Agricultural Information Science

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.

Concentrations

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.

Agricultural Leadership

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.

Teaching

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.

Curriculum

Minor

The Agricultural Information Science (AIS) minor is offered to allow students in other majors to develop leadership and human relation skills needed by new graduates entering the agriculture 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

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.

Careers

  • 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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Contact

Dr. Gaea Wimmer Hock, faculty advisor
662.325.7834
ghock@humansci.msstate.edu

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