• Agribusiness
    Competing on teams such as livestock judging teaches marketable skills
  • Agribusiness
    MTSU's farm labs deliver practical learning experiences
  • Agribusiness
    Students at MTSU boned up on animals from the inside out
  • Agribusiness
    Racing alternative-fueled vehicles requires technology, skill, and luck

Agribusiness

As the demands placed on the world's food supply continue to build, so does the importance of managing the farms and supply lines that help meet those demands. Dairy or meat, crop or herd, barn or warehouse—MTSU's farm labs, fully operational dairy facility, and multiple agri-industry partnerships provide a hands-on, experiential learning environment that is hard to beat.

Cliff Ricketts

Driving on sunshine (and water)

With the help of an eight-member support team, Agribusiness and Agriscience professor Cliff Ricketts drove coast-to-coast on less than three gallons of gas. During the trip, which began in March 2012, Ricketts drove three Toyota hybrid alternative-fuel vehicles approximately 2,582 miles across the country, using only 2.15 gallons of fuel purchased at the gas pump and a combination of solar and battery power, water-derived hydrogen, and ethanol. The amazing journey of Ricketts and his students was covered by media outlets such as USA Today and ABC News.

Travel abroad

Agriculture feeds the world. We take you there.

The importing and exporting of food products is a multi-billion dollar business. Agribusiness students have the opportunity to travel abroad and study this business firsthand. In addition to yearly trips to Canada and Argentina, students can learn about the international wine industry in a course taught entirely outside of the United States. And more opportunities are being developed yearly!

The pursuit of an Agribusiness Bachelor of Science prepares students for work in an industry that has never been more important to the local, national, and global economies. Examples include

  • Agricultural-related lawyer
  • Agricultural policy analyst
  • Crop producer
  • Farm appraiser
  • Farm manager
  • Financier
  • Grain and livestock buyer
  • Grain merchandiser
  • International marketer
  • Logistics manager
  • Market analyst
  • Marketing head
  • Quality controller
  • Sales representative
  • Teacher


Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • Archer Daniels Midland
  • Aviagen
  • BWI Inc.
  • Cal-Maine Foods
  • Crop Production Services
  • Dechra Veterinary Products
  • Farm Credit Services Mid-America
  • Heritage Farms Dairy
  • Hubbard
  • Jack Daniels Distillery
  • Koch Foods
  • MWI Veterinary Supply
  • Pilgrim's Pride
  • Shenandoah Mills
  • Tennessee Farmers Coop
  • Tennessee Department of Agriculture
  • Tennessee Farm Bureau
  • Tennessee Pork Producers
  • Tennessee Poultry Association
  • Tyson Foods

Dr. Warren Anderson
Professor 
warren.anderson@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-2408
Office | Room 111, Stark Agribusiness and Agriscience Center (SAG)
Mail | MTSU Box 5, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information
Ph.D., University of Illinois Urbana (1978)
M.S., University of Nebraska, Lincoln (1974)
B.S.A., University of Nebraska, Lincoln (1971)
Hide

Anne Brzezicki
Director of Equitation Programs
anne.brzezicki@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-904-8481 
Office | Room 101C, Horse Science Center (HSC) 
Mail | MTSU Box 269, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information
M.E.D., Middle Tennessee State University (1979)
B.S., University of Connecticut (1972)
Hide

Dr. Kevin Downs
Associate Professor 
kevin.downs@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615 898-5217 
Office | Room 210, Stark Agribusiness and Agriscience Center (SAG)
Mail | MTSU Box 5, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information
Ph.D., Auburn University, AL (2000)
M.S., University of Florida (1997)
B.S., University of Florida (1995)
A.A., University of Central Florida (1993)
Hide

Dr. Justin Gardner
Assistant Professor 
justin.gardner@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-2418
Office | Room 107, Stark Agribusiness and Agriscience Center (SAG)
Mail | MTSU Box 5, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information
Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana (2007)
M.S., University of Tennessee, Knoxville (2002)
B.S., University of Tennessee Martin (1996)

Homepage
Hide

Dr. Jessica Gentry Carter
Associate Professor 
jessica.carter@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-2419
Office | Room 100, Stark Agribusiness and Agriscience Center (SAG)
Mail | MTSU Box 5, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information
Ph..D, Texas Tech University (2001)
M.S., Western Kentucky University (1998)
B.S., Western Kentucky University (1996)

Homepage
Hide

Dr. Warren Gill
Director of Agribusiness & Agriscience | Professor 
warren.gill@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-2523
Office | Room 100, Stark Agribusiness and Agriscience Center (SAG)
Mail | MTSU Box 5, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information
Ph.D., University of Kentucky, Lexington (1981)
M.S., University of Tennessee, Knoxville (1975)
B.S., University of Tennessee, Knoxville (1973)

Homepage
Hide

Dr. John Haffner
Miller Chair Equine Health | Associate Professor
john.haffner@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-2832
Office | Room 101D, Horse Science Center (HSC)
Mail | MTSU Box 269, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information
D.V.M., University of Tennessee, Knoxville (1982)
B.S., University of Tennessee, Knoxville (1979)

Homepage
Hide

Dr. Rhonda Hoffman
Professor 
rhonda.hoffman@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-2432
Office | Room 110, Stark Agribusiness and Agriscience Center (SAG)
Mail | MTSU Box 5, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information
Ph.D., Virginia Polytech Inst State University, VA (1997)
M.S., Virginia Polytech Inst State University, VA (1994)
B.S., Truman State University, MO (1992)

