2022-2023 Course Catalog

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Bachelor of Science

Agricultural Sciences Major with Teaching and Learning Option

Program Curriculum

Degree Core Requirements
ALS 1234CALS First Year Seminar1
ALCE 3004Educational Programs in Agricultural and Life Sciences 13
LDRS 1414Citizen Leadership 13
ALCE 3624Communicating Ag and Life Sciences in Writing 13
ALCE 3634Communicating Ag and Life Sciences in Speaking 13
ALCE 4034Methods of Planning Education Programs for Agriculture 1,23
ALCE 4044Agricultural Sciences Seminar 13
Subtotal19
Major Requirements
A. Disciplinary Core Courses
ALCE 2964Field Study 13
ALCE 4024Managing Agricultural Supervised Occupational Experience Project 12
ALCE 4244Teaching and Training Methods in Agricultural and Life Sciences 1,23
ALCE 4754Internship in Education 13
ALCE 4064Ag Mechanical Lab Management 13
ALCE 4234Curriculum for Career and Occupational Education 1,23
ALCE 4884Youth Program Management 13
BSE 2094Introduction to Metal Fabrication1
BSE 2484Engine and Power Train Technology 23
EDCI 3144Education of Exceptional Learners3
B. Restricted Electives
Select 9 credit hours 39
Subtotal36
Area of Specialization
Select 18 credit hours 418
Subtotal18
Free Electives
Select 3 credit hours (or balance to 120 credit hours) 50
Subtotal0
Pathways to General Education
Pathways Concept 1 - Discourse
ENGL 1105First-Year Writing (1F)3
ENGL 1106First-Year Writing (1F)3
ALCE 2414Identity and Inclusion in Agricultural and Life Sciences (1A) 1,23
Pathways Concept 2 - Critical Thinking in the Humanities
Select 6 credit hours in Pathway 26
Pathways Concept 3 - Reasoning in the Social Sciences
AAEC 1005Economics of the Food and Fiber System3
AAEC 1006Economics of the Food and Fiber System3
Pathways Concept 4 - Reasoning in the Natural Sciences
Select one of the following:8
Principles of Biology
and Principles of Biology Laboratory
and Principles of Biology
and Principles of Biology Laboratory
Chemistry in Context
and Introduction to Chemistry Laboratory
and Chemistry in Context
and Introduction to Chemistry Laboratory
Earth Science: Our Past, Present, and Future
and Introduction to Earth Sciences Laboratory
and Earth Resources, Society, and Environment
and Earth Resources, Society and Environment Laboratory
Pathways Concept 5 - Quantitative and Computational Thinking
MATH 1014Precalculus with Transcendental Functions (5F)3
STAT 2004Introductory Statistics (5F) 23
Select 3 credits in Pathway 5a3
Pathways Concept 6 - Critique and Practice in Design and the Arts
Select 3 credits in Pathway 6d3
Select 3 credits in Pathway 6a3
Pathways Concept 7 - Critical Analysis of Identity and Equity in the United States
ALCE 2414Identity and Inclusion in Agricultural and Life Sciences 1,23
Subtotal47
Total Credits120
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In-Major GPA: Indicates in-major courses for purposes of calculating in-major GPA

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Some courses listed on this checksheet may have prerequisites; please consult the University Course Catalog or check with your advisor.

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AGSC advisor must approve content area elective courses and the student must file a content area electives form with the Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education undergraduate office. Students must choose courses from the following areas:

  • Agricultural and Life Science (ALS),
  • Agricultural and Applied Economics (AAEC),
  • Animal and Poultry Science (APSC),
  • Biochemistry (BCHM),
  • Biological Systems Engineering (BSE),
  • Crops, Soils, and Environmental Science (CSES),
  • Dairy Science (DASC),
  • Environmental Science (ENSC),
  • Entomology (ENT),
  • Fisheries and Wildlife (FIW),
  • Food Science and Technology (FST),
  • Forestry (FREC),
  • Human Nutrition Food and Exercise (HFNE),
  • Horticulture (HORT),
  • Leadership and Social Change (LDRS),
  • Plant Pathology and Weed Science (PPWS).

Students seeking teacher licensure need to have three credit-hours in the following content areas:

  1. Agricultural Economics and Management (AAEC),
  2. Animal Science (APSC, DASC),
  3. Agricultural Mechanics (ALCE, BSE),
  4. Forestry/Wildlife Management (FIW/FREC),
  5. Horticulture (HORT), and
  6. Plant Sciences (CSES).
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AGSC advisor must approve area of specialization courses and the student must file an area of specialization form with the Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education undergraduate office. Students may either choose an approved minor to fulfill this requirement, or complete at least 15 hours at the 3000 level or higher. Approved minors include:

  • Academic Programs (CAFS, IAG, or IHW),
  • Agricultural and Applied Economics (AAEC: ABMN, AEMN, ENMN, or ITMN),
  • Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education (ALCE: ILRM),
  • Animal and Poultry Science (APSC: APSC or EPEQ),
  • Dairy Science (DASC),
  • Entomology (ENT),
  • Food Science and Technology (FST),
  • Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation (FREC: FORS, UACF, or WSM),
  • Plant and Environmental Sciences (SPES: CSES, ENSC, HORT, TRFM, VITI, or WESC), or
  • Sustainable Biomaterials (SBIO).

If a minor is not selected, students must choose courses from the following areas for their area of specialization:

  • Agricultural and Life Science (ALS),
  • Agricultural and Applied Economics (AAEC),
  • Animal and Poultry Science (APSC),
  • Biochemistry (BCHM),
  • Biological Systems Engineering (BSE),
  • Crops, Soils, and Environmental Science (CSES),
  • Dairy Science (DASC),
  • Education, Curriculum and Instruction (EDCI),
  • Education Psychology (EDEP),
  • Environmental Science (ENSC),
  • Entomology (ENT),
  • Fisheries and Wildlife (FIW),
  • Food Science and Technology (FST),
  • Forestry (FOR),
  • Human Nutrition Food and Exercise (HFNE),
  • Horticulture (HORT),
  • Leadership and Social Change (LDRS),
  • Plant Pathology and Weed Science (PPWS),
  • School of Plant and Environmental Sciences (SPES).
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Students seeking teacher licensure must dual enroll in the Secondary Education, Agriculture (AGED) program in the School of Education at Virginia Tech.

Prerequisites: Some courses required for this major have prerequisites. Please refer to the Undergraduate Course Catalog or consult your advisor for information about prerequisites.

Foreign Language: Requires 2 years of high school study in the same language (equivalent to 1105).

Has foreign language requirement been completed?    (Yes/No)  
Courses taken at Virginia Tech to complete the foreign language requirement will not count toward graduation.

Satisfactory Progress: By the end of the academic year in which the student has attempted 72 hours (including transfer, advanced placement, advanced standing and credit by examination), "satisfactory progress" will consist

  1. GPA of at least 2.0;
  2. at least 24 credits that apply to the University Core, and
  3. 9 credit credits of departmental requirements.

Minimum Overall GPA Required for Graduation: 2.00
Minimum In-Major GPA Required for Graduation: 2.00