problems, and do yield checks to make recommendations for handling any problems.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

2015–2016 Course Cost: $478.50

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Elective

AGP450 Fundamentals of GIS

3 credits—Fundamental processes of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) with emphasis in its application to agriculture will be covered. File formats, database management, spatial analysis, and manipulation of data will be covered thoroughly. Comparisons of GIS and mapping software and conversions between formats will also be discussed. The lab portion will concentrate on using georeferenced data from mapping and yield monitoring to develop maps from which a VRT prescription will be synthesized.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

2015–2016 Course Cost: $478.50

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Elective

AGS319 Animal Nutrition

3 credits—This course introduces students to the underlying principles of livestock nutrition through discussion of nutrition information, digestive systems, feedstuffs, and ration balancing. Nutritional principles, digestive systems, composition and nutritional characteristics of common feedstuffs, ration formulation and recommended feeding programs of farm animals, including beef and dairy cattle, horses, poultry, sheep and swine will be emphasized.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

2015–2016 Course Cost: $478.50

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Elective

SOC115 Social Problems

3 credits—This course introduces students to the sociological perspective and related critical thinking skills as a way of examining the cause and effect nature of contemporary social problems. Within this examination, emphasized are (a) the interdependence of social problems, (b) how social inequality is an inherent characteristic of all social problems, and (c) the relationship between definitions of social problems and social policies.

Lecture Hours: 48

2015–2016 Course Cost: $478.50

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PSY111 Introduction to Psychology

3 credits—This course provides an introduction to the study of behavior with emphasis in the areas of learning, cognition, motivation, personality, behavioral disorder, therapy, and social influence. An understanding of the impact of both theoretical perspectives and experimental evidence on the formulation of the science of human behavior is also stressed. Psychological theories and principles are utilized to explain and predict behavior.

Lecture Hours: 48

2015–2016 Course Cost: $478.50

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PSY102 Human and Work Relations

3 credits—This course studies self and social behavior. Emphasis is placed on the understanding and application of social science theories and research for the development of effective interpersonal and organizational relationships.

Lecture Hours: 48

2015–2016 Course Cost: $478.50

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SOC110 Introduction to Sociology

3 credits—This course surveys the basic principles, concepts, and research findings of social life from small groups to societies. The course examines a range of sociological explanations for the various forms of social behaviors and establishes a basis for reflection and further study in the field.

Lecture Hours: 48

2015–2016 Course Cost: $478.50

SPC101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication

3 credits—This course presents elements of the oral communications process with emphasis in developing public speaking skill. Students will be involved in activities that provide opportunity for the understanding and improvement of their oral communication skills.

Lecture Hours: 48

2015–2016 Course Cost: $478.50

Semester 3

ACC131 Principles of Accounting I

4 credits—This course is an introduction to basic financial accounting concepts and procedures for service and merchandising businesses. Topics included are the accounting cycle; accounting systems; financial statements; and accounting for cash, receivables, payables, inventories, plant assets; partnerships and corporations.

Lecture Hours: 64

2015–2016 Course Cost: $638.00

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ACC115 Introduction to Accounting

4 credits—This course presents the fundamental concepts, procedures, and applications of the accounting cycle for service and merchandising businesses. The proprietorship form of ownership is studied. Topics include the special journals, payroll accounting, and accounting for cash.

Lecture Hours: 64

2015–2016 Course Cost: $638.00

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ACC111 Introduction to Accounting

3 credits—This course covers the terminology, concepts, and procedures involved in financial accounting for businesses. Topics include accounting for cash and accounting for payroll.

Lecture Hours: 48

2015–2016 Course Cost: $478.50

AGA214 Cash Grains

3 credits—This course introduces the production of Iowa's main cash crops; corn and soybeans. Units include: crop history, crop development, seed selection, fertilization, insect and weed control, harvesting, grain handling, marketing, storage, and the economic importance of each crop. New and experimental production practices are discussed for practical application.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

2015–2016 Course Cost: $478.50

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Elective

AGB101 Agricultural Economics

3 credits—This course introduces students to basic concepts in economics including various aspects of an economy-like agriculture, industry, population, food supply, government policies, and physical environmental affect on each other and the economy as a whole. Resources used in agricultural production, organization price determination, supply, demand, and profit modernization are studied.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

