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2005-06 Undergraduate Catalog

Majors

Agricultural Education and Communication
College: Agricultural and Life Sciences
Degree: Bachelor of Science
Hours for Degree: 120
Specializations: Agricultural Communication, Agricultural Education, Agricultural Leadership, and Extension Education.
Minor: Extension Education, Agricultural Communication
Combined-Degree Program: Yes
Website: aec.ifas.ufl.edu

This major prepares students for careers in agricultural education, agricultural communication and agricultural leadership and training positions in extension, community and government agencies.

Four specializations are offered: teaching, agricultural communication, agricultural leadership and extension education. Each requires a common core of courses in technical agriculture and preprofessional education. Department advisers will help students select electives.

Agricultural Communication
Agricultural Education
Agricultural Leadership
Extension Education

Specialization: Agricultural Communication

The agricultural communication specialization prepares agricultural communication professionals. Media skills include publications, electronic media, graphic arts, advertising and public relations.

Students must meet department and college requirements and have a minimum overall UF GPA of 2.5. Students also must complete MMC 2100, Writing for Mass Communication, with a C or higher.

Critical Tracking Requirements

Semester 1:

  • 2.5 UF GPA required for semesters 1-5
  • Complete 1 of 6 critical courses – excluding labs – CHM 1083, MAC 1147, BSC 2007, BSC 2009L, BSC 2008, AEB 3103, MMC 2100

Semester 2:

  • Complete 2 additional critical courses – excluding labs

Semester 3:

  • Complete 2 additional critical courses – excluding labs

Semester 4:

  • Complete 1 additional critical course – excluding labs
  • MMC 2100 must be completed with a grade of C or better

Semester 5:

  • Complete all critical-tracking courses – including labs

To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which will be bold.

Suggested semester-by-semester plan

Semester 1 Credits
Composition (GE–C)3
Humanities (GE–H, I) 3
AEB 3103 Principles of Food and Resource Economics (4) or
ECO 2013 Principles of Macroeconomics(3) or
ECO 2023 Principles of Microeconomics(3)
3-4
BSC 2007 Biological Sciences: Cells, Organisms and Genetics (GE–B)3
BSC 2009L Laboratory in Biological Sciences (GE–B)1
Total 13-14
Semester 2 Credits
MAC 1147 Precalculus: Algebra and Trigonometry (4) (GE–M) or
MAC 1114 Trigonometry and MAC 1140 Precalculus Algebra (2+3)
4-5
BSC 2008 Biological Sciences: Evolution, Ecology and Behavior (GE–B)3
AEE 3030C Effective Oral Communication3
Humanities (GE–H)3
Elective3
Total 16-17
Semester 3 Credits
AEE 3033C Research and Business Writing in Agricultural and Life Sciences (GR-E)3
Humanities (GE–H)3
Mathematics (GE–M)2
Electives6
Total 15
Semester 4 Credits
MMC 2100 Writing for Mass Communication (GR-E)3
CHM 1083 Consumer Chemistry (GE–P)3
AEE 3073 Intercultural Communication3
American history or political science elective (GE–S)3
Elective3
Total 15
Semester 5Credits
AEE 3070C Digital Media Production in Agricultural and Life Sciences3
AEE 3414 Leadership Development3
AEE 4031 The Communication Process in Agriculture and Natural Resources3
Approved elective **3
PGY 3610 Survey of Photojournalism2
Total 14
Semester 6 Credits
AEE 4035 Advanced Agricultural Communication Writing (GR-E)3
AEE 4036 Advanced Agricultural Communication Production3
AEB 4123 Agricultural and Natural Resource Law3
Approved electives **6
Total 15
SummerCredits
AEE 4948 Agricultural Communication Internship6
Total 6
Semester 7 Credits
AEE 4052 Communication Campaign Strategies in Agricultural and Life Sciences3
AEE 3075 Working with People: Interpersonal Leadership Skills 3
PUR 3000 Principles of Public Relations3
Food and resource economics elective (AEB)3
Total 12
Semester 8 Credits
AEB 3300 Agricultural and Food Marketing or
AEB 3341 Selling Strategically
3
AEE 4905 Leadership in Groups and Teams3
Approved electives **8
Total 14

** Approved electives – see adviser for suggested electives consistent with the student's interest and goals.

Specialization: Agricultural Education

The agricultural education specialization provides the basic courses for agricultural teacher certification in Florida. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 to enter the teacher education specialization and, during their first semester, attain a passing score on the General Knowledge portion of the FCTE. In addition, graduates must apply to the state's Department of Education for certification.

Critical Tracking Requirements

Semester 1:

  • 2.5 UF GPA required for semesters 1-5
  • Complete 1 of 6 critical courses – excluding labs – CHM 1083 or higher (not CHM 1025), MAC 1147, BSC 2007, BSC 2009L, AEB 3103 and EDF 3110 (or equivalent)

Semester 2

  • Complete 2 additional critical courses – excluding labs

Semester 3:

  • Complete 2 additional critical courses – excluding labs

Semester 4:

  • Complete 1 additional critical course – excluding labs

Semester 5:

  • Complete all critical-tracking courses – including labs

To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which will be bold.

