BS in Science and Agricultural Journalism

Degree Program Description

Science and Agricultural Journalism involves communicating about agriculture, the life sciences, the environment, food, natural resources, and medical and agricultural biotechnology. This degree prepares students to succeed in a wide variety of careers in science and agricultural journalism, advertising and public relations, by combining the strengths of the MU School of Journalism and the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR).  The program allows students to pick one of five tracks, Agricultural Marketing, Agricultural Science, Conservation and Environment, Food and Wine, Science. In addition, students can focus on one of 30 interest areas in the School of Journalism, or pick courses from any combination. Interest areas include: Print and Digital News, Radio and Television Journalism, Magazine Journalism, Strategic Communications (advertising and public relations), Photojournalism, Convergence Journalism (multimedia).  Possible careers with a degree in Science and Agricultural Journalism: Online/multimedia editors and reporters use their skills to tell stories using the richness of text, audio, photography, video and animation.  Public relations specialists work in agencies, corporate communications, educational institutions, commodity groups and nonprofit agencies.   Photojournalists use the power of visual media to communicate about agriculture, technological advances, people, social issues and natural disasters.  Social media specialists know how to use new communication tools such as Facebook, Twitter and blogs to communicate directly to individuals.  Science/environment writers take the complex topics the world faces today (global warming, food security, sustainable living, energy creation) and use their reporting skills to present unbiased information for the general public in a variety of media outlets. 

Major Program Requirements

Students earning a Bachelor of Science in Science and Agricultural Journalism 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. In addition, all students must complete 42 hours of Journalism coursework, 6 hours of Science and Agricultural Journalism courses, and 18 hours in one of the Science and Agricultural Journalism tracks (Agricultural Marketing, Agricultural Science, Conservation and Environment, Food and Wine, and Science). In addition, internship experience is strongly encouraged. A minimum of 120 credit hours is required for a B.S. in Science and Agricultural Journalism. Students must meet all GPA requirements for Journalism courses.

Foundational Courses
AG_EC 1041Applied Microeconomics3
or ECONOM 1014 Principles of Microeconomics
AG_EC 1042Applied Macroeconomics3
or ECONOM 1015 Principles of Macroeconomics
Some courses may require the following courses. Please work with your advisor to be sure you are enrolling the appropriate Biological and Physical Science courses.
Atoms and Molecules with Lab
General Principles and Concepts of Biology
and General Biology Laboratory
Major core requirements66
JOURN 1100Principles of American Journalism3
JOURN 2000Cross-Cultural Journalism3
JOURN 2100News3
JOURN 2150Fundamentals of Multimedia Journalism3
JOURN 4000Communications Law3
JOURN 4200Principles of Strategic Communication3
JOURN 4400Introduction to News Editing2
JOURN 4406Digital News Editing3
or JOURN 4408 Magazine Editing
JOURN 4450News Reporting3
Journalism electives16
Science and Agricultural Journalism
SCI_AG_J 1160Introduction to Science and Agricultural Journalism3
SCI_AG_J 4970Agriculture and the Media Senior Seminar Capstone3
or SCI_AG_J 4414 Field Reporting on the Food System and Environment
or SCI_AG_J 4940 Internships in Science and Agricultural Journalism
Science and Agricultural Journalism Tracks18
(Note: Tracks are not listed on transcripts or diplomas.)

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Semester Plan

Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester.  Your actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available. The plan shown is for a student completing the magazine writing interest area and the conservation/environment track.

First Year
SCI_AG_J 11603AG_EC 10423MATH 11003
BIO_SC 10103BIO_SC 10202 
NAT_R 10703COMMUN 12003 
ENGLSH 10003JOURN 11003 
AG_EC 10413HIST 12003 
 15 14 3
Second Year
JOURN 21503AG_EC 22233CHEM 11003
JOURN 20003AG_EC 20703 
SCI_AG_J 32403JOURN 21003 
AG_ED_LD 22203SCI_AG_J 32103 
ENV_SC 11003ESC_PS 41703 
 15 15 3
Third Year
JOURN 44503JOURN 45503JOURN 49402
JOURN 45063SCI_AG_J 44153 
ATM_SC 36003SCI_AG_J 44803 
JOURN 40003ENV_SC 33303 
 12 12 2
Fourth Year
AN_SCI 21102SCI_AG_J 49703 
JOURN 44083PLNT_S 21103 
JOURN 44643JOURN 49843 
RU_SOC 11203JOURN 45103 
SCI_AG_J 44143RU_SOC 43703 
 14 15  
Total Credits: 120

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Degree Audit

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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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