BS in Agriculture

Degree Program Description

The agriculture degree program is for students searching for a well-rounded education that builds on the diversity of the other degree programs in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR). The flexibility of agriculture degree enables students to tailor a program to fit their individual interests and career goals. Students earn a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture.

Major Program Requirements

Students earning a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture are required to complete all University general education, University undergraduate requirements, degree, and major requirements, including selected foundational courses, which may fulfill some University general education requirements.

Foundational Courses

CHEM 1100Atoms and Molecules with Lab3
or CHEM 1320 College Chemistry I
BIO_SC 1010
BIO_SC 1020
General Principles and Concepts of Biology
and General Biology Laboratory
or BIO_SC 1030 General Principles and Concepts of Biology with Laboratory
or BIO_SC 1200 General Botany with Laboratory
or BIO_SC 1500 Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory
ABM 1041Applied Microeconomics3
or ECONOM 1014 Principles of Microeconomics
ABM 1042Applied Macroeconomics3
or ECONOM 1015 Principles of Macroeconomics
AG_ED_LD 2220Verbal Communication in Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources3
or COMMUN 1200 Public Speaking

Degree and Major Courses

  • Students in agriculture also must complete three areas of concentration from CAFNR programs that offer a major or a minor. The primary concentration area requires completion of 18 or more credits. Two additional concentration areas of at least 15 credits each are also required. (See below.)
  • These courses shall not be used to fulfill the requirements of a minor.
  • Within each concentration area, at least six credits must be at the 3000-level or above.
  • Within each concentration area, at least 50 percent of the credits must be earned through MU courses.
  • Credits used to meet the University general education requirements can be used to meet requirements in concentration areas.
  • No more than six credits in the primary area and three credits in the secondary areas may consist of problems, readings, internships, travel courses and other non-structured courses.
  • The capstone experience for agriculture majors can be a capstone course in a concentration area, an internship or capstone project. This capstone is in addition to credits in the concentration areas.

Areas of Concentration

Agribusiness Management
Agricultural Education
Agricultural Leadership
Agricultural Systems Management
Animal Sciences
Environmental Sciences
Food Science and Nutrition
Hospitality Management
Natural Resource Science and Management
Parks, Recreation and Sport
Plant Sciences
Rural Sociology

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Semester Plan

Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester.  A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available.

First Year
ABM 10413MATH 11003 
ENGLSH 10003ABM 10423 
AFNR 21201BIO_SC 10202 
RU_SOC 10003Humanities Elective3 
HIST 11003BIO_SC 10103 
AFNR 11202  
 15 14  
Second Year
AG_ED_LD 22203STAT 12003Study Abroad recommended3
CHEM 11003Elective3 
Humanities Elective3Concentration Area(s)9 
Concentration Area(s)6  
 15 15 3
Third Year
Electives6BIOCHM 21123Internship Recommended3
Concentration Area(s)9Concentration Area(s)6 
 Writing Intensive Elective3 
 Other Elective3 
 15 15 3
Fourth Year
Concentration Area(s)9Concentration Area(s)9 
Electives3Senior Capstone3 
 12 13  
Total Credits: 120

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Degree Audit

The degree audit is an automated report reflecting a student’s academic progress toward the completion of a degree.  Degree Audits are not available for all programs; however, please consult with the appropriate college or school for audit information.

MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner.  Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, by clicking on the Request Degree Audit link. The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress.  This is available to current students, admitted students, and those who last attended less than three terms ago.

Past MU students can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU. For contact information, go to

Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

For additional details on degree audits, go to

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Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities.  For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center in the lower level of the Student Success Center.  No appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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