Division Chair

Eric Reed, Associate Professor

Faculty

Tee Bush, Associate Professor

MISSION

The mission of the General Education Division is to provide broad intellectual knowledge, awareness, and critical thinking skills in the liberal arts, humanities, and natural and social sciences directed toward the successful pursuit of students’ personal and career goals as citizens and leaders in agriculture enterprises.

PHILOSOPHY

General education is part of the academic experience that builds students’ growth as citizens and professionals. General education instruction engages students in independent, critical, and creative thinking; promotes open-mindedness and understanding; gives confidence and inquisitiveness to challenge assumptions and explore ideas and values; promotes the passing of sound judgment; encourages the consideration of ethical and practical consequences of actions; and facilitates wisdom.

Associate of Science Curriculum

General Education Courses

Written Communication & Critical Thinking
ENG 1903COLLEGE COMP3
ENG 2203ADV COMPOSITION3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 6
Oral Communication
Select one of the following:3-5
SPA 1115
SPEECH
Credit Hours Subtotal: 3-5
Quantitative Literacy
Select one of the following:3
COLLEGE ALGEBRA
ELEM OF STATISTICS
MTH 2253
Credit Hours Subtotal: 3
Problem Solving
Computers
AIT 1003SOFTWARE PRODUCTIVITY3
Life Sciences
Select one of the following:4
FUND OF ANIMAL BIO
GENERAL BIOLOGY
PLANT SCIENCE
AGRONOMIC PLANT SCIENCE LABORATORY
INTRODUCTION TO HORTICULTURAL SCIENCE LABORATORY
Physical Sciences
Select one of the following:4
INTRODUCTION TO CHEMISTRY I
INTRODUCTION TO CHEMISTRY II
GENERAL CHEM I
Information Literacy & Intercultural Knowledge and Competence1
LEARNING COMMUNITIES
Civic Engagement 3
INTERPERSONAL SKILLS FOR LEADERSHIP
HUMAN RELATIONS
Credit Hours Subtotal: 15
Total Credit Hours27-29

Associate of Applied Science Curriculum

General Education Courses

Written Communication & Critical Thinking
Select one of the following3
COLLEGE COMP
ADV COMPOSITION
Credit Hours Subtotal: 3
Oral Communication
Select one of the following:3-5
SPA 1115
SPEECH
SALES COMM
Credit Hours Subtotal: 3-5
Quantitative Literacy
Select one of the following:3
COLLEGE ALGEBRA
ELEM OF STATISTICS
MTH 2253
INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA
Agricultural Mathematics
MATH FOR VET TECHS
Credit Hours Subtotal: 3
Problem Solving
Computers
AIT 1003SOFTWARE PRODUCTIVITY3
Life Sciences
Select one of the following:4
FUND OF ANIMAL BIO
GENERAL BIOLOGY
PLANT SCIENCE
AGRONOMIC PLANT SCIENCE LABORATORY
INTRODUCTION TO HORTICULTURAL SCIENCE LABORATORY
Physical Sciences
INTRODUCTION TO CHEMISTRY I
INTRODUCTION TO CHEMISTRY II
GENERAL CHEM I
Credit Hours Subtotal: 7
Information Literacy & Indtercultural Knowledge and Competence
PSY 1011LEARNING COMMUNITIES1
Credit Hours Subtotal: 1
Civic Engagement & Information Literacy
AED 1023INTERPERSONAL SKILLS FOR LEADERSHIP3
or PSY 1103 HUMAN RELATIONS
Credit Hours Subtotal: 3
Total Credit Hours20-22
BIO1003
BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE
Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

BIO1101
GENERAL BIOLOGY LAB
Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:2
Course Format:LAB

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

BIO1103
GENERAL BIOLOGY
Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

BIO1104
GENERAL BIOLOGY

Description: Examination of fundamental principles of plant and animal biology including cell biology, genetics, development, diversity, and ecology.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

BIO1114
INTRO MICROBIOLOGY
Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

BIO1313
PLANT SCIENCE

Description: Biology of plants grown for food, fiber, fun, or fuel. Plant life cycles in managed ecosystems,and their role in global carbon and water cycles. Mechanisms plants use to drive and control their growth, propagate, and change to compete with other organisms in their environment.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

BIO1321
AGRONOMIC PLANT SCIENCE LABORATORY

Description: Growth, development, morphology, and staging of annual and perennial monocot and dicot plants produced for grain, forage and grazing. Evaluation of seed, grain and forage quality for plants of agronomic importance.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Course Format:LAB

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

BIO1331
INTRODUCTION TO HORTICULTURAL SCIENCE LABORATORY

Description: Introduction to and practical experience in the production and usage of horticultural plants.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Course Format:LAB

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

BIO2094
GENERAL BOTANY
Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

CHM1004
AGRICULTURAL CHEMISTRY

Description: Basic concepts of chemistry will be studied and then applied to properties of chemical bonding of water, soil, pH, and structure functions of organic compounds. Emphasis, in turn will be placed on agricultural applications of these concepts to fertilizer, nutritional and physiological cycles, and environmental relationships.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

CHM1014
INTRODUCTION TO CHEMISTRY I

Description: Prerequisite; 1 year of high school algebra or 1 semester of a college math course. The extraordinary chemistry of ordinary things. The chemical model of solids, liquids, gases, molecules, and salts. How these models are used to explore chemical aspects of biological, social, or economic situation.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

CHM1024
INTRODUCTION TO CHEMISTRY II

Description: Prerequisite: CHEM 1014: Introduction to Chemistry I. How organic chemistry and biochemistry complement one another. Chemical aspects of biological, social, or economic situations.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

