Baccalaureate Degree in Agriculture, Food, and Environment (AFE)

Today’s world needs people prepared to solve global challenges related to agribusiness, climate change, a safe and reliable food supply, protection of natural resources, improved nutrition, public health, and alternative energy sources.  Increased demand is expected for agricultural inspectors, environmental scientists and specialists, including health, agriculturalists, and food scientists, soil and plant scientists, conservation scientists, forest and conservation technicians, agricultural policy, fisheries and wildlife, economic development, and agricultural communications.

A degree from the College of Agriculture, Communities, and the Environment will prepare graduates for a variety of jobs in these fields.  The baccalaureate degree program in Agriculture, Food, and Environment has four options:

Agricultural Systems

Agricultural Systems prepares students for a range of occupations in the field of agriculture and requires the following courses:

  • AFE 211:  Animal Science
  • AFE 217:  Plant Science
  • AFE 318:  Environmental Entomology
  • AFE 334:  Soil Science
  • AFE 445:  Agriculture and Energy

Acceptable option electives

  • AFE 404:  Nutrition & Metabolism
  • AFE 435:  Urban Agriculture
  • AFE 443:  Apiculture
  • AQU 422:  Principles of Aquaculture

Food Systems

Food Systems prepares students for food nutrition and safety areas and requires the following courses:

  • FNU 104:  Basic Nutrition
  • AFE 404:  Nutrition & Metabolism
  • AFE 455:  Food Microbiology and Safety
  • AFE 465:  Food Systems

Acceptable option electives:

  • AFE 417:   Agriculture & Enery
  • AFE 435:  Urban Agriculture
  • AFE 440:  Ornamental & Landscape Plants
  • NUR 412:  Vulnerable Populations
  • BIO 408:  Cell Biology

 Environmental Systems

Environmental Systems prepares students for careers in protecting the environment and requires the following courses:

  • BIO 316:  Ecology
  • AFE 340:  Environ Sci and Agroecology
  • AFE 334:  Soil Science
  • AFE 480: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

Acceptable option electives:

  • AFE 366:  Climate Change
  • AFE 405:  Research/Extension in Nutrition
  • AFE 455:  Food Microbiology & Safety

Aquaculture Systems

Aquaculture Systems prepares students in the area of fish production and requires the following courses:

  • AQU 411:  Fish Disease
  • AQU 421:  Fish Nutrition
  • AQU 422:  Principles of Aquaculture
  • AQU 460:  Water Quality Management

Acceptable option electives:

  • AQU 412:  Fish Morphology and Physiology
  • AQU 425:  Aquaculture Economics and Marketing
  • AQU 427:  Fish Reproduction and Spawning Techniques

Curriculum Guide

Year One

Subject PrefixCourse NumberCourse NameSemester Credit Hours
AFE116Introduction to Agriculture, Food, and Environment2
BIO111Principles of Biology4
ENG101English Composition I4
KSU101Bred Training1
MAT115College Algebra3
SPE103Inter Comm.3
AFE117Global Perspectives on AFE3
ENG102English Composition II3
Introduction to Art
Introduction to Music
Introduction to Theatre
Introduction to Literature
KSU 102BRED Building1
MAT200Intro to Statistical Reasoning and Analysis4
Physics and Society
Env. Biology
Earth and Env Science

Year Two

Subject PrefixCourse NumberCourse NameSemester Credit Hours
AFE217Plant Science3
101Foreign Language I3
IGS200The Ancient World3
CHE101Gen Chem. I Lect.3
CHE110Gen Chem. I Lav1
AFE211Animal Science3
102Foreign Language II3
IGS201Convergent Traditions from Late Antiquity to the Renaissance3
CHE 102Gen Chem. II Lect.3
CHE120Gen Chem. II Lab1

Year Three

Subject PrefixCourse NumberCourse NameSemester Credit Hours
AFE450Human Health and Environment3
AFE3/4XXOption Requirement3
AFEOption Elective**3
SOC203Introduction to Sociology3
AFEOption Elective*3
AFE311Practicum I2
AFE3/4XXOption Requirement3
AFEAFE Elective**3
AFE340Environ Sci. and Agroec.3
AFEOption Elective*3

Year Four

Subject PrefixCourse NumberCourse NameSemester Credit Hours
AFE411Practicum II2
AFE3/4XXOption Requirement3
AFE3/4XXOption Elective**3
3/4XXLiberal Studies Elective3
AFE3/4XXAFE Elective*3
AFE401AFE Seminar1
AFE3/4XXOption Requirement3
AFE3/4XXOption Elective**3
AFE3/4XXAFE Elective3
AFE3/4XXAFE Elective3

*Students in the Ag. Business Option take ECO 201 in place of ECO 200.

**Option electives are not available for Ag. Business option.