DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURAL AND INDUSTRIAL SCIENCES
Agriculture Course Descriptions
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AGR 110 Training
Requirements for Professional and Managerial Positions in Agriculture.
[AGRI 1131] An exploration of the career options available to professionals
in agricultural sciences, education, and business. Specific requirements
for the various professions are discussed by a series of guest speakers.
Course is intended for beginning students. (1-0), Credit 1.
AGR 210 Meeting Management and Parliamentary Procedure. The course is designed for students having an interest in developing their personal leadership and meeting management skills. Topics covered include but are not limited to the study of parliamentary procedures for conducting meetings, agenda development, treasurer and secretary reports, standing and special committee organization and reports, group dynamics, constitution and bylaws development and approval, and officer duties and expectations. Prerequisites: Sophomore. Credit 1.
AGR 238 Microcomputer
Applications in Agriculture. [AGRI 1309] This course is designed
to acquaint students with software applications useful to agriculture
and how various technological advances are applied in modern agricultural
enterprises. Prerequisite: Any CS or MIS course. (3-0), Credit 3.
AGR 332 Interdisciplinary
Agricultural Science and Technology. This course is designed
to develop competencies of agricultural science teachers to teach
essential elements in agricultural business, agricultural mechanization,
animal science, and horticulture and crop science. (3-0), Credit
AGR 410 Applied
Agricultural Technology. Arranged developmental learning experiences
incorporating an application of agricultural skills and practices
in an emphasis area of the student’s choice. Individual study
plans are devised by faculty to provide student with broad-based
knowledge. (0-4). Credit 1.
AGR 412 Undergraduate
Seminar. A review of current careers in agriculture with emphasis
on professional and managerial opportunities. Includes preparation
of resume, interview skills and other means of professional communication.
(1-0), Credit 1.
AGR 282 Man,
Food, and Nutrition: A Global Concern. This course presents
a comprehensive review of the ever changing world food situation
and offers technological approaches for expanding world food supply
through soil improvement, increasing plant and animal production,
use of unconventional sources of food, and by improving the nutritional
quality of plant and animal products consumed. (3-0), Credit 3.
AGR 360 Agricultural
Communications. Provides an overview of information systems,
principles and procedures used in communicating agricultural news
and information in various agricultural professions. Emphasis is
placed on effective written and oral communication means in professional
and media environments in addition to public relations efforts in
the fields of agricultural education and agribusiness. Writing enhanced.
Prerequisite: ENG 164, 165. (3-0), Credit 3.
AGR 435 Agricultural
Biosecurity. The purpose of this course is to study the potential
spread and prevalence of contagious organisms, reproductive diseases
and contaminants in the agriculture, food, fiber and natural resource
industries. Concepts dealing with isolation, resistance, sanitation,
containment, transportation, and food safety issues and potential
economic impact to the agricultural industry and others are major
topics. Prerequisites: AGR 164, BIO 161/111 & BIO 162/112. (3-0),
AGR 464 International
Agriculture. An overview of international trade issues, trade
imbalances and world food and fiber distribution systems and problems.
When offered at the Puebla Field School, students will have the
opportunity to tour various sites in Mexico involved with agricultural
production and international trade. (3-0), Credit 3.
AGR 471 Agricultural Safety and Health. This course is designed to provide the student with a basic understanding of the hazards and necessary safety precautions associated with the food, fiber, natural resources and agricultural industry. Control strategies will be explored and prevention methods identified. Hazards examined include machinery, livestock, controlled spaces, pesticides, and other issues common to the food, fiber, natural resources and agricultural industry. Prerequisite: Junior. Credit 3.
AGR 488 Principles
of Agricultural Leadership and Community Development. Involves
study of the characteristics of agricultural leaders, leadership
theory, parliamentary procedure, personal development, agricultural
youth organizations, organizational structure, community development,
and entrepreneurship in agriculture. Writing enhanced. (3-0), Credit
AGR 496 Directed
Studies. Arranged professional and developmental learning experiences
incorporating a practical application of agricultural skills and
practices. To include internships, individual research and industry
studies. Writing enhanced. Credit 1-6.
