Agricultural and Consumer Sciences

The Department of Agricultural and Consumer Sciences was created with the flexibility to design career programs for students. Individuals seeking knowledge in education, communications, and various humanistic interactions within all segments of the agricultural industry will find interest in the department’s offerings. Included are programs in Agricultural Science Teacher Certification, Agricultural Communication, Agricultural Extension/Industry, Horticulture, and Agribusiness. Internships are a part of all programs.

The Department of Agricultural and Consumer Sciences administers the Bachelor of Science degree with the following degree programs and support areas:

  1. AGRICULTURAL SERVICES AND DEVELOPMENT
    1. Agricultural Science with Teacher Certification
      1. This program is commonly referred to as Agricultural Education and provides the skills and knowledge to become a teacher of Agricultural Science in public schools or pursue employment with government and agricultural business and industry.
    2. Agricultural Communication
      1. The program provides the student with both agricultural and communication skills. The degree opens the career opportunities of agricultural communication as well as many other agricultural and communication related fields including: agricultural publications, radio, livestock organizations, commodity groups, and governmental agencies that provide communication and information.
    3. Agri-Industries and Agencies
      1. This is a flexible degree program to prepare students for a career in agricultural business, industry, agriculture extension, and government agency settings. The degree provides a broad based agricultural experience and allows the student to specialize in an area of agriculture or business.
    4. Horticulture
      1. This degree plan has the ability to meet the needs of students and their career goals. It offers courses that allow the student to specialize in industry or science, with career options in horticulture extension, commercial and residential landscape design, installations and maintenance, industry sales, greenhouse management and plant production, among many others.
  2. AGRIBUSINESS
    The agribusiness degree allows a choice from three support areas: agricultural economics, agribusiness management, or dairy business management.  The agricultural economics track includes courses designed to prepare students for a career in the analytical or research sectors of production, marketing, or finance.  It also is the preferred track for students preparing for graduate study.  The agribusiness management track shifts somewhat to courses that prepare students for entry-level positions in the retail/wholesale sectors of production agriculture or with firms supporting the agricultural industry.  The dairy business management track is industry-designed for students who plan a career in the sector of dairy operations and supporting infrastructure including input suppliers as well as the processing and distribution of dairy products.

