Agricultural Science

Agricultural Science Course Descriptions

Award: Associate of Science (AS)
Academic Year: 2017–2018

General Education course

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

2016–2017 Course Cost: $549.50

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 and marketing of farm animals, composition, evaluation and marketing of farm animals, composition, evaluation and marketing of animal products; including beef and dairy cattle, horses, goats, poultry, sheep and swine.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

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

2016–2017 Course Cost: $674.00

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

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

Social Diversity Course 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

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

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

2016–2017 Course Cost: $674.00

ENG105 Composition I

3 credits—Composition I 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

Prerequisite(s): Appropriate COMPASS scores or equivalent.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

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

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

Semester 3

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

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

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 specific-content 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, MAT110, or MAT156. Highly recommended that the prerequisite class be passed with a C- or better in the past 5 years.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $674.00

HIS151 U.S. History to 1877 -OR-

3 credits—This United States history course examines the country's Colonial experience, Revolutionary period, and 19th Century history through Reconstruction. The course includes political, economic, and social history of this period, as well as the development of American thought.

Lecture Hours: 48

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

HIS152 U.S. History Since 1877

3 credits—This United States history course examines the period from the end of reconstruction to the present. Emphasis is placed upon industrialization and its impact, the development of a strong federal government, an aggressive foreign policy, and a growing involvement in an international economy. The course includes political, economic, and social history of this period, as well as the development of American thought.

Lecture Hours: 48

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

PSY111 Introduction to Psychology -OR-

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

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

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

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

SPC101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication

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

Lecture Hours: 48

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

Semester 4

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; accounting for cash, receivables, payables, inventories, plant assets, partnerships, corporations, and bonds.

Lecture Hours: 64

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of D- in MAT063 or equivalent COMPASS or ACT math score.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $674.00

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

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

BUS230 Quantitative Methods for Business Decision Making

3 credits—Quantitative and qualitative aspects of problem solving and decision making in business are covered. Topics include structuring and the basics of decision making, classification theory, functional relationships, marginal analysis, resource allocation, and probability.

Lecture Hours: 48

Prerequisite(s): MAT156

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

CNS121 Environmental Conservation

3 credits—Environmental Conservation is a course that 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

2016–2017 Course Cost: $525.50

ENG106 Composition II

3 credits—Composition II aims to review and extend writing principles learned in Composition I to analytical, argumentative, and research-based writing. This course emphasizes critical reading, evaluation, and precise and responsible source citation.

Lecture Hours: 48

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of D- in ENG105.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

Social Diversity Courses

COM148 Diversity and the Media

3 credits—Diversity and the Media presents a historical perspective and a current analysis of various minority groups and how media depict these groups. This course helps students understand why and how stereotypical media portrayals have been produced and how the under-representation of diversified images affects their knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors toward.

Lecture Hours: 48

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

LIT133 Minority Voices in U.S. Literature

3 credits—This course will explore the issues and themes developed in the literature written by minority authors, often underrepresented in the traditional literary canon. We will focus on works by various dispossessed groups, including African-Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Asian-Americans, women, and gays/transgender/lesbians. Genre to be read will include short stories, poetry, and novels with emphasis on the ideas and issues shared in common by the various silenced groups and the unique perspective of each. Class activities will build on students’ skills in reading, discussing and writing about literature acquired in Introduction to Literature.

Lecture Hours: 48

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C- in LIT101.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

PSY262 Psychology of Gender

3 credits—This course explores the meaning of gender. Research and theory in the areas of gender development, gender similarities and differences, and the nature and effects of gender roles and stereotypes is emphasized.

Lecture Hours: 48

Prerequisite(s): PSY111

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

SOC200 Minority Group Relations

3 credits—This course examines racial and ethnic relations in the United States. Basic sociological concepts will be applied to historical and contemporary experiences of racial and ethnic groups, with particular attention paid to minority groups.

Lecture Hours: 48

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

SOC205 Diversity in America

3 credits—Introduction to the sociological study of group relations in the United States. Basic concepts such as culture, groups, inequality, prejudice and discrimination will be explored. Focus will be on class, race, and gender, however other statuses (such as sexual orientation, religion, age, and abilities) will also be discussed. Students will gain a better understanding of the relationship between individuals and society, as well as the experiences of minority groups.