AGR 164 Principles
of Agricultural Economics. [AGRI 2317] This course is designed
to give the student an introduction to economic and business principles
related to agriculture. (3-0), Credit 3.
AGR 285 Analysis
of the Agricultural Sector. This course provides an overview
of the various sectors and institutions servicing agriculture. Focus
is on the marketing efforts and added value that each sector provides
to farm products. The course emphasizes the structure of each area,
and the trends that shape their activities. An introduction to marketing
activities with emphasis on agricultural commodities is also provided.
Writing enhanced. (3-0). Credit 3.
AGR 289 Agribusiness
Financial Analysis. Introduction to financial management for
agricultural enterprises. Topics include: depreciation, balance
sheet, income and expense, production records, income tax principles,
enterprise budgeting, partial budgeting, and cash flow budgeting.
Analysis and interpretation of farm records. (3-0). Credit 3.
AGR 335 Agribusiness
for Agriculture Science Teachers. This course is designed to
present Agribusiness concepts that are included in the curriculum
of post secondary schools of Texas. Subjects include budgeting,
finance, insurance, organization and management, marketing and government
policies. Prerequisite: AGR 164. (3-0). Credit 3.
AGR 367 Agricultural
Finance. Advanced agribusiness management applications of borrowed
capital to operations; methods of determining loan needs for farmers;
budgeting incomes to facilitate repayment of loans; cost of using
borrowed capital; management of financial resources in agribusiness;
and time value of money applications. Prerequisite: AGR 289. (3-0),
AGR 377 Farm
and Ranch Management. Focus on planning for the most efficient
resource allocation in agricultural operations. This course uses
previously taught financial management practices and applies that
to an agricultural industry case study. Prerequisite: AGR 367. (3-0),
AGR 385 Agricultural
Economic Analysis. This course presents analysis tools from
the fields of economics, statistics, and management as they relate
to agricultural business decision making. The analytical and quantitative
principles are applied to a variety of agricultural business situations.
Topics include forecasting, decision analysis, and linear programming.
Computer-based methods are emphasized. Prerequisite: STA 169, MTH
169. (3-0), Credit 3.
AGR 434 Agribusiness
Marketing. A study of the major marketing strategies and decisions
that must be made by agribusiness firms, including target market
selection, marketing research, sales forecasting, product policies,
distribution channels, pricing, advertising, and market control.
The development of a strategic marketing plan for an agribusiness
firm will be required. Prerequisites: AGR 164. (3-0), Credit 3.
AGR 461 Agribusiness
Organization and Management. Management principles relevant
to agribusiness firms: marketing management, ecommerce and value
added agriculture, managerial concepts, human resource management,
and business organizations. Writing enhanced. Prerequisite: AGR
367. (3-0). Credit 3.
AGR 462 Natural
Resource Economics. A contemporary study of issues in land,
natural resource and environmental economics. Topics include energy,
forests, population, fisheries, world food production, and minerals
and pollution. This course discusses market efficiency relative
to allocations of natural resources and pollution. Writing enhanced.
Prerequisite: AGR 164. (3-0), Credit 3.
AGR 463 Agricultural Sales and Consulting. This course presents the principles of professional sales techniques used by food and agricultural firms. Necessary skills required in the agribusiness industry such as interpersonal skills, sales techniques, and sales forecasting skills are developed and enhanced. Prerequisite: AGR 164. Credit 3.
AGR 465 Agricultural
Law. Legal concepts with application to agriculture. Topics
include: legal process, property and water rights, animal liability
and rights, biotechnology/genetic laws, human resource laws, and
contracts and warranties. (3-0). Credit 3.
AGR 474 Agricultural
Market Analysis and Prices. Principles of agricultural market
analysis to include: price analysis, price forecasting, forward
contracting, futures market, market structure analysis, marketing
and sales management. Writing enhanced. Prerequisites: AGR 164 and
285. (3-0). Credit 3.
AGR 475 Advanced
Agribusiness Management. This course serves as a capstone course
for agribusiness majors. Contemporary issues related to agribusiness
are approached using information systems, industry representatives,
field trips, and class presentations. Prerequisite: AGR 461. (3-0)
AGR 477 Economics
of Land Use and Planning. This course applies economic principles
and legal policy relative to the allocation and conservation of
natural resources and the environment. Topics such as land use,
energy policy, forestry, fisheries, water rights, animal rights,
world food production, and pollution are discussed in an economic
and legal framework. Writing enhanced. Prerequisite: AGR 164. (3-0).