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Services and Development

Required Courses
General Education Requirements42
AGSD 2311Applied Agricultural Analysis3
or AGSD 2307 SAE Development in Agricultural Education
AGSD 3302 [WI] Agricultural Sales and Services3
or AGSD 3307 Premier Leadership in Agriculture
AGSD 4310Leadership Development3
AGRI 2301Agricultural Power Units3
HORT 1301Horticulture3
AGEC 2317 [shared] Introductory Agricultural Economics
ENGL 1301 [shared] [WI] Composition I
ENGL 1302 [shared] [WI] Composition II
Total Hours57
Additional Required Courses for Concentrations
Agricultural Science with Teacher Certification
BIOL 1406 [shared] Biology for Science Majors
or BIOL 1407 Biology for Science Majors II
CHEM 1407 [shared] Fundamentals of Chemistry
or CHEM 1411 College Chemistry I
AGRI 1419General Animal Science4
AGEC 3314The Agricultural Marketing System3
ANSC 3301Livestock Management3
AGRI 2330Elementary Wildlife Management for Non-majors3
AGSD 3306Lab Techniques in Agricultural Mechanics3
HORT 3360Horticulture Design3
AGSD 4306Agricultural Mechanical Services and Instruction3
AGSD 4307Program Methods3
AGSD 4350Animal Related Systems3
ENGL 3309 [WI] Technical writing and Document Design3
READ 3351Content Area Reading3
PSYC 3303Educational Psychology3
or CHFS 3300 Child Development
EDUC 3320 Understanding Learners3
EDUC 3330Models of Instruction3
AGSD 4601Clinical Teaching6
AGSD 4320Agriscience Course Building3
Advanced PSSC or HORT course3
AGRI 2304Introductory Metals and Welding3
WSES 1305Fundamentals of Crop Science3
Advanced HORT, ANSC, AGEC, AGSD ELective3
AGSD 1110Introduction to Agricultural Services & Development1
AGSD 3101Analysis of Agricultural Occupations1
Total Hours66
 Agricultural Communication
AGRI 1419General Animal Science4
ENGL 3309 [WI] Technical writing and Document Design3
COMM 3310Communication Law3
Elective3
COMM 3308Digital Video Production3
ACOM 4350Electronic Field Production for Agricultural Communications3
AGRI 2330Elementary Wildlife Management for Non-majors3
ACOM 4305Publication Development in Agricultural Communication3
ACOM 4320Advanced Technology in Agricultural Communication3
Advanced COMM Elective3
AGEC 3314The Agricultural Marketing System3
Advanced Elective: ACOM, AGRI, ANSC, AGSD, HORT, WSES, ENVS, VETE, AGEC, ENTO3
ACOM 4684Internship6
AGSD 4330Agricultural Extension and Industry Methods3
COMM 2332Radio/Television News3
COMM 1316News Photography I3
WSES 1305Fundamentals of Crop Science3
Advanced ACOM, AGSD, HORT, ANSC, AGEC elective3
COMM 2311News Gathering & Writing I3
ACOM 1110Introduction to Agricultural Communication1
AGSD 4185Seminar1
Total Hours63
Agri-Industries and Agencies
BIOL 1406 [shared] Biology for Science Majors
or BIOL 1407 Biology for Science Majors II
CHEM 1407 [shared] Fundamentals of Chemistry
or CHEM 1411 College Chemistry I
AGSD Elective 3
Advanced AGSD Elective3
Advanced ACOM Elective3
Advanced Ag Elective: ACOM, AGRI, ANSC, AGSD, HORT, WSES, ENVS, VETE, AGEC, ENTO6
Advanced Electives6
AGSD 4330Agricultural Extension and Industry Methods3
AGSD 4684Internship6
Electives5
AGEC 3314The Agricultural Marketing System3
Advanced ANSC Elective3
AGRI 1419General Animal Science4
ENGL 3309 [WI] Technical writing and Document Design (or other Upper Level WI course)3
AGSD 4305Agricultural Mechanical Services3
AGSD 4350Animal Related Systems3
WSES 1305Fundamentals of Crop Science3
AGSD 4185Seminar1
AGRI 2330Elementary Wildlife Management for Non-majors3
AGSD 3101Analysis of Agricultural Occupations1
AGSD 1110Introduction to Agricultural Services & Development1
Total Hours63
Horticulture
BIOL 1406 [shared] Biology for Science Majors
CHEM 1407 [shared] Fundamentals of Chemistry
or CHEM 1411 College Chemistry I
AGSD 3101Analysis of Agricultural Occupations1
HORT 3300Plant Propagation3
PSSC 2470Introduction to Turfgrass Science4
HORT 3301Landscape Design3
HORT 3390Horticultural Plants3
HORT 3370Floriculture3
HORT 4330Horticultural Enterprises3
HORT 4320Landscaping with Native Plants3
HORT 3320Landscaping and Gardening Practices3
HORT 4350Retail Horticulture3
MGMT 3301Principles of Management3
or MGMT 3303 Supervisory Management
AGSD 4684Internship6
BUSI 3312 [WI] Business Communication3
or ENGL 3309 Technical writing and Document Design
AGRI 4090Special Topics (1 hour required)1-3
AGSD 4330Agricultural Extension and Industry Methods3
Elective3
AGSD 4185Seminar1
WSES 1305Fundamentals of Crop Science3
or WSES 2375 Soil as the Basis for Society
WSES 4470Turfgrass Management & Irrigation4
or WSES 3401 Soils
WSES 3415Weed Management4
or AGRI 3409 Genetics
WSES 2301General Entomology3
Total Hours63

