Programs

The curriculum in agriculture is designed to provide the first two years of study for students who plan to transfer to a four year college to complete a bachelorís degree in one of the fields of agriculture. Elective courses are built into the curriculum to allow a student flexibility in various fields of agriculture.

The Agricultural Industry (AGRI 1231) is designed to assist the student to make adequate personal and social adjustments, recognize and develop aptitudes, interests, and skills for success, select attainable goals, and become acquainted with college policies, regulations, and curricula. An overview of World Agriculture, nature of the industry, resource conservation, and the American agricultural system; production, distribution, and marketing are included.

Dairy Science (AGRI 1311) Survey of the dairy industry including dairy breeds, standards for selection and culling, herd replacements, feeding, management, physiology, and health maintenance.  Food value for milk, tests for composition and quality, and use and processing of market milk and dairy products.

Livestock Evaluation (AGRI 2321) provides a detailed consideration of the factors involved in the selection and evaluation of cattle, sheep, and swine for breeding and slaughter. In addition, horses are evaluated for breeding, halter, and performance. The College Livestock Judging Team is selected from this class. This course may be repeated once for credit.

Principles of Food Sciences (AGRI 1329) explores biological and scientific aspects of modern industrial food supply systems. Food classification, modern processing, and quality control are included.

Agribusiness Finance (AGRI 2371) is an examination of the acquisition and use of capital in agriculture. Topics include fundamental record keeping principles, financial statements, cash flow and other instruments used in financial analysis.

HYBRID COURSES

Computers in Agriculture (AGRI 1309) Micro computer in Agriculture is an introduction of computer applications in the Agricultural Industry. This course is a hybrid course which means that it will meet one day a week in class and has one lecture via WebCT. The course consists of the use of word processing programs, spread sheets, and the internet.  Emphasis will be placed on learning new technology available to the Agriculture and Animal Science Industries while maintaining Livestock records, Agricultural Finance and Farm Management computer techniques.

Introduction to Agricultural Communications (AGRI 2374) An overview of information systems and media associated with the agricultural industry. The student will be introduced to effective communication methods in the Agricultural Industry. The History and development of mass communications and its application in Agriculture will be explored.  Students will be introduced to methods in oral expression, writing, research, photography, graphics, and public relations. Agricultural Communicators use the mass media to reach large, diverse, and specialized audiences with information about global agriculture. Their audiences are both Agricultural and non-agricultural in nature. Students will be given an overview of the various careers in agriculture communications.

Fore more detailed information about the education curriculum options consult the current General Catalog.


Dave Cleavinger, Associate Professor of Agriculture
dcleavinger@southplainscollege.edu
South Plains College
Agriculture
1401 South College Avenue
Levelland, Texas 79336