AGR 486 Agriculture
and Government Programs. This course examines and analyzes the
effects of government participation on farmers, ranchers, agribusiness
firms and consumers. Topics include the policy making process and
the analysis of commodities, conservation, food safety, international
trade, rural development programs, and the interrelationship of
agriculture and agribusiness. Writing enhanced. Prerequisite: AGR
164. (3-0), Credit 3.
AGR 162 Introduction
to Agricultural Mechanization and Engineering. [AGRI 2303] History
and objectives of agricultural mechanization and agricultural engineering.
An introduction to the basic skills of agricultural mechanization
used in the production, processing and distribution of agricultural
products. Skills covered include: arc welding, oxy-gas cutting and
welding, wood working, plumbing, metal working, sketching and drawing,
and tool selection and maintenance. (2-2), Credit 3.
AGR 284 Fundamentals
of Agricultural Power Units and Control Systems. [AGRI 2301]
Selection, maintenance and service of agricultural power units including
small engine overhaul and preventive maintenance on agricultural
tractors. (2-2), Credit 3.
AGR 330 Agricultural
Electrification. This course includes principles of transmission
and distribution of electricity; direct and alternating currents;
wiring agricultural buildings for lighting and electric power; installation
and care of electrical equipment; and safety as related to electricity.
(2-2), Credit 3.
AGR 331 Mechanization
in Agriculture. Training in principles of soil and water management,
electrification, engine power and machinery. Prerequisite: AGR 162.
(2-2), Credit 3.
AGR 380 Agricultural
Machinery. Functional requirements, design, construction, adjustments,
operation and testing of agricultural machines. Topics include capacities
and costs of operation. (2-2), Credit 3.
AGR 382 Irrigation
Engineering. Principles of furrow, border, sprinkler and drip
irrigation; water measurement; sources of water supply; irrigation
wells, pumps and power units. Design and selection of irrigation
systems for various types of agricultural production, and residential
and commercial landscape applications. (3-0), Credit 3.
AGR 383 Soil
and Water Conservation Engineering. Principles of water supply,
water distribution and water control for agricultural uses. Plane
surveying, mapping, G.I.S. and G.P.S. are explored through laboratory
experiences in design of soil and water conservation measures. (2-2),
AGR 386 Agricultural
Structures and Environmental Control Systems. Functional requirements
of agricultural buildings; valuation, appraisal and estimating;
structural requirements of agricultural buildings; planning and
designing major service and processing buildings. Writing enhanced.
(2-2), Credit 3.
AGR 481 Advanced
Agricultural Mechanics. A study of basic requirements for the
development of safe and efficient agricultural mechanics laboratories,
agricultural service centers, and fabrication shops. Skills covered
include fabrication and maintenance of metal, wood, and masonry
equipment and structures and the selection, operation, and maintenance
of power shop tools and equipment. Agricultural projects are designed
and constructed in the laboratory. Writing enhanced. Prerequisite:
AGR 162. (1-4), Credit 3.
AGR 485 Applied
Electronics/Hydraulics in Agriculture. Electronic and hydraulic
principles and applications in agricultural industry. Emphasis will
be placed on the use of electronics and hydraulics in agricultural
tractors and equipment. (2-2), Credit 3.
AGR 487 Agricultural
Engines and Tractors. Principles of internal combustion engines;
compression, ignition and carburetion; analysis and repair of agricultural
tractors and their components. (1-4), Credit 3.
AGR 169 Animal
Science. [AGRI 1319] This is a basic course of study to acquaint
students with the scope of animal science: origin, history and development
of economically important species and breeds of livestock; concepts
of selection, breeding, nutrition, management and research as applied
to livestock production. Laboratory experiences involve the practical
skills needed to manage animal enterprises. (2-2), Credit 3. Fall;
AGR 230 Livestock
Evaluation and Selection. [AGRI 2321] This course is designed
to present the basic principles and concepts in selection and evaluation
of beef cattle, sheep, swine, and horses. The ability to present
accurate and concise oral reasons for selecting and placing livestock
is reviewed. (2-2), Credit 3. Spring.
