Agriculture Courses

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AG 101|Crop Production I Field Crops w/ Lab

4 Credits

This course covers introduction to principles of crop production, including crop growth, development, yield and quality. Emphasis is placed on applying technology advances in agronomy to active crop-production situations, including basic soils, climate, crop physiology, and breeding. Major field and forage crops grown in the Columbia Basin and Washington state will be covered. Production practices such as planting, maintenance, storage techniques and harvesting will also be covered.

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AG 102|Introduction to Animal Science w/ Lab

5 Credits

Introductory Animal Science including the history, philosophy, and theory of animal husbandry. Types and breeds of livestock, terminology, methods, management systems, techniques of animal and poultry production, and consumer impact are discussed.

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AG 106|Introductory Soils

0 Credits

A general background and understanding of soils, soil formation processes, soil origins with an emphasis on soil origins in the Pacific Northwest, soil taxonomy, organic matter, soil fertility, water relationships, pH, and biological relationships.

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AG 107|Agriculture Safety

3 Credits

This course is an overview of various hazards associated with agriculture. Hazards examined include machinery, controlled spaces, pesticides, and other items in the agricultural workplace. The course also covers identifying safety hazards, applying procedures, analyzing safety rules and regulations. Emphasis will be placed on safety and worker protection in the agricultural workplace, agricultural pesticide uses and applications, chemical safety, and waste hazards associated with pesticides and fertilizer use. Safety standards for agriculture identified by the Washington State Administration codes (WAC 296-307) will be covered.

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AG 117|Agriculture Mechanics and Machinery w/ Lab

4 Credits

This course emphasizes agriculture equipment including tractors, planters, harvesters and balers used in modern agriculture. The course also covers economic factors, operation principles, adjustments and maintenance of commonly used machines. Maneuvering, attaching, detaching, and using implements will be covered.

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AG 140|Weed Science w/ Lab

4 Credits

The course provides a background on weed identification, biology, distribution of weeds, interference in crops, and weed ecology. Weed control by preventive, cultural, biological, mechanical, and chemical means. The course also covers herbicide terminology, equipment calibration, and dosage calculations.

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AG 181|Irrigation Principles and Management w/ Lab

4 Credits

This course focuses on elements of irrigation including methods, management and the irrigation industry in the Columbia Basin. The course covers irrigation methods, systems, efficiencies, equipment, and their relationship to soils and plants. The course will also cover water scheduling, flow measurement, and irrigation management. Water supply, quality, and issues will also be discussed.

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AG 199|Special Studies

1–20 Credits

A class used to explore new coursework.

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AG 201|Soils w/ Lab

5 Credits

A general background and understanding of soils, soil formation processes, soil origins with an emphasis on soil origins in the Pacific Northwest, soil taxonomy, organic matter, water relationships, pH, and biological relationships.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: CHEM& 110 or CHEM& 140 or instructor permission. This course is cross-listed with BIOL 201. Students completing AG 201 may not receive graduation credit for BIOL 201.

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AG 205|Crop Pests and Diseases w/ Lab

4 Credits

This course provides an overview of pests, diseases, and nematodes common in the crops of Washington. The course will focus on identification of pests and diseases, study of life cycles, control and management strategies of pests, diseases, and nematodes. The course will cover basic principles of plant pathology, entomology, and nematology.

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AG 210|Applied Agriculture Research

2 Credits

In the lab, students are directly involved in conducting agricultural research as a member of a research team led by a faculty member. Students have the opportunity to collect and analyze agricultural and environmental data that will be used to make management decisions. Upon completion of this course, students prepare a research paper summarizing their results and present this paper at a scientific meeting or seminar. The lab provides an opportunity for students to be directly involved in a research project.

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AG 221|Introduction to Precision Agriculture

3 Credits

This course will provide an introduction to Precision Agriculture technologies, covering both the applications and the different technologies (e.g. geographic information systems (GIS), global positioning systems (GPS), remote sensing systems, variable rate application, drones etc.) that make precision farming possible. This course covers the introductory use of each of these tools in the processes of a precision farming system. Economic and environmental benefits will also be discussed.

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AG 222|Advanced Precision Agriculture w/ Lab

4 Credits

This course covers unmanned aerial systems (UAS) usage in precision agriculture, including platforms, history and commercial applications. Processes of precision agriculture such as data collection, data analysis, and analysis application will be emphasized. This course also covers Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulatory framework, privacy issues, and navigation.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: grade of 2.0 or better in AG 221.