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Agribusiness

Required Courses
General Education Requirements42
AGSD 1100 [shared] Transitioning to University Studies in Agriculture Services and Development
MATH 1324 [shared] Math for Business & Social Sciences I (Finite Mathematics)
MATH 1325Math for Business & Social Sciences II (Business Calculus)3
ECON 2301Principles of Macroeconomics3
ACCT 2301Principles of Accounting I-Financial3
ACCT 2302Principles of Accounting II-Managerial3
AGEC 1309Microcomputer Applications in Agriculture3
AGEC 2317 [shared] Introductory Agricultural Economics
or AGRI 2317 Introductory Agricultural Economics
AGEC 2330Agricultural Credit3
AGEC 3312Production Economics3
AGEC 3314The Agricultural Marketing System3
AGEC 3317Agricultural Statistics3
AGEC 3333 [WI] Agriculture Prices3
AGEC 4301Public Agricultural Food Programs3
AGEC 4384Internship3
Advanced Ag Electives6
Total Hours84
Additional Required Courses for Concentrations
Agricultural Economics
Select one of the following:3
General Animal Science
Horticulture
Fundamentals of Crop Science
AGEC 4302International Trade and Agriculture3
AGEC 4306Commodity Futures Markets3
AGEC 4321 [WI] Regional Economics3
AGEC 4330Agricultural Finance3
ECON 3301Intermediate Macroeconics3
ECON 3302Intermediate Microeconomics3
ECON 3304Environmental Economics3
AGEC 4325Recreation and Tourism Economics3
or AGEC 4333 Economics of Agribusiness Management
Advanced Electives9
Total Hours36
Agribusiness Management
Select one of the following:3
General Animal Science
Horticulture
Fundamentals of Crop Science
AGEC 4302International Trade and Agriculture3
AGEC 4306Commodity Futures Markets3
AGEC 4330Agricultural Finance3
AGSD 3302 [WI] Agricultural Sales and Services3
AGEC 4321 [WI] Regional Economics3
or AGEC 4325 Recreation and Tourism Economics
AGEC 4333Economics of Agribusiness Management3
Advanced COBA/AGEC Electives15
Total Hours36
Dairy Business Management
CHEM 1411 [shared] College Chemistry I
CHEM 1412 [shared] College Chemistry II
AGRI 1311Dairy Science3
AGRI 1419General Animal Science4
AGEC 4302International Trade and Agriculture3
AGEC 4306Commodity Futures Markets3
AGEC 4330Agricultural Finance3
AGEC 4333Economics of Agribusiness Management3
ECON 3304Environmental Economics3
ANSC 3408Physiology of Reproduction4
ANSC 3409Feeds and Feeding4
ANSC 3315Animal Diseases and Parasites3
ANSC 4306Animal Nutrition3
ANSC 4350Feed Analysis3
Total Hours39
Personal and Small Business Financial Planning
Select one of the following:3
General Animal Science
Horticulture
Fundamentals of Crop Science
AGEC 4306Commodity Futures Markets3
AGEC 4330Agricultural Finance3
AGEC 4333Economics of Agribusiness Management3
AGSD 3302 [WI] Agricultural Sales and Services3
AGEC 3359Personal & Family Financial Management I3
AGEC 3360Personal & Family Financial Management II3
ACCT 4305Federal Tax Accounting3
BLAW 4333Business Law II3
FINC 3301Principles of Financial Management3
FINC 4308Principles of Insurance and Risk Management 3
AGEC 4090Special Topics (Must acquire 3 hours of credit) Cross-listed with ACCT: Estate Planning1-3
Total Hours36

Agri Services and Development Courses

AGSD 1100. Transitioning to University Studies in Agriculture Services and Development. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 1 Hour).

Practical study designed to prepare the student for university life, aid in the development of skills for academic success, promote personal growth and responsibility, and encourage active involvement in the learning process from an individual college perspective.

AGSD 1101. Freshman Seminar in Agricultural Services and Development. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 0 Hours).

A survey of the agricultural services industry and the career preparations needed. Exploration of degree programs, degree planning, and academic preparation will be reviewed. The seminar will also include academic skills development aimed to improve first-year success.

AGSD 1110. Introduction to Agricultural Services & Development. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 0 Hours).

An introduction to the careers, opportunities, and skills needed within the agricultural services professions. Topics will include agricultural education, agricultural extension, agricultural industries, and general agriculture.

AGSD 2307. SAE Development in Agricultural Education. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course will foster information assimilation, critical thinking and problem solving skills necessary to successfully manage a supervised agricultural experience (SAE) or any business that uses generally accepted accounting principles and business management knowledge and skills. Information, concepts and skills applied in this course will provide a foundational knowledge to be used in the implementation of recordkeeping practices in a supervised agricultural experience (SAE).

