Specific curriculum details must be verified with your academic advisor. Some curriculum requirements may change over the course of the program.

Ag Education, Leadership, and Communication  Agricultural Engineering, Technology and Business Agricultural Machinery Animal and Dairy Sciences/Equine Science Agronomy Biochemistry Entomology Environmental Sciences in Agricultural Systems Forensics Fashion Design and Merchandising - Retail Health Promotion Horticulture Plant Pathology

Emphasis Areas Curricula (10-12 h, 18-20 h and 30+ h curricula options offered in most emphasis areas) AAS Degree Alignment

Ag Education, Leadership, and Communication (AELC)

Campus: Starkville

If students pursue TWO emphasis areas (16 hours)

  • AELC 2413 - Orientation to Agricultural Education, Leadership & Communications
  • AELC 3803 - Foundations of Leadership in Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • AELC 4424 - Teaching Methods in Agricultural and Human Sciences

Select two courses from below:

  • AELC 3333- Professional Presentations in Ag and Life Sciences
  • AELC 4103- Principles and Practices of Extension Ed
  • AELC 4403- Development of Youth Programs
  • AELC 4503- International Ag Education
  • AELC 4613 Teaching Ag Mechanics

If students pursue THREE emphasis areas: (10 hours)

  • AELC 2413 - Orientation to Agricultural Education, Leadership & Communications
  • AELC 3803 - Foundations of Leadership in Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • AELC 4424 - Teaching Methods in Agricultural and Human Sciences

Open to any student with AAS degree

Agricultural Engineering, Technology and Business

Campus: Starkville

If students pursue ONE emphasis area (33 hours)

Agricultural Engineering, Technology and Business

  • BCH 4603 General Biochemistry I (pre-req: CH 4523 Organic Chemistry II)
  • ABE 1863 Intro to Engr Tech.
  • ABE 2173 Agri Off-Road Machines
  • ABE 2873 Land Surveying (Pre-req: MA 1323)
  • ABE 3513 GPS/GIS - Ag Eng.
  • ABE 4163 Agri Off-Road Machine Mgt (Pre-req: ABE 2173)
  • ABE 4263 Soil & Water Mgt. (Pre-req: ABE 2873)
  • ABE 4383 Building Construction (Pre-req: EG 1143; junior standing)
  • ABE 4473 Electrical Applications
  • ABE/PSS 2543 Precision Agriculture I
  • ABE/PSS 4543 Precision Agriculture II (Pre-req: ABE/PSS 2543)
  • GR 4303 Principles of GIS

If students pursue TWO emphasis areas (15 hours)

Agricultural Machinery

  • ABE 1863 Intro to Engr Tech.
  • ABE 2173 Agri Off-Road Machines
  • ABE 4163 Agri Off-Road Machine Mgt (Pre-req: ABE 2173)
  • ABE/PSS 2543 Precision Agriculture I
  • ABE/PSS 4543 Precision Agriculture II (Pre-req: ABE/PSS 2543)

If students pursue THREE emphasis areas (12 hours)

Sensors and Instrumentation

  • ABE 3513 GPS/GIS - Ag Eng.
  • ABE 3413 Bioinstrumentation I (Pre-req: PH 2213)
  • ABE 4423 Bioinstrumentation II (Pre-req: ABE 3413)
  • ABE 4473 Electrical Applications

Open to any student with AAS degree

Animal and Dairy Sciences

Campus: Starkville

If students complete ONE emphasis area (30 hours)

Animal & Dairy Sciences

  • ADS 1113 Animal Science
  • ADS 1121 Animal Science Lab
  • ADS 3014 Anatomy & Physiology
  • ADS 3314 Intro to Meat Science
  • ADS 4114 Animal Nutrition (Pre-req: CH 2503 or CH 4513)
  • ADS 4213 Feeds & Feeding (Pre-req: ADS 4114)
  • ADS 4613 Physiology of Reproduction (Pre-res: BIO I or BIO II and ADS/VS 3014 or equivalent)
  • ADS 4611 Practices in Physiology of Reproduction
  • ADS Production Elective (4 hrs – See advisor for applicable courses.)
  • ADS General Elective (3 hrs - Any ADS course may be used for which student meets prerequisites.)