Homepage
Hide

Dr. Tony Johnston
Professor 
tony.johnston@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-2421
Office | Room 104A, Stark Agribusiness and Agriscience Center (SAG)
Mail | MTSU Box 5, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information
Ph.D., University of Arkansas, Fayetteville (1995)
M.S., University of Arkansas, Fayetteville (1986)
B.S., University of Arkansas, Fayetteville (1980)
Hide

Dr. Nate Phillips
Assistant Professor 
nate.phillips@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-8996 
Office | Room 107, Horticulture Center (HC)
Mail | MTSU Box 5, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information
Ph.D., Utah State University (2007)
B.S., Utah State University (2002)

Homepage
Hide

Dr. S. Cliff Ricketts
Professor 
cliff.ricketts@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-2430
Office | Room 112, Stark Agribusiness and Agriscience Center (SAG)
Mail | MTSU Box 5, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information
Ph.D., Ohio State University, Columbus (1982)
M.S., University of Tennessee, Knoxville (1973)
B.S., University of Tennessee, Knoxville (1970)
Hide

Dr. Alanna Vaught
Instructor | Dual Credit Coordinator
alanna.neely@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-2523 
Office | Room 109, Stark Agribusiness and Agriscience Center (SAG)
Mail | MTSU Box 5, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information
M.A., Tennessee Tech University (2006)
B.S., Middle Tennessee State University (2003)
Hide

Dr. Matthew Wade
Farm Laboratory Director
matthew.wade@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-2431
Office | Room 105, Stark Agribusiness and Agriscience Center (SAG)
Mail | MTSU Box 5, Murfreesboro, TN 37132
Hide

Dr. Dave Whitaker
Director, Horse Science
david.whitaker@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-2908 
Office | Room 101B, Horse Science Center (HSC) 
Mail | MTSU Box 269, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information
Ph.D., Texas Tech University (1982)
M.E.D., Montana State University, Bozeman (1977)
B.S., University of Tennessee, Knoxville (1968)
Hide

A student majoring in Agribusiness can earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. Other majors in the School of Agribusiness and Agriscience leading to a B.S. are Animal Science, Animal Science with a concentration in Horse Science, and Plant and Soil Science.

Although it is not designated as a concentration, students may also take courses in pursuit of an Agricultural Education Certificate. Undergraduate and graduate minors are available in Agriculture.

Graduate study includes the Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Horse Science with concentrations in Equine Education, Equine Physiology, and Industry Management.
Agribusiness, B.S. Agribusiness, Agricultural Education Certification 

An academic map is a suggested four-year schedule of courses based on degree requirements in the undergraduate catalog. This sample schedule serves as a general guideline to help build a full schedule each term. Milestones, courses, and special requirements necessary for timely progress to complete a major are designated to keep you on track to graduate in four years. Missing milestones could delay your program

This map based on the 2013-2014 undergraduate catalog is not a substitute for academic advisement - contact your advisor if you have any questions about scheduling or about your degree requirements. Also see the current undergraduate catalog (catalog.mtsu.edu) for a complete list of requirements and electives. Note: Requirements are continually under revision, and there is no guarantee they will not be changed or revoked; contact the department and/or program area for current information. 

You may choose to attend a summer term to reduce your load during fall or spring terms but still stay on track to graduate in four years (see below). NOTE: Learning Support courses will alter the sequences on this map.

Agribusiness Academic Map

School of Agribusiness and Agriscience 
Middle Tennessee State University | Murfreesboro


Suggested Fall/Spring and Summer/Fall/Spring Four-Year Schedule

Refer to the scholarships website for information regarding use of the Lottery Scholarship for the summer term.

Click here for printer friendly academic map.

Freshman Fall Freshman Spring
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
BIOL 1030/1031 (Nat Sci)4  ABAS 16103 
ABAS 10001  ABAS 21303
ABAS 14103  COMM 2200 (Comm)3 
MATH (Math)3–4MATH 1710 rec. ABAS 22103 
SUBTOTAL14–15  SUBTOTAL15 
Sophomore Fall Sophomore Spring
ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3  ABAS 31303 
PSCI 1030/1031 (Nat Sci)4  Minor course3 
Soc/Beh Sci3  Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3 
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
ECON 2410 (Soc/Beh Sci)3  Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3 
SUBTOTAL16  SUBTOTAL15 
Junior Fall Junior Spring
Minor course3  Agribusiness elective3 
Animal Science elective3Consult with advisor Plant and Soil Science elective3Consult with advisor
Agribusiness elective3Consult with advisor Minor course3 
Upper-division elective3Consult with advisor Agribusiness elective3 
Agribusiness elective3Consult with advisor Minor course3 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15 
Senior Fall Senior Spring
ABAS 4150 or ABAS 4190* (or upper-division course**)34150 fall only; 4190 spring only; consult advisor ABAS 4190 or ABAS 4150* or (upper-division course**)34190 spring only; 4150 fall only; consult advisor
Agribusiness elective3Consult with advisor Elective3Consult with advisor
Minor course3  Upper-division elective3Consult with advisor
Agribusiness elective3Consult with advisor Upper-division elective3Consult with advisor
Upper-division elective3Consult with advisor Minor course3 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15 
*NOTE: If only one is taken, another upper-division elective must be chosen to have 15 hours.
**Student should take 3-hour, upper-division elective during the semester ABAS 4150 or 4190 is not being taken.