CHM1104
GENERAL CHEM I

Description: Prerequisites: Two years of high school algebra and one year of high school chemistry or two ears of high school algebra and CHM 1014. Lecture and laboratory serving as an introduction to chemical reactions, the mole concept, properties of the states of matter, atomic structure, periodic properties, chemical bonding and molecular structure.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

CHM2104
GENERAL CHEM II

Description: Prerequisites: CHM 1104: General Chemistry I Lecture and laboratory serving as an introduction to inter-molecular forces, kinetics, chemical equilibrium, thermodynamics, and electrochemistry.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

HTY1303
AMERICAN HISTORY AFTER 1877

Description: Examines the economic, political, social, and cultural development of the United States from the end of the Reconstruction era through the modern era. Through lectures, readings, assignments, and discussion, students will be asked to interpret and critically evaluate historical documents, perspectives, concepts, and events.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MTH90
BASIC MATH
Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MTH1203
INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA

Prerequisites: Test Placement

Description: Properties of real numbers, factoring, exponents and radicals, linear and fractional equations, linear and nonlinear inequalities, quadratic equations, and functions and graphs. This course may not be accepted in transfer toward the general education requirement for a baccalaureate degree.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MTH1403
Agricultural Mathematics

Description: A study of mathematics, geometry and algebra that are utilized in the agricultural industry. Problems will include examples from crop production, horticulture, livestock management and agricultural business.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MTH1503
COLLEGE ALGEBRA

Prerequisites: Ag Math, Intermediate Algebra, or Test Placement

Description: Prerequisites: 21 ACT in Math or equivalent test score; MTH 1203: Intermediate Algebra; or instructor permission) Description: Functions, inverse functions, graphing of linear and quadratic functions, the conic sections, polynomial functions, rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, systems of equations, determinants and matrices, and higher degree equations.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MTH2203
ELEM OF STATISTICS

Prerequisites: Ag Math, Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra, or Test Placement

Description: Prerequisites: 24 ACT in Math or equivalent test score; MTH 1503: College Algebra; or instructor permission) Description: Frequency distributions, elementary probability theory, measures of dispersion and central tendency, normal distributions, confidence intervals, hypotheses testing, regression, and correlation.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MTH2252
TRIGONOMETRY

Description: Prerequisites: 24 ACT in Math or equivalent test score; MTH 1503: College Algebra; or instructor permission) Description: Designed for students who plan further study at the calculus level. Numerical trigonometry. trigonometric analysis, inverse trigonometric functions, and complex numbers.

Course details
Credit Hours:2
Max credits per semester:2
Max credits per degree:2
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:2

ACE:

MTH2353
APPLIED CALCULUS
Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MTH2455
GEOMETRY & CALC I
Course details
Credit Hours:5
Max credits per semester:5
Max credits per degree:5
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:5

ACE:

SPC1103
SALES COMM

Description: This course will instruct students in retail and service salesmanship, emphasizing the purpose of selling, the characteristics and functions of the salesperson, sales promotion, locating and qualifying prospects, and the steps in making a sale. Students are required to select a product, develop a sales manual and make a sales presentation.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SPC1113
SPEECH

Description: This course contains a study of the methods of developing and presenting oral communications. It includes techniques in speech making and other methods of communicating orally in the business world.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.) and associate of science (A.S.)

Outcomes

Upon completion of the Associate of Applied Science degree students should be able to demonstrate the following skills and abilities (as defined by the Association of American Colleges & Universities VALUE Rubrics):

Program Outcomes

  1. Written Communication. Written communication is the development and expression of ideas in writing. Written communication involves learning to work in many genres and styles. It can involve working with many different writing technologies, and mixing texts, data, and images. Written communication abilities develop through iterative experiences across the curriculum.
  2. Oral Communication. Oral communication is a prepared, purposeful presentation designed to increase knowledge, to foster understanding, or to promote change in the listeners’ attitudes, values, beliefs, or behaviors.
  3. Quantitative Literacy. Quantitative Literacy (QL) – also known as Numeracy or Quantitative Reasoning (QR) – is a “habit of mind,” competency, and comfort in working with numerical data. Individuals with strong QL skills possess the ability to reason and solve quantitative problems from a wide array of authentic contexts and everyday life situations. They understand and can create sophisticated arguments supported by quantitative evidence and they can clearly communicate those arguments in a variety of formats (using words, tables, graphs, mathematical equations, etc., as appropriate).
  4. Problem Solving. Problem solving is the process of designing, evaluating and implementing a strategy to answer an open-ended question or achieve a desired goal.
  5. Civic Engagement: Civic engagement is “working to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make that difference. It means promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes.” (Excerpted from Civic Responsibility and Higher Education, edited by Thomas Ehrlich, published by Oryx Press, 2000, Preface, page vi.) In addition, civic engagement encompasses actions wherein individuals participate in activities of personal and public concern that are both individually life enriching and socially beneficial to the community.
  6. Critical Thinking: Critical thinking is a habit of mind characterized by the comprehensive exploration of issues, ideas, artifacts, and events before accepting or formulating an opinion or conclusion.
  7. Information Literacy: The ability to know when there is a need for information, to be able to identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively and responsibly use and share that information for the problem at hand. - Adopted from the National Forum on Information Literacy.
  8. Intercultural Knowledge and Competence:  Intercultural Knowledge and Competence is "a set of cognitive, affective, and behavioral skills and characteristics that support effective and appropriate interaction in a variety of cultural contexts.” (Bennett, J. M. 2008. Transformative training: Designing programs for culture learning. In Contemporary leadership and intercultural competence: Understanding and utilizing cultural diversity to build successful organizations, ed. M. A. Moodian, 95-110. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.)