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Bachelor of Science in Tropical Agriculture Science

Bachelor of Science in 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, agribusiness, 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 an d 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.

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENT
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.

SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS
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

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

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.

I. GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS (55 CREDITS):

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 Tropic al Agriculture with applied and research emphasis.

II. TROPICAL AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE PROGRAM CORE (13 CREDITS):

AG281 Principles of Horticulture 4 credits
AG/NS380 Principles of Soil Science 4 credits
AG211 Principles of Animal Science 4 credits
AG491

Seminar (one semester)

1 credit

 

III. a. APPLIED EMPHASIS REQUIREMENTS (60 credits):

AG136 Science of Aquaculture 4 credits
AG/BI345 General Entomology 4 credits
AG323 Plant Pathology 4 credits
AG101 or
BI157/157L
Introduction to Agri Science or

Principles of Biology

4 credits
AG102 Introduction Plant Biology 4 credits
BI158/158L Principles of Biology  
AG340 Pest Management 4 credits
AG342

Principles of Agriculture Engineering

4 credits
CF351 Consumer Economics 3 credits
AG498 Internship 3 credits
CF230 or CF231

Nutrition and Health or Human Nutrition for Health

3 credits
CH100/100L or CH102/102L Intro to Inorganic Chemistry or General Chemistry 4 credits
CH101/101L or CH103/103L Intro to Inorganic Chemistry or General Chemistry 4 credits
BA110 Principles of Economics 3 credits
MA151 Statistics 3 credits

MA115 & MA161A or higher

  3+3 credits
  Any computer operations course 3 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 2015 - 2016 92 agriculture courses. Upper level courses are those at 300 and above

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

AG495 Senior Thesis 3 credits
AG/BI345 or AG323 General Entomology or Plant Pathology 4 credits
BA110 Principles of Economics 3 credits
CF230 or CF231 Nutrition and Health or Human Nutrition for Health 3 credits
BI157/157L Principles of Biology 4 credits
AG158/158L Principles of Biology 4 credits
BI315/315L General Genetics 4 credits
CH102/102L General Chemistry 4 credits
CH103/103L General Chemistry 4 credits
CH310a Organic Chemistry 3 credits
CH311 Basic Lab Tech in Organic Chem  
CH310b Organic Chemistry 3 credits
CH312 Lab Tech in Organic Chem 2 credits
MA161a - b or MA165 College Algebra or Precalculus 6 credits/ 5 credits
MA203 Calculus 5 credits
MA151 Statistics 3 credits
PH251 University Physics 4 credits
PH210 Introductory Physics Lab 1 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 PROJECT 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” o r 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 2015 - 2016 93 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

CF351 Consumer Economics 3 credits
AG451 Agricultural Business Management 3 credits
  and Related courses from college of Professional Studies  


Crop Protection or Plant Pest Management

AG323 Plant Pathology 3 credits
AG324 Plant Pathology Lab 1 credit
AG/BI345 General Entomology 4 credits
AG340 Pest Management 4 credits


Plant Science (Tropical Horticulture)

AG321 Horticultural Plant ID 2 credits
AG484 Tropical Vegetable Production 4 credits
AG485 Tropical Fruits Horticulture 4 credits
AG486 Ornamental Crop Production in the Tropics 4 credits
  and any upper level plant related biology course  

 

Soil Science and Natural Resources

AG480 Tropical Soil Management and Fertility 3 credits
AG481 Environmental Soil Sciences 4 credits
  and any upper level courses in Geology, Ecology, or Chemistry  

 

Agricultural Communication & Technology

AG/CF389 Extension Program and Planning 3 credits
AG/PA401 Community Planning 3 credits
AG/BI430 Scientific Digital Photography 3 credits

Faculty Advisor and Advisement Liaison

University of Guam

Professor, Horticulture

WPTRC
Office Location: Agriculture & Life Sciences Bldg., 3rd Flr., Rm. 318
Mailing Address: UOG Station, Mangilao, Guam 96923
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