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
BIOL 1030/1031 (Nat Sci)4  ABAS 16103 
ABAS 10001  ABAS 21303
ABAS 14103  ABAS 22103 
MATH (Math)3–4MATH 1710 rec.    
SUBTOTAL14–15  SUBTOTAL12 
SOPHOMORE SUMMER
COMM 2200 (Comm)3  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3  ABAS 31303 
PSCI 1030/1031 (Nat Sci)4  Minor course3 
Soc/Beh Sci3  Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3 
ECON 2410 (Soc/Beh Sci)3  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
SUBTOTAL13  SUBTOTAL12 
JUNIOR SUMMER
Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3  Minor course3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
Junior Fall Junior Spring
Minor course3  Agribusiness elective3 
Animal Science elective3Consult with advisor Plant and Soil Science elective3Consult with advisor
Agribusiness elective3Consult with advisor Minor course3 
Upper-division elective3Consult with advisor Agribusiness elective3 
Agribusiness elective3Consult with advisor    
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL12 
Senior Fall Senior Spring
ABAS 4150 or ABAS 4190* (or upper-division course**)34150 fall only; 4190 spring only; consult advisor ABAS 4150 or ABAS 4190* (or upper-division course**)34190 spring only; 4150 fall only; consult advisor
Agribusiness elective3Consult with advisor Elective3Consult with advisor
Minor course3  Upper-division elective3Consult with advisor
Agribusiness elective3Consult with advisor Upper-division elective3Consult with advisor
Upper-division elective3  Minor course3 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15 
*NOTE: If only one is taken, another upper-division elective must be chosen to have 15 hours.
**Student should take 3-hour, upper-division elective during the semester ABAS 4150 or 4190 is not being taken.

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120


Graduation information may be accessed at www.mtsu.edu/records/grad.php.



Agribusiness, Agricultural Education Certification Academic Map

Department of Agribusiness and Agriscience
Middle Tennessee State University | Murfreesboro


Suggested Fall/Spring and Summer/Fall/Spring Four-Year Schedule

Refer to the scholarships website for information regarding use of the Lottery Scholarship for the summer term.

Click here for printer friendly academic map.

Freshman Fall Freshman Spring
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
BIOL 1030/1031 (Nat Sci)4  ABAS 16103 
ABAS 10001  ABAS 22303
ABAS 14103  Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3 
MATH (Math)3–4  ABAS 22103 
SUBTOTAL14–15  SUBTOTAL15 
Sophomore Fall Sophomore Spring
ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3  YOED 25003Must be admitted to teacher education;
requires 2.75 CUM GPA, 45 hours earned
PSCI 1030/1031 (Nat Sci)4  COMM 2200 (Comm)3 
ECON 2410 (Soc/Beh Sci)3  ABAS 31303 
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
HUM/FA (Rubric 2)3  ABAS 42303 
    Soc/Beh Sci3 
SUBTOTAL16  SUBTOTAL18 
Junior Fall Junior Spring
YOED 30003  YOED 33003 
ABAS 42103  ABAS 36003 
AGBS elective3See advisor AGBS elective3See advisor
AGBS elective3See advisor AGBS elective3See advisor
*ABAS 4150 or 41903ABAS 4150 fall only; ABAS 4190 spring only ABAS 33403 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15 
Senior Fall Senior Spring
ABAS 42503  YOED 440012 
ABAS 42203     
YOED 40206     
ABAS 34403     
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL12 

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
BIOL 1030/1031 (Nat Sci)4  ABAS 16103 
ABAS 10001  ABAS 22303
ABAS 14103  ABAS 22103 
COMM 2200 (Comm)3     
SUBTOTAL14  SUBTOTAL12 
SOPHOMORE SUMMER
MATH (Math)3–4  Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3 
SUBTOTAL3–4  SUBTOTAL3 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3  YOED 25003Must be admitted to teacher education;
requires 2.75 CUM GPA, 45 hours earned
PSCI 1030/1031 (Nat Sci)4  ABAS 31303 
ECON 2410 (Soc/Beh Sci)3  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  ABAS 42303 
SUBTOTAL13  SUBTOTAL12 
JUNIOR SUMMER
Soc/Beh Sci3  Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
Junior Fall Junior Spring
YOED 30003  YOED 33003 
ABAS 42103  ABAS 36003 
AGBS elective3See advisor AGBS elective3 
*ABAS 4150 or 41903ABAS 4150 fall only; ABAS 4190 spring only ABAS 33403 
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
SENIOR SUMMER
AGBS elective3  AGBS elective3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
Senior Fall Senior Spring
ABAS 42503  YOED 440012 
ABAS 42203     
YOED 40206     
ABAS 34403     
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL12 

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120


Graduation information may be accessed at www.mtsu.edu/records/grad.php.

Agribusiness and Agriscience

ABAS 1000 - Orientation in Agriculture
1 credit hour
Job opportunities in agriculture, departmental facilities, extracurricular activities at MTSU associated with specific phases of agriculture. Pass/Fail.

ABAS 1101 - Introduction to Ornamental Horticulture
3 credit hours
Ornamental horticulture from the scientific basis to commercial operations and management systems. Emphasis on the role of horticulture in everyday living through the introductory study of growing, maintenance, and utilization of plants to benefit people and the environment. Topics include basis of plant science and history, scope, and nature of ornamental horticulture including coverage of such diverse topics as production, craftsmanship, and business management skills.

ABAS 1201 - Agribusiness: Fundamentals and Applications
3 credit hours
Introduces key agribusiness principles and their application to the food industry. Major microeconomic, macroeconomics, and global forces influencing both producers' and consumers' decision of food and fiber products considered and discussed. Leading problems and current issues facing the industry discussed.  

