AGRICULTURAL AND CONSUMER SCIENCES
Dr. Rudy Tarpley, Head
Joe W. Autry Agriculture Building, Room 105
The Department of Agricultural and Consumer Sciences was created with the flexibility to design career programs for students. Individuals seeking knowledge in education, communications, and various humanistic interactions within all segments of the agricultural industry will find interest in the department’s offerings. Included are programs in Agricultural Science Teacher Certification, Agricultural Communication, Agricultural Extension/Industry, Interdisciplinary Agriculture, Production Agriculture, Agri Systems Management, and Family and Consumer Sciences. Internships are a part of all programs.
The Department of Agricultural and Consumer Sciences administers the Bachelor of Science degree with the following degree programs and support areas:
I. Agricultural Services and Development
Agricultural Science with Teacher Certification
This program is commonly referred to as Agricultural Education and provides you with the skills and knowledge to become a teacher of Agricultural Science in public schools or pursue employment with government and agricultural business and industry.
The program provides the student with both agricultural and communication skills. The degree opens the career opportunities of agricultural communication as well as many other agricultural and communication related fields including: agricultural publications, radio, livestock organizations, commodity groups, and governmental agencies that provide communication and information.
This is a flexible degree program to prepare you for a career in agricultural business, industry, agriculture extension, and government agency settings. The degree provides a broad based agricultural experience and allows the student to specialize in an area of agriculture of business.
International Agricultural Services
This is a progressive program allowing you the opportunity to study and experience the agriculture of other countries. The program offers a solid and diversified educational curriculum including technical agriculture, marketing and international business and cultural coursework.
II. Interdisciplinary Agriculture
This program provides a diversified agricultural program for students and prepares graduates for careers in diversified farming and ranching operations.
Agri Systems Management
This program is designed to prepare graduates for employment as managers in mechanical related business of agriculture. The curriculum includes numerous areas of agricultural mechanics along with management, relating and sales.
III. Family and Consumer Sciences
The focus of Family and Consumer Sciences is to enhance the skills and knowledge that will promote the well-being of individuals, families and communities. Our programs and profession focus on individuals and families in order to achieve an optimum balance between people and environments. The mission of our program is to provide an academically challenging environment through effective teaching, scholarly endeavors, and service that will provide students the necessary skills for careers in Family and Consumer Sciences. Students pursuing this major may select from concentrations in Child and Family Studies, Fashion Design and Merchandising, or Family and Consumer Sciences with State Teacher Certification.
Faculty in Family and Consumer Sciences come from diverse educational backgrounds and expertise. Faculty members promote and integrate a holistic approach to understanding individuals and families while preparing students for professional careers or graduate study. The program also has a variety of instructional resources with laboratories for apparel design and food preparation, an early childhood center, and lecture and seminar space for computer-aided design and learning material production.
The Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural and Consumer Sciences
The Bachelor of Science Degree in Interdisciplinary Agriculture
The Bachelor of Science Degree in Family and Consumer Sciences
The Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences Degree in Agricultrual Occupations