> UOG Events home page > UOG News & Announcements home page > Back to Student Spotlights

Tropical Agriculture Science

Tropical Agriculture Science

The mission of the Tropical Agricultural Science Program (TASP) curriculum is to provide students a unique education that is science-based, effective in developing personal skills, and that prepares them for entry-level positions in government, agri-business, farm management, graduate study, and for other positions where a problem-solving approach to issues in crops, soils and the environment is needed. This curriculum will provide graduates with the education and training necessary for them to become effective agricultural professionals and leaders in Guam and the Western Pacific.

The Program offers a Bachelor of Science in Tropical Agricultural with either an Applied Emphasis or Research Emphasis.  Students need to prepare for a University degree in Tropical Agricultural by taking the following courses during high school:  English, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. 

The Research Emphasis is intended for students who wish to continue their studies at the graduate level. This course of study will provide students with the necessary background to pursue the University’s Master of Science degree in Environmental Science or any graduate agriculture or related science program in the United States or abroad.  With advanced training, the student could become a scientist working in a wide variety of fields, or a professional in areas of engineering, veterinary medicine and natural resources.

The Applied Emphasis is intended to produce society-ready agricultural students in order to place them in careers immediately after graduation.  The core courses will provide students with a broad foundation in agriculture, with a concentration in tropical agriculture. Career opportunities include:  agriculture agent, agriculture instructor, quarantine officer, service professional working in such areas of agricultural loans in banks or government, land management, crop assessment and forecasting technician in government or private industry, farm management, livestock operation, park or hotel grounds, aquaculture business, pesticide company, farm cooperative, farm supply business, greenhouse or nursery.



The Tropical Agricultural Science Program is able to offer students a number of scholarship opportunities with public and private contributions.   Current programs include: USDA/CSREES CARIPAC program, Tanom Horticulture Scholarship, Tropical Agriculture and Consumer and Family Sciences Scholarship, and Resources for Involving Scientist in Education program-RISE.  For details on these and other scholarship opportunities contact the University Financial Aid Office and the Dean of CNAS.


Goals for TASP Program and its Bachelor of Science graduates. 

  1. Disciplinary Knowledge: Graduates apply their agricultural knowledge and skills in the production of agricultural products using best management practices and addressing locally important issues such as island pocket economies, conservation, invasive species and endangered species problems. They use their knowledge and understanding of scientific concepts to diagnose and solve problems in agricultural fields.
  2. Quantitative Skills: Graduates apply numerical methods in research design, financial analysis, pesticide and fertilizer application, irrigation and field setup and use computers for analysis of data and preparation of reports of results.
  3. Research/laboratory skills: Graduates are competent in basic laboratory procedures and safety in the laboratory and the field. Students will develop applied thinking skills to help them formulate testable hypotheses and create effective experimental designs.
  4. Communication Skills: Graduates can gather and assess evidence and use it to create effective lab and scientific reports, and oral presentations. They will develop the ability to identify, summarize and effectively communicate current issues to given audiences.
  5. Technological Literacy: Graduates are competent at applying technological skills to their chosen work. They are also competent in the use of analog and digital equipment used in modern agricultural systems. Graduates effectively judge the usefulness and appropriateness of existing and new technologies in their professional endeavors.
  6. Professionalism: Graduates work effectively together in teams in laboratory, community and field settings while following ethical principles in analysis and communication. Graduates apply their gained knowledge in addressing natural resource and social issues.




Students who wish to enroll in the Tropical Agricultural Science Program should follow the general regulations and procedures regarding admission to the University of Guam. 



Bachelor of Science Degree in Tropical Agricultural Science  All Students in a Bachelor of Science curriculum are required to complete a minimum of 124 credit hours.  The University and Degree Program establish the specific course requirements.  The University mandates completion of College Success Seminar (1 credit) (required of all new first year students) and General Education requirements (55 credits) (GE).  The Tropical Agricultural Science Degree Program requires completion of the Core (13 credits) and program Emphasis requirements.  Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in the Agriculture Degree Program Core and in their chosen area of emphasis. Students must also have completed a minimum of 15 credits of upper division agriculture courses.



Students must complete the General Education requirements listed in this catalog.  Some of these courses are also program requirements; refer to completed course requirements for Bachelor of Science in Tropical Agriculture with applied and research emphasis.


II. Tropical Agricultural Science Program Core (13 credits)

AG281Principles of Horticulture4 credits
AG/NS380Principles of Soil Science4 credits
AG211Principles of Animal Science4 credits
AG491Seminar (one semester)1 credit


III. a.  Applied Emphasis Requirements (60 credits)

Credit Hours
AG136Science of Aquaculture4 credits
AG/BI345General Entomology4 credits
AG323Plant Pathology4 credits
AG101Introduction to Agri Science or4 credits
BI157/157LPrinciples of Biology 
AG102Introduction Plant Biology or4 credits 
BI158/158LPrinciples of Biology 
AG340Pest Management4 credits
AG342Principles of Agriculture 
 Engineering4 credits
CF351Consumer Economics3 credits
AG498Internship3 credits
CF230Nutrition and Health or3 credits
CF231Human Nutrition for Health 
CH100/100LIntro to Inorganic Chemistry or4 credits
CH102/102LGeneral Chemistry 
CH101/101LIntro to Organic Chemistry or4 credits
CH103/103LGeneral Chemistry 
BA110Principles of Economics3 credits
MA151Statistics3 credits
MA115 & MA161A or higher 3+3 credits
 Any computer operations course3 credits


Electives (15 credits):

Students must complete an additional 15 credit hours of electives in Tropical Agricultural Science or other related subjects (Approved by Advisor).  Students need to take enough upper level courses to complete the University’s 40 upper-division credits requirement and the tropical agriculture science program requirement of 15 upper-division agriculture courses.  Upper level courses are those at 300 and above.