ABAS 1301 - Introduction to Agricultural Leadership
3 credit hours
Introduces agricultural leadership and illustrates the relationship between leadership styles, personality types, communication styles, and career selection. Offers preparation for leadership positions in agricultural careers and communities.  

ABAS 1410 - Elements of Animal Science
3 credit hours
Overview of domestic animal species, including reproduction, genetics, feeding, management, and product marketing. Species include beef, dairy, horses, swine, sheep, goats, and companion animals.

ABAS 1610 - Elements of Plant Science
3 credit hours
Fundamental plant processes; plant tissues, structures, environment, growth, development, reproduction, and propagation. Lecture/Lab.

ABAS 2010 - World Food and Society
3 credit hours
A global examination of the economic, political, social, and cultural issues related to hunger including war, politics, inequities, malnutrition, population growth, food production, biotechnology, ecological destruction, and food aid. Students will examine personal and societal values concerning world food issues and explore possible directions and solutions for the future. Includes a service learning experience.

ABAS 2110 - Basic Horsemanship
1 credit hour
Preparation and orientation for students interested in taking horse science courses with an animal handling component. Topics include facility safety, horse control and handling, grooming, saddling, daily care considerations, and facility maintenance. Lecture and one two-hour laboratory each week.

ABAS 2130 - Introduction to Agribusiness
3 credit hours
Nature, scope, importance, and relationship to the general economy.

ABAS 2210 - Introduction to Agricultural Engineering
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: MATH 1710 or MATH 1010 or approval of instructor. Basic principles, mechanics, combustion engines, electricity, building construction, and machinery with applications of problem solving techniques. Lecture/Lab.

ABAS 2230 - Introduction to Vocational Agricultural Education
3 credit hours
Duties of the vocational agriculture teacher with special emphasis on the Future Farmers of America and Supervised Agricultural Experience Programs. Lecture/Lab.

ABAS 2400 - Fundamentals of Horsemanship
3 credit hours
Behavior, philosophy, and language for communicating with and influencing the equine athlete. Develops basic control skills, balance and coordination, gaits; use of equipment; understanding equestrian competition. Two-hour lecture and two-hour laboratory each week.

ABAS 2500 - Wine Appreciation
3 credit hours
The fundamentals of wine appreciation, wine label interpretation, and wine judging. Students will evaluate wine products and must be 21 years of age to enroll. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 3010 - Agri-Media Skills
3 credit hours
Applications of oral and written skills in communicating about agricultural research, shows, and sales.

ABAS 3040 - Stable Management
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: ABAS 2400 or approval of instructor. Business aspects of horse facility management and ownership emphasized. Practical approaches to management of horses and responsible horse ownership also covered. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 3130 - Principles of Agricultural Economics
3 credit hours
Applying the principles of economics to agricultural problems.

ABAS 3140 - Real Property Law for Commerce and Agriculture
3 credit hours
(Same as BLAW 4470/FIN 4470.) Prerequisite: Junior standing. Legal rights and limitations of ownership of property, estates, titles, methods of transferring titles, abstract of titles, mortgages, leases, easements, restrictions on the use of property, real estate development, application of contract law to real property, and the role of real estate in the administration of estates. Emphasis on specific application to agricultural businesses and farms.

ABAS 3160 - Value Added Agriculture
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: ABAS 3130. A comprehensive analysis of the value-added agricultural industry including marketing farm products directly to consumers.  

ABAS 3200 - International Wine Industry
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: ABAS 2500 or permission of instructor. Introduces the wine industry of a country other than the U.S; taught onsite in the host country. Wine industry from the ground up explored--from the nurseries which propagate grapevines, to the vineyards that produce the grapes, to the wineries that produce and market the wines. Marketing of host country wines, domestically and abroad, studied. Participants must be 21 years of age to enroll. Combined lecture/lab.  

ABAS 3300 - Equine Health
3 credit hours
Familiarizes students with normal physiologic parameters and how to recognize and deal with health issues of horses. Topics include care of the pregnant broodmare, foal care, routine health maintenance, infectious diseases, commonly used medications, dentistry, lameness, neurological diseases, colic, parasites, ophthalmology, dermatology, reproduction, geriatrics, and alternative therapies. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 3310 - Animal Care and Welfare
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: ABAS 1410 or permission of the instructor. Applied aspects of animal care and welfare, including physical condition, feeding, proper housing, and environmental adaptation of animals to human interaction.

ABAS 3330 - Field Crop Production
3 credit hours
Economic importance, adaptation, origin, and history; botanical characteristics; cultural methods, uses, breeding, and pests of field crops. Lecture/Lab.

ABAS 3340 - Soil
3 credit hours
Physical, chemical, and biological properties. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 3350 - Soil Fertility and Fertilizer
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: ABAS 3340. Use of fertilizer and liming materials in soil-plant relationships. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 3360 - Irrigation and Drainage
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: ABAS 3340. Comparative evaluation and interpretation of irrigation and drainage systems; water supply development; interrelationships of the environment and plants; scheduling irrigation; examination of economic and legal factors. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 3370 - Soil Analysis
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: ABAS 3340. Analysis of soils in laboratory. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 3400 - Horsemanship-Equitation
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: ABAS 2400 and approval of instructor. Understanding, recognizing, and producing lateral control in the horse. Lateral exercises; lateral movements; developing lateral balance and control, track, gait, pace, impulsion, and rhythm. Two hour lecture and two-hour laboratory each week.

