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2018-2019 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

General Agriculture (B.S.)

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Bulletin/Catalog 2018-2019

College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Department of General Agriculture

Location: Sundquist Science Complex, Room D232
Phone: 931-221-7272
Website: www.apsu.edu/agriculture/index.php


Description of Major

The Department of General Agriculture at Austin Peay State University is part of the College of Science and Mathematics. The department, including faculty offices and classrooms, is housed in the Sundquist Science Complex. The department currently has four full-time faculty members and three adjunct faculty members, with  approximately 250 agriculture majors including those in the pre-professional programs. The department oversees the 440-acre Farm and Environmental Education Center, which is located three miles from the main campus which has a $1.2 million Animal Science teaching facility. The FEEC is used by the department for laboratories, field trips, and land-judging contests. Private farms and agriculture industries also are used to support classroom learning activities.

Career Opportunities
A recent national study predicts a shortage of college graduates in agriculture in the areas of management and science. Graduates with management and financial skills will be in demand. Agri-business, government agencies and related industries need managers and technicians who can communicate with farmers. Graduates who broaden their agricultural experiences with courses in business and computers can enhance their opportunities for employment in agriculture. The agri-business and agri-science concentrations especially are designed for this type of opportunity. Graduates from the department also are regularly accepted at many different graduate schools such as Clemson University, Mississippi State, Penn State, University of Georgia, University of Kentucky, University of Tennessee and others.

Students majoring in Agriculture will select one of five concentrations: Agri-Business, Agri-Science, Agri-Communications, PreVeterinary Medicine or Sustainable Development.  In each case, a strong broad-based understanding of American agriculture will be developed.

General Education Core


  Credit Hours
see Common Core 41
University-Wide Freshman Seminar Requirement 1

Total Hours 11

Total Hours 21-24

Additional Major Requirements

Additional hours in each concentration are required and must be selected in consultation with advisor and with a view toward career goals. No minor is required.

Credit from the following is normally excluded from major


Agri-Business is designed to prepare students for jobs in agricultural businesses and includes additional courses in marketing, management, economics, and accounting.

Total Hours 40

Total Hours 28


  • AGRI electives  15
  • Other electives 11
Total Hours 26


Agri-Communications is designed to prepare students for jobs in agricultural journalism or communication, and includes additional courses in journalism, broadcasting, and photography.


Agri-Science is designed to prepare students for graduate schools or for jobs requiring technical knowledge of agriculture, and includes additional courses in basic and applied sciences.

Total Hours 38/40

Total Hours 26

Total Hours 10


  • AGRI electives  10
  • Other electives  18
Total Hours 28

Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Three- or Four-Year Transfer Program (optional)

APSU offers a pre-veterinary medicine concentration that prepares the student for applying to the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. Most veterinary schools have similar admission requirements, and APSU’s program can be modified to meet the requirements of most.

The pre-veterinary program of study includes more coursework than the minimum for applying to veterinary school. These additional courses are included to improve the student’s chances for success in veterinary school and to complete B.S. degree requirements.

Program Requirements:

  • Students may qualify for veterinary school during the third year at APSU.
  • Thus students have two degree options at APSU:
    • The student may apply for a degree granted in absentia (see Requirements for Degrees in Absentia) after having successfully completed the first year of veterinary school; or
    • The student may complete all requirements in the four-year curriculum and receive a B.S. degree in Agriculture, Pre-Veterinary Medicine Concentration.
Total Hours 6

Lower Division Courses

Total Hours 3

Total Hours 35

Total Hours 33 to 37

Sustainable Development

Sustainable development is defined as: “Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” (unbruntland commission). The Sustainable Development Concentration is designed to prepare students for work in the growing field of sustainability science with a primary focus in the sustainable management of food, soil, water, and forest resources. In addition to a solid foundation in theoretical sciences, students in this program will develop applied skills with electronic spreadsheets, computer models, renewable technologies, and geotechnologies that facilitate resource management.

Total Hours 20-22

Total Hours 11

Upper Division Courses

Veterinary Technology

The veterinary technology program will provide successful students with a four-year Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture, and these students will then be able to pursue what U.S. News and World Report listed as one of the “Best Health Care Jobs” in the nation.

Total Hours 21-23

Total Hours 38

Total Hours 21


At least eighteen (18) hours of Agriculture courses are required, of which at least nine (9) hours must be 3000-4000 level courses.

Total Hours 18

Total Program Hours 120

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