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College of Agriculture & Natural Resources


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151 Agriculture Building

Barbara Rasco, Dean
Phone: (307)766-4135 Fax: (307)766-4030
Web site: www.uwyo.edu/uwag

The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources offers a wide variety of course work in agriculture, natural resources, molecular biology, and family and consumer sciences. The curriculum provides a sound background in basic sciences and the choice of a number of fields in which to specialize. Students are trained in principles which apply throughout the world, with special emphasis on agriculture and natural resources found in the Rocky Mountain region.

Laboratory work and other experiential learning opportunities are stressed in all programs. Students receive excellent training from case studies and practical experience provided at research and extension centers. Other facilities include modern laboratories and classrooms, an abattoir, meat processing rooms, livestock and crop farms and greenhouses.

In addition to the academic departments, the college includes the Agricultural Experiment Station and the UW Extension. Materials and techniques resulting from this effective triple combination benefit students in the never-ending search for problem-solving information. The close relationship between teachers, researchers, and extension educators creates a learning atmosphere that encourages the development of the finest students.

Programs of Study

Undergraduate Degrees

Bachelor of Science

Agricultural business
Agricultural communications
Agroecology
Animal and veterinary science
Microbiology
Molecular biology
Rangeland ecology and watershed management

Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences

Graduate Degrees

Master of Arts

Molecular biology

Master of Science

Agricultural and applied economics
Agricultural economics/water resources
Animal and veterinary sciences
Entomology
Entomology/water resources
Family and consumer sciences
Food science and human nutrition
Molecular biology
Plant sciences
Rangeland ecology and watershed management
Rangeland ecology and watershed management/water resources
Reproductive biology
Soil science
Soil science/water resources

Doctor of Philosophy

Animal and veterinary science

Biomedical Sciences
Entomology
Molecular and cellular life sciences
Molecular biology
Plant sciences
Rangeland ecology and watershed management
Reproductive biology
Soil science

The following certificates and/or degrees in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources are available through Distance Education:

Certificate: Early Childhood Program Director
Online bachelor’s degrees: Family and Consumer Sciences (Professional Child Development Option)

For more information, contact the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Office of Academic and Student Programs. Phone: (307)-766-4135

The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources also offers a graduate certificate in reclamation and restoration ecology. For more information, contact the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management.

Basic Education Core

All undergraduates in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources curriculums are required to follow the basic education core as noted below.

Core Components (USP 2015)…..Hrs.

First-Year Seminar (FYS)……………………………3

Quantitative Reasoning (Q) ……………………….3

Communication 1 (COM1)…………………………3

Communication 2 (COM2)…………………………3

Communication 3 (COM3)…………………………3

Human Culture (H) ……………………………………6

Physical & Natural World (PN)………………….6

U.S. and Wyoming Constitutions (V)…………3

Subtotal (min. core requirements) …………… 30

Hours for major, support areas and electives as determined by division… 90-98

Total Hours 120-128


Core Components (USP 2003)

Core Components (USP 2003) Hrs.

Intellectual Community (I) ……………………. 1-3

Writing 1 (WA) ………………………………………..3

Oral Communication (O)……………………………3

Quantitative Reasoning 1 (QA)*…………………3

Quantitative Reasoning 2 (QB)…………………..3

Science (S, SB, SP, SE)…………………………….4-8

Cultural Context (C, CH, CS, CA)……………..9

U.S. and Wyoming Constitutions (V)…………3

Physical Activity and Health (P)…………………1

Subtotal (min. core requirements) ……… 30-36 Hours for major, support areas and electives as determined by division….79-91

Total Hours 120-128

*Core Components are mutually exclusive of each other; hence, two core components may not be fulfilled by the same course. Except for the QA, core courses may have topics from the embeddable components list included in their curriculum, where appropriate.

 


Courses taken for S/U

A maximum of 20 elective hours with a grade of S (satisfactory) may be included as part of the total credit requirements for graduation; but no S/U hours may be used to satisfy university, major requirements or required electives, unless the course is offered for S/U grading only.

Minors in Agriculture and Natural Resources

Minors provide a formalized recognition of concentrated study in a specific subject area. A minor offers recognition for academic achievement outside of the students’ major course curriculum and gives students a focus of work in the chosen minor area. A minors program can enable students to enhance and expand career opportunities. A minor will also improve the possibility of admission to graduate programs in any chosen major, minor, or related field of study.

 

Minors Available in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Include:

Agricultural business
Agroecology
Animal and veterinary science
Apparel design
Equine
Farm and ranch management
Forest resources
General agricultural economics
Horticulture
Human development and family sciences
Human nutrition
Insect biology
Interior design
International agricultural economics
Molecular biology
Natural resource economics
Plant protection
Rangeland ecology and watershed management
Reclamation and restoration ecology
Soil science

Agricultural Communications Major

A wide variety of courses in agriculture, communications, and journalism provides students with basic preparation for positions as broadcasters, editors or writers for farm and home organizations, state and federal agencies, magazines, newspapers, radio and television stations, and commercial businesses. Communication skills are also distinct assets in agricultural sales, research, service and teaching. Students enrolled in agricultural courses acquire up-to-date and knowledgeable backgrounds of the subject matter. Courses in communication and journalism develop proficiencies demanded by employers of communication professionals.