ABAS 3410 - Horse Breeds and Genetics
3 credit hours
A review of the history of the horse from the prehistoric era to present day with a focus on the development and contributions of horse breeds in the U.S. and state horse industry. Roles of breed associations, principles of genetics, selection of desired traits, genetic abnormalities associated with specific breeds, and matching breeds to disciplines discussed.

ABAS 3420 - Genetics of Domestic Livestock
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: ABAS 1410; BIOL 1110/BIOL 1111, BIOL 1120/BIOL 1121; junior-level classification or higher. Basic principles of genetics, crossbreeding, inbreeding, and molecular genetics. Animal breeding topics include use of quantitative traits, prediction of breeding value, methods of selection, and genetic evaluations. Offered fall only.

ABAS 3430 - Horse Production
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: ABAS 2110 or ABAS 2400 or approval of instructor. Scientific principles relevant to production requirements of horses as related to exercise physiology and performance, growth, reproductive physiology and state, age, and clinical support. Facilities management, marketing, legal aspects of horse ownership, and career opportunities covered. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 3440 - Livestock Management
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: ABAS 1410. Management practices for farm animal species. Practices include animal handling, restraint techniques, feeding, milking, castrations, identification methods, and herd health problems. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 3450 - Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: BIOL 1110/BIOL 1111, BIOL 1120/BIOL 1121; ABAS 1410. The parts, functions, and anatomical relationships of various organs and systems of domestic animals. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 3460 - Farrier Science
3 credit hours
Basic techniques in the science and art of making, fitting, and actual shoeing of horses according to proper methods. One lecture and two two-hour laboratory periods. (Offered at irregular times in conjunction with the University College.)

ABAS 3470 - Beef Cattle Production
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: ABAS 1410; junior-level classification or higher. Management practices essential for economic beef production including breeding, feeding, and herd health. Purebred, commercial, stocker, feedlot, and processing segments evaluated. Lecture/lab. Offered fall only.

ABAS 3480 - Swine Production
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: ABAS 1410; junior-level classification or higher. Understanding management of the pig's environment and genetics to maximize profits. Includes nutrition, reproduction, genetics, housing, herd health, and management practices. Lecture/lab. Offered Spring only.

ABAS 3490 - Poultry Production and Marketing
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: ABAS 1410; junior-level classification or higher. A comprehensive study of commercial chicken production. Topics include the structure of the U.S. commercial chicken industries; poultry housing and equipment; broiler, broiler breeder, hatchery, and commercial layer management; and poultry/egg processing. Field trips used to supplement course materials. Lecture/lab or online.

ABAS 3500 - Small Ruminant Production
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: ABAS 1410. The study of efficient sheep and goat production and management in the U.S. Topics include genetics and selection, reproduction, health and parasite control, nutrition, forages and grazing management, and product quality and marketing. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 3540 - Dairy Production
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: ABAS 1410; juniors and seniors only. Feeding and management, ruminant digestion, physiology of milk secretion, production testing and official records, sanitary regulations, handling and marketing of raw milk. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 3600 - Horticulture in Our Lives
3 credit hours
Emphasis on the role of horticulture in everyday living, through principles of growing plants in the home, floral design, home landscaping, and gardening. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 3630 - Agroforestry
3 credit hours
Culture, conservation, management, and utilization of forest stands. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 3640 - Woody Landscape Plants
3 credit hours
Distribution, characteristics, relationships, and adaptation of native and exotic trees shrubs, and vines for landscape use. One-hour lecture and four-hour lab.

ABAS 3660 - Vegetable Gardening
3 credit hours
Principles of home and commercial vegetable production; adaptation, culture, fertility, diseases, and insects of vegetables. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 3670 - Fruit Production
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: ABAS 1610 or 4 hours of biology. Introduces art and science of fruit production in the United States. Focuses on temperate fruit production, but also includes a general overview of citrus production. Conveys a general understanding of fruit production in the United States including propagation, orchard management, pollination, harvest, cultural practices, pests, and trends in the industry.

ABAS 3700 - Agricultural Chemicals in Soil Environments
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: BIOL 1110/BIOL 1111, BIOL 1120/BIOL 1121, and CHEM 1010/CHEM 1011, CHEM 1020/CHEM 1021 or approval of instructor. Characteristics, use, mode of action, degradation, and environmental impact of fertilizers and pesticides used in agriculture; environmental safeguards imposed by federal and state regulations on chemical use. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 3810 - Milk Processing and Marketing
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: PSCI 1030/PSCI 1031 or CHEM 1010/CHEM 1011, CHEM 1020/CHEM 1021. Biological, chemical, and physical properties of cow's milk and its value as an animal food source; techniques of processing and marketing; governmental regulations; laboratory testing. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 3810 - Milk Processing and Marketing
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: PSCI 1030/PSCI 1031 or CHEM 1010/CHEM 1011, CHEM 1020/CHEM 1021. Biological, chemical, and physical properties of cow's milk and its value as an animal food source; techniques of processing and marketing; governmental regulations; laboratory testing. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 3850 - Wine Science and Industry
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: CHEM 1020/CHEM 1021, CHEM 1120/CHEM 1121, or CHEM 1030/CHEM 1031 or PSCI 1030/PSCI 1031; ABAS 1610. The science and marketing of wine, including grape production, fruit processing, and fermentation technologies. Explores wine marketing in Tennessee, the U.S., and the world. Student must be 21 years of age to enroll. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 3850 - Wine Science and Industry
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: CHEM 1020/CHEM 1021, CHEM 1120/CHEM 1121, or CHEM 1030/CHEM 1031 or PSCI 1030/PSCI 1031; ABAS 1610. The science and marketing of wine, including grape production, fruit processing, and fermentation technologies. Explores wine marketing in Tennessee, the U.S., and the world. Student must be 21 years of age to enroll. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 3900 - Horses and Horsemanship
3 credit hours
Basic requirements of horse ownership, care and associated expenses, inherent risks and safety around horses, and resources available in the horse industry. For non-horse-science majors. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 4040 - Equine Event and Facility Management
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: ABAS 3040 or ABAS 3440 or approval of instructor. Fundamentals of managing equine and other livestock events and facilities covered. Involves active participation in preparing for and conducting equine events held on campus. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 4090 - Equine Reproduction and Breeding
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: ABAS 2110 or ABAS 2400 and ABAS 3040 or ABAS 3430 or approval of instructor. Reproductive anatomy and physiology of the stallion and mare as they relate to modern breeding practices. Vocational training in semen handling, artificial insemination, and neonatal care. Two hours lecture and two hours laboratory.