2015–2016 Course Cost: $478.50

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Elective

AGB235 Introduction to Agriculture Markets

3 credits—This course provides the student with an introduction to grain merchandising and farm marketing. It is taught from the standpoint of a country elevator; however, the same principles apply to many other aspects of the grain industry. We emphasize the elevators relationship and responsibility to its customers. The basic fundamentals of marketing are discussed along with the more advanced aspects of managing basis positions, basis trading, and managing risks. Some prior knowledge of country elevators and the futures market is useful but not required.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

2015–2016 Course Cost: $478.50

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MKT110 Principles of Marketing

3 credits—This course is an overview of the processes, problems, and activities associated with the planning and executing the conception, pricing, promotion, and distribution of ideas, goods, and services to create exchanges.

Lecture Hours: 48

2015–2016 Course Cost: $478.50

AGB303 Agriculture Leadership

3 credits—This course is designed to enhance students' abilities in the area of leadership. The course includes activities that enable students to develop skills in communication, problem solving, committee work, and parliamentary procedure. Students may be involved in many local, state, and nationally organized activities.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

2015–2016 Course Cost: $478.50

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Elective

AGP333 Precision Farming Systems

3 credits—Fundamental processes of Global Positioning System (GPS) with emphasis on its application to agriculture will be covered. General technical aspects of the GPS satellites, differential correction, and hardware will be covered. The specific application of this technology in agriculture for mapping, navigation, variable rate technology (VRT), and data collection will be discussed and demonstrated on the farm laboratory.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

2015–2016 Course Cost: $478.50

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CET233 Fundamentals of GPS and GIS

3 credits—This course will introduce fundamental processes of Global Positioning Systems (GPS) including technical aspects of GPS satellites, differential corrections, and hardware. The specific application for mapping and data collection will be discussed and demonstrated. Fundamental processes and applications of Geographic Information Systems(GIS) will also be introduced, including file formats, data base management, spatial analysis, and manipulation of data.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

Prerequisite(s): CET160 Surveying

2015–2016 Course Cost: $478.50

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AGP340 Foundations of GIS and GPS

3 credits—This course will introduce fundamental processes of Global Positioning System (GPS) including technical aspects of the GPS satellites, differential correction, and hardware. The specific application of this technology for mapping, navigation, variable rate technology (VRT), and data collection will be discussed and demonstrated. Fundamental processes of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) will also be introduced, including file formats, data base management, spatial analysis, and manipulation of data.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

2015–2016 Course Cost: $509.50

Semester 4

AGB331 Entrepreneurship in Agriculture

3 credits—This course introduces students to basic principles of organizing, financing, and managing a business. Including product merchandising and marketing, personnel management, credits, and risk management.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

2015–2016 Course Cost: $510.50

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Elective

AGB336 Agricultural Selling

3 credits—This course presents aspects of the sales process including: selling success, types of sales questions, creating the selling climate, motivation, attitude, referral prospecting, no referral prospecting, phone sales, sales presentations and demonstrations, qualifying the prospect, overcoming objectiveness, closing twelve power closes, and sales paper work.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

2015–2016 Course Cost: $478.50

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Elective

AGB466 Agricultural Finance

3 credits—This course introduces the principles and practices employed by today's agriculture and business lending institutions. Instruments used in financing ag production and ag business are covered. Areas of study include interest, investing, payroll, taxes, and financial instruments.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

2015–2016 Course Cost: $478.50

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FIN121 Personal Finance

3 credits—This course enables students to achieve high standards and competencies in economic principles in contexts of high relevancy and applicability to their individual, family, professional, and community lives. A project-based approach that utilizes higher order thinking, communication, leadership, and management processes will integrate course topics. Upon completion, students should be able to better understand scarcity, supply and demand, market structures, the role of government, money and the role of financial institutions, economic stabilization and cycles, investing and financial markets, and consumer credit.

Lecture Hours: 48

2015–2016 Course Cost: $478.50

AGT805 Employment Experience

5 credits—This course provides students with opportunities to gain on-the-job experience in the agriculture industry. Students will gain an understanding of qualities and skills needed for success in the agricultural field. Coordination and guidance will be provided by department instructors.

