Department of Agriculture
The Agriculture Department includes programs of study as follows:
- A four-year curriculum in agriculture business, with animal science, feedmill management, horticulture, public relations, and pre-veterinary medicine options, leading to a bachelor of science degree.
- Pre-veterinary medicine - Through proper advising and taking courses in proper sequence, students can meet the minimum course requirements for entrance into Louisiana State University, University of Missouri, Oklahoma State University, Tuskegee Institute, and other institutions offering the D.V.M degree in two years.
- Agricultural Education - Students interested in teaching agriculture in secondary schools should follow the curriculum set forth in this catalog under the agricultural education for teacher licensure curricula in the College of Education.
The objectives of the department are to:
- provide a balanced educational program with relatively broad interdisciplinary training as opposed to narrow specialization, thus preparing the student for success in his/her chosen field and in his/her citizenship responsibilities.
- serve and assist the student in educational and personal problems through active faculty counseling.
- assist the student in development and improvement of leadership abilities through encouragement of active participation in activities of the Ag Ambassadors, Agri Club, Collegiate FFA, FFA Day and Pre-Veterinary Club and other extracurricular activities.
Trends in occupations related to agriculture are shifting from production to agri-business services such as management, processing, distribution, and marketing. This creates a need for personnel with a broad background in these areas of training. Our systems concept is geared to integration of disciplines to better prepare graduates for present day needs.
Attractive career opportunities exist in agricultural business firms, banks and other financial agencies, marketing, food processing, extension, soil conservation, forestry, farm and agri-business management, and sales and distribution firms.
The curricula that follow represent the program of study for the four-year degree in agri-business, including the animal science, feed mill management, horticulture, public relations, and pre-veterinary medicine options. Students enrolled in programs other than agri-business may want to tailor their curriculum to best meet their individual needs.
Dr. Malcolm Rainey, Head
Dean Hall, Suite 123
For more information, please visit www.atu.edu/agriculture