AGSD 2311. Applied Agricultural Analysis. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Collection and computer analysis of data and records related to production agricultural enterprises. Problem-solving techniques related to the areas of animal science, agronomy, agricultural business, and agricultural mechanization are stressed.

AGSD 2330. History and Philosophy of the Cooperative Extension Service. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A survey of the Cooperative Extension Service, the philosophy of Cooperative Extension, and Extension’s role within the Land-Grant system. History, organization, program areas, and guiding principles of Cooperative Extension are discussed in detail.

AGSD 3101. Analysis of Agricultural Occupations. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 0 Hours).

A course to advance student understanding of professional occupations in agriculture and the professional and technical competencies required.

AGSD 3302. Agricultural Sales and Services. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

Application of successful selling. Principles and practices in providing farm and ranch operations with agricultural materials, supplies, equipment, and services. Seller aspects involved in the marketing of farm and ranch products by farm-related agribusinesses. Career opportunities and preparation in agricultural sales and services will be explored.

AGSD 3306. Lab Techniques in Agricultural Mechanics. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 4 Hours).

The development of mechanical laboratory skills used in the teaching of agriculture with emphasis on electrical, construction, and environmental topics. Laboratory management and maintenance for effective teaching will also be emphasized. Lab Fee $12.

AGSD 3307. Premier Leadership in Agriculture. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

Study and application of leadership skills related to agricultural education in middle/secondary agricultural education programs.

AGSD 3318. Land Surveying and Soil/Water Conservation Practices. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

Surveying principles including leveling, total station, laser levels, and mapping as applied to agriculture. The utilization of GPS in the agricultural industry. Planning and development of structures for surface water and waste water management. Lab fee $10.

AGSD 3325. Agricultural Electrical Systems. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

Elements of: electric current generation and transmission, agricultural applications of electric heating, lighting and power, wiring, motors, and power rates. Also includes National Electrical Code and maintenance of air conditioning and cooling systems. Lab fee $16.

AGSD 3329. Farm Utilities. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

Farm water supply, sewage disposal, heating and ventilating system, farm refrigeration and farmstead layouts. Lab fee $6.

AGSD 3330. 4-H and Youth Development. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An examination of 4-H and Youth Development programs within the Cooperative Extension Service. Volunteer management and guiding principles of the 4-H and Youth Development program will be discussed. Information, concepts and skills applied in this course will provide a foundational knowledge to be used in the implementation of developing and/or managing a 4-H and Youth Development program within the Cooperative Extension System.

AGSD 3340. Agricultural Field Machinery. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 4 Hours).

Principles of construction, operation, adjustment, calibration, and repair of agricultural tillage, planting, cultivating, spraying, fertilizing, and harvesting machinery. Laboratory activities include set-up of new equipment, wear analysis and repair of used equipment, calibration of equipment, and field operations. Lab fee $12.

AGSD 3380. Formulation of Agriculture & Food Policy. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The study of the past and present development of agriculture and food policy at the state and national levels. Topics include a history of the legislative process, current agricultural issues, and the place of agriculture in the American political system.

AGSD 4086. Problems in Agricultural Services. 1-6 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 1-6 Hours).

Independent study in an area of specialization. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours credit when topics differ. Prerequisite: Approval of department head.

AGSD 4185. Seminar. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 0 Hours).

A review of current problems and developments in agricultural services; professional opportunities and responsibilities; individual investigations and reports. Prerequisite: Senior classification.

AGSD 4302. Processing and Storage of Agricultural Products. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

The mechanical processes used in the processing and storage of grains, forages, nuts, and other agricultural products along with factors important to maintaining product quality during storage and processing. Lab fee $6.

AGSD 4305. Agricultural Mechanical Services. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

Applications of advanced phases in agricultural mechanics. The course will emphasize the organization, management, service, and use of equipment in all areas of agricultural mechanics. Prerequisites: Senior classification and 6 hours of A EN. Lab fee $30.

