Agricultural Education

Program Overview

The Agriculture Education curriculum is designed to provide students with agriculture and education foundation courses. Course work focuses on the foundational aspects of agriculture and education theory. Students will be introduced to classroom theory and management as well as soil, plant, and animal science. This curriculum will provide students with the knowledge and skills to be eligible to become extension agents, farm management specialists, 4-H specialists, crop service representatives, agri-tourism tour guides or work in agriculture sales, or environmental community education programs. Successful completion of the program will provide students with an opportunity to articulate their coursework to university programs in Agriculture Education.

Degrees Offered

Associate in Applied Science – See Course Plan (PDF)

Career and Salary Information

Career options include Extension Agents, 4-H Specialists, and Crop Service Representatives.

Salary Information: 

  • Entry level: $16/hour (A.A.S. degree);
  • Median range: $19-$33/hour;
  • Median yearly salary $54,040. (Source: U.S. Dept. of Labor/Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Salary is contingent on economy and geographic location.

Please use the Occupational Outlook Handbook to research employment and career data by field of degree.

Information about the Occupational Outlook Handbook can be found here.

Contact Information

Dr. Elizabeth Riley



Course Plan

Agricultural Biotechnology A.A.S Degree (A20110) – Program Layout

1st Year, Fall 1st Year, Spring 1st Year, Summer 2nd Year, Fall 2nd Year, Spring
ACA 111, College Student Success (1) BIO 112, General Biology II (4) BTC 150, Bioethics (3) BIO 280, Biotechnology (3) CHM 132, Organic and Biochemistry (4)
BIO 111, General Biology I (4) BIO 275, Microbiology (4) MAT 152, Statistical Methods I (4) BTC 285, Cell Culture (3) HOR 134, Greenhouse Operations (3)
HOR 162, Applied Plant Science (3) COM 110, Intro to Communication OR COM 231, Public Speaking (3)   CHM 131, Intro to Chemistry (3) HOR 266, Micropropagation (3)
BTC 181, Basic Lab Techniques (4) HOR 168, Plant Propagation (3)   CHM 131A, Intro to Chemistry Lab (1) SOC/BEH SCI Elective (3)
HUM/FA Elective (3) ENG 111, Writing and Inquiry (3) AGR 170, Soil Science (3) HOR Elective (2-3)
HOR Elective (2-3)        
Total Hours: 17-18 Total Hours: 17 Total Hours: 7 Total Hours: 13 Total Hours: 14-16

Students will take 5 or 6 credit hours from the following elective courses.

WBL 111 and 121 or 112, Work-Based Learning (2)

AGR 139, Introduction to Sustainable Ag. (3)

HOR 225, Nursery Production (3)