Suggested semester-by-semester plan

Semester 1Credits
Composition (GE–C)3
PSY 2012 General Psychology (GE–S)3
AEB 3103 Principles of Food and Resource Economics 3
BSC 2007 Biological Sciences: Cells, Organisms and Genetics (GE–B)3
BSC 2009L Laboratory in Biological Sciences (GE–B)1
Total 14
Semester 2 Credits
MAC 1147 Precalculus: Algebra and Trigonometry (4) (GEM) or
MAC 1114 Trigonometry and MAC 1140 Precalculus Algebra (2+3)
4-5
AEE 3030C Effective Oral Communication3
PHI 2010 Introduction to Philosophy3
Fine arts elective3
Science elective (GE–BP)3
Total 16-17
Semester 3Credits
CHM 1083 Consumer Chemistry or higher chemistry course (not CHM 1025) (GE–P)3
Literature (GE–H)3
Mathematics (GE–M)3
EDG 2701 Teaching Diverse Populations3
American history elective (GE–H)3
Total 15
Semester 4Credits
EDF 3110 Human Growth and Development (or equivalent)3
AEE 3033C Research and Business Writing in Agricultural and Life Sciences (GR-E)3
RED 3312 Classroom Reading3
Agricultural and life sciences or science elective3
Mathematics * or elective (GE–M)3
Total 15
Semester 5 Credits
AEE 3323 Development and Philosophy of Agricultural Education3
AEB 3133 Principles of Agribusiness Management3
ANS 3006C Introduction to Animal Science4
Horticulture or plant science elective3
TSL 4320 ESOL Strategies for Content Area Teachers3
Total 16
Semester 6 Credits
AEE 4202 Curriculum Development and Assessment Techniques in Emerging Agricultural Technologies 3
AEE 4504 Curriculum and Program Planning for Agricultural Education3
SOS 3022 Introduction to Soils in the Environment3
SOS 3022L Introduction to Soils in the Environment Lab1
ENY 3005 and ENY 3005L Principles of Entomology and Laboratory or
PMA 3010 Fundamentals of Pest Management or
ENY 3030C Insect Field Biology
3
Agricultural and life sciences elective3
Total 16
Semester 7Credits
AEE 3200 Instructional Techniques in Agricultural and Vocational Education3
EEX 3616 Core Classroom Management Strategies3
Agricultural and life sciences or science elective9-10
Total 15-16
Semester 8 Credits
AEE 4224 Special Methods in Teaching Agricultural Education3
AEE 4227 Laboratory Practices in Teaching Agricultural Education3
AEE 4942 Agricultural Education Internship6
Elective2
Total 14

* Total math required is nine hours.

Specialization: Agricultural Leadership

Agricultural leadership prepares students for entry into agribusiness positions related to human resource management, corporate training and development, agricultural literacy, political interests and commodity service organizations. Course work focuses on a core of agricultural courses plus department courses on leadership theory and strategies, educational/training programs design, professional presentation delivery and interpersonal communication.

Critical Tracking Requirements

Semester 1:

  • 2.5 UF GPA required for semesters 1-5
  • Complete 1 of 6 critical courses – excluding labs – CHM 1083 or higher (not CHM 1025), MAC 1147, BSC 2007, BSC 2009L, BSC 2008, AEB 3103 and MMC 2100

Semester 2

  • Complete 2 additional critical courses – excluding labs

Semester 3:

  • Complete 2 additional critical courses – excluding labs

Semester 4:

  • Complete 2 additional critical courses – excluding labs

Semester 5:

  • Complete all critical-tracking courses – including labs

To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which will be bold.

Suggested semester-by-semester plan

Semester 1Credits
Composition (GE–C)3
Humanities (GE–H, I)3
AEB 3103 Principles of Food and Resource Economics (4) or
ECO 2013 Principles of Macroeconomics (3) or
ECO 2023 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
3-4
BSC 2007 Biological Sciences: Cells, Organisms and Genetics (GE–B)3
BSC 2009L Laboratory in Biological Sciences (GE–B)1
Total 13-14
Semester 2 Credits
BSC 2008 Biological Sciences: Evolution, Ecology and Behavior (GE–B)3
MAC 1147 Precalculus: Algebra and Trigonometry (4) (GE–M) or
MAC 1114 Trigonometry and MAC 1140 Precalculus Algebra (2+3)
4-5
AEE 3030C Effective Oral Communication3
Humanities (GE–H)3
Elective3
Total 16-17
Semester 3Credits
AEE 3033C Research and Business Writing in Agricultural and Life Sciences3
Humanities (GE–H)3
Mathematics (GE–M)3
Electives7
Total 16
Semester 4 Credits
MMC 2100 Writing for Mass Communication (GR–E)3
CHM 1083 Consumer Chemistry or higher chemistry course (not CHM 1025) (GE–P)3
AEE 3073 Intercultural Communication (GE–S, I)3
American history or political science elective (GE–S)3
Electives3
Total 15
Semester 5Credits
AEE 3070C Digital Media Production in Agricultural and Life Sciences3
AEE 3414 Leadership Development3
AEE 3075 Working with People: Interpersonal Leadership Skills3
AEE 4031 The Communication Process in Agriculture and Natural Resources3
Total 12
Semester 6Credits
AEE 4035 Advanced Agricultural Communication Writing (GR-E)3
AEE 4036 Advanced Agricultural Communication Production3
AEE 4905 Leadership in Groups and Teams3
Approved electives **5
Total 14
SummerCredits
AEE 4943 Leadership Education Internship4
Total 4
Semester 7 Credits
AEE 4052 Communication Campaign Strategies in Agricultural and Life Sciences3
AEE 3313 Development and Role of Extension Education or
AEB 4424 Human Resources Management in Agribusiness or approved elective
3
AEB 4126 Agricultural and Natural Resource Ethics or
FYC 4114 Ethical Issues in Family, Youth and Community Sciences or
PHM 3032 Ethics and Ecology
3
Approved electives **6
Total 15
Semester 8Credits
AEE 4506 Advanced Extension Methods3
AEB 3300 Agricultural and Food Marketing or
AEB 3341 Selling Strategically or approved elective
3
AEB 4123 Agricultural and Natural Resource Law3
Approved electives **6
Total 15