AGR 236 Animals
and Society. This course will acquaint the student with the
broad role of animals in society from national, global and historic
perspectives. The impact of animals and domestic livestock on economic,
social and political policy will be discussed. Emphasis will be
placed on agricultural and non-agricultural uses, societal and cultural
perspectives, consumer influences, animal ethics, animal research,
appropriate animal care, livestock quality assurance programs, animal
welfare, animal rights and the animal-human bond. Writing enhanced.
(3-0), Credit 3. Fall.
AGR 269 Confinement
Animal Production. The purpose of this course is to study the
principles of confinement animal production. Significant components
of the livestock industry have evolved from traditional production
systems to full confinement livestock production. The principles
of confinement livestock management will be considered including
intensive herd management, precise production schedules, herd health,
ventilation systems, biosecurity, waste management and building
design. Writing enhanced. Prerequisite: AGR 169. (3-0), Credit 3.
AGR 338 Game
Animal Production. A study of the principles and practices of
game animal production. Game animals commonly used for economic
diversification of agricultural enterprises are the central focus
of the course. Topics include animal identification, population
dynamics, nutrition, habitat preservation and modification, reproduction,
game laws, and economic integration in traditional agricultural
enterprises. (3-0), Credit 3. Summer.
AGR 363 Anatomy
and Physiology of Domestic Animals. Introduction to anatomy
and physiology of domestic animals. Aspects of the nervous, skeletal,
muscular, circulatory, urinary, and endocrine systems are covered.
Prerequisite: AGR 169. (3-0), Credit 3. Fall.
AGR 364 Horse
Science. A survey of the working and pleasure horse industry;
breed selection, breeding, feeding, diseases, unsoundness and management.
Laboratory work involves evaluation, care and grooming, tack and
equipment, and basic management. Prerequisite: AGR 169. (2-2), Credit
AGR 373 Animal
Nutrition. This course consists of a study of the processes
of digestion, absorption, metabolism, physiology, and circulation.
Each nutrient is studied from the standpoint of chemistry, sources,
function, and metabolism. Prerequisite: AGR 169. (3-0), Credit 3.
AGR 376 Meat
Science. Lecture topics will include muscle and skeletal biology,
conversion of muscle to meat, food-borne illnesses and HACCP. Labs
will focus on the methods of harvesting, preparation, preserving,
and storing meat. Prerequisite: AGR 169. (1-4), Credit 3. Fall;
AGR 431 Animal
Growth and Performance. A study of the physiological and endocrine
system factors affecting growth and performance of domestic animals.
The course includes the study of meat animal growth and developmental
processes and factors that affect body/carcass composition, carcass
quality and value. Prerequisite: AGR 169. (3-0), Credit 3. Spring.
AGR 436 Stocker and Feedlot Management. The course will evaluate the basic principles involved in feeding, management, marketing and disease control of stocker and feedlot cattle for economical production of beef. A review of scientific knowledge and research advances will be applied to modern stocker and feedlot cattle operations. Prerequisites: AGR 169 and AGR 373. Credit 3. The course will evaluate the basic principles involved in feeding, management, marketing and disease control of stocker and feedlot cattle for economical production of beef. A review of scientific knowledge and research advances will be applied to modern stocker and feedlot cattle operations. Prerequisites: AGR 169 and AGR 373. Credit 3.
AGR 460 Livestock
Management Techniques. Skills and knowledge pertaining to the
production of beef cattle, swine, goats, sheep, and horses. Laboratory
exercises involve various management practices and selection of
livestock based on visual evaluation and genetic performance. Writing
enhanced. Prerequisite: AGR 169. (2-2), Credit 3. Fall; Spring.
This course is not intended for animal science majors.
AGR 476 Sheep
and Goat Production and Management. Application of basic genetic
principles, physiology, and nutrition to practical sheep, meat goat
and angora goat production systems; management, health care and
marketing of animals and fiber. Prerequisites: AGR 169. (2-2), Credit
3. Spring, even years.
AGR 480 Beef
Cattle Production and Management. A study of basic principles
and methods of breeding, nutrition, reproduction, management, marketing,
and disease control relating to various segments of the beef industry.