Minimum Requirements for Agricultural Communications Majors (B.S.)

Hrs.

University Studies Program requirements…………………………………….. 30

Communications/journalism core…………… 24

  COJO 1000, 1040, 2010, 2100 and minimum of 12 hours of communication/journalism elective. (Minimum grade of C required)

Agriculture core requirements………………… 42

  At least 18 hours must be lower division (Ag 1000-2000) elective courses, and at least 24 hours must be upper division (Ag 3000-4000) elective courses and include AGRI 4975.

Supporting course requirement ………………….4

  STAT 2050 or 2070

Additional hours for major and electives …………………………………….. 20

Total Hrs: 120

Students wishing to pursue an agricultural communications degree are encouraged to also select a minor. The college currently offers a variety of minors, and any of these can help to better prepare students for employment or graduate work. Agricultural communications majors may also complete an internship in their field. A variety of opportunities are available and students can work with their advisor to determine an appropriate internship for their area of emphasis.

Bachelor of Applied Science

160 Agriculture Building

Awarded by the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Phone: (307)766-4034 Fax: (307)766-4030; Web site: www.uwyo.edu/basa/

Organizations need leaders at all levels who can effectively understand the environment and society in which they operate; analyze situations and solve problems; supervise and manage, interact and communicate appropriately within and outside the organization; anticipate changes; and plan for the future. The Bachelor of Applied Science degree (B.A.S.) is designed for individuals with a completed Associate of Applied Science, Associate of Science, Associate of Business or an Associate of Arts degree at a Wyoming Community College (or an equivalent degree at another accredited institution) and who need or desire the additional breadth in skills, knowledge and professional expertise to enhance their capabilities in their own careers and in the organizations in which they work.

The fundamental philosophy of the B.A.S. degree is that the student must complete the general education (University Studies Program - USP) requirements expected of all UW bachelor’s degrees and must engage in upperdivision coursework sufficient to provide focus and depth of learning. Following this philosophy, the B.A.S. has four basic components. These components are university studies, career specialty, professional concentration, and electives. The fundamental elements of the baccalaureate degree are provided by the general education core (USP) and the upper division professional concentration. At the end of the program, students are expected to meet the following Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. to develop proficiency in accessing, evaluating and utilizing information, ideas, and data;
  2. to develop proficiency in communicating information and ideas effectively and responsibly;
  3. to gain an appreciation for leadership development as a tool for individual, organization and community problem solving;
  4. to demonstrate an understanding of orgranizational design, behavior, ethical practices, and effective managerial and supervisory practices;
  5. to gain an understanding of social, cultural, economic and environmental contexts essential for effective leadership and the management of change.

The University Studies Program (USP 2015) consists of a minimum of 27 credit hours as adopted by the UW faculty, and the Articulation Agreement between UW and the Wyoming Community Colleges. Students with an Associate of Applied Science degree from a Wyoming community college will normally matriculate with 15-20 hours of credit that count toward this component. The remainder may be required as part of a UW student’s coursework, including the Professional Concentration or Electives coursework.

The Career Specialty Component is fulfilled with the Associate of Applied Science, the Associate of Science, or Associate of Arts degrees. This component will consist of a minimum of 40 credit hours in the major.

The Professional Concentration Component is the advanced component of the program and the courses are selected by the student and the advisor. All students are required to take a range of courses from the prescribed set of areas of concentration within this component in order to provide them with the breadth and depth of learning necessary for a baccalaureate degree. This component will consist of 36-40 upper division or articulated equivalent credit hours. Note: Within the Professional Concentration, students have a choice between two Organizational Leadership areas. Option A focuses on Community Leadership; Option B focuses on Business Leadership.

The Elective Component will consist of the number of credit hours needed (after completing the other three components) to complete the degree components. A minimum of 120 hours is required for the B.A.S.

All University of Wyoming Students must earn a total of 42 upper division hours (at least 30 hours taken from UW), to earn their degree. Students in the B.A.S. program must earn a “C” in all courses on the B.A.S. checklist. Failure to do so will require repeating the course. Per university regulations, students may only attempt a course three times; an “F” or “W” count as attempts.

Application Process

All students must apply to the Bachelor of Applied Science program, including those who would like to change their major to the B.A.S. in Organizational Leadership. Students cannot just fill out a change of major form and have Admissions change their status. These are the steps for application:

  1. Apply to the University of Wyoming through Admissions, declaring the Bachelor of Applied Science in Organizational Leadership.
  2. Have official transcripts from all institutions attended sent to Admissions.
  3. Email BAS@uwyo.edu when you have received your acceptance to UW. Include your W# in the message. We can then track your files to evaluate them for the BAS program.
  4. Students will receive a letter telling the application decision. If a student is denied admission to the BAS, an explanation for the denial will be provided. If accepted, the student will be given information for how to work with the program advisor, Rosalind Grenfell (rgrenfel@uwyo.edu), to enroll in classes.

Courses

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