AGR - Agriculture

AGR 201  Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture  (3-0-3)  

Offered Fall Semester

Prerequisite: RDG 100

This course provides an evaluation of the main goals of sustainable agriculture to include environmental health, economic profitability and social and economic equity. Students will evaluate management and technological approaches and policies that influence agricultural practices.

AGR 202  Soils  (3-3-4)  

Offered Fall Semester

This course introduces land resources, soil formation, classification and mineralogy and focuses on basic chemical and physical properties of soil. Soil microorganisms, plant nutrients and fertilization are discussed, along with applications of soil properties in relation to plant growth. The course will be taught with an emphasis on understanding the complex community of living organisms that make up soil, as well as the relationship between soil and food safety.

AGR 203  Introduction to Animal Science  (3-3-4)  

Offered Spring Semester

This course is a survey of animal industries and their role and importance to man and society from past to present. Labs will examine the basic principles in the handling of livestock and techniques of farm animal production. Emphasis will be placed on small farm animals.

AGR 204  Introduction to Plant Sciences  (3-0-3)  

Offered Fall Semester

This course will present the fundamentals of plant sciences, including agronomic and horticultural crops of the major agricultural areas of the world. Emphasis will be given to crops of the Southeastern Region of the United States. The class will highlight growing methods for animal forages and heirloom crops of economic importance to South Carolina.

AGR 205  Pest Management  (3-0-3)  

Offered Summer Semester

Students will study major pests (weeds, insects and disease) of the major South Carolina crops. Theory and practices of integrated pest management will be explored and compared to conventional pest management strategies. The relationship between pests and diseases and the quality and safety of produce will be emphasized.

AGR 208  Introduction to Agricultural Economics  (3-0-3)  

Offered Fall Semester

This course is a study of agricultural economics principles. Topics include the application of these principles to the solution of agricultural economics, farm organization, land economics farm prices, government farm policies and farm business problems related to national/international economies. Students will be introduced to the organizations and agencies that can provide assistance to farmers and will be taught how to work with those agencies to maximize benefits.

AGR 209  Introduction to Agriculture Marketing  (3-0-3)  

Offered Spring Semester

This is a technical course of marketing methods, practices and policies in agriculture. The course emphasizes the management applications of marketing techniques in an agricultural environment. Emphasis will also be placed on communication principles for direct marketing and sales opportunities, such as social media, e-newsletters, farmers’ markets, restaurant sales and Community Supported Agriculture.

AGR 211  Applied Agriculture Calculations  (3-0-3)  

Offered Spring Semester

This course is a study of basic mathematical applications in crop and livestock production, agribusiness and financial management. Mastery of these concepts will assist students in understanding the importance of such applications in the agricultural industry. Students will be required to write a business plan as part of the course emphasis on-farm profitability.

AGR 214  SCWE in Sustainable Agriculture I  (1-8-3)  

Offered Spring Semester

Prerequisite: AGR 201

This course is an introductory supervised comprehensive work experience in the sustainable agriculture industry. Students will be matched with farms that meet their mutual interests and will work under the supervision of the instructor/employer.

AGR 215  SCWE in Sustainable Agriculture II  (1-8-3)  

Offered Summer Semester

Prerequisites: AGR 201, AGR 214

This course is an intermediate supervised comprehensive work experience in the sustainable agriculture industry. Students will continue to work on an assigned farm and will complete more advanced tasks with increasing independence while still under the supervision of the instructor/employer.