Agricultural Information Science

Agricultural Information Science

The Agricultural Information Science major equips graduates with the ability to inform and engage people about agriculture. This is achieved through curriculum emphasizing practical knowledge and hands-on experiences in teaching, leadership, and communications, in addition to well-rounded, individualized coursework in agricultural topics.


Students may choose to complete a concentration in Agricultural Communications, Agricultural Leadership, or Teaching.

Agricultural Communications

The Agricultural Communications concentration develops students’ ability to communicate about agricultural and life sciences issues. Students complete a variety of courses in agriculture and communications, including journalism, public relations, video, photography, and web design. Completing a minor in Communications, Political Science, or Art is encouraged.

Agricultural Leadership

The Agricultural Leadership concentration develops students’ skills for employment with the Extension service or a variety of agricultural industry careers. Individuals will refine their leadership, communication and interpersonal skills while incorporating technical coursework appropriate to their agricultural career objective. Students may also elect to complete the requirements for a Minor in Leadership Studies.


The Teaching concentration prepares individuals seeking a career as an agricultural education teacher. Individuals will develop skills to enhance their competence and confidence in the teaching field. Students will participate in hands-on learning opportunities to better prepare them for their future profession. Accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation, students will complete appropriate requirements to receive their teaching certificate upon graduation.



The Agricultural Information Science (AIS) minor is offered to allow students in other majors to develop leadership and human relations skills needed by new graduates entering the agricultural workforce. Students will enhance their communication, leadership, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills to become effective employees in the agricultural workforce. Students must complete a minimum of 16 hours of AIS coursework from a list of approved courses.

Required courses 10
AIS 2413 Introduction to Agricultural Information Science
AIS 3803 Leadership Development in Agriculture and Life Sciences
AIS 4424 Teaching Methods in Agriculture and Human Sciences
Electives (choose two of the following) 6
AIS 3333 Professional Presentations in Agriculture and Life Sciences
AIS 4103 Objectives and Procedures of Programs in Agricultural Information Science and Education
AIS 4403 Development of Youth Programs
AIS 4503 International Agricultural Education
Total Hours16


Students may apply for university, college and departmental scholarships through one application. You can find the scholarship application once you logon to myState. Under the banner tab, select Financial Aid and Scholarships. The application is listed as Submit/Revise General Scholarship Application (16/17).

Scholarship deadline is February 15, 2016.

Transfer Students

Students may transfer to Mississippi State University from regionally accredited community, junior or senior colleges for any period of enrollment, provided they have earned a 2.0 GPA (as computed by Mississippi State University) on all college courses attempted as well as earned a 2.0 GPA on the 30-hours of core courses. Transfer students should look at the transfer course equivalent guide to determine which courses will transfer.

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Dr. Gaea Wimmer Hock, faculty advisor