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Course Rotations

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AG 1110 - Careers in Agri-Business and Industry (1-0) Fall/Spring

Career information and opportunities in the Agricultural World of Work will be emphasized.  Qualifications and employment opportunities will be stressed.

AG 1445 - Basic Animal Science (3-2) Fall/Spring

An introductory course designed to acquaint students with the importance of the livestock industry. A study of the types and breeds; market classes and grades of beef cattle, swine, sheep, goats, horses, and poultry; attention will be given to breeding, judging, care, and management.

AG 2313 - Agronomic Crops (2-2) Fall

A study of the production, harvest practices, storage, and use of cereal and feed grains, fiber crops, forages, and other related crops requiring special technology.

AG 2345 - Horse Management (2-2) Summer

A course designed as a broad but thorough coverage of most areas of horse husbandry and production, including anatomy, physiology, breeding, feeding, training, and health care. Laboratory sessions are designed to acquaint the student with modern methods of breeding, training, and care of the horse.

AG 2367 - Animal Ultrasonography (2-2) Summer

A study of current developments and utilization of animal ultrasonography technology in agriculture. Hands-on training in animal growth and development, animal breeding, animal handling and management, animal reproduction, computer technology and data interpretation.

AG 2373 - Introduction to Agricultural Engineering (2-2) Fall/Spring

An introductory course designed to acquaint students with a wide range of concepts, principles and applied technologies in agricultural engineering. A problem solving course.

AG 2374 - Metal Fabrication and Welding Technology for Agriculture (2-2) Fall

This course covers the prinicples and practices of applied metallurgy and welding.  Emphasis is given to the management of the technologies and techniques associated with oxy-fuel cutting, Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW), and Plasma Arc Cutting (PAC). Prerequisite: AG 2373. 

AG 2379 - General Horticulture (2-2) Spring

A survey of the general field of horticulture including general areas of employment.

AG 2383 - Introduction to Agricultural Economics (3-0) Fall/Spring

The role of agriculture in the general economy; the study of basic economic concepts with their application to the agricultural firm; the structure and operation of the marketing system; the functional and institutional aspects of agricultural finance; international trade; and government farm programs.

AG 2390 - Computer Applications in Agriculture (2-2) Fall/Spring

Introduction to computers and computer technology; operation and application of the computer in production agriculture and agricultural business, services and industries. Includes characteristics of computer hardware and software, accessing and using the computer in agriculture.

AG 3301 - Genetics of Livestock and Plant Improvement (WI)(3-0) Fall

Fundamental principles of genetics and their application to higher plants and animals. The physical basis of Mendelian inheritance, expression and interaction of genes, gene frequency, linkage, sex linkage, inbreeding, line breeding, and crossbreeding as applied to selection indices for livestock and plants. Prerequisites: AG 1445: BIO 1330, 1130.

AG 3302 Herbaceous Plant Materials (2-2) Fall

This course will include the identification, selection, use and management of annuals, perennials, herbs, and ornamental grasses in the landscape. Each student will learn irrigation, fertilization, pruning, and other cultural needs of such plants. The laboratory will complement lecture. 

AG 3304 - Propagation of Horticultural Plants (2-2) Fall

Principles and practices of propagating ornamental plants, vegetables, and fruits by sexual and asexual methods including germination of seed, layerage, graftage, division, cuttage, bulbs, corms, and other vegetative plant structures. Study of physical, physiological and environmental factors affecting propagation of ornamental plants.

AG 3305 - Woody Plant Materials for Outdoor Landscapes (2-2) Spring

Study of woody plant material including fruit and ornamental trees, shrubs, and ground covers and their identification, nomenclature, and use in the planting and development of home landscapes.

AG 3306 - Flowers and Plants for Interior Design (WI) (2-2) Fall

Study of flowers, cut flowers, foliage and blooming pot plants to enhance the interior design of homes and businesses including their identification, cultural requirements, uses, diagnoses and corrective measures of disorders. Basic principles of flower arrangement and the preparation of floral and plant decoration as used in interior design.

AG 3308 - Organic Gardening (3-0) Fall/Spring

Study of principles and practices that involve the production of vegetables by organic methods. Fertility and irrigation; as well as weed, insect and disease control by practices will be covered.