Lecture Hours: 0 Co-op Hours: 320

2015–2016 Course Cost: $797.50

Electives

AGA214 Cash Grains

3 credits—This course introduces the production of Iowa's main cash crops; corn and soybeans. Units include: crop history, crop development, seed selection, fertilization, insect and weed control, harvesting, grain handling, marketing, storage, and the economic importance of each crop. New and experimental production practices are discussed for practical application.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

2015–2016 Course Cost: $478.50

AGA376 Integrated Pest Management

3 credits—This course is designed to make application and use of some materials learned in other courses. Decision making as it deals with the total cropping plan is stressed. An individual will determine from observation weed problems, plant populations, disease problems, insect problems, and do yield checks to make recommendations for handling any problems.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

2015–2016 Course Cost: $478.50

AGB101 Agricultural Economics

3 credits—This course introduces students to basic concepts in economics including various aspects of an economy-like agriculture, industry, population, food supply, government policies, and physical environmental affect on each other and the economy as a whole. Resources used in agricultural production, organization price determination, supply, demand, and profit modernization are studied.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

2015–2016 Course Cost: $478.50

AGB303 Agriculture Leadership

3 credits—This course is designed to enhance students' abilities in the area of leadership. The course includes activities that enable students to develop skills in communication, problem solving, committee work, and parliamentary procedure. Students may be involved in many local, state, and nationally organized activities.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

2015–2016 Course Cost: $478.50

AGB331 Entrepreneurship in Agriculture

3 credits—This course introduces students to basic principles of organizing, financing, and managing a business. Including product merchandising and marketing, personnel management, credits, and risk management.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

2015–2016 Course Cost: $510.50

AGB336 Agricultural Selling

3 credits—This course presents aspects of the sales process including: selling success, types of sales questions, creating the selling climate, motivation, attitude, referral prospecting, no referral prospecting, phone sales, sales presentations and demonstrations, qualifying the prospect, overcoming objectiveness, closing twelve power closes, and sales paper work.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

2015–2016 Course Cost: $478.50

AGC999 Study Abroad

1 credits—This course explores relative differences between the student's country and study abroad country with emphasis in agriculture. Topics include history, geography, culture, food, language, and agriculture topics. May be taken for up to 5 credits.

Lecture Hours: 16

2015–2016 Course Cost: $159.50

AGH292 Garden Center Management

3 credits—In this course display, promotion, and merchandising in the modern garden center will be stressed. Problems of distribution functions of marketing and their costs will be studied. Management's role in organizing a business and financial planning will be discussed.

Lecture Hours: 48

2015–2016 Course Cost: $478.50

AGP340 Foundations of GIS and GPS

3 credits—This course will introduce fundamental processes of Global Positioning System (GPS) including technical aspects of the GPS satellites, differential correction, and hardware. The specific application of this technology for mapping, navigation, variable rate technology (VRT), and data collection will be discussed and demonstrated. Fundamental processes of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) will also be introduced, including file formats, data base management, spatial analysis, and manipulation of data.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

2015–2016 Course Cost: $509.50

AGP436 Advanced Precision Farm Hardware

3 credits—This course will focus on the installation, operation, and troubleshooting of precision farming hardware components. Students will learn how to install displays, GPS equipment, and various other components used within precision agriculture. Students will properly operate various precision agriculture hardware systems such as displays, variable rate controllers, and GPS equipment. Special attention will be given to training students to troubleshoot problems and learn how to develop cognitive problem solving skills.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

2015–2016 Course Cost: $478.50

AGP450 Fundamentals of GIS

3 credits—Fundamental processes of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) with emphasis in its application to agriculture will be covered. File formats, database management, spatial analysis, and manipulation of data will be covered thoroughly. Comparisons of GIS and mapping software and conversions between formats will also be discussed. The lab portion will concentrate on using georeferenced data from mapping and yield monitoring to develop maps from which a VRT prescription will be synthesized.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

2015–2016 Course Cost: $478.50

AGS113 Survey of the Animal Industry

3 credits—This course introduces students to the species and breeds of domestic livestock and development of an appreciation for the principles of livestock production, and issues facing product marketing. Topics include: breeds, basic management, composition, evaluation, and marketing of farm animals and animal products; including beef and dairy cattle, horses, goats, poultry, sheep and swine.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

