Part III: Learning Plan***: 30 Credits
- The 30-credit learning plan must include a minimum of 15 credits of courses with the AGSC prefix (not to include core major requirements identified in Part II, above.)
Agricultural Science is a very broad and diverse field of study, with many possible areas of focus and career opportunities. The Learning Plan allows students to select courses which broaden their knowledge and skill in one or more areas of study, with four primary areas of specialization supported: 1) pre-veterinary medicine/animal science, 2) equine studies, 3) agricultural business, and 4) horticulture/agronomy.
Each student consults with his or her faculty advisor to develop a written Learning Plan consisting of a list of courses plus a rationale statement explaining how the course selections are consistent with the student’s career and learning objectives.
Students should submit their Learning Plan for faculty approval during the spring semester of the sophomore year (or transfer students during the second semester at Truman).
Students submit their proposed Learning Plan for approval through the “Individualized Plan for MAJOR and MINOR Degree Requirements” link under the Student tab on TruView.
The Learning Plan requires approval by the student’s faculty advisor and the Agricultural Science department chair.
The Learning Plan must include a minimum of 15 credits of Agricultural Science Electives (courses must be designated with the AGSC prefix or if from another discipline, have been previously approved by the AGSC departmental faculty as counting as an Agricultural Science Elective). Remaining courses can come from AGSC or from any discipline(s) related to the student’s future goals. Completion of minors within the Learning Plan is encouraged, as is inclusion of internship and research experiences completed for credit.
There are limits on the number of hours of Research, Internship, and Special Problems credits that can be applied toward a degree in Agricultural Science, as detailed below:
- A maximum total of 10 credits (total across all three categories) of Internship, Special Problems, and Research can be used in the student’s Learning Plan.
Additionally, the following limits apply to the number of allowable credits within each of the three categories:
- A maximum of 5 credits of Internship (up to 4 credits of AGSC 391 and 1 credit of AGSC 392) can be used in the Learning Plan;
- A maximum of 6 credits of Special Problems (AGSC 301) can be used in the Learning Plan; and
- A maximum of 6 credits of Research (sum total of AGSC 441 and AGSC 442 and AGSC 443) can be used in the Learning Plan.
Further, a combined maximum of 9 credits of the courses AGSC 133 - Ag Consortium Topics and AGSC 333 - Ag Consortium Advanced Topics may be used in the Learning Plan.