AGSD 4306. Agricultural Mechanical Services and Instruction. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

Field-based applications of agricultural mechanics instruction. This course will emphasize the organization, management, service, and use of equipment in all areas of agricultural mechanics instruction. Prerequisites: A EN 201, 221, 230, and EDU 303. Lab fee $30.

AGSD 4307. Program Methods. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of curriculum and programmatic management for all aspects of the secondary/middle school agricultural science and technology program. Topics include pre-employment laboratories, work-based learning, advisory committees, supervised agricultural experience programs, new program development/ implementation, foundations of agricultural education, program activism, and incorporating Agricultural Science and Technology into the total school curriculum. Prerequisite: EDUC 3330.

AGSD 4310. Leadership Development. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

Field-based experiences designed to develop leadership ability for teaching, entrepreneurship, and conducting adult and youth organizations. Includes systems of record keeping. Lab fee: $2.

AGSD 4320. Agriscience Course Building. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

Field-based experiences are provided in a school setting where students will prepare and deliver units of instruction for middle school and secondary programs; develop unit and daily lesson plans, reports; manage curriculum issues; examine various models of instruction; implement brain-based teaching and learning techniques, analyze classroom management strategies, and demonstrate competencies in effective teaching practices. Prerequisite: EDUC 3330 and READ 3351. Lab fee $10.

AGSD 4330. Agricultural Extension and Industry Methods. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Agricultural extension in agriculture and the agriculture industry. Objectives include organization, methods, and program building. Prerequisite: Approval of department head.

AGSD 4350. Animal Related Systems. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

Specialized feeding, training, and fitting livestock for sales and advertising. Specialized topics in identifying, selecting, and evaluating poultry and poultry products, horses, and dairy and dairy products. Prerequisites: Senior classification and AGRI 1419 Lab fee $10.

AGSD 4355. Mexican Agricultural Relations. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 6 Hours).

A study of international agricultural technology, educational methodology, and diverse cultural activities related to Mexico. A required one-week trip at student's expense to Mexico will be one of the requirements necessary to meet the course objectives. Prerequisites: Junior or senior classification and approval of the instructor.

AGSD 4383. Internship in Classroom Teaching in Agricultural Services and Development. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 9 Hours).

This internship includes supervised, field-based activities in public school classrooms. Major emphasis is placed on the development of instructional strategies and professional practices designed to improve teaching performance. Students are required to conduct a reflective analysis of their teaching performance. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: admission to the Teacher Education Program and approval of department head. Field experience fee $50.

AGSD 4390. Special Topics. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Deals with selected topics in Agricultural Services and Development. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Prerequisite: approval of department head.

AGSD 4601. Clinical Teaching. 6 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 16 Hours).

Twelve weeks or equivalent of off-campus supervised clinical teaching in an Agricultural Science and Technology Program in selected public schools in Texas. Prerequisite: Senior classification.

AGSD 4684. Internship. 6 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 12-16 Hours).

The student will complete an approved supervised work experience with an agricultural service organization or related industry. Prerequisites: Senior classification and advisor approval. Lab fee: $2.

Agriculture & Consumer Resources Courses

Family and Consumer Sciences Courses

FACS 1201. Basic Clothing Construction. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

Basic construction of garments taught through lecture, demonstration, instructional media, and laboratory experience. No experience in clothing construction required. A student must earn a grade of at least a "C" to progress to HECO 1328. This course will not count for degree credit for the BS degree in HS with teacher certification. Credit for both FACS 1201 and CHFS 1201 will not be awarded. Lab fee $15.

FACS 1309. Clothing and Society. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of the functions of apparel in society. Includes cultural and environmental influences, communications, social, and psychological functions, factors involved in wardrobe planning and basic introduction to textile fibers and fabrication.

FACS 2303. Fashion Design. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

The designer's role in fashion production and marketing is explored. With the aid of computer software, students develop an apparel line appropriate to manufacturers' standards. Emphasis is placed on style, color, fabric and findings selection, and on the use of good design principles. Lab fee $5. Prerequisite Course: HECO 1325.

FACS 2305. Consumer Issues & Decision Making. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Designed to make the student an intelligent consumer of goods and services and to understand consumer decision-making in the marketplace. Major influences on consumer problems, fraud, protection, and consumer behavior.