2015–2016 Course Cost: $478.50

AGS216 Equine Science

3 credits—This course presents the basic management and production practices for horses including nutrition, health care, facilities, reproductive management, breeding, and evaluation. The course is designed for students wanting to learn how to care for their own horse or for other owners' horses as a herdsman or in a stable.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

2015–2016 Course Cost: $478.50

AGS218 Domestic Animal Physiology

4 credits—This course is an introduction to the functional anatomy and physiological activities governing the animal body through discussion and observation via video of the various body systems; including cells, senses, nerves, skeletal, circulatory, respiratory, digestive urinary, muscular reproductive, and endocrinology. Fundamentals of identification, prevention, and treatment of various common disease problems are discussed. This course presents a sound preventative approach to animal health and husbandry as it relates to body health, form and function.

Lecture Hours: 48 Lab Hours: 32

Prerequisite(s): AGS113 Survey of the Animal Industry

2015–2016 Course Cost: $638.00

AGS225 Swine Science

3 credits—This course provides an understanding of the principles involved with comprehensive swine management; selection to marketing. Emphasis will be placed on business aspects, production systems, facilities, health, record systems, and analysis. Field trips and guest speakers will be included. Hands-on training will be included through the swine-teaching herd.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

2015–2016 Course Cost: $478.50

AGS226 Beef Cattle Science

3 credits—This course prepares students to integrate production principles. Management principles involved with comprehensive beef cattle production will be emphasized. Topics include an overview of the industry, budgeting, record analysis, principles of bull management, cow and heifer management practices, preconditioning programs, feedlot management, and marketing. Students learn through hands-on experience working with the school teaching herd, field trips, and guest speakers.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

2015–2016 Course Cost: $478.50

AGS272 Foods of Animal Origin

5 credits—This course is an introduction to contemporary practices and decisions necessary when managing beef, dairy, poultry, sheep, and swine through the stages of their production cycles.

Lecture Hours: 64 Lab Hours: 32

Prerequisite(s): AGS113 Survey of the Animal Industry

2015–2016 Course Cost: $797.50

AGS305 Livestock Evaluation

3 credits—This course develops the student's potential in livestock selection with emphasis placed on the evaluation of breeding animals as well as market animals. The course emphasizes the visual appraisal and the carcass evaluation of beef, swine, and sheep. Production records and grading and wholesale and retail cuts will be studied.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

2015–2016 Course Cost: $478.50

AGS319 Animal Nutrition

3 credits—This course introduces students to the underlying principles of livestock nutrition through discussion of nutrition information, digestive systems, feedstuffs, and ration balancing. Nutritional principles, digestive systems, composition and nutritional characteristics of common feedstuffs, ration formulation and recommended feeding programs of farm animals, including beef and dairy cattle, horses, poultry, sheep and swine will be emphasized.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

2015–2016 Course Cost: $478.50

AGT700 Special Topics: Agriculture Education

1 credits—This course is designed for secondary agriculture education professionals to develop and enhance knowledge and skills in specific emerging practices, issues, and technical content areas in the broad industry of agriculture.

Lecture Hours: 16

Other Requirements: Student must be a Secondary Agriculture Educator

2015–2016 Course Cost: $159.50

AGT928 Independent Study

1 credits—Students can earn one to five credits for this Independent Study course.

Lecture Hours: 0

2015–2016 Course Cost: $159.50

BIO105 Introductory Biology

4 credits—This course provides an introduction to living organisms, their diversity, structure and function, and how they maintain themselves both during their life cycle and as a species. It is designed to highlight concepts of the biological sciences for the non-biology major and satisfies the requirement for a life science course for the Associate in Arts or Science degrees. There are three hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory each week.

Lecture Hours: 48 Lab Hours: 32

2015–2016 Course Cost: $638.00

BIO112 General Biology I

4 credits—This lecture and laboratory course is the first of a two semester sequence designed for students with a specific interest in majoring in the biological sciences or a desire for a more comprehensive undergraduate course in the discipline. The course integrates the basic principles of general biology and focuses on their interrelationships. The major themes addressed include levels of organization, cell structure and metabolism, the genetic basis of life, evolution, diversity, and ecological relationships. Laboratory exercises are coordinated with lecture topics to enhance the student's understanding of these topics.

