Agricultural Studies

Students will get their hands dirty with Warner’s hands-on approach to Agricultural Studies. Our project-based courses give students marketable experience through internships, field trips, mentorships, capstone projects, and guest lectures led by industry leaders. Innovative courses in specialty crops, animal science, soils, plant science, conservation, sustainability, global agriculture, and agribusiness will prepare graduates to enter the agricultural industry as knowledgeable and trained professionals.

While most degrees introduce core classes later in the program, Agricultural Studies majors will dive right into practical learning in agriculture during the freshman and sophomore years. Students earning a B.S. in Agricultural Studies are encouraged to pursue complementary minors in biology, business, chemistry, communication, media writing, pre-law, or social work. Students who finish an Agricultural Studies major will be prepared to tackle a wide variety of careers in the agricultural sector.

Major Mission and Outcomes

The mission of the Agricultural Studies degree program is to prepare undergraduate students for a variety of successful careers in the agriculture industry by equipping them with practical skills and knowledge gained through field experiences in order to solve complicated production and business problems, and the understanding of challenging issues facing modern agricultural production, while exemplifying Christian character and values.

Students majoring in Agricultural Studies will meet the following four outcomes which coordinate with Warner University’s mission to provide academic excellence.

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the competencies and skills applicable for careers in the agriculture industry.
  2. Gain practical skills, competencies and knowledge through experiential learning opportunities in project-based courses and hands-on learning in agriculture.
  3. Demonstrate familiarity with modern technology use in agriculture.
  4. Communicate effectively and professionally by demonstrating quality writing and speaking skills.

Major in Agricultural Studies

The major in Agricultural Studies consists of 54 credit hours. In order to complete prerequisite requirements for Agricultural Studies core courses, students must complete BSC 1010 General Biology, SCI 1120 Chemistry I or SCI 1030 Liberal Arts Chemistry, and MAT 1040 College Algebra. Students are also highly encouraged to complete ECO 2012 Principles of Economics: Contemporary.

The required Agricultural Studies core courses are:

Prefix Course Hrs.
AGS 1000 Introduction to Agricultural Studies 3
AGS 2001 Introduction to Plant Science 3
AGS 2002 Introduction to Animal Science 3
AGS 2010 Agriculture Mechanics 3
AGS 2020 Plant Nutrition 3
AGS 3010 Animal Production 3
AGS 3020 Plant Production 3
AGS 3030 Agricultural Policy 3
BUS 3010 Marketing 3
BUS 3070 Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management 3
BUS 3160 Managerial Finance 3

Students must complete 12 hours of the required Experiential Learning courses:

Prefix Course Hrs.
AGS 2175 Agriculture Practicum I 1-2
AGS 3175 Agriculture Practicum II 1-2
AGS 4175 Agriculture Practicum III 1
AGS 4185 Agriculture Capstone 7-9

Students must complete 9 hours of Agriculture Elective courses:

Prefix Course Hrs.
AGS 3040 Natural Resources and Wildlife Management 3
AGS 3050 Weed and Pest Management 3
AGS 3060 Agriculture Post-Harvesting 3
AGS 3070 Specialty Crop Production 3
AGS 3080 International Agricultural Development 3
AGS 4010 Beef Production 3
AGS 4020 Fruit Production 3
AGS 4030 Vegetable Production 3
AGS 4040 Principles of Plant Genetics and Breeding 3