III. b.  Research Emphasis Requirement (61 or 62 credits)

Credit Hours
AG495Senior Thesis3 credits
AG/BI345General Entomology or4 credits
AG323Plant Pathology 
BA110Principles of Economics3 credits
CF230Nutrition and Health or3 credits
CF231Human Nutrition for Health 
BI157/157LPrinciples of Biology4 credits
AG158/158LPrinciples of Biology4 credits
BI315/315LGeneral Genetics4 credits
CH102/102LGeneral Chemistry4 credits
CH103/103LGeneral Chemistry4 credits
CH310aOrganic Chemistry3 credits
CH311Basic Lab Tech in Organic Chem2 credits
CH310bOrganic Chemistry3 credits
CH312Lab Tech in Organic Chem2 credits
MA161a-bCollege Algebra or6 credits
MA165Precalculus5 credits
MA203Calculus5 credits
MA151Statistics3 credits


University Physics4 credits
PH210Introductory Physics Lab1 credit


Electives (13 credits)

Students must complete an additional 13 credit hours of electives in Tropical Agricultural Science or other related subjects (Approved by Advisor).  Students need to take enough upper level courses to complete the University’s 40 upper-division credits requirement and the tropical agriculture science program requirement of 15 upper-division agriculture courses.  Upper level courses are those at 300 and above.


Secondary Education Degree (See Major in Secondary Education, School of Education); Option specializing in Tropical Agriculture Science Students majoring in Secondary Education with Agriculture as a teaching specialty must complete 31 credits of Agriculture courses with at least a “C” or better: AG101, AG281, AG211, AG380 and 15 credits of upper division agriculture courses.




Special –90 series

Courses are offered to provide students an opportunity to learn more in specific areas of Agricultural Science or to provide students with specific work experience.  Registration for these Special Courses requires the approval of advisor, instructor, and Dean.  Agriculture students must receive a “C” or better in all Special Project courses.  For more information refer to the catalog section titled Course Listing.


AG390 and AG490: Special Projects (1-3 credits)

Courses are designed for individual students, including problems, special studies, and individual research.


AG492: Practicum (1-3 credits)


AG392: Laboratory Teaching Assistantship (1 credit)

Students earn practical undergraduate laboratory teaching experience.  Student must have completed the course and lab to which the student plans to register as a TA.


AG495: Senior Thesis (1-3 credits)

Senior Thesis is available to all agriculture students, but is required of those in the Research Emphasis curriculum.  Students will be required to submit a research proposal at the beginning of their second semester of their junior year.  This project will need the approval of a faculty advisor and will need to be completed by the end of their senior semester.  Each credit requires one hour of advisor contact per week.  Students may take up to a maximum of six credit hours.


AG398 and AG498: Internship (1-3 credits)

The Agriculture Internship course is available to all agriculture students, but is required of those in the Applied Emphasis curriculum.  Student works in a technical or professional area under the supervision of an expert in the field.  For the internship course, a “Student Contract Form” needs to be signed by the Dean, student advisor and the supervisor of the participating party such as a government agency or a private sector business engaged in activities that relate to Agriculture, Natural Resources, or Environmental Sciences. Each credit requires 3 hours of on the job training per week. Students may take up to a maximum of six credit hours.


AG491: Seminar (1 credit) or multiple credits

This Course is designed to familiarize the student with current agricultural research and issues.  This course is intended for upper level students, others must have consent from the instructor.


Suggested upper level electives in various agricultural related areas:


Agricultural Business/Economics/Statistics
Credit Hours
CF351Consumer Economics3 credits
AG451Agricultural Business 
 Management3 credits

and Related courses from college of Professional Studies

Crop Protection or Plant Pest Management
Credit Hours
AG323Plant Pathology  3 credits
AG324Plant Pathology Laboratory1 credit
AG/BI345General Entomology4 credits
AG340 Pest Management4 credits


Plant Science (Tropical Horticulture)
Credit Hours
AG321Horticultural Plant ID2 credits
AG484Tropical Vegetable Production4 credits


Tropical Fruits Horticulture4 credits


Ornamental Crop Production in the Tropics4 credits

 and any upper level plant related biology course


Soil Science and Natural Resources
Credit Hours
AG480Tropical Soil Management and Fertility3 credits
AG481Environmental Soil Sciences4 credits

and any upper level courses in Geology, Ecology, or Chemistry


Agricultural  Communication & Technology
Credit Hours
AG/CF389Extension Program and Planning3 credits
AG/PA401Community Planning3 credits
AG/BI430Scientific Digital Photography3 credits



  1. Agricultural Engineers
  2. Agricultural and Food Scientists
  3. Aquaculturists
  4. Chemists and Materials Scientists
  5. Crop Farmers
  6. Dairy Farmers
  7. Pig and Poultry Farmers
  8. Ranchers