Undergraduate Studies

Agricultural Education provides broad preparation in agricultural sciences and professional education, including communications and human relations skills. In addition to required courses, students may select a minor. The Bachelor’s degree prepares students for professional education positions in the mainstream of agriculture, including teaching, cooperative extension service, and government agricultural agencies. The Agricultural Education degree also prepares students for other educational work, such as agricultural missionary, public relations, and training officers in agricultural industry. In consultation with the departmental advisor, students choose one of the following emphasis areas: Communications, Leadership, or Teaching.

Teaching - upon completion of this area of concentration will allow the student to become teacher certified by the South Carolina Department of Education in the area of Agriculture. To be able to teach agriculture in South Carolina public secondary school system a person must be certified by an accredited program.

Leadership - upon completion of this concentration area students will have the basic competencies for positions within state and federal agricultural agencies or various areas within the agricultural industry. Program development, working with groups, and nonformal teaching will be a major focus of this concentration.

Communication - upon completion of this area the student will have a concentration in communication through the communication program at Clemson. The graduate will be able to work in the communication field with a technical background in Agriculture.

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Freshman Year

First Semester

1 - AGED 1020 Agric. Ed. Freshman Seminar
3 - AGED 1030 Multiculturalism in Agric. Ed.
3 - AVS 1500 Introduction to Animal Science
1 - AVS 1510 Introduction to Animal Science Lab.
3 - BIOL 1030 General Biology I
1 - BIOL 1050 General Biology Lab. I
3 - HORT 1010 Horticulture
3 - Mathematics Requirement1

Second Semester

1 - AGED 1000 Orientation and Field Experience
3 - AGM 2050 Principles of Fabrication
3 - BIOL 1040 General Biology II
1 - BIOL 1060 General Biology Lab. II
3 - ENGL 1030 Accelerated Composition
6 - Social Science Requirement2

Sophomore Year

First Semester

3 - AGED 2010 Intro. to Agricultural Education
3 - AGED 2040 Applied Agriculture Calculations
3 - BT 2200 Biosystems Technology I
4 - CH 1010 General Chemistry
3 - HORT 2120 Introduction to Turfgrass Culture
1 - HORT 2130 Turfgrass Culture Lab.

Second Semester

4 - CH 1020 General Chemistry
1 - COMM 1010 Communication Academic and Professional Development I3
3 - EDSP 3700 Introduction to Special Education
3 - EXST 3010 Introductory Statistics
3 - PHYS 2070 General Physics I
3 - Technical Requirement4

1MTHS 1010, 1020, 1060, 1080, 2030, or 2070
2See General Education Requirements. Three of these credit hours must also satisfy the Cross-Cultural Awareness Requirement. Note: ANTH 2010, GEOG 1030 or HIST 1730 is recommended to satisfy the Social Science Requirement.
3Required of students in Communications Emphasis Area only.
4See advisor.

COMMUNICATIONS EMPHASIS AREA

Junior Year

First Semester

3 -AGED 3030 Mech. Technology for Agric. Ed.
3 - AGM 2210 Surveying
4 - COMM 2010 Intro. to Communication Studies
4 - CSEN 2020 Soils
3 - Arts and Humanities (Non-Lit.) and STS Requirement1

Second Semester

3 - EDF 3020 Educational Psychology
3 - ENR 3020 Natural Resources Measurements
3 - HORT 4040 Plant Propagation
1 - HORT 4050 Plant Propagation Techniques Lab.
3 - Advanced Writing Requirement2
3 - Departmental Communication Requirement3
3 - Oral Communication Requirement4

Senior Year

First Semester

3 - ENGL 2310 Introduction to Journalism
3 - HORT 3030 Landscape Plants
3 - Arts and Humanities (Literature) Requirement1
6 - Departmental Communication Requirement3
3 - Technical Requirement3

Second Semester

12 - AGED 4070 Internship in Extension and Leadership Education
134–135 Total Semester Hours
1See General Education Requirements. This course must also satisfy the Science and Technology in Society Requirement.
2ENGL 3040 or 3140 is recommended.
3See advisor.
3See General Education Requirements. COMM 1500 or 2500 is recommended.
5Internship must meet departmental requirements for Communications Emphasis Area. See advisor.

LEADERSHIP EMPHASIS AREA

Junior Year

First Semester

3 -AGED 3030 Mech. Technology for Agric. Ed.
3 - AGM 2210 Surveying
4 - CSEN 2020 Soils
3 - HORT 3030 Landscape Plants
3 - Advanced Writing Requirement1
3 - Arts and Humanities (Non-Lit.) and STS Requirement2

Second Semester

3 - EDF 3020 Educational Psychology
3 - ENR 3020 Natural Resources Measurements
3 - HORT 4040 Plant Propagation
1 - HORT 4050 Plant Propagation Techniques Lab.
3 - Oral Communication Requirement3
3 - Technical Requirement4

Senior Year

First Semester

3 - AGED 4030 Principles of Adult/Ext. Educ.
3 - AGED 4150 Leadership of Volunteers
3 - AGED 4160 Ethics and Issues in Agriculture and the Food and Fiber System
3 - MGT 2010 Principles of Management
3 - Arts and Humanities (Literature) Requirement2
3 - Technical Requirement4

Second Semester

12 - AGED 4070 Internship in Extension and Leadership Education
133–134 Total Semester Hours
1ENGL 3040 or 3140 is recommended.
2See General Education Requirements
3See General Education Requirements. COMM 1500 or 2500 is recommended.
4See advisor.

TEACHING EMPHASIS AREA

Junior Year

First Semester

3 -AGED 3030 Mech. Technology for Agric. Ed.
3 - AGM 2210 Surveying
4 - CSEN 2020 Soils
3 - HORT 3030 Landscape Plants
3 - Advanced Writing Requirement1

Second Semester

3 - AGED 4160 Ethics and Issues in Agriculture and the Food and Fiber System
3 - EDF 3020 Educational Psychology
3 - ENR 3020 Natural Resources Measurements
3 - HORT 4040 Plant Propagation
1 - HORT 4050 Plant Propagation Techniques Lab.
3 - Oral Communication Requirement2

Senior Year

First Semester

1 - AGED 4000 Supervised Field Experience II
3 - AGED 4010 Instructional Methods in Ag. Ed.
3 - AGED 4030 Principles of Adult/Ext. Education
3 - AGED 4230 Curriculum
3 - Arts and Humanities (Literature) Requirement3
3 - Arts and Humanities (Non-Lit) and STS Requirement3

Second Semester

12 - AGED 4060 Directed Teaching
2 - AGED 4250 Teaching Agricultural Mechanics
130–131 Total Semester Hours
1ENGL 3040 or 3140 is recommended.
2See General Education Requirements. COMM 1500 or 2500 is recommended.
3See General Education Requirements.
TECHNICAL ELECTIVE LIST FOR AGRICULTRUAL EDUCATION

Technical Electives may be selected from 200, 300, and 400 level courses from the following areas:

Agricultural Mechanization (AGM)
Agriculture (AGRIC)
Animal & Veterinary Sciences (AVS)
Applied Economics (AP EC)
Communication Studies (COMM)
Community & Rural Development (CRD)
Crop and Soil Environmental Science (CSENV)
Education (ED)
Entomology (ENT)
Forestry (FOR)
Horticulture (HORT)
Management (MGT)
Physics (PHYS)
Secondary Education (EDSEC)
Special Education (ED SP)
Wildlife and Fisheries Biology (WFB)

Student should consult with their Advisor to verify the semester selected technical elective courses are taught.