** Approved electives – see adviser for suggested electives consistent with the student's interests and goals.

Specialization: Extension Education

The extension education specialization prepares students for positions in the Cooperative Extension Service, as well as other community organizations and government agencies. The course of study will focus on nonformal education, designing educational programs, leadership development, teaching/training methods, and communications.

With the guidance and approval of their adviser, students will select electives in an emphasis area that reflects their career interests and goals (18 total credits).

A four-credit, six-week internship with the Cooperative Extension Service is required.

Critical Tracking Requirements

Semester 1:

  • 2.5 UF GPA required for semesters 1-5
  • Complete 1 of 7 critical courses – excluding labs – CHM 1083 or higher (not CHM 1025), MAC 1147, BSC 2007, BSC 2009L, BSC 2008, AEB 3103, SYG 2000

Semester 2:

  • Complete 2 additional critical courses – excluding labs

Semester 3:

  • Complete 2 additional critical courses – excluding labs

Semester 4:

  • Complete 2 additional critical courses – excluding labs

Semester 5:

  • Complete all critical-tracking courses – including labs

To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which will be bold.

Suggested semester-by-semester plan

Semester 1Credits
Composition (GE–C)3
Humanities (GE–H)3
AEB 3103 Principles of Food and Resource Economics (4) or
ECO 2013 Principles of Macroeconomics (3) or
ECO 2023 Principles of Microeconomics (3) (GE–S)
3-4
BSC 2007 Biological Sciences: Cells, Organisms and Genetics (GE–B)3
BSC 2009L Laboratory in Biological Sciences (GE–B)1
Total 13-14
Semester 2 Credits
MAC 1147 Precalculus: Algebra and Trigonometry (4) (GE–M) or
MAC 1114 Trigonometry and MAC 1140 Precalculus Algebra (2+3)
4-5
BSC 2008 Biological Sciences: Evolution, Ecology and Behavior (GE–B)3
AEE 3030C Effective Oral Communication3
Humanities (GE–H)3
Elective3
Total 16-17
Semester 3Credits
CHM 1083 Consumer Chemistry or higher chemistry course (not CHM 1025) (GE–P)3
Humanities (GE–H)3
Mathematics (GE–M)2
Electives7
Total 15
Semester 4 Credits
SYG 2000 Principles of Sociology (GE–S)3
AEE 3033C Research and Business Writing in Agricultural and Life Sciences3
AEE 3073 Intercultural Communication3
American history (GE–H) or political science elective (GE–S)3
Elective3
Total 15
Semester 5Credits
AEE 3313 Development and Role of Extension Education3
AEE 3414 Leadership Development 3
AEE 4031 The Communication Process in Agriculture and Natural Resources3
AEB 4424 Human Resources Management in Agribusiness3
Approved elective **3
Total 15
Semester 6 Credits
AEE 4506 Advanced Extension Methods3
AEB 4126 Agriculture and Natural Resource Ethics or
FYC 4114 Ethical Issues in Family, Youth and Community Sciences
3
AEB 4123 Agricultural and Natural Resource Law3
Approved elective **4
Total 13
SummerCredits
AEE 4944 Cooperative Extension Internship4
Total 4
Semester 7 Credits
AEB 4224 U.S. Food and Agricultural Policy or
AEB 4274 Natural Resource and Environmental Policy or
AEB 4284 Human Resource Policy
3
AEE 3070C Digital Media Production in Agricultural and Life Sciences3
AEE 4052 Communication Campaign Strategies in Agricultural and Life Sciences3
AEE 3075 Working with People: Interpersonal Leadership Skills3
Approved elective **3
Total 15
Semester 8 Credits
AEE 4500 Program Development and Evaluation3
AEE 4905 Leadership in Groups and Teams3
Approved electives **8
Total 14

** Approved electives – see adviser.