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Assoc of Applied Science
Major code: 2170
Department: Ag & Natural Resources
Chair: Sandra Porter
- Sandra Porter
This program prepares students for a wide variety of careers in Ranch Management,
including manager of a small ranch, ranch hand, feedlot operator, brand inspector,
and artificial inseminator. The program combines theory with practical skills needed
for daily cattle operations. Students will learn the foundations of farm business
and animal science as well as have hands-on experience working with ranch animals.
This degree is designed for students wishing to directly enter the workforce. It is not designed for transfer to a four-year institution, although some coursework may be transferable. Students who wish to transfer coursework are strongly encouraged to work closely with their TVCC advisor to develop a transfer plan and to identify and contact an advisor at their chosen transfer institution. A minimum of 90 credits and a minimum grade point average of 2.0 are needed to graduate with a degree.
- Demonstrate proper use of ten common pieces of livestock handling/care equipment.
- Keep and analyze record keeping system to make sound management decisions.
- Identify and use five successful marketing systems for farm and ranch products.
- Identify and implement livestock breeding program using genetic improvement principles, artificial insemination, and pregnancy testing.
- Develop a feeding program for specific species of livestock satisfying nutrition requirements for appropriate growth phase.
- Select and implement an appropriate record keeping system that satisfies state and federal requirements.
- Develop and implement ranch or farm conservation plan based on soil series, grazing management and irrigation methods.
Dual Credit (2+2)
Students will receive credit for Ag & Natural Resources classes taken in high school as equivalent to college classes provided that the high school classes are listed on a signed articulated on agreement between the specific high school and the college. Credit will be transcripted as equivalent to a parallel community college course.
Work Based Learning
Students integrate classroom learning with work-based learning by participating in an internship (Cooperative Work Experience, AG 280) at a supervised work site. Department Chair approval is required. Credits and grades are based on job hours worked, work performance, and completion of learning objectives specified in a learning contract.
Related Educational Requirements (13 Credits)
All career and technical education degrees and one-year certificates contain required courses in applied communication, computation and human relations. These courses are designed to support student competence and success in the workplace. Students must have appropriate test scores in writing and math to enter the related courses listed. Students who test below the required level will be required to take preparatory courses. A college advisor will assist students with selecting the appropriate preparatory course or courses.
|Course #||Course Title||Credits|
|INED 157||EMPLOYMENT STRATEGIES||2|
|MATH 063||TECHNICAL MATH I||4|
|PSYC 101||PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN RELATIONS||3|
|WR 115||INTRO TO COLLEGE WRITING||4|
Required Courses (77 Credits)
Courses are listed in suggested sequence.
|Course #||Course Title||Credits|
|AET 212-Ag Safety Mngmnt OR INED 212 Industrial Safety||3|
|AG 111||AGRICULTURE COMPUTERS||3|
|AG 207||AGRICULTURE SEMINAR||1|
|ANS 121||INTRO TO ANIMAL SCIENCE||4|
|ANS 200||LIVESTOCK SKILLS||3|
|ANS 210||FEED AND RATION FORMULATION||3|
|ANS 211||APPLIED ANIMAL NUTRITION||3|
|ANS 215||BEEF/DAIRY CATTLE PRODUCTION||3|
|ANS 216||BEEF PREGNANCY TESTING||3|
|ANS 217||ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION||3|
|ANS 231||INTRO TO LIVESTOCK EVALUATION||3|
|ANS 240||INTRO TO ULTRASOUND TECHNOLOGY||2|
|AREC 221||MARKETING IN AGRICULTURE||3|
|HPE 120||FIRST AID & CPR||2|
Electives (3 Credits)
Consult an advisor for suggested courses.