FACS 2320. Life Cycle Nutrition. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Explores in depth the contribution that diet and nutrition make to support growth and the development process throughout the life cycle. Examines the distinct set of nutritional priorities for each stage of the life cycle with a focus on health promotion and disease prevention as underlying lifetime goals. Prerequisite Course: HECO 1322.

FACS 3099. Cooperative Education. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1-3 Hours, Lab: 3-9 Hours).

This course is designed to offer students the opportunity to integrate academic study with work experience that is germane to their major or minor. Enrollment requires a two-semester minimum commitment that may be accomplished by 1) alternating semesters of full-time study with semesters of curriculum-related employment, or 2) enrolling in courses at least half-time (6 semester hours) and working part-time in parallel positions of curriculum-related employment. The department Cooperative Education advisor will supervise the student's experience and assign the final grade based on the student's final report which is required to complete the course. Students may participate in the Cooperative Education program for an unlimited number of semesters but a maximum of 6 hours credit may be counted toward a degree.

FACS 3300. Child Development. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 1 Hour).

A survey of the child's physical, mental, social, and emotional development from birth to adolescence. Emphasis is placed on the child's first six years and those factors which influence his/her growth. One hour lab per week in child development laboratory, to include directed observation of young children. Credit for both CHFS 3300 and FACS 3300 will not be awarded. Lab fee $5. Prerequisite Course: Junior classification or approval of department head.

FACS 3302. Pattern Design. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

A study of the design and construction of flat patterns for fashion. Includes learning to make patterns for illustrated fashion designs, constructing muslin test garments, and executing designs in fashion fabrics. Lab fee $8. Prerequisite Course: HECO 1325 and HECO 1328.

FACS 3304. Food Processing. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

A study of the world food supply, trends and traditions in diet and food sanitation, safety, security, and biotechnology, and impact of processing on diet quality. Prerequisite Courses: HECO 1315 and HECO 1322.

FACS 3305. Management of a Licensed Child Care Program. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

Basic principles of the management of licensed child care programs are studied. Experience is gained in using guidance techniques, methods and materials appropriate to the pre-school level. The class plans and operates a child care program. Credit for both CHFS 3305 and FACS 3305 will not be awarded. Lab fee $8. Prerequisite Courses: TECA 1354 or CHFS 3300/FACS 3300.

FACS 3306. Textiles. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Study of fiber content, yarn development, fabric construction, and finishes; the latest textile-related developments; selection and care of fibers and fabrics appropriate for apparel and interiors will be discussed. Prerequisite Course: Junior standing or approval of department head.

FACS 3308. Advanced Fashion Merchandising. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

Functions and responsibilities of the fashion merchandiser with consideration of various retail and wholesale establishments. Emphasis on product knowledge, and profitable merchandising. Field trips may be required. Prerequisite Courses: HECO 2311 and ACCT 2301.

FACS 3309. Lifespan Of The Family. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of the developmental tasks throughout the family life cycle. Stages of the family from the newly established family through the aging family are examined. Current issues such as family planning, divorce and single parenting, alternate family forms, dual career families, and aging of family members are included.

FACS 3316. Human Intimacy. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A functional approach to the understanding of the interpersonal dynamics and choices in primary and secondary relationships such as those with friends, dating partners, and potential mates. The study will include a brief historical and cross-cultural perspective with emphasis on the roots of modern American customs and the rituals of dating and mate selection. Current issues in human sexuality are included. A major component of the class is a study of interpersonal communication. Prerequisite Course: PSYC 2301.

FACS 3317. Housing and Interiors. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Styles, construction, materials, and housing systems for the family based on psychological, physical, and social needs are examined. Application of design principles to construction, space allocation, and interiors for the home is also explored. Course fee $25. Prerequisite Course: HECO 1325.

FACS 3325. Meal Management. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

Designed to apply the fundamentals of nutrition and food preparation in all types of meal service. Special emphasis is on time and money management. Lab fee $20. Prerequisite Course: HECO 1315, and FACS 1322 or WSES 1322.