Application of the latest bovine research is reviewed. Laboratory
exercises involve practical skills relating to performance records
and management of beef cattle. Writing enhanced. Prerequisites:
AGR 169. (2-2), Credit 3. Fall.
AGR 489 Animal
Reproduction. Physiology of the male and female reproductive
tract; hormones governing reproduction; the estrus cycle; mating;
gestation; parturition; lactation; artificial insemination; embryo
transfer technology; and factors affecting reproductive efficiency
of common animal species used for agricultural purposes. Writing
enhanced. Prerequisite: AGR 169. (2-2), Credit 3. Spring.
AGR 491 Advanced
Horse Production and Management. A study of equine behavior,
safety, and training techniques. Laboratory work involves planning
record keeping systems, feeding and breeding schedules, tack and
equipment, training young stock for work and pleasure, and specialized
management practices. Prerequisite: AGR 169 and 364. (2-2), Credit
3. Spring, odd years.
494 Animal Feeds and Feeding. A study of the characteristics
of feedstuffs, a review of the essential nutrients and digestion,
ration and mixture formulation, feeding methods, and nutritional
management of beef, swine, sheep, goats, poultry, and horses. Exercises
will consist of practical applications in formulating rations for
livestock using conventional techniques and computers. Writing enhanced.
Prerequisite: AGR 169 and 373. (3-0), Credit 3. Fall.
AGR 495 Animal
Breeding and Genetics. This course integrates general principles
of genetics with practical selection procedures used to identify
and produce superior livestock. Students will explore the latest
technology applicable to the breeding of livestock. Prerequisite:
AGR 169. (3-0). Credit 3. Fall.
Horticulture and Crop Sciences
AGR 165 Plant
Science. [AGRI 1307 or AGRI 1315] Basic plant morphology, classification,
propagation, and crop improvement are topics discussed along with
growth and development of crop plants. An introduction to soils,
climate, and plant protection follow with a final overview of the
major groups of cultivated plants. (2-2), Credit 3.
AGR 235 Horticulture
for the Home. A course primarily designed for non-horticulture
majors. Introduction to basic concepts, principles, and practices
of horticulture. Emphasis is placed on study of horticultural practices
and techniques used commonly for home gardening. Topics of study
include planning, preparation and management of vegetable and herb
gardens, landscape gardening, turf grass management, and horticultural
therapy. (2-2), Credit 3. This course is not intended for Horticulture
and Crop Sciences majors/minors.
AGR 274 Production
and Management of Ornamentals. This course is designed to cover
the principles and techniques involved in the production and management
of nursery and greenhouse crops such as ornamental trees, shrubs,
annuals, and perennials. Writing enhanced. (2-2), Credit 3.
AGR 275 Turfgrass Science. (Prior to Fall 2007 this course was AGR 375.)A study of the major turfgrass species grown in the U.S. and throughout much of the world. Explores differences in management, culture, and varietal selection for athletic, ornamental, and utility turfs. Writing enhanced. Prerequisite: AGR 165. (2-2). Credit 3.
AGR 295 Ornamental
Landscape Plants. Identification, growth characteristics, culture
and use of common landscape and greenhouse plants. Materials include
trees, shrubs, vines, ground covers, turf grasses and floriculture
crops. Emphasis is placed on temperate region plants. (2-2), Credit
AGR 299 Floral
Design. Principles and elements of design illustrated with the
use of floral materials; techniques involved in design and construction
of floral arrangements; history and utilization of floral art in
society. (2-2), Credit 3.
AGR 337 Management
of Horticultural Enterprises. The purpose of this course is
to study principles and fundamentals of management. Emphasis will
be placed on application of principles and techniques in management
of a variety of horticultural enterprises such as nursery and greenhouse
industries, landscape management, floral business, and other allied
businesses. Writing enhanced. (3-0), Credit 3.
