Undergraduate Studies

The Biosystems Engineering Department at Clemson University offers the Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Education with a focus in one of three emphasis areas -- teaching, communication, and leadership. The three emphasis areas allow students to specialize their degree based on their career objectives. The teaching option leads students to become certified teachers in the area of Agriculture. The leadership option is focused on students gaining the basic competencies for positions within state and federal agricultural agencies or various areas within the agricultural industry. Finally, in the communications option, students will recieve a broad education in agricultural sciences and communication.

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.

Download the Agricultural Education Teaching Emphasis Area Curriculum Sheet. (PDF File, 75.7 KB)

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.

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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.

Download the Agricultural Education Communication Emphasis Area Curriculum Sheet. (PDF File, 72.2 KB) 

Freshman Year - First Semester:

BIOL 103 - General Biology I - 4 Credit Hours
AG ED 200 - Agricultural Applications of Technologies - 3 Credit Hours
PHIL 102 - Intro to Logic - 3 Credit Hours
MTHSC - Mathematical Sciences* - 3 Credit Hours
AG ED 102 - Agricultural Education Freshman Seminar - 1 Credit Hour
# - Technical Elective** - 2 Credit Hours

Freshman Year - Second Semester:

AVS 150 - Introduction to Animal Science - 3 Credit Hours
AVS 151 - Introduction to Animal Science Lab- 1 Credit Hour
ENGL 103 - Composition - 3 Credit Hours
AG ED 100 - Orientation and Field Experience - 1 Credit Hour
BIOL 104 - General Biology II - 4 Credit Hours
AG ED 103 - Multiculturalism in Agricultural Education- 3 Credit Hours

Sophomore Year - First Semester:

AG ED 201 - Introduction to Agricultural Education - 3 Credit Hours
CHEM 105 - Beg General and Organic Chemistry*** - 4 Credit Hours
AP EC 202 - Agricultural Economics - 3 Credit Hours
AG ED 355 - Team and Organizational Leadership - 3 Credit Hours
AG ED 204 - Applied Agriculture Calculations - 3 Credit Hours

Sophomore Year - Second Semester:

CHEM 106 - Beginning General and Organic Chem. - 4 Credit Hours
AG ED 203 - Teaching Agri-Science - 3 Credit Hours
ENGL - Literature Requirement**** - 3 Credit Hours
AGM 205 - Principles of Fabrication - 3 Credit Hours
HORT 212 - Introduction to Turfgrass Culture- 3 Credit Hours
HORT 213 - Turfgrass Culture Lab - 1 Credit Hour

Junior Year - First Semester:

AG ED 303 - Mechanical Technology for Ag Education - 3 Credit Hours
CSENV 202 - Soils - 4 Credit Hours
ED F 302 - Educational Psychology - 3 Credit Hours
HORT 303 - Plant Materials - 3 Credit Hours
AGM 221 - Surveying for Soil & Water Resources - 2 Credit Hours
AP EC 257 - Nat Resources, Environment, & Econ. - 3 Credit Hours

Junior Year - Second Semester:

COMM 150 or 250 - Human Comm or Public Speaking - 3 Credit Hours
ENGL 304 or 314 - Business Writing or Technical Writing
HORT 305 - Plant Propogation - 3 Credit Hours
AG ED 302 - Agricultural Educaiton Junior Seminar - 1 Credit Hour
# - Social Science Requirement**** - 6 Credit Hours

Bachelor of Science Emphasis Area - Communication


Senior Year - First Semester:

ENGL 231 - Introduction to Journalism - 3 Credit Hours
COMM 201 - Introduction to Communication Studies - 4 Credit Hours
# - Departmental Requirement** -9 Credit Hours

Senior Year - Second Semester:

# - Internship Requirement** - 12 Credit Hours

Bachelor of Science Emphasis Area - Leadership


Senior Year - First Semester:

AG ED 403 or 440 - Principles of Adult Ed or Program Dev - 3 Credit Hours
AG ED 412 - Senior Agriculture Leadership Seminar - 1 Credit Hour
AG ED 415 - Leadership of Volunteers - 3 Credit Hours
AG ED 416 - Ethics & Issues in Ag & Food & Fiber System - 3 Credit Hours
MGT 301 - Principles of Management - 3 Credit Hours
# - Technical Requirement** - 1 Credit Hour

Senior Year - Second Semester:

# - Internship Requirement** - 12 Credit Hours

Bachelor of Science Emphasis Area - Teaching


Senior Year - First Semester:

AG ED 400 - Supervised Field Exerience II - 1 Credit Hour
AG ED 401 - Instr Methods in Agricultural Education - 3 Credit Hours
AG ED 403 or 440 - Principles of Adult Ed or Program Dev - 3 Credit Hours
AG ED 423 - Curriculum - 2 Credit Hours
# - Departmental Requirement** -5 Credit Hours

Senior Year - Second Semester:

# - Internship Requirement** - 12 Credit Hours


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.


*MTHSC 101, 102, 106, 108, 203 or 207
** See Advisor
*** CH 101 and 102 may be substituted. In this case, students must satisfy the General Education Science and Technology Requirement with another course in the curriculum.
**** See General Educaiton Requirements. Three of these credit hours must also satisfy the Cross-Cultural Awaremeness Requirement.