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Courses offered by the Dept of ag Sciences

AGB 230 - Ag Business Management

  • Credit Hours: 3 
  • COURSE DESCRIPTION: Applications of economic and technological principles in developing skills in decision making for the agricultural firm. Included is skill development in analysis, management by objectives, budgeting, and supervision of an agricultural business.
  • Enrollment recommended after a student's first year of study is complete.
  • Syllabus

AGS 110 - Introduction to Food Safety

  • Credit Hours: 1 (pending)
  • PREREQUISITE: ENG 101 eligibility, completion of RDG 121 or appropriate reading score
  • COURSE DESCRIPTION: Introduction to food safety. This course covers conditions and practices that cause food-borne illnesses, organisms responsible, elements of a food safety control system, worker sanitation, and the best practices for processing, retail and the home kitchen.
  • Syllabus

AGS 200 - Food Safety Practices and Management

  • Credit Hours: 4
  • PREREQUISITE: ENG 101 eligibility, completion of RDG 121 or appropriate reading score. Completion of AGS 110 and BIO 205 suggested.
  • COURSE DESCRIPTION: Focuses on establishing agricultural practices as they relate to the production of farm products from a food safety standpoint. Covers the specific guidelines for some key agricultural commodities, regulating and monitoring food safety guidelines, writing standard operating procedures, employee training, and technologies to assist in production of safe food.
  • Syllabus

AGS 220 - Food Safety in Facilities

  • Credit Hours: 4
  • PREREQUISITE: ENG 101 eligibility, completion of RDG 121 or appropriate reading score. Completion of AGS 110 and BIO 205 suggested.
  • COURSE DESCRIPTION: Covers food safety issues and concerns in the manufacturing facility including such as: facility sanitation, recognizing potential hazards, analysis of problems in the cold chain, developing improved practices, Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) principles, employee training, and the inspection process.
  • Syllabus

AGS 296 - Agricultural Internship

  • Credit Hours: 1 - 4
  • NOTE: A declared major in agriculture. Completion of 9 credit hours in Agriculture courses. Permission of Agriculture faculty required.
  • COURSE DESCRIPTION: Supervised field experience with business, corporations, government agencies, schools, and community organizations to expand career interests and apply subject knowledge relevant to the workplace.
  • Syllabus

ANS 100 - Animal Industries

  • Credit Hours: 4
  • COURSE DESCRIPTION: The livestock and poultry industries including applications of scientific principles, marketing, and selection are emphasized.
  • Syllabus

ANS 240 - Feeds and Feeding

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • COURSE DESCRIPTION: Selection, evaluation, classification, and use of feeds for specific purposes in animal nutrition. Includes the elements of nutrition, commonly used feeds, nutritive requirements, feed processing, and practical methods of feeding different classes of livestock.
  • Syllabus

PLS 100 - Plant Science

  • Credit Hours: 4
  • General Education Course: G (global awareness)
  • PREREQUISITE: ENG 101 eligibility or completion of RDG 121 or appropriate reading score
  • COURSE DESCRIPTION: Provides information on the importance of plant science in agriculture. Also provides basic information on the study of germination, emergence, growth, and reproduction of important economic species; and how these plant processes are influenced by the environment, such as soil-water-plant relations.
  • Completion of PLS 100 is recommended prior to enrolling in other PLS courses.
  • Syllabus

PLS 113 - Vegetable Crop Production

  • Credit Hours: 4
  • PREREQUISITE (pending): MAT 122 or higher, ENG 101 eligibility, completion of RDG 121 or appropriate reading score, PLS 100 suggested
  • COURSE DESCRIPTION: A practical approach to vegetable growing. Deals with the principles, economics, and production practices of principle vegetable crops grown in the Southwest as well as other parts of the country.
  • Highly recommended if planning on applying for the AZ or CA PCA license.
  • Syllabus

PLS 122 - Principles of Ornamental Horticulture

  • Credit Hours: 4 
  • COURSE DESCRIPTION: The principles underlying the science and skills involved in planting, caring for, and managing ornamental plants as well as turf.
  • Syllabus

PLS 200 - Introduction to Integrated Pest Management

  • Credit Hours: 4
  • COURSE DESCRIPTION: To introduce students to the world of IPM through the understanding of concepts, practices and language of the control of agromonic pests and an introduction to major pests and control measures in the Colorado River Valley.
  • Highly recommended if planning on applying for the AZ or CA PCA license.
  • Syllabus

PLS 211 - Intoduction to Soil Science

  • Credit Hours: 4
  • COURSE DESCRIPTION: Fundamental principles of soil science, the origin, nature and classification of soils, the chemical, physical and biological properties in relation to growth and nutrition, and problems of saline soils.
  • Syllabus

PLS 230 - Basic Crop Fertility

  • Credit Hours: 4
  • COURSE DESCRIPTION: An introduction to plant fertility, including fertilizer interactions with soil, water, and general conditions found in crop production, as well as forms of fertilizer, availability, and functions in plant growth.
  • Highly recommended if planning on applying for the AZ or CA PCA license.
  • Syllabus

PLS 240 - Plant Propagation

  • Credit Hours: 4 
  • COURSE DESCRIPTION: Prepares the student with knowledge and skills in sexual and asexual propagation of plants, including growth, roofing media, budding, grafting and greenhouse systems.
  • Syllabus

PLS 270 - Turfgrass Management

  • Credit Hours: 3 
  • COURSE DESCRIPTION: Course will address specialized cultural management practices and relevant construction principles for golf courses and sport turf fields. Students will develop organizational strategies used for maintenance of the above areas.
  • Syllabus

*** Although a large majority of the courses offered transfer to Arizona universities for credit, the Department of Ag Sciences does not ensure the acceptance of any course by a university for credit. If transferring to an Arizona university, review the course eqivalency guide here: aztransfer.com. If transferring to a non-Arizona university, contact an advisor or office of admissions at the university and ask for guidance.

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