ABAS 4100 - Microcomputer Applications in Agriculture
3 credit hours
Includes use of agricultural software, agricultural communications networks, computer dairy feeding systems, and farm records.

ABAS 4115 - Agritourism
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: ABAS 3160, LSTS 4550, or permission of instructor. Emphasis on any activity, enterprise, or business that combines primary elements and characteristics of Tennessee agriculture and tourism and provides an experience for visitors that stimulates economic activity and impacts both farm and community income.

ABAS 4120 - Alternative Fuels
3 credit hours
Nature, scope, and importance of alternative fuel vehicles in light, medium, and heavy applications. Topics include theory of operation and safety with an emphasis on gaseous and liquid fuels (ethanol, methanol, biodiesel, hydrogen, solar, wind, and other alternative fuels). Lecture/lab.

ABAS 4130 - Agricultural Price Analysis and Price Management
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: ABAS 3130. Analysis of the forces that drive agricultural markets, the risk inherent in these markets, and tools that can be used to defray agriculture-specific risk including production risk.  

ABAS 4140 - Economics of Agribusiness Management
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: ABAS 3130 or approval of instructor. Application of economic concepts to agribusiness firms.

ABAS 4145 - Agricultural Finance
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: MATH 1010, MATH 1530, MATH 1630,  MATH 1710, MATH 1720, MATH 1730, MATH 1810, or MATH 1910 and ABAS 2130 or ABAS 3130. Application of finance to farms and agribusiness; topics include farm real estate, financing farm inputs, and financing commodity marketing plans.

ABAS 4150 - Agricultural Policy
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: ABAS 3130. Agricultural policy in a democratic society; relationship of farm groups to public policy; types of agricultural programs and appraisal of their results.

ABAS 4160 - Agricultural Cooperatives
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: ABAS 3130. Role of agricultural cooperatives in collective bargaining for farmers; historical development, economic organization, and structural aspects.

ABAS 4170 - Equine Industry
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: ABAS 2130 or ABAS 3130 and ABAS 3040 or approval of instructor. Operational strategies and management issues facing the equine enterprises. Financial, legal, and taxation issues pertaining to the U.S. and international equine industry. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 4170 - Equine Industry
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: ABAS 2130 or ABAS 3130 and ABAS 3040 or approval of instructor. Operational strategies and management issues facing the equine enterprises. Financial, legal, and taxation issues pertaining to the U.S. and international equine industry. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 4180 - Internship in Agribusiness
6 credit hours
Prerequisite: Approval of instructor. In-depth practical experience in a specific area of agribusiness. NOT OPEN TO STUDENTS WHO HAVE RECEIVED CREDIT FROM ANOTHER SCHOOL INTERNSHIP COURSE.

ABAS 4190 - International Agriculture
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: ABAS 3130 or approval of instructor. Interdisciplinary experiential learning in a foreign country. Foreign agriculture and agribusiness explored in the classroom and onsite through a planned trip. Students required to hold (or acquire) a valid US passport and participate in a one- to two-week visit to a foreign country during the course. Combined lecture/lab.\\\\n    

ABAS 4200 - Fruit and Vegetable Marketing
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: PSCI 1030/PSCI 1031 and BIOL 1030/BIOL 1031 or approval of instructor. Basic biochemistry of respiration, handling techniques and practices, quality assessment and marketing of fruit and vegetable crops. Both domestic and international marketing of fruit and vegetable products discussed. Examines the economic impact of improper handling on both the local producer and the end user.

ABAS 4200 - Fruit and Vegetable Marketing
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: PSCI 1030/PSCI 1031 and BIOL 1030/BIOL 1031 or approval of instructor. Basic biochemistry of respiration, handling techniques and practices, quality assessment and marketing of fruit and vegetable crops. Both domestic and international marketing of fruit and vegetable products discussed. Examines the economic impact of improper handling on both the local producer and the end user.

ABAS 4210 - Farm Power and Equipment
3 credit hours
Gasoline engines with actual work experience in overhaul. Work also with transmissions, hydraulics, braking systems, and other farm equipment including use of shop manuals, operation manuals, and parts books. Six hours lecture/lab.

ABAS 4220 - Methods of Teaching Agriscience and Agriculture Mechani
3 credit hours
Integrating science into agriculture emphasizing biology, chemistry, and physics. Emphasis on mechanical skills such as small gas engines, gas welding, and electricity. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 4230 - Adult Education in Vocational-Technical Education and P
3 credit hours
How to teach adults and administer adult programs. Emphasis on planning, organizing, and arranging courses for adults in agriculture.