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AG 232|Crop Production II Fruit & Veg Production w/ Lab

4 Credits

This course is designed to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the principles and practices of sustainable fruit and vegetable crop production. Students will learn about soil fertility management, stand establishment, environmental modification, and pest management.

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AG 250|GPS and GIS Applications w/ Lab

4 Credits

This course applies Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications such as agriculture, surveying, aviation etc. The course will focus on basics of cartography, geography, map projections, and coordinate systems. Emphasis is on data collection using GPS, transfer data, process field data, analysis, storage/retrieval of data, generating reports and or maps using imaging software. Students will utilize hands-on computer exercises with real farm data to provide a practical experience.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: grade of 2.0 or better in AG 221.

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AG 252|Insects of Economic Importance w/ Lab

5 Credits

A study designed to introduce students to the breadth and diversity of the science of entomology and an in-depth study of insects including: their diversity; the basics of systematic entomology; insect societies; insect physiology and structures; their ecological relationships with their physical and biotic environments; their population and community level ecology; their effects on human welfare through applied disciplines of medical and agricultural entomology; and the methods by which humans attempt to manage insect populations.

Prerequisite

This course is cross-listed with BIOL 252. Students completing AG 252 may not receive graduation credit for BIOL 252.

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AG 289|Agriculture Business Concepts

5 Credits

Designed to address issues pertinent to the agricultural community including global competition for markets, water rights and the environment, agricultural co-ops, immigration, foreign trade, fiscal policy, and working with government agencies. It is intended as a capstone course to bring together several concepts related to agriculture business.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: grade of 2.0 or higher in BUS& 101 and AFS 101.

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AG 297|Agriculture Internship

3 Credits

This course is designed to provide students with major-related, supervised, evaluated practical training work experiences in a community agency, business, or industrial firm. The course involves the application and practice of skills and principles learned in the classroom and in real-world situations. Students will also evaluate agricultural careers and an overview of the types of agricultural employment. Students are graded on the basis of documented learning acquired through hands-on experiences in an actual work setting.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: instructor permission required.

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AG 299|Special Studies

1–20 Credits

A class used to explore new coursework.

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AG 310|Ag Operations and Supply Chain Management

5 Credits

This course is an introduction to agriculture operations and supply chain management. Fundamental topics include supply chain characteristics specific to agriculture, vertical integration, and import and export markets. This course also helps students develop an understanding of the ethical implications of decision-making in business as well as build an appreciation for the value of diverse thinking and perspectives.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: meets the criteria for acceptance into a BAS/BSN program, completion of a two-year degree or equivalent, or instructor approval.

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AG 340|Ag Information Technology and Applications

5 Credits

This course encompasses technology innovation and strategy for managers and entrepreneurs including understanding technological change, innovations, and strategies specific to agriculture. Topics include technology evolution, adoption, competitive advantage, costs and benefits, and collaborative strategies such as GIS and GPS, crop modeling, and more. Each student develops and presents a technology plan for a company or business as a final project.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: meets the criteria for acceptance into a BAS/BSN program, completion of a two-year degree or equivalent, or instructor approval.

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AG 430|Fundamentals of Agriculture Financial Management

5 Credits

This course covers basic financial tools and principles including short-term and long-term financial and investment decisions. Topics include financial statement analysis, the time value of money, capital budgeting and capital rationing, the cost of capital, dividend policies, analysis of risk and return, business valuation, and working capital management. Students also learn financial management practices specific to agriculture including enterprise budgeting, depreciation schedules for farm operations, and production efficiency indicators.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: meets the criteria for acceptance into a BAS/BSN program, completion of a two-year degree or equivalent, or instructor approval, and AMGT 400.

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AG 470|Agriculture Management Internship

1–10 Credits

This course is designed to provide students with major-related, supervised, evaluated practical training work experiences which may be paid or voluntary. Students are graded on the basis of documented learning acquired through hands-on new experiences in an actual work setting. This course is cross-listed with AMGT 470. Students completing AG 470 may not receive graduation credit for AMGT 470.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: meets the criteria for acceptance into a BAS/BSN program, completion of a two-year degree or equivalent, or instructor approval, and AMGT 400.

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AG 480|Agriculture Management Capstone

5 Credits

This course provides the opportunity for students to demonstrate that they have learned the material and concepts from the program and can apply it in the real world. Students complete a comprehensive analysis of an on-going business that is part of the agriculture sector of the economy. Students also develop a long range, strategic plan including implementation and recommendations for change. This course is cross-listed with AMGT 480. Students completing AG 480 may not receive graduation credit for AMGT 480.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: completion of all BAS core courses or instructor approval.

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