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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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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. 

 

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 Tropical 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)

Course
Title
Credit Hours
AG136 Science of Aquaculture 4 credits
AG/BI345 General Entomology 4 credits
AG323 Plant Pathology 4 credits
AG101 Introduction to Agri Science or 4 credits
BI157/157L Principles of Biology  
AG102 Introduction Plant Biology or 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 Nutrition and Health or 3 credits
CF231 Human Nutrition for Health  
CH100/100L Intro to Inorganic Chemistry or 4 credits
CH102/102L General Chemistry  
CH101/101L Intro to Organic Chemistry or 4 credits
CH103/103L General Chemistry  
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 agriculture courses.  Upper level courses are those at 300 and above.

 

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

Course
Title
Credit Hours
AG495 Senior Thesis 3 credits
AG/BI345 General Entomology or 4 credits
AG323 Plant Pathology  
BA110 Principles of Economics 3 credits
CF230 Nutrition and Health or 3 credits
CF231 Human Nutrition for Health  
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 2 credits
CH310b Organic Chemistry 3 credits
CH312 Lab Tech in Organic Chem 2 credits
MA161a-b College Algebra or 6 credits
MA165 Precalculus 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” 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
Course
Title
Credit Hours
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
Course
Title
Credit Hours
AG323 Plant Pathology   3 credits
AG324 Plant Pathology Laboratory 1 credit
AG/BI345 General Entomology 4 credits
AG340  Pest Management 4 credits

 

Plant Science (Tropical Horticulture)
Course
Title
Credit Hours
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
Course
Title
Credit Hours
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
Course
Title
Credit Hours
AG/CF389 Extension Program and Planning 3 credits
AG/PA401 Community Planning 3 credits
AG/BI430 Scientific Digital Photography 3 credits

 

RELATED CAREERS

  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