If students pursue TWO emphasis areas (15 hours)

Equine Science

  • ADS 1111 – Orientation to ADS
  • ADS 2102 Equine Conformation & Evaluation
  • ADS 1132 Intro to Horsemanship
  • ADS 4223 Horse Management (Pre-req: ADS 1113 and ADS 1121 or ADS 1114 and ADS 4114/6114, ADS 4124/6124, and ADS 4613/6613/PHY6613)
  • ADS 4231 Practices in Horse Care and Management (Pre-req/Co-req: ADS 4223)
  • ADS 3233 Equine Assisted Therapy 
  • ADS 4333 Equine Exercise Physiology (Pre-req: ADS 4223) 

Open to any student with AAS degree

Agronomy

Campus: Starkville

If students complete ONE Emphasis Area (33 hours):

  • PSS 3303 Soils (Pre-Req: one semester inorganic chemistry)
  • PSS 3133 Introduction Weed Science (Pre-Req: BIO 2113; CH 1213 or CH 1053)
  • PSS 4313 Soil Fertility (Pre-Req: PSS 3303)
  • 24 hours from AGN electives

If students complete TWO Emphasis Areas (18 hours):

  • PSS 3303 Soils (Pre-Req: one semester inorganic chemistry)
  • PSS 3133 Introduction Weed Science (Pre-Req: BIO 2113; CH 1213 or CH 1053)
  • PSS 4313 Soil Fertility (Pre-Req: PSS 3303)
  • 9 hours from AGN electives

If students complete THREE Emphasis Areas (12 hours):

  • PSS 3303 Soils (Pre-Req: one semester inorganic chemistry)
  • PSS 3133 Introduction Weed Science (Pre-Req: BIO 2113; CH 1213 or CH 1053)
  • 6 hours from AGN electives

Agronomy (AGN) Electives

  • PSS 4103 Forage and Pasture Crops
  • PSS 4123 Grain Crops
  • PSS 4133 Fiber and Oilseed Crops
  • PSS 4153 Sustainable Agroecology (Pre-Req: PSS 1313; PSS 3303)
  • PSS 4223 Seed Production
  • PSS 4314 Microbiol & Ecology Soils (Pre-Req: PSS 3303)
  • PSS 4323 Soil Classification (Pre-Req: PSS 3303)
  • PSS 4333 Soil Conservation & Land Use (Pre-Req: PSS 3303)
  • PSS 4373 Geospatial Ag Management (Pre-Req: PSS 3303, PSS 3133)
  • PSS 4383 Ag Remote Sensing I (Pre-Req: MA 1313 & any GIS course)
  • PSS 4393 Ag Remote Sensing II (Pre-Req: PSS 4383 or GR 4313)
  • PSS 4413 Turfgrass Management (Pre-Req: PSS 2113)
  • PSS 4423 Golf Course Operations (Pre-Req: PSS 4413)
  • PSS 4443 Athletic Field Management (Pre-Req: PSS 3303; PSS 4413)
  • PSS 4503 Plant Breeding (Pre-Req: PO 3103)
  • PSS 4543 Precision Agriculture II (Pre-Req: PSS 2543 and Jr standing)
  • PSS 4633 Weed Biology and Ecology (Pre-Req: BIO 2113; PSS 3133)
  • PSS 4813 Herbicide Technology (Pre-Req: PSS 3133)
  • PSS 4823 Turf Weed Management (Pre-Req: PSS 3133)

Open to any student with AAS degree

Biochemistry

Campus: Starkville

If students complete ONE emphasis area (30 hours): 

  • BCH 4603 General Biochemistry I (pre-req: CH 4523 Organic Chemistry II)
  • BCH 4613 General Biochemistry II (pre-req: CH 4523 Organic Chemistry II)
  • BCH 4713 Molecular Biology
  • BCH 4503 Scientific Communication Skills
  • BCH 4623 Biochemistry of Specialized Tissues
  • BCH 4414 Protein Methods
  • BCH 4804 Molecular Methods
  • BCH 3901 Senior Seminar
  • 6 hours of BCH electives.  