AGR 344 Soil
Science. An introduction to the physical, biological, and chemical
properties of soils and their relationships to soil formation, soil
fertility, soil temperature, soil-plant-water relations, pH and
liming, and conservation of soils. Environmental issues are also
discussed. Prerequisite: CHM 135, 136, 138, or 139. (3-2), Credit
AGR 366 Crop
Science. A detailed study of the world’s major food, feed,
and fiber crops. Includes discussion of their origin, botany, identification
and classification, climatic and soil preparation requirements,
grain and seed quality, utilization, and culture. (3-0), Credit
AGR 375 Turfgrass Science. (Effective Fall 2007 this course will be AGR 275.)A study of the major turfgrass species grown in the U.S. and throughout much of the world. Explores differences in management, culture, and varietal selection for athletic, ornamental, and utility turfs. Writing enhanced. Prerequisite: AGR 165. (2-2). Credit 3.
AGR 379 Turfgrass Culture. Principles of sexual and asexual propagation of major turf species, soils and rooting media, nutrient management, irrigation, pest control, and selection of appropriate cultivars are covered in this course. Students attend two hours of class and two hours of laboratory each week. Prerequisite: AGR 275. Credit 3. Principles of sexual and asexual propagation of major turf species, soils and rooting media, nutrient management, irrigation, pest control, and selection of appropriate cultivars are covered in this course. Students attend two hours of class and two hours of laboratory each week. Prerequisite: AGR 275. Credit 3.
AGR 395 Plant
Propagation Techniques. Principles and practices involved in
propagation of plants are discussed in detail. Emphasis is placed
on sexual and asexual methods of propagation and the factors involved.
Propagation techniques of several horticultural crops will be covered
and practiced. Prerequisite: AGR 165. (2-2), Credit 3.
AGR 398 Landscape
Design I. This course covers principles, elements, and factors
to be considered in preparation, planning, and design of a residential
landscape. Emphasis will be placed on the incorporation of plant
materials into basic landscape design. Writing enhanced. Prerequisites:
AGR 295 or instructor approval. (2-2), Credit 3.
AGR 432 Fruit
and Vegetable Production. This course is a comprehensive study
of the fruit and vegetable industry in Texas and the United States.
The topics of study include climatic requirements, growth characteristics,
cultural practices, and pest control. Writing enhanced. (2-2), Credit
AGR 433 Soil
Fertility Management and Fertilizers. Principles of soil fertility,
water, nutritional, and climatic relationships. Emphasis will be
placed on sources of soil nutrients including commercial fertilizers
and biological resources. Writing enhanced. Prerequisites: AGR 344
or concurrent enrollment. (3-0), Credit 3.
AGR 468 Landscape
Design II. This course is a continuation of AGR 398. Design
skills will be refined as students will experience more variety
in design opportunities. Both small residential and larger public
spaces will be the subjects of student designs. Effective graphic
presentations will be stressed. Installation, maintenance, and management
of residential landscapes will also be discussed. Prerequisite:
AGR 398 or instructor approval. (2-2), Credit 3.
AGR 470 Forage
Crops and Pasture Management. Quality evaluation, adaptation,
selection, culture and management of the more important plants used
for pasture, hay and silage. Particular attention is given to those
species grown commonly throughout the southeastern US. Writing enhanced.
(2-2), Credit 3.
AGR 472 Sports Turf Management. Facility design and construction, water management, soil modification, and unique management practices commonly applied to golf courses and other sports turfs will be covered. Management of budgets, personnel, equipment maintenance and irrigation scheduling are also covered. Two hours of class and two hours of laboratory each week. Prerequisites: AGR 275 and AGR 379. Credit 3.
AGR 483 Range
Management. With rangelands comprising the majority of lands
in the western US, this course deals with forage-animal management
topics common to the semi-arid and arid regions of the US. Addresses
the unique management requirements of rangelands, the use of government-
owned lands, and the competing uses of rangelands for livestock
production, wildlife habitat, and recreational areas for humans.
Prerequisite: AGR 169. (3-0), Credit 3.
AGR 497 Integrated
Pest Management. A comprehensive review of current cultural,
biological, mechanical, and chemical techniques used in managing
or controlling agricultural and residential pests. Attention is
given to environmental hazards, application methods, and safety
precautions in handling and storage of pesticides. Writing enhanced.
Prerequisite: AGR 165. (3-0), Credit 3.
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