Lecture Hours: 48

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

WST101 Women's Studies

3 credits—This course serves as an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of women's studies and to current women's issues in our society. It explores ways in which women get marginalized and silenced primarily by the social definitions and the patriarchal male power structure. The course seeks to help students develop critical thinking relative to contemporary gender issues; to explore their assumptions about gender; to illuminate social constructions of femininity and women's roles; and to uncover the ways in which social teachings shape and limit women's lives.

Lecture Hours: 48

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

Humanities: Literature and Fine Arts Courses

ART101 Art Appreciation

3 credits—This course is an examination of the value, esthetic pleasures, structure, function, and history of art. The course explores sculpture, painting, film, drawing, printmaking, photography, ceramics, and architecture. Field trips to galleries allow students the opportunity to personally experience significant visual art.

Lecture Hours: 48

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

ART203 Art History I

3 credits—This course is an introduction to the history of visual art and artists; prehistory through Gothic. All forms of media: painting, sculpture, drawing, architecture, ceramics, metal work, glass and others are considered in the context of time, society, and the human impulse to create.

Lecture Hours: 48

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

ART204 Art History II

3 credits—This course is an introduction to the history of visual art and artists; Renaissance to the present. All forms of media: painting, sculpture, drawing, architecture, ceramics, metal work, glass, photography, film, and others are considered in the context of time, society, and the human impulse to create.

Lecture Hours: 48

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

DRA107 Theatrical Arts and Society

3 credits—This course introduces students to a literary appreciation of drama throughout history. Emphasis will be on reading, discussing, and evaluating various plays representative of their era and genre along with discussion of live theatre, film and television performances and how these kinds of dramatic narratives interrelate with societies of the past and present.

Lecture Hours: 48

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

LIT101 Introduction to Literature

3 credits—This course studies multiple literary forms and genres. Students will be introduced to literary terminology, analysis and interpretation of literature, and a variety of authors and literary styles. Instruction will emphasize the process of reading to develop and interpret meaning and classroom discussions encouraging students to share interpretations. Students will also respond to literature through informal and formal written assignments that foster skill in analysis and interpretation.

Lecture Hours: 48

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C- in RDG040 and ENG061 or appropriate placement scores.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

MUS100 Music Appreciation

3 credits—An introduction to the musical arts through listening to and studying the music of various periods. Some sections of the course may be presented by live musicians. Allied arts, including dance, painting, and literature, may be used to demonstrate the relatedness of music to the larger scope of human experience.

Lecture Hours: 48

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

Humanities: Philosophy and Religion Courses

PHI101 Introduction to Philosophy

3 credits—An investigation of some of the fundamental problems of human existence--human nature, the nature of reality, how and what we know, the existence of God, ethical behavior, justice and freedom. This will be undertaken through readings and discussions of major philosophical schools of thought in Western and non-Western traditions.

Lecture Hours: 48

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

PHI105 Introduction to Ethics

3 credits—Introduction to Ethics examines contemporary ethical conflicts and provides a grounding in the language, concepts, and traditions of ethics. This course provides students with the intellectual tools to analyze moral dilemmas in the fields they choose to pursue and participate in as members of society.

Lecture Hours: 48

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

REL101 Survey of World Religions

3 credits—An introductory survey of world religions that have had major impact on world culture and civilization: Hinduism, Taoism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and others. It will examine their cultural settings, sacred writings, key doctrines, central rituals, ethical values, and perspectives on gender roles.

Lecture Hours: 48

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

REL130 Introduction to Religions of the East

3 credits—This course is an interdisciplinary course that will explore the emergence, development, and diversification of the three cultural regions? religious traditions. Student participants in the course will explore not only the basic beliefs and practices of these religions but also the ways in which they shape and are shaped by the cultures in which they are embedded. Emphasis will be placed upon understanding these religions as systems of meaning-creation.

Lecture Hours: 48

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

Program Contacts

Department Secretary

Dianne Lellig
Butler Hall 131
319-296-4011
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Student Success Specialist

Laurie Plum
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Program Advisor

Brad Kinsinger
Bremer Hall 111A
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Dean

Dave Grunklee
Butler Hall 131A
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