Agricultural Education - Agricultural Communications Option, B.S.


Department of Animal Sciences and Agricultural Education

Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements

Agricultural Education Major - Agricultural Communications Option 

1. Major requirements (54-60 units)
Select Teacher Preparation or Agricultural Communications

Agricultural Communications Core (45 units)

Agricultural Economics (3 units)
Select 3 units from: AGBS 28, AGBS 31, AGBS 117, AGBS 120, AGBS 150

Agricultural Education (6 units)
AGED 66, AGED 166

Animal Science (9 units)
ASCI 1  and select 6 units from: ASCI 11, ASCI 21, ASCI 31, ASCI 35, ASCI 41, ASCI 51, ASCI 61, ASCI 81, ASCI 91

Food Science and Nutrition (3 units)
Select 3 units from: ASCI 71, ENOL 15

Mass Communication and Journalism (9 units)
MCJ 1, MCJ 2, MCJ 172 or MCJ 173

Mechanized Agriculture (3 units)
Select 3 units from: MEAG 1, MEAG 20, MEAG 50

Plant Science (9 units)
Select 9 units from: PLANT 20, PLANT 30, PLANT 40, PLANT 130; VIT 1

Soil and Water (3 units)
Select 3 units from: PLANT 71, PLANT 171, PLANT 172

Agricultural Communications Career Specialty (15 units)
Select one: Advertising, Broadcast Journalism, Multimedia Production, Print Journalism, Public Relations (see Agricultural Communications Option check sheet available in the department office.)

Additional requirements
Agricultural education majors must take the following courses, which also satisfy General Education requirements. These courses amount to 12 units of the 48 unit G.E. requirement.

Area B1: CHEM 3A
Area B2: BIOL 10, BIOL 11, or BIOL 12
Area D2: AGBS 1
Area E1: ASCI 67

2. General Education requirements (48 units)

3. Other requirements (9 units)
American Government and Institutions (PLSI 2), Multicultural and International (MI), and Upper-division writing 

4. Sufficient elective units to meet required total units (varies)
Courses supplementary to the major are strongly recommended.

5. Total minimum requirements (120 units)*

* G.E. and MI courses can be double counted with major requirements. See advisor for details.

Advising Notes

  1. See advising notes 1-6 following animal sciences major.
  2. Teacher preparation majors seeking the Agriculture Specialist Credential must also take AGED 187 and AGED 189.
  3. Contact the Kremen School of Education and Human Development for admission and program requirements for the Single Subject Credential.
  4. Agriculture courses titled Tours or Lectures may be used to satisfy upper-division unit requirements but may not be counted to satisfy agricultural education core or specialized field requirements in the major.
  5. Candidates for the Agriculture Specialist Credential must possess 3,000 hours or two years of occupational experience in agriculture. (For details, consult the agricultural education credentialing coordinator.)


The faculty represent diverse specializations in the disciplines of animal science and teacher training. With doctoral degrees from many of the nation's most prestigious agricultural universities, the faculty have combined philosophies of undergraduate education, research, curriculum development, industry relations, and career placement into a unique program. Their experience allows for the combination of the practical and theoretical aspects of the animal sciences to provide an education second to none. Students select an adviser who assists in both academic and career planning on an individual basis. The faculty place a high priority on strong teacher-student relationships.

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B.S. in Agricultural Education - Agricultural Communications Option

A Roadmap identifies the specific set of courses students must complete in their major in sequential order. Information on corequisites or prerequisites is listed along with other pertinent information to assist students in completing courses towards the major.

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The Department of Animal Sciences and Agricultural Education offers options in agricultural communications, teacher preparation, basic animal science, pre-veterinary medicine, livestock business management, dairy science, equine science and meat technology. Courses integrate animal evaluation, behavior, disease, environmental management, genetics, health, marketing, muscle biology, nutrition, physiology, production, and reproduction.

Instruction in the animal science disciplines is enhanced through practical application at the various farm laboratory units. The Beef, Dairy, Horse, Meats, Sheep, and Swine units are maintained to support this educational purpose. In addition, veterinary and physiology laboratories are utilized to complement on-campus education. A 4,300-acre livestock and range management facility and another 800 acres of rangeland in the Sierra foothills are available. The department is extremely proud of its outstanding faculty and the level and quality of student activities in which they participate.

What You Can Earn

Agricultural Communications
$108,658 (in our region)

Public Secondary School Teacher
$59,597 (in our region)

Source: HR reported data at as of December 2012

Interesting Classes You Might Take

  • Ornamental Horticulture
  • Animal Science
  • Mechanized Agriculture
  • Crop Management

What You Can Learn

  • Farm animal behavior, animal welfare, and animal performance
  • The qualifications for teaching agriculture, and the content of vocational agriculture programs
  • Basic shop skills/welding/power and equipment
  • Techniques of food and fiber production

About the College

The Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology can offer you the education you will need to be a leader in agriculture and related sciences in the New California. We offer outstanding programs in the traditional areas of agriculture, including animal sciences, plant science, agricultural education, viticulture and agricultural business. And, we offer excellent programs in areas which are uniquely related to agriculture, including nutrition and dietetics, food science, enology, child development, family science, fashion merchandizing and industrial technology.

College Contact Information

Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology
2415 E. San Ramon,
Fresno, CA 93740
Phone: 559.278.2061
Fax: 559.278.4496

Department Contact Information

Animal Sciences and Agricultural Education
2415 E. San Ramon, MS AS75
Fresno, CA 93740

Phone: 559.278.2971
Fax: 559.278.4101

The Department is located in the Agricultural Sciences Building on the second floor in room 232.