If students pursue TWO emphasis areas (15 hours): 

  • BCH 4603 General Biochemistry I (pre-req: CH 4523 Organic Chemistry II)
  • BCH 4613 General Biochemistry II (pre-req: CH 4523 Organic Chemistry II)
  • BCH 4713 Molecular Biology
  • BCH 4503 Scientific Communication Skills
  • BCH 4623 Biochemistry of Specialized Tissues

If students pursue THREE emphasis areas (12 hours): 

  • BCH 4603 General Biochemistry I (pre-req: CH 4523 Organic Chemistry II)
  • BCH 4613 General Biochemistry II (pre-req: CH 4523 Organic Chemistry II)
  • BCH 4713 Molecular Biology
  • BCH 4623 Biochemistry of Specialized Tissues

Open to any student with AAS degree

Entomology

Campus: Starkville

If students complete ONE emphasis area (30-32 hours): 

  • EPP 2213 Introduction to Insects 
  • EPP 4154 General Entomology 
  • EPP 4263 Principles of Insect Pest Management
  • EPP 3124 Forest Pest Management
  • EPP 3423 Ornamental and Turfgrass Insects
  • EPP 4173 Medical and Veterinary Entomology
  • EPP 4234 Field Crop Insects
  • EPP 4613 Forensic Entomology

Plus ONE of the following:

  • EPP 4164 Insect Taxonomy 
  • EPP 4335 Anatomy and Physiology of Insects 
  • EPP 4543 Toxicology and Insecticide Chemistry  

If students pursue TWO Emphasis Areas (16-18 hours): 

  • EPP 2213 Introduction to Insects 
  • EPP 4154 General Entomology 
  • EPP 4263 Principles of Insect Pest Management

Plus TWO of the following: 

  • EPP 3124 Forest Pest Management
  • EPP 3423 Ornamental and Turfgrass Insects
  • EPP 4173 Medical and Veterinary Entomology
  • EPP 4234 Field Crop Insects
  • EPP 4613 Forensic Entomology

If students pursue THREE Emphasis Areas (10 hours): 

  • EPP 2213 Introduction to Insects 
  • EPP 4154 General Entomology 
  • EPP 4263 Principles of Insect Pest Management

Open to any student with AAS degree

Environmental Sciences in Agricultural Systems

Campus: Starkville

If students complete ONE Emphasis Area (34 hours):

  • PSS 3303 Soils (Pre-Req: one semester inorganic chemistry)
  • GG 3613 Water Resources
  • PSS 4153 Sustainable Agroecology (Pre-Req: PSS 1313; PSS 3303)
  • PSS 4314 Microbiol & Ecology Soils (Pre-Req: PSS 3303)
  • PSS 4333 Soil Conservation (Pre-Req: PSS 3303)
  • 18 hours from ESAS electives

If students complete TWO Emphasis Areas (16 hours):

  • PSS 3303 Soils (Pre-Req: one semester inorganic chemistry)
  • PSS 4153 Sustainable Agroecology (Pre-Req: PSS 1313; PSS 3303)
  • PSS 4314 Microbiol & Ecology Soils (Pre-Req: PSS 3303)
  • PSS 4333 Soil Conservation (Pre-Req: PSS 3303)
  • 3 hours from ESAS electives

If students complete THREE Emphasis Areas (12 hours):

  • PSS 3303 Soils (Pre-Req: one semester inorganic chemistry)
  • PSS 4153 Sustainable Agroecology (Pre-Req: PSS 1313; PSS 3303)
  • PSS 4314 Microbiol & Ecology Soils (Pre-Req: PSS 3303)
  • PSS 4333 Soil Conservation (Pre-Req: PSS 3303)