FACS 3326. Visual Merchandising. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

Basic principles of visual merchandising and as a sales instrument. Exploration of theory and process of creating visual messages. Emphasis is placed on design, display, fixtures, props, and lighting. The methods of instruction will include studio problems, lectures and field experiences. Lab fee $15. Prerequisite Course: HECO 2311.

FACS 3327. Evaluation of Apparel Quality. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Development of skills necessary to evaluate the quality of commercially constructed apparel from the perspectives of the structure, aesthetics, cost, and expected performance of the finished product. Includes study of the designer's role and the production processes involved in apparel manufacturing. Prerequisite Course: HECO 1328.

FACS 3333. Family Financial Management. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Special emphasis is given to the use of family finances in achieving goals. Consideration made for financial protection and financial planning for the family life cycle. Prerequisite Course: CHFS 2305.

FACS 3359. Personal & Family Financial Management I. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Special emphasis is given to the use of individual and family planning, management and purchasing decisions in achieving financial goals, within the context of the family life cycle. Credit for both AGEC 3359 and FACS 3359 will not be awarded. Prerequisite: FACS 2305/AGEC 2317 or equivalent, or approval of department head.

FACS 3360. Personal & Family Financial Management II. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Emphasis on Insurance Planning and Risk Management, Investment Planning, Retirement and Estate Planning within the context of the family life cycle. Credit for both AGEC 3360 and FACS 3360 will not be awarded. Prerequisite: FACS 2305/AGEC 2317 or equivalent, or approval of department head.

FACS 4084. Internship in Family & Consumer Sciences. 1-6 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 1-6 Hours).

Practical application of theory under the supervision of professionals in such related fields as extension, home service, business, and government programs.

FACS 4085. Internship Seminar. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1-3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Study of the relationship of the total curriculum to the profession. Includes development of tools and skills to successfully complete an internship in Family and Consumer Sciences or Child and Family Studies and seek professional employment. Grading in this course is satisfactory/unsatisfactory. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in FACS 4384 or CHFS 4385 or approval of department head.

FACS 4086. Special Problems. 1-6 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 1-6 Hours).

An opportunity for research experience and special projects for students majoring in Home Economics having special needs and requirements for completion of work for their degree. Registration permitted only upon recommendation of the department head.

FACS 4307. Teaching Methods in FCS. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

To develop instructional techniques, process skills, and leadership in content areas of Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) for FCS professionals working with individuals and families.

FACS 4308. History of Costume. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Development of costume from ancient times to the present; cultural and economic factors associated with the adoption and abandonment of styles.

FACS 4309. Parenting. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A contemporary approach to basic principles and skills needed for effective parenting. Study will include assessment of parenting programs and techniques. Emphasis is placed on creating nurturing home environments through the life cycle. Course fee $5.

FACS 4335. Food and Culture. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

A study of the food beliefs and practices of the major ethnic and religious groups in the U. S. and the nutritional implications of these food practices, a cultural analysis of American food trends; ethnic issues and dietary changes; and research methods in food habits. Lab fee $20.

FACS 4356. Research Methods in Human Sciences. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

Current research issues and the importance of research in Human Sciences will be discussed. Main tasks include review of literature, introduction to the scientific method of inquiry, analysis of results, and completion of a research paper.

FACS 4360. Preprofessional Development. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Basic information for professional growth including: information relevant to human sciences careers; business interactions; global business-related social and cultural differences; professional correspondence; development of professional marketing tools such as interview skills, preparation of cover letters and resumes.

FACS 4370. Family and Economic Issues. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Designed to further students' knowledge about basic family financial management,financial literacy, and household economic issues including non-financial resources such as time. Topics include aging, women's work, and other life events.

FACS 4391. Topics in Family & Consumer Sciences. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Topics of current interest in Human Sciences. This course may be repeated for a maximum 6 hours as topics change.

Horticulture Courses

HORT 1301. Horticulture. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Introduction to the horticulture industry and the career opportunities that are available. The course includes an introduction to plant classification and structure, greenhouse construction and management, orchard and vegetable crops, and plant propagation.