ABAS 4240 - Workshops in Agricultural Education
1 to 6 credit hours
Prerequisite: Teaching experience or approval of instructor. Designed to provide vocational agriculture teachers with intensive training in selected areas of agriculture. Check with your academic advisor.

ABAS 4241 - Production Agriculture
1 to 3 credit hours
Prerequisite: Teaching experience or approval of instructor. Designed to provide vocational agriculture teachers with intensive training in selected areas of agriculture. Check with your academic advisor. (also Animal Science and Plant Science elective)

ABAS 4242 - Ornamental Horticulture
1 to 3 credit hours
Prerequisite: Teaching experience or approval of instructor. Designed to provide vocational agriculture teachers with intensive training in selected areas of agriculture. Check with your academic advisor. (also Plant Science elective)

ABAS 4243 - Agricultural Mechanics
1 to 3 credit hours
Prerequisite: Teaching experience or approval of instructor. Designed to provide vocational agriculture teachers with intensive training in selected areas of agriculture. A MAXIMUM OF SIX CREDIT HOURS IN EACH DIVISION.

ABAS 4244 - Farm Energy Alternatives
1 to 3 credit hours
Prerequisite: Teaching experience or approval of instructor. Designed to provide vocational agriculture teachers with intensive training in selected areas of agriculture. A MAXIMUM OF SIX CREDIT HOURS IN EACH DIVISION. (also Animal Science and Plant Science elective)

ABAS 4245 - Problems of New and Established Teachers
1 to 3 credit hours
Prerequisite: Teaching experience or approval of instructor. Designed to provide vocational agriculture teachers with intensive training in selected areas of agriculture. A MAXIMUM OF SIX CREDIT HOURS IN EACH DIVISION.

ABAS 4250 - Leadership in Agricultural Industries
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing or consent of instructor. A capstone course to enhance students' leadership and human relation skills in the workplace. Topics include leadership styles, theories, characteristics of leaders (conceptual, technical, human relations), communication styles, group dynamics, conducting successful meetings, problem solving, goal setting, attitudes, motivation, self-concept, learning styles, time management, and employability skills.

ABAS 4260 - Behavior of Domestic Animals
3 credit hours
Behavior aspects of raising and managing domestic animals to include equine, swine, goats, cattle, sheep, dogs, and cats. Communication, ingestive, sexual, social, aggressive, and abnormal behaviors emphasized. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 4300 - Plant Protection
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: ABAS 1610 or 4 hours of biology. Principles of protecting crop plants from damage by weeds, insects, diseases, and other biotic factors. Pest control by chemical, cultural, and biological methods with an emphasis on integrated pest management.

ABAS 4310 - Forage Crops
3 credit hours
Adaptation, distribution, establishment, management, culture, and utilization of forage legumes and grasses. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 4320 - Plant Physiology
4 credit hours
(Same as BIOL 4500.) Prerequisites:BIOL 1110/BIOL 1111, BIOL 1120/BIOL 1121, CHEM 1020/CHEM 1021, ABAS 3340. Plant mineral nutrition, photosynthesis, growth, development, and metabolism at the cellular and whole plant levels. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory.

ABAS 4330 - Turf Management
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: ABAS 1610 or BIOL 1120/BIOL 1121. Establishment and management of turf grasses for lawns, golf courses, and parks. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 4340 - Soil Formation and Remediation
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: ABAS 3340. The relation of climate, plant and animal life, geological formations, and land forms to soil genesis and remediation. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 4350 - Soil Survey and Land Use
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: ABAS 3340 or approval of instructor. Soil properties used to determine suitability for land use. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 4370 - Soil and Water Conservation
3 credit hours
Principles and practices of soil and water conservation in rural and urban environments. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 4380 - Interior Landscaping
3 credit hours
Principles and practices of designing, installing, and maintaining landscapes in malls, public buildings, and other indoor environments. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 4390 - Urban and Sports Turf Soils
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: ABAS 3340 and ABAS 4330. Describe, design, manage, and evaluate urban and sports turf soils. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 4400 - Advanced Horsemanship-Equitation
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: ABAS 2400 and ABAS 3400 and approval of instructor. Coordination and refinement of skills from previous horsemanship courses. Understanding, recognizing, and producing longitudinal flexion in the horse. Collection, extension, and stride control. Two-hour lecture and two-hour laboratory each week.

ABAS 4410 - Animal Nutrition and Feeding
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: ABAS 1410; CHEM 1020/CHEM 1021 or CHEM 1120/CHEM 1121; junior-level classification or higher. Advanced study of the processes of digestion and nutrient utilization in domestic animal species. Topics include monogastric and ruminant digestive anatomy and physiology; carbohydrate, lipid, protein, vitamin, and mineral utilization; feedstuff identification; practical computer-assisted feed formulation; and feeding management for agricultural animal species. Lecture/lab or online.

ABAS 4430 - Internship in Animal Science
6 credit hours
Prerequisite: Approval of instructor. In-depth practical experience in a specific area of animal science pertinent to the individual's interest. Students work with producers and agencies that have agreed to cooperate in the program and to provide adequate salary and guidance. NOT OPEN TO STUDENTS WHO HAVE RECEIVED CREDIT FROM ANOTHER SCHOOL INTERNSHIP COURSE.