Lecture Hours: 48 Lab Hours: 32

2015–2016 Course Cost: $638.00

BIO113 General Biology II

4 credits—This lecture and laboratory course is part of a two semester sequence designed for students with a specific interest in majoring in the biological sciences or a desire for a more comprehensive undergraduate course in the discipline. The major focus of this course is on the diversity of life forms, including microbes, protists, the fungi, plants, and animals. The course will include the study of their structure and function, evolutionary patterns, ecological relationships and, behavior. Laboratory exercises are coordinated with lecture topics to enhance the student's understanding of the lecture concepts.

Lecture Hours: 48 Lab Hours: 32

2015–2016 Course Cost: $638.00

BUS102 Introduction to Business

3 credits—An introductory survey course which provides an overview of the major functions in business with relation to current social, economic, and environmental concerns.

Lecture Hours: 48

2015–2016 Course Cost: $478.50

BUS183 Business Law

3 credits—An introduction to the principles of law as they relate to business. This course includes an overview of our court system, sources of law, ethics and social responsibility, contracts, warranties, real property, landlord and tenant, negotiable instruments, and agency. Emphasis is placed on exploring the law as it affects businesses and individuals.

Lecture Hours: 48

2015–2016 Course Cost: $478.50

ECN110 Introduction to Economics

3 credits—This is a one-semester survey course covering basic economic issues and applications. The course includes such topics as supply, demand, pricing and production decisions by firms, consumer decision making, national income and output determination, unemployment and inflation, Classical and Keynesian theories, money and banking, and fiscal and monetary policies. International issues will also be discussed. No credit given if credit earned in ECN-120 Principles of Macroeconomics or ECN-130 Principles of Microeconomics.

Lecture Hours: 48

2015–2016 Course Cost: $478.50

ECN120 Principles of Macroeconomics

3 credits—Principles of supply and demand and the price mechanism will be presented. Descriptions and interactions of the consumer, business, government, and international sectors will be studied as well as their effects on output, employment, and growth in the economy. The course includes a study of the banking system and monetary policy, fiscal policy, economic growth, differing macroeconomic viewpoints, and international issues.

Lecture Hours: 48

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of 'D-' in MAT063 Elementary Algebra or appropriate Math placement score.

2015–2016 Course Cost: $478.50

ECN130 Principles of Microeconomics

3 credits—Principles of supply and demand, elasticity, and pricing will be studied. The course includes such topics as resource allocation of firms, pricing and output decisions in different market structures, and consumer choice theory. International issues and the world economy will be integrated into the course.

Lecture Hours: 48

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of 'D-' in MAT063 Elementary Algebra or appropriate Math placement score.

2015–2016 Course Cost: $478.50

MGT101 Principles of Management

3 credits—This course is a study of current theory and practice of leading a complex business organization toward the accomplishment of organizational objectives.

Lecture Hours: 48

2015–2016 Course Cost: $478.50

MGT110 Small Business Management

3 credits—This course is a study of current theory and practices in creating and running a small business. The course includes the study of management functions as well as a discussion of business startup, including the creation of a business plan.

Lecture Hours: 48

2015–2016 Course Cost: $478.50

MGT170 Human Resource Management

3 credits—This course is a study of the theory, principles, concepts and practices of developing and utilizing personnel within business organizations.

Lecture Hours: 48

2015–2016 Course Cost: $478.50

MKT140 Principles of Selling

3 credits—Planned learning activities and experiences emphasize the psychology of selling, the selling process, sales techniques, and selling as a professional career.

Lecture Hours: 48

2015–2016 Course Cost: $478.50

MKT152 Advertising and Visual Merchandising

3 credits—This course presents the fundamentals of advertising and visual merchandising as promotional tools. It incorporates the Integrated Marketing Communication (IMC) concept.

Lecture Hours: 48

2015–2016 Course Cost: $478.50

MKT160 Principles of Retailing

3 credits—Organized learning activities emphasize the status of retail environments, operations, locations, merchandising, pricing, and promotions.

