Agriculture and Environmental Education

Degree Offered

  • Associate of Arts

Nature of Program

The agricultural and environmental education major is designed to prepare students for agricultural teaching, extension, and environmental technology employment positions. The curriculum provides flexibility in emphasizing teacher preparation, environmental technology, or communications and leadership.

Career Opportunities

Graduates have entered positions in teaching, extension work, waste management, human resource management, municipal environmental management, and federal and state agencies.

Admissions Requirements

Entering freshmen are admitted directly into the major.

General Education FOUNDATIONS

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

Please note that not all of the GEF courses are offered at all campuses. Students should consult with their advisor or academic department regarding the GEF course offerings available at their campus.

Curriculum Requirements

GEF Elective Requirements (5 or 6)3
ENGL 101
ENGL 102
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research (GEF 1)
BIOL 101
BIOL 103
General Biology
and General Biology Laboratory (GEF 2)
CHEM 111Survey of Chemistry (GEF 8)4
MATH 121Intro Concepts Of Mathematics (GEF 3)3
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology (GEF 8)3
PSYC 241Introduction to Human Development3
A&VS 251Principles of Animal Science4
AGEE 101Global Food and Agricultural Industry (GEF 7)3
AGEE 103Basics of Agricultural Mechanization2
AGEE 110Microcomputer Applications in Agricultural Education3
or CS 101 Intro to Computer Applications
AGEE 203Agriculture Mechanics Practica3
AGEE 220Group Organization and Leadership (GEF 4)3
AGRL 111Professions in Agriculture (eq. WVUE 191)1
AGRL 112Professions in Agriculture1
AGRN 202
AGRN 203
Principles of Soil Science
and Principles of Soil Science Laboratory
ARE 204Agribusiness Management3
HORT 220General Horticulture3
PLSC 206Principles of Plant Science (GEF 8)4
Total Hours60

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3
MATH 121 (GEF 3)3ARE 2043
BIOL 101
BIOL 103 (GEF 2)
4PSYC 101 (GEF 8)3
AGEE 101 (GEF 7)3AGRL 1121
AGEE 1032HORT 2203
AGRL 111 (eq. WVUE 191)1 
 16 13
Second Year
PLSC 206 (GEF 8)4AGRN 202
AGRN 203
CHEM 111 (GEF 8)4A&VS 2514
AGEE 110 or CS 1013PSYC 2413
AGEE 2033AGEE 220 (GEF 4)3
GEF 5 or 63 
 17 14
Total credit hours: 60

Major Learning Goals

Agriculture and environmental education

  • Complete a core curriculum in general education foundations.
  • Complete a core curriculum in basic agricultural knowledge.
  • Complete a core curriculum in technology, leadership, and communication.



  • Dr. Heidi B. Samuels - Ed. D.
    West Virginia University

Teaching Instructor

  • Robert Cheves - MS Agriculture Education
    West Virginia University