HORT 3300. Plant Propagation. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

Principles of propagating plants, including vegetables, ornamentals, and fruits. Methods of handling seed; starting plants by the use of cuttings, layers, buds, grafts, and bulbs; ways of propagating specific plants; factors influencing growth of plants after transplanting. Prerequisites: BIOL 1406 and HORT 1301. Lab fee $4.

HORT 3301. Landscape Design. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

Planting design and use of plants in the landscape. Use of drafting instruments, preparation of plans, perspective drawings, and cost estimates. Prerequisite: Junior classification. Lab fee $2.

HORT 3320. Landscaping and Gardening Practices. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Principles of landscape, interior, and floral design. Plant identification, environmental requirements, and culture. Prerequisites: HORT 1301 or equivalent. Lab fee: $5.

HORT 3360. Horticulture Design. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

Principles of landscape, interior, and floral design. Plant identification, environmental requirements, and culture. Prerequisite: HORT 1301 or equivalent. Lab fee $5.

HORT 3370. Floriculture. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

Principles and basic techniques in floral design and merchandising, introduction to the floral branch of the horticulture industry and floral production.

HORT 3390. Horticultural Plants. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

Identification, classification, and characteristics of horticultural plants. Includes the study of trees, shrubs, aroids, cacti, bromeliads, ferns, begonias, and orchids. Prerequisite: HORT 1301 or equivalent or approval of department head. Lab fee $8.

HORT 4086. Horticultural Problems. 1-4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 1-4 Hours).

Individualized study of current topics in student's major concentration of study or supporting discipline. Specific content and credit dependent upon student's interest, needs, and depth of study. Maximum undergraduate credit, four semester hours. Prerequisite: Senior classification and advance approval by instructor of record.

HORT 4090. Special Topics. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1-3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Special Topics. (Credit-variable) Deals with selected topics in agriculture or horticulture. May be repeated for credit when topics vary, with a maximum of six hours counting towards the degree. Prerequisite: Approval of department head.

HORT 4301. Greenhouse and Nursery Management. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

A study of the variables affecting greenhouse and nursery crop production. Both economic and physical variables will be explored. Particular emphasis will be placed on management techniques used by commercial establishments in producing and marketing ornamental nursery and greenhouse plants. Prerequisites: HORT 1301 and 3300. Lab fee $2.

HORT 4303. Greenhouse Crop Production. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

Principles of propagating various plant materials, vegetative propagation methods, handling, starting, storing, and collecting seed, greenhouse management practices as related to propagation, production and maintenance of stock materials, crop scheduling, production, grading and distribution. Prerequisite: HORT 1301, HORT 3300, and HORT 4301.

HORT 4320. Landscaping with Native Plants. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

Identification, characterization, and utilization of herbaceous and woody plants indigenous to Texas and other areas useful for landscaping purposes. Principles and procedures of xeriscaping will be emphasized. Field trips will be required. Prerequisite: HORT 1301. Lab fee $5.

HORT 4330. Horticultural Enterprises. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

Horticultural business and educational enterprises will be visited or explored. Students are required to complete a business portfolio which will include photographs and written documents. Prerequisite: Jr or Sr classification. Lab Fee $5.

HORT 4350. Retail Horticulture. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

The establishment and management of a retail store with emphasis on plant display, care, and marketing in a retail environment, and on customer relations with respect to common home and landscape problems. Prerequisite: Junior classification or approval of department head. Lab fee $10.

Dr. Rudy Tarpley, Department Head
Department of Agricultural and Consumer Sciences
Joe W. Autry Agriculture Building, Room 105
Box T-0040
Stephenville, Texas 76402
(254) 968-9200
tarpley@tarleton.edu
www.tarleton.edu/agservices

Professors

  • Drueckhammer, David Dr.
  • Ford, Ted Dr.
  • Graham, Sandra Dr.
  • Lovell, Ashley Dr.
  • Tarpley, Rudy Dr.
  • Wade, Michael Dr.
  • Yu, Mark Dr.

Assistant professors

  • Atchley, Wayne Dr.
  • Frazier, David Dr.
  • Langley, Curtis Dr.
  • Weems, Whit Dr.

Instructor

  • Shockey, Manon Ms.

Visiting Instructor

  • Rosenbusch, Gary Mr.