AG 3310 - Agricultural Power and Machinery Technology (2-2) Fall

This course covers the principles of 2-stroke and 4-stroke cycle engines, ignition, and combustion types including injection systems.  Components including power and power transmissions and hydraulic systems will alkso be addressed. Prerequisites: MATH 1315 and AG 2373.

AG 3314 - Animal Health and Disease Control (3-0) Fall 

A course designed to enable the animal science student to understand basic veterinary principles as applied to prevention of disease in domestic livestock. Common diseases of livestock are considered, with emphasis on sanitation and modern preventative methods concerned with keeping livestock healthy. Prerequisite: AG 1445.

AG 3317 - Farm Management (2-2) Fall

Tools and techniques which are basic to the study of farm organization and decision making, the wise allocation of factors of production, the keeping of records, and income tax management. Prerequisites: AG 2383, AG 2390; MATH 1315 or MATH 1319.

AG 3318 - Agricultural Business Management (3-0) Spring/Summer

Introduction to the institutions and functions in agribusiness. The institutional structure of the agribusiness sector such as the feed, farm machinery and equipment, farm chemicals, financial institutions and private and public agri-services will be delineated. The second part of the course will introduce and develop the various functions such as organizational behavior, financial management, market management and human resource management. Prerequisites: AG 2383, AG 2390; MATH 1315 or MATH 1319.

AG 3319 - International Food and Fiber Systems (3-0) Fall/Summer

Presents the food and fiber system from an international perspective. Analysis of food production and consumption patterns under different world economic systems, causes of surpluses and shortages throughout the world; the role of trade in solving food and agricultural problems. Outlook and situation for food and fiber is discussed for both developed and developing nations, and impact of U.S. food policy on world trade flows is presented.

AG 3321 - Range Management (3-0) Spring

Practical problems met in managing native pastures and rangelands. Attention to determining range condition and proper stocking rates, methods of handling livestock on the range, range reseeding, brush control, and poisonous plants. The ecological and physiological response of range vegetation to grazing. Prerequisites: AG 1445.

AG 3325 - Animal Nutrition (WI) (3-0) Spring

Principles of animal nutrition with emphasis on digestion, absorption, metabolism, and function of nutrients; estimation of foodstuff nutritive value; and requirements of animals. Prerequisites: CHEM 1341, CHEM 1141; BIO 1330, BIO 1130.

AG 3329 - Economic Entomology (3-0)

A study of the most common insects of field crops, fruits, vegetables, and farm animals; life history, methods of attack, damage, and means of preventing and controlling. Collection and mounts of insects will be made.

AG 3330 - Applied Wildlife Nutrition (1-4)

Basic and fundamental principles of nutrition for ruminant and non-ruminant wildlife with emphasis in North American and African wildlife.  Attention will be given to digestive physiology and anatomy, feed sources, forage resources, and nutrient requirements. Prerequisite: AG 1445 or BIO 1330, 1130.

AG 3331 - Reproduction in Farm Animals (2-2) Spring 

An examination of the anatomy and physiology of reproductive systems of livestock of economic importance. Attention is given to reproductive failure and disease. The laboratory includes pregnancy testing, semen collection and evaluation, artificial insemination techniques, and evaluation of breeding records. Prerequisite: AG 1445, AG 3301, or BIO 2450.

AG 3345 - Livestock Selection and Evaluation (2-2) Fall/Spring

Detailed consideration of the factors involved in the selection and evaluation of beef cattle, sheep, swine, rabbits, goats, and chickens. Emphasis will be placed on the care, grooming and exhibition of livestock projects. Prerequisites: AG 1445; junior classification.

AG 3351 - Agricultural Marketing and Sales (WI) (3-0) Fall/Summer

A study of the food marketing system and farm input sales; includes the functional systems approach that integrates the agricultural input industries into a discussion of food marketing; takes a micro approach to the development of marketing management skills needed in agribusiness; and provides a critical outlook on issues ranging from inputs to final food products. Prerequisites: AG 2383, MATH 1315 or MATH 1319.

AG 3352 - Quantitative Methods in Agricultural Economics (3-0) Fall/Summer

Principles involved in collection, tabulating and analyzing agricultural data. Topics include sampling procedures, questionnaire development, descriptive analysis of data, correlation, prediction and forecasting and tests of significance. Simple computer programs will be stressed for class exercises during the course. Prerequisites: AG 2383, AG 2390; MATH 1315 or MATH 1319.