Lecture Hours: 48

2015–2016 Course Cost: $478.50

WEL104 Introduction to MIG Welding

2 credits—This course is an introduction to the Gas Metal Arc Welding process, also known as MIG Welding and Flux Cored Arc Welding. Topics include safety, theory of operation, advantages of both processes, types of power sources, types of wire electrodes and shielding gases, types of metal transfer, types of joints, minor equipment maintenance and basic welding terminology. Shop practice will include welding the five basic joints, with both welding processes, on mild steel in the flat and horizontal positions.

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 32

2015–2016 Course Cost: $319.00

WEL134 Cutting Processes

2 credits—This course is an introduction to principles and practices of oxy-fuel cutting, plasma cutting, and arc air gouging. Topics include safety, theory of operation, equipment, proper set-up procedures, and basic terminology. Shop practice includes plasma cutting and arc air gouging principles and practices and flame cutting of mild steel.

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 48

2015–2016 Course Cost: $319.00

WEL155 Arc Welding I (SMAW)

4 credits—This course is an introduction to the Shielded Metal Arc Welding process, also known as stick welding. Topics of study include safety, theory of operation, types of welding power sources, advantages of the process, types of mild steel electrodes, types of joints, basic welding terms, and AC and DC current. Shop practice on the five basic joints will be performed in the flat and horizontal positions with various mild steel electrodes.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 144

2015–2016 Course Cost: $838.00

Math Electives

MAT110 Math for Liberal Arts

3 credits—This is a one semester liberal arts mathematics course that satisfies the minimum general education requirement for math. The course is designed to impart math skills which are helpful in everyday life as well as to expose students to areas of mathematics they may not have seen before. Topics include problem-solving skills, set theory, algebra, consumer mathematics, probability, and statistics. Other topics may be included.

Lecture Hours: 48

Prerequisite(s): MAT063 Elementary Algebra or equivalent COMPASS score

2015–2016 Course Cost: $478.50

MAT122 College Algebra

5 credits—Begins a two semester sequence to prepare students for the calculus sequence. The central theme is the concept of functions, their properties, graphs and applications. Functions studied include polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions.

Lecture Hours: 80

Prerequisite(s): MAT102 Intermediate Algebra or equivalent COMPASS score

2015–2016 Course Cost: $797.50

MAT128 Precalculus

4 credits—This one-semester pre-calculus course is intended for the student with a solid algebra background who intends to take calculus. It is also beneficial (but not required) for the student to have a background in trigonometry. The course will emphasize functions using an analytical, numerical, and graphical approach. The student will study linear, polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions along with their applications.

Lecture Hours: 64

Prerequisite(s): Appropriate Placement Test Scores: ACT Math Score of 25 OR Compass Score of 51-100 in the College Algebra Domain or 31-50 in the Trigonometry Domain.

Other Requirements: Successful completion (C or better) of three years of high school mathematics including two years of algebra and one year of geometry and/or trigonometry, or appropriate mathematics placement score.

2015–2016 Course Cost: $638.00

MAT134 Trigonometry and Analytic Geometry

3 credits—This course is the second course of a two-semester pre-calculus sequence. Topics include trigonometry and applications, vectors, analytic geometry, and polar and parametric equations.

Lecture Hours: 48

Prerequisite(s): MAT122 College Algebra

2015–2016 Course Cost: $478.50

MAT156 Statistics

3 credits—This course is a study of descriptive statistics including graphical representation, central tendency, correlation and regression, intuitive treatment of probability, and inferential statistics including hypothesis testing.

Lecture Hours: 48

Prerequisite(s): MAT063 Elementary Algebra or appropriate placement score.

2015–2016 Course Cost: $478.50

MAT210 Calculus I

4 credits—This course is the first in a calculus sequence. The course covers topics including functions and their graphs, limits, derivatives and applications of differentiation, and integrals.

Lecture Hours: 64

Prerequisite(s): MAT134 Trigonometry & Analytic Geometry and three years of high school mathematics including trigonometry

2015–2016 Course Cost: $638.00

MAT216 Calculus II

4 credits—This course is a continuation of MAT-210 Calculus I. The course covers topics including integration techniques related to surface areas and volumes, infinite series, conic sections, parametric equations, and polar coordinates.

Lecture Hours: 64

Prerequisite(s): MAT210 Calculus I or equivalent

2015–2016 Course Cost: $638.00

MAT219 Calculus III

4 credits—This course is a continuation of MAT-216 Calculus II. The course covers topics including integration and differentiation techniques related to vectors, vector-valued functions, functions of several variables, multiple integration, and vector analysis.

