General Agriculture

Degree Awarded

  • Associate of Arts

Nature of Program

Students enrolling in programs leading to a baccalaureate degree in agriculture are offered a variety of career fields. The general agricultural program will provide the foundation courses for the freshman and sophomore years.

Career Opportunities

Employment for graduates includes owning a farm business, the private sector of agriculture business, and a wide range of public employment.

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 (4, 5, 6, 7)9
ENGL 101
ENGL 102
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research (GEF 1)
Select one of the following (GEF 3):3
College Algebra 5-Day
College Algebra 4-Day
College Algebra 3-Day
BIOL 101
BIOL 103
General Biology
and General Biology Laboratory (GEF 2)
BIOL 102
BIOL 104
General Biology
and General Biology Laboratory (GEF 8)
CHEM 111Survey of Chemistry (GEF 8)4
CHEM 112Survey of Chemistry4
AGEE 103Basics of Agricultural Mechanization2
AGRN 202
AGRN 203
Principles of Soil Science
and Principles of Soil Science Laboratory
AGRL 111Professions in Agriculture (eq. WVUE 191)1
AGRL 112Professions in Agriculture1
A&VS 251Principles of Animal Science4
PLSC 206Principles of Plant Science (GEF 8)4
ARGL/FOR/HORT Electives10
Total Hours60

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3
BIOL 101
BIOL 103 (GEF 2)
4BIOL 102
BIOL 104 (GEF 8)
Select one of the following (GEF 3):3AGRL 1121
 AGRL/FOR/HORT Elective (ANPR 338 Recommended)3
 AGRL/FOR/HORT Elective1
 GEF 5 or 63
AGEE 1032 
AGRL 111 (eq. WVUe 191)1 
GEF 4 (ARE 150 Recommended)3 
 16 15
Second Year
CHEM 111 (GEF 8)4CHEM 1124
PLSC 206 (GEF 8)4AGRN 202
AGRN 203
AGRL/FOR/HORT Elective (AGEE 203 Recommended)3A&VS 2514
GEF 7 (AGEE 101 Recommended)3AGRL/FOR/HORT Elective (AGEE 110 Recommended)3
 14 15
Total credit hours: 60

Major Learning Goals

general agriculture

  • 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 in Agriculture Education
    West Virginia University