ABAS 4440 - Equine Nutrition and Feeding
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: ABAS 1410 and CHEM 1010/CHEM 1011 and CHEM 1020/CHEM 1021 or approval of instructor. Equine digestion and utilization of nutrients, appropriate feeds and feeding management, and diseases with a nutritional component. Nutrient requirements for the horse at various stages, including maintenance, reproduction, growth, performance, age, and clinical support discussed.

ABAS 4450 - Techniques of Teaching Horsemanship
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: ABAS 2400, ABAS 3400, and ABAS 4400 or approval of instructor. Development of communication, evaluation, and presentation skills for teaching horsemanship. Two-hour lecture and two-hour laboratory each week.

ABAS 4460 - Behavior and Training of Horses
4 credit hours
Prerequisites: ABAS 2400, ABAS 3400, ABAS 4400, and approval of instructor. The psychology, theory, and practice of training and behavior modification in horses. Students assigned a project horse for the semester. Two hours lecture and four hours laboratory.

ABAS 4470 - Advanced Beef Production
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: ABAS 3470 or approval of instructor. In-depth analysis of various systems of beef production. Extensive field trips to cow-calf, feedlot, stocker, and purebred operations. Offered Spring only.

ABAS 4480 - Equine Evaluation and Selection
3 credit hours
Individual parts, conformation, and gaits of the horse as they relate to selecting and judging horses for production, recreation, and sport.

ABAS 4490 - Livestock Evaluation
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: Approval of instructor. Comparative evaluation of beef cattle, swine, sheep, and horses. Develops defense of placing through an organized set of reasons involving terms describing the animal's characteristics. Importance of these characteristics to the animal function stressed. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 4500 - Sustainability in Agricultural Ecosystems
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: ABAS 1610 or 4 hours of biology. Theories of agroecology; focuses on sustainable agricultural practices and concepts. The impact of specific agricultural technologies and land use practices on the productivity of agricultural ecosystems, environmental quality, and human health. Examines the environmental science and agronomy of both conventional and alternative sustainable practices including benefits and limitations. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 4510 - Domestic Animal Reproductive Physiology
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: ABAS 1410; BIOL 1110/BIOL 1111, BIOL 1120/BIOL 1121; junior-level classification or higher. Advanced study of the anatomy, physiology, and endocrinology of reproduction in domestic animal species. Topics include male and female reproductive anatomy, hormonal control of reproductive processes, reproductive development, the estrus cycle, male physiology, and lactation. Current techniques to control animal reproduction described.  Lecture/lab. Offered Spring only.

ABAS 4520 - Companion Animal Management
3 credit hours
A comprehensive study of dog and cat management. Topics include canine and feline history; selective breeding; functional anatomy; reproductive physiology and management; nutrition and feeding management; diseases and health management; behavior, communication, and training. Service role of the dog and cat highlighted. Offered Fall only.

ABAS 4540 - Equine Assisted Therapy
3 credit hours
Focuses on the effective modality of the horse/human bond as it relates to various forms of equine-assisted therapy with an emphasis on therapeutic riding for people with disabilities. Management of a NARHA-approved therapeutic program and instructor certification also covered. One hour classroom lecture, online, and experiential learning components.

ABAS 4550 - Equine Exercise Physiology
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: ABAS 2400 or approval of instructor. Applied aspects of equine exercise physiology, including physical, physiological, metabolic and mental adaptation to athletic training, exercise metabolism, thermoregulation, biomechanics of movement, effects of surface and footing, common unsoundnesses observed during training and competition, exercising testing, and an overview of shoeing for performance.  

ABAS 4580 - Advanced Judging of Horses
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: ABAS 4480. Systems of judging for current horse show disciplines and exercises for students who aspire to become professional judges. Ethics, contracts with management, and procedures for becoming a judge are part of focus.

ABAS 4590 - Dairy Cattle Judging
3 credit hours
Ideal dairy cattle type and relationship to performance and longevity. Classification and evaluation according to type of the various breeds and comparative judging within the breed. Selection for genetic improvement.

ABAS 4610 - Arboriculture
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: ABAS 1610 or BIOL 1120/BIOL 1121. The culture of trees, shrubs, and vines in the landscape. Planting, transplanting, fertilizing, irrigation, pruning, problem diagnosis, and damage repair included. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 4620 - Greenhouse Management
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: ABAS 1610 or BIOL 1120/BIOL 1121. Analysis of soils, fertilizers, irrigation techniques, container preparation, ventilation, growth regulation, and carbon dioxide enrichment for greenhouse operation. Two-hour lecture and two-hour lab.

ABAS 4630 - Floriculture
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: ABAS 1610 or BIOL 1120/BIOL 1121. Propagation and other cultural practices for the production and maintenance of plants and flowers in the home. Two-hour lecture and two-hour lab.

ABAS 4640 - Landscaping
3 credit hours
Application of the principles of design, the use of proportionate-sized woody landscape plants, and other practices to produce low-maintenance-cost landscapes. One-hour lecture and four-hour lab.

ABAS 4660 - Nursery Management
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: ABAS 1610 or BIOL 1120/BIOL 1121. Principles and practices of nursery management as a business. Nursery administration, financial management, and marketing. Cultural management of field- and container-grown nursery plants. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 4670 - Plant Propagation
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: ABAS 1610 or BIOL 1120/BIOL 1121. Anatomical features and physiological principles involved in propagating plants from seed and by division, cutting, budding, and grafting. Use of growth regulators and environmental factors. Two-hour lecture and two-hour lab.

ABAS 4680 - Internship in Plant and Soil Science
6 credit hours
Prerequisite: Approval of instructor. Practical experience in a specific area of agronomy, horticulture, or soils. Classroom material