Lecture Hours: 64

Prerequisite(s): MAT216 Calculus II or equivalent

2015–2016 Course Cost: $638.00

Science Electives

BIO105 Introductory Biology

4 credits—This course provides an introduction to living organisms, their diversity, structure and function, and how they maintain themselves both during their life cycle and as a species. It is designed to highlight concepts of the biological sciences for the non-biology major and satisfies the requirement for a life science course for the Associate in Arts or Science degrees. There are three hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory each week.

Lecture Hours: 48 Lab Hours: 32

2015–2016 Course Cost: $638.00

BIO112 General Biology I

4 credits—This lecture and laboratory course is the first of a two semester sequence designed for students with a specific interest in majoring in the biological sciences or a desire for a more comprehensive undergraduate course in the discipline. The course integrates the basic principles of general biology and focuses on their interrelationships. The major themes addressed include levels of organization, cell structure and metabolism, the genetic basis of life, evolution, diversity, and ecological relationships. Laboratory exercises are coordinated with lecture topics to enhance the student's understanding of these topics.

Lecture Hours: 48 Lab Hours: 32

2015–2016 Course Cost: $638.00

BIO113 General Biology II

4 credits—This lecture and laboratory course is part of a two semester sequence designed for students with a specific interest in majoring in the biological sciences or a desire for a more comprehensive undergraduate course in the discipline. The major focus of this course is on the diversity of life forms, including microbes, protists, the fungi, plants, and animals. The course will include the study of their structure and function, evolutionary patterns, ecological relationships and, behavior. Laboratory exercises are coordinated with lecture topics to enhance the student's understanding of the lecture concepts.

Lecture Hours: 48 Lab Hours: 32

2015–2016 Course Cost: $638.00

CHM122 Introduction to General Chemistry

4 credits—An introductory course which assumes a minimal student background in mathematics and chemistry. The course is intended to serve students in allied health programs and any student desiring an application-oriented, less theoretical approach to chemistry. The course introduces students to the practical aspects and basic concepts of chemistry including measurements, dimensional analysis, matter, energy, atoms, elements, the Periodic Chart, nuclear chemistry, chemical bonding, nomenclature, an introduction to organic chemistry, chemical quantities, formulas, gases, chemical calculations, balancing equations, solutions, acids and bases, chemical kinetics, and equilibrium. Coordinated laboratory exercises are intended to emphasize topics covered in the lecture as well as stress basic laboratory techniques.

Lecture Hours: 48 Lab Hours: 32

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of 'C' in MAT063 Elementary Algebra OR appropriate placement score.

2015–2016 Course Cost: $638.00

CHM165 General Chemistry I

4 credits—This lecture and laboratory course is the first of a two-semester sequence designed specifically for students majoring in chemistry, physics, biology, or pre-engineering. It is a mathematically rigorous course that assumes the entering student has a strong background in algebra and finite mathematics. Students will learn concepts specific chemical information that will be applied within the context of a variety of chemistry applications. Many of the applications that will be investigated highlight contemporary social and scientific issues. Through participation in course activities, each student should expect to improve her/his knowledge of chemistry and to develop improved qualitative and quantitative problem-solving skills. Hands-on experience with laboratory experiments will allow students to learn proper procedures, to gather meaningful data, and to draw logical and appropriate conclusions based on the laboratory data. Content will include chemical equations, stoichiometry, gases, thermochemistry, equilibrium, electronic structure of atoms, periodic trends, molecular bonding and structure, intermolecular forces, and nuclear chemistry.

Lecture Hours: 48 Lab Hours: 32

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in MAT102 Intermediate Algebra Class must be passed with a C or better in the past 5 years.

2015–2016 Course Cost: $638.00

ENV115 Environmental Science

3 credits—This natural science course addresses the manner in which we approach our environment today and how it will affect the world we live in tomorrow. This course examines the challenges of developing sustainable energy sources, maintaining the quality of our air, water, and soil, and preserving the remaining biodiversity and habitat. As these challenges are examined, possible solutions will be evaluated.

Lecture Hours: 48

2015–2016 Course Cost: $478.50

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