Jan 18, 2020  
2014-2015 Academic Catalog 
2014-2015 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Agricultural Studies B.A.

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View information for the Department of Economics, Agricultural Studies, and Social Sciences , including Learning Objectives for the department and its programs.

This multidisciplinary program blends the contributions of a number of academic departments through upper-division core courses and four concentrations. The program encourages students to explore diverse approaches to agricultural production, distribution, and management in evolving economic and environmental settings. Experiential learning and applied research opportunities are offered through the concentrations.

The major fosters sustainable relationships with area community colleges through the implementation of a “2+2” program design. Individuals who have an A.S. degree or equivalent lower-division coursework in Agriculture, Agricultural Science, Agricultural Economics and closely related fields, and who complete the designated lower-division prerequisite courses, may participate in the program. Freshmen admitted to the major are dually enrolled in the university and an area community college agriculture program.


1. Complete the University’s General Education breadth requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree.

(51 units minimum)

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2. Complete the following required prerequisites to the major:

 Note: Most of the courses required in 2a can currently only be completed at a community college.

a. A minimum of 30 units of lower-division agriculture courses that include:

  • One course in Introduction to Animal Science
  • One course in Introduction to Plant Science
  • One course in Soil Science
  • One course in Elements of Agricultural Economics
  • One course in Agricultural Computer Applications

b. Lower division GE courses:

  • One course in Statistics
  • One course in Macroeconomics

(Freshmen and sophomores should complete these courses at the University)

3. Complete the major core requirements.

(19-21 units)

4. Complete a concentration.

(20-21 units minimum)

5. Complete electives for a total of 120 units for the Bachelor of Arts degree.

The Major Core

(19-21 units)

Concentrations in the Major

Students are required to complete a specific concentration in addition to the upper-division core courses in the Agricultural Studies major. The following concentrations are offered, including specific concentration requirements.

Agricultural Biology Concentration

This concentration has a science focus and thus appeals to students with an interest in the biological aspects of agriculture. The concentration provides students with a unique opportunity to combine upper-division courses about agriculturally related biology with studies about agricultural geography, economics, and planning issues.


Additional Lower Division Prerequisite

  • One course in general chemistry with laboratory


(20 units minimum)

1. Two courses, one from each area

(8 units)

3. Internship in an agriculture-related setting.

(3 units minimum)


Specific elective courses within the concentration may have additional prerequisites (e.g., BOTY 4200 and MBIO 4600). Students who have not completed specific prerequisites are allowed to enroll with consent of the instructor.

If an equivalent course has been completed at the lower division level, an equal number of upper-division elective units must be completed.

Agricultural Economics Concentration

The Agricultural Studies concentration in Agricultural Economics provides students the opportunity to combine community college coursework in Agricultural Business with upper-division core and concentration courses at CSU Stanislaus to obtain a B.A. degree.

Additional lower-division community college requirements for the Agricultural Economics concentration:

  • One course in Agricultural Marketing or Sales
  • One course in Agricultural Accounting
  • One course in Agricultural Management (suggested)

Courses in the concentration expose students to economic concepts such as resource allocation at the firm and macro levels, and business concepts such as management, finance, sales, and marketing. Students in the program will gain important statistical skills including forecasting and knowledge about international trade. The program is flexible in that students develop an individual study/internship in a related field for university credit.

Sustainable Agriculture Concentration

Sustainable Agriculture is a design approach for agroecosystems. With a focus on long-term sustainability, it emphasizes ecological principles and diversity of plant and animal combinations suited to the characteristics of places and cultures. As such, it is appropriate for students who are concerned with resources issues, agriculture, community development, and land use planning.

Special Concentration

The Special Concentration provides options within the Agricultural Studies major that offer flexibility in the career choice of students in the CSU Stanislaus Agricultural Studies Program. This concentration presents the unique opportunity to combine core courses and upper division requirements with courses outside the program, which fulfill a student’s educational and career goals. The result is a concentration geared toward specific student objectives, while at the same time maintaining the integrity of the Bachelor of Arts degree in Agricultural Studies.


(21 units minimum)

1. Upper-Division Units.

(18 units)

a. Courses from Agricultural Studies concentrations

(12 units)

  • Agricultural Biology,
  • Agricultural Economics,
  • Sustainable Agriculture
b. Approved courses outside of Agricultural Studies concentrations

(6 units)

2. Internship in an agriculture-related setting.

(3 units minimum)

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