Environmental Sciences in Agricultural Systems (ESAS) electives

  • PSS 3043 Fruit Science
  • PSS 3633 Sustain & Organic Horticulture
  • PSS 4103 Forage Pasture
  • PSS 4123 Grain Crops
  • PSS 4133 Fiber & Oilseed Crops
  • PSS 4143 Adv Fruit Science (Pre-Req: PSS 3403)
  • PSS 4313 Soil Fertility (Pre-Req: PSS 3303)
  • PSS 4323 Soil Classification (Pre-Req: PSS 3303)
  • PSS 4373 Geospatial Agronomy Management (Pre-Req: PSS 3303, PSS 3133)
  • PSS 4383 Agriculture Remote Sensing I (Pre-Req: MA 1313 & any GIS course)
  • PSS 4393 Agriculture Remote Sensing II (Pre-Req: PSS 4383 or GR 4313)
  • PSS 4413 Turfgrass Management (Pre-Req: PSS 2113)
  • PSS 4423 Golf Course Operations (Pre-Req: PSS 4413)
  • PSS 4443 Athletic Field Management (Pre-Req: PSS 3303; PSS 4413)
  • PSS 4453 Vegetable Production (Pre-Req: PSS 3303; PSS 3301 or BIO 4204)
  • PSS 4463 Community Food Systems
  • PSS 4543 Precision Agriculture II (Pre-Req: PSS 2543 and Jr standing)
  • PSS 4603 Soil Chemistry (Pre-Req: PSS 3303)
  • PSS 4633 Weed Biology/ Ecology (Pre-Req: BIO 2113; PSS 3133)
  • PSS 4813 Herbicide Technology (Pre-Req: PSS 3133)
  • PSS 4823 Turf Weed Management (Pre-Req: PSS 3133)

Open to any student with AAS degree

Forensics

Campus: Starkville

If students pursue TWO emphasis areas (18 hours): 

  • BCH 2013 Introduction to Forensic Science (pre-req: BIO 1134 & 1144 Biology I & II)
  • BCH 4333 Advanced Forensic Science
  • PSY 1013 General Psychology
  • SO 1003 Introduction to Sociology

Plus TWO of the following: 

  • ST 2113 Introduction to Statistics
  • PSY 3104 Introduction to Psychological Statistics
  • PSY 4373 Forensic Psychology
  • CRM 3103 Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice (pre-req: CRM 1003 Crime & Justice in America)
  • CRM 3603 Criminological Theory (pre-req: CRM 1003 Crime & Justice in America)
  • AN 4313 Human Osteology
  • BIO 3103 Genetics I

If students pursue THREE Emphasis Areas (12 hours): 

  • BCH 2013 Introduction to Forensic Science (pre-req: BIO 1134 & 1144 Biology I & II)
  • BCH 4333 Advanced Forensic Science
  • PSY 1013 General Psychology
  • SO 1003 Introduction to Sociology

Criminal Justice

Fashion Design and Merchandising – Retail Certificate

Campus: Starkville, Online

Proposed curriculum

AAS credits (up to 60 hours)

General education - 15 hours

Emphasis electives - 9 hours

Required courses – 6 hours

  • FDM 2333 Intro to Retail Buying and Management
  • FDM 2553 Intro to Merchandising

Required upper division level courses – 12 hours

  • FDM 3553 Merchandise Retail Pricing and Inventory Management
  • FDM 4693 Digital Merchandising
  • FDM 4513 Consumer Behavior in Merchandising
  • FDM 4583 Entrepreneurship in Merchandising

The Fashion Design and Merchandising (FDM) program in the School of Human Sciences (SHS), College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) will offer the Retail Certificate as an emphasis area for the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS). 

Requirements: Students will need to complete six undergraduate courses -18 credit hours (Required electives: FDM 2333, FDM 2553, and required upper division level courses FDM 3553, FDM 4693, FDM 4513 and FDM 4583). The courses will be offered online and face-to-face in Starkville throughout the academic year.

