Associate of Applied Science in General Agriculture


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The world's population is growing and our farmland is shrinking.

North Carolina and the world needs professionals trained in the production and management of food, feed, fiber and fuel crops and that is just what the Field Crops Technology program does. How are we going to feed and clothe everyone? How are we going to provide enough grain for food, fuel and feed? The Field Crops Technology curriculum provides a basic understanding of how field crops grow, how yield is influenced by management decisions, how proper soil management enhances farm profits, and how farm profits are tied to marketing decisions.

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The NC State General Agriculture Program provides a curriculum that gives students an understanding of how they can reduce farm inputs and at the same time maximize crop yields while protecting the environment and natural resources around them. The strength of our program lies in our teachers. Commodity and production courses are taught by Crop Science Extension Specialists. NC State Crop Science faculty members are the same ones who conduct applied research and on-farm tests and provide production information across the state.

Sample Course Plan

first Fall Semester
Course Name Credits
AGI 101 Introduction to the Ag. Institute 1
ANS 101 Intro to Animal & Poultry Industries (Lab) 3
CS 111 Field Crop Production (Lab) 4
ENT 1** Choose from 110, 121, or 132 3
MAA 102 Mathematics in Ag. and Related Sciences 3
WRT 111 Expository Writing 3
Total Credits 17
first Spring Semester
Course Name Credits
100-level free electives 6
CS 1** Choose from 122, 162, 166, 167, 190, 191 2 to 3
Choose BAE 123, PO 1**, or ANS 1** 3
MA 103A Topics in Contemporary Mathematics 3
WRT 114 Prof. Writing, Research and Reporting 3
Total Credits 17 to 18
second Fall Semester
Course Name Credits
ARE 115 Agribusiness Accounting (Lab) 3
ARE Elective (ARE 112) 3
Choose ANS 1**, BAE 133, CS 1**, or PO 1** 2 to 5
SOC 203A Current Social Problems 3
SSC 112 Principles of Soil Science (Lab) 4
Total Credits 15 to 18
second Spring Semester
Course Name Credits
ARE 104 Agricultural Business Management 3
ARE 201A Intro to Agricultural Economics 3
CS 1** Choose from 122, 162, 166, 167, 190, 191 2 to 3
ARE Elective (ARE 133) 3
One GEP Humanities / Fine Arts 3
HES *** Health and Exercise Studies 1
Total Credits 15 to 16