AG 3353 - Agricultural Structures and Environment (2-2) Fall

Principles and practices associated with structural components, selection, materials of construction, heat and moisture control, and the environmental issues of waste management systems; a problem solving course. Prerequisites: MATH 1315, AG 2373 and 2390. Recommended: TECH 1413 and 2310.

AG 3375 - Management of Agricultural Machinery and Equipment (2-2) Spring

This course addresses the optimization of the equipment phases of agricultural production and processing.  Emphasis will be placed onmanagement and decision making principles concerned with the effecient selection, operation, repair, maintenance, and replacement of machinery and equipment. Prerequisites: AG 2373 and 2390; CHEM 1341, 1141; MATH 1315.

AG 3426 - Soil Science I (3-2)  Fall/Summer

The fundamental principles of soil science to acquaint the student with some physical, chemical, and biological properties of the soil. Prerequisite: CHEM 1341 and 1141.

AG 3427 - Soil Science II (WI) (3-2) Spring

Management of soils as pertaining to their place in the environment. Special emphasis will be given to the role of soil in conventional agricultural systems, natural resource systems, waste management systems, and reclaimed and artificial soil systems. Prerequisite: AG 3426.

AG 3455 - Land Surveying (3-2) Fall

Engineering practices used in plane and geodetic surveying including differential and profile leveling, topographic, land, boundary and cadastral, and construction surveys. Laboratory exercises include use of dumpy levels, transits and total stations, and GPS (Global Positioning System) total station with RTK (real time kinematics). Planimeters and stereoscopes are used in analyzing aerial maps. Prerequisites: MATH 1315 or MATH 1317 or MATH 1319, AG 2373, AG 2390.

AG 4185 - Current Problems in Technical Agriculture (WI) (1-0) Fall/Spring/Summer

A course for advanced undergraduates to study subject matter of special interest in agriculture. Problems in agronomy, economics, animal science, plant science, and farm mechanics may be selected. Prerequisite: Approval by department chair. May be repeated for up to three semester hours credit. Course may not be taken for graduate credit.

AG 4212 - Program Building (2-0) Spring

This course will focus on program and curriculum development in agricultural education settings.  Primary course elements will include determining program and curriculum goals and objectives, implementing  the program, and curriculum evaluation.  Co-requisites:  AG 4343, AG 4681 (to be taken in final semester).

AG 4300 - Greenhouse and Nursery Management (WI) (2-2) Fall

Planning greenhouses for commercial and home use; plant-nursery layouts. Study of the physical and economic factors affecting the production of plants in the greenhouse and other forcing structures, and in the field; management techniques used in the production and marketing of greenhouse and nursery plants.

AG 4302 - Fruit and Vegetable Crop Production (WI) (2-2) Spring

Factors influencing small-fruit and tree-fruit and vegetable crop production in the field including root stocks, varieties, soil, planting, transplanting, irrigating, fertilizing, pruning, insects, diseases, nematodes, weeds, chemicals, harvesting, storing, and marketing; greenhouse production of certain vegetables.

AG 4304 Landscape Management (2-2) Spring

To acquaint students with the practices and techniques used in professional landscape construction and management, and with the scientific and technical basis for such practices.

AG 4305 - Landscape Design (2-2) Spring

Landscaping combines the elements of art and science to create functional, aesthetically pleasing outdoor space. This class helps students develop knowledge of design elements and principles. Students learn site and client analysis techniques for critiquing landscapes. Students learn to communicate ideas through the planning and drawing of landscape plans.

AG 4306 - Advanced Landscape Design and Construction (2-2)

Students will become more adept at using computer application for designing small commercial and residential landscapes. Students will also learn to apply landscape designs to installations and construction techniques. Prerequisite: AG 4305.

AG 4307 - Professional Development in Agriculture (3-0) Fall/Spring/Summer

This course requires students to select a topic of current interest appropriate to the major.  Critical analysis of the situation including both positive and negative aspects will be encouraged.  Findings will be presented in both oral and written form. Capstone course. Prerequisite: Senior classification.

AG 4310 - Agricultural Internship (0-6) Fall/Spring/Summer

Supervised on-the-job experience in an agriculturally related business or agency. This course may be repeated for credit with approval of the department chair or advisor. See department chair or advisor for prerequisites.

AG 4311 - Instructional Methods for Career and Technology Educators (2-2) Fall

An analysis of the instructional techniques, strategies and methods appropriate to the effective teaching of career and technology subjects.  Teaching special populations and teaching in multicultural environments will be addressed.  Prerequisites: To be taken the fall semester before student teaching.

AG 4325 - Feeds and Feeding (2-2) Fall

Study of feedstuffs used in livestock enterprises. Application of basic nutrients to the needs of different species of livestock. Formulating rations, methods of feeding, feed control laws, and feeding investigation. Prerequisites: AG 1445; CHEM 1341, 1141; BIO 1330, 1130.

AG 4326 - Advanced Animal Science-Ruminants (WI) (3-0) Fall

The application of scientific and technological advances to production and management in ruminant animal production and management. Prerequisites: AG 1445.

AG 4328 - Advanced Animal Science-Poultry and Swine (WI) (3-0) Spring

Application of basic principles in the production and management of nonruminant animals. Scientific and technological advances with emphasis on overall management, health care, nutrition, genetics, physiology, and marketing of nonruminant animals. Prerequisites: or co-requisites: AG 1110, 3325, 3331.

AG 4330 - Food Technology: Processing Meats (2-2) Spring

Evaluation and grading of carcasses; wholesale and retail cuts of beef, pork, lamb, and poultry. Emphasis on quality controls, testing of finished products that have been frozen, cured, fried, pickled, and canned. Prerequisites: AG 1445, BIO 1330, 1130 and CHEM 1341, 1141; or consent of instructor.

AG 4343 - Organization and Management of Agricultural Laboratories (3-0) Spring

Instructional programs involving laboratory equipment and facilities will be examined. Curriculum, teaching methods, equipment and facility management practices including various aspects of safety, tool management, inventory and security are emphasized along with facilities layout planning. Must6 be taken in last semester of program. Prerequisites or co-requisites: AG 4212, 4681.

AG 4361 - Agricultural Electric and Mechanical Systems (2-2) Spring

Electrical fundamentals applied to agricultural production and processing. Circuits, power, energy, wiring design, and motor fundamentals; selection, installation and operational characteristics. Sensors and control devices including switches, relays, timers, and circuit breakers will be studied. Prerequisites: AG 2373.

AG 4371B - Agricultural Irrigation Technology (3-0) Summer

Principles associated with water management practices in maintaining soil productivity and the influence of water management on environmental quality.  Emphsis will be placed on the selection and layout of irrigation and drainage systems, waste management systems, and the impact on the environment.  Prerequisite: AG 2373, 3320. Recommended: TECH 1413 and TECH 2310.

AG 4371S - GPS-Agricultural and Environmental Applications (3-0)

An introduction of techniques and technologies using the Global Positioning System (GPS) in precision agriculture, land surveying and environmental applications.  The use of GPA and geo-referenced data in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) will be taught.  Labs will be used to collect and analyze data.

AG 4380 - Agricultural Finance (3-0) Spring

An introduction to finance and financial problems faced by agribusiness managers.  The subject matter includes financial analysis, planning, and control; capital budgeting; capital structure, liquidity, and risk management; and financial markets.. Prerequisites: AG 2383; MATH 1315 or MATH 1319; ACC 2361.

AG 4381 - Agricultural Policy (WI) (3-0) Spring

Identification and analysis of governmental programs and policies affecting the production and marketing of agricultural products. An economic evaluation of alternative policies and their application for farmers, consumers and agribusinesses will be considered. Prerequisite: AG 2383; MATH 1315 or MATH 1319.

AG 4383 - Agricultural Resource Economics (WI) (3-0) Spring 

Economic concepts and institutional factors relating to the use of agricultural resources such as land, air, water, energy, space, etc. Emphasis is on the conservation of resources and the environmental interactions resulting from the use of natural resources for agricultural production. Prerequisite: AG 2383, Math 1315 0r 1319, or consent of instructor.

AG 4681 - Student Teaching in Agricultural Science and Technology (0-6) Spring 

Planning for teaching agricultural science in selected schools in Texas.  Prerequisites: Senior classification (to be taken in final semester).