Student will need to pick up a second emphasis area (10-15 upper level credit hours) – General Business is a recommended emphasis area.

Total credit hours 120 including electives.

Open to any student with AAS degree

Health Promotion

Campus: Online

Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion is offering a 12-15 hour emphasis area in Health Promotion (see below).

  • FNH 3163 Basic Principle Health Promotion (this is a required course)
  • FNH 4223 Sports Nutrition (prerequisite FNH 2293)
  • FNH Prevention of Disease (prerequisite FNH 3163)
  • FNH 4773 Introduction to Environmental Health (prerequisite FNH 3163)
  • FNH 4783 School and Community Drug Use Prevention (prerequisite: FNH 3163)
  • FNH 4793 Health Promotion in the Workplace (prerequisite FNH 3163)

Open to any student with AAS degree

Horticulture

Campus: Starkville

Horticulture (HORT)

If students complete ONE Emphasis Area (33 hours):

  • PSS 3473 Plant Materials II (Pre-Req: PSS 2423)
  • PSS 3923 Plant Propagation (Pre-Req: BIO 2113)
  • PSS 4553 Plant Growth & Develop
  • 24 hours from HORT electives

If students complete TWO Emphasis Areas (18 hours):

  • PSS 3473 Plant Materials II (Pre-Req: PSS 2423)
  • PSS 3923 Plant Propagation (Pre-Req: BIO 2113)
  • 12 hours from HORT electives

If students complete THREE Emphasis Areas (12 hours):

  • PSS 3473 Plant Materials II (Pre-Req: PSS 2423)
  • PSS 3923 Plant Propagation (Pre-Req: BIO 2113)
  • 6 hours from HORT electives

Horticulture (HORT) Electives

  • PSS 3043 Fruit Science
  • PSS 3313 Interior Plant Des & Maintenance
  • PSS 3323 Horticulture-Impacts on Society
  • PSS 3443 Permanent Floral Design (Pre-Req: PSS 2343)
  • PSS 3633 Sustain & Organic Horticulture
  • PSS 4023 Floral Management
  • PSS 4073 Sympathy Floral Design (Pre-Req: PSS 2343)
  • PSS 4083 Floral Design Special Events (Pre-Req: PSS 2343)
  • PSS 4093 Postharvest Care Floral
  • PSS 4113 Agricultural Crop Physiology
  • PSS 4143 Advanced Fruit Science (Pre-Req: PSS 3403)
  • PSS 4341 Controlled Enviro Ag Lab (Co-Req: PSS 4343 for Horticulture majors)
  • PSS 4343 Controlled Enviro Agriculture (Pre-Req: BIO 2113; PSS 3303)
  • PSS 4353 Arboriculture
  • PSS 4363 Sustain Nursery Production (Pre-Req: PSS 2423; PSS 3303)
  • PSS 4453 Vegetable Production (Pre-Req: PSS 3303; PSS 3301 or BIO 4204)
  • PSS 4463 Community Food Systems
  • PSS 4613 Floral Crop Programming (Pre-Req: PSS 4343)

Open to any student with AAS degree

Plant Pathology

Campus: Starkville

If students pursue TWO emphasis areas (17-18 hours): 

  • EPP 4113 Principles of Plant Pathology (pre-req: BIO 1134 Biology I)
  • EPP 4163 Plant Disease Management
  • EPP 4214 Diseases of Crops

Plus TWO of the following: 

  • EPP 3124 Forest Pest Management
  • EPP 4254 Introduction to Mycology
  • EPP 4613 Turfgrass Diseases

If students pursue THREE Emphasis Areas (10 hours): 

  • EPP 4113 Principles of Plant Pathology (pre-req: BIO 1134 Biology I)
  • EPP 4163 Plant Disease Management
  • EPP 4214 Diseases of Crops

Open to any student with AAS degree