Agricultural Information Science
Agricultural Information Science is the science of assisting others to learn how to access, analyze, apply, and amend information to solve problems in agriculture. The curriculum is designed to prepare students to enter professions requiring extensive knowledge and skill in solving agriculturally-related problems. Students are prepared to meet the agricultural industry's needs for individuals who can create, access, disseminate, apply, amend, and integrate information to solve problems in agriculture. Agricultural Information Science graduates may become involved in a variety of occupations in agricultural business and industry, education, production, extension, public relations, and others. Graduates will have knowledge of agricultural and ecological information sciences; principles of teaching and learning; basic agricultural sciences; theories and principles of human communication; and agricultural business principles.
Students may choose to complete a concentration in either Teaching or Agricultural Leadership. Students who would prefer an emphasis in communications will complete the Agricultural Leadership Concentration and choose electives in communication, subject to advisor approval.
The Leadership Concentration is designed to provide skills for individuals seeking careers in business, industry and extension. Individuals will complete the requirements for the Minor in Leadership Studies as well as additional course work appropriate to their career objectives.
The Teaching Concentration is designed to prepare individuals seeking a career as an agricultural education teacher. Accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, students desiring certification to teach in secondary agriculture programs will need to complete appropriate certification requirements.
The Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning has developed articulation agreements which contains programs of courses appropriate for transfer for community/junior college students who attend Mississippi's eight public universities. At the bottom of each program are listed the universities which offer the baccalaureate degree program. Each university will accept courses as listed on the particular transfer program without loss of credit toward the conclusion of the four-year degree. It is intended that this articulation agreement be a minimum program transfer for all students moving from the community/junior college to the university system, as well as moving between universities in the system, acting as a "safety net" for transfer students.
This guide is available via pdf from the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning. For courses which would transfer for credit to the Agricultural Information Science degree, please see page 20 of the transfer guide.
- High School Agricultural Education Instructor
- County Extension Agent
- Agribusiness Human Resources Manager
- Agribusiness Public Relations Agent
- Web Page Developer
- Information Technology Desktop Support Specialist
- USDA Resources Management Specialist
- Mississippi Department of Agriculture Commodity Grader
- Natural Resources Conservation Service
- Soil Conservationist
- Agricultural Loan Officer/Lender
- Agricultural Journalist
- Agricultural Broadcaster
- Poultry Quality Assurance Supervisor
- Agricultural Machinery Dealer
- Agricultural Real Estate Broker
- Agrochemicals Salesperson
- Agricultural Insurance Agent
- Farm Co-op Manager/Supervisor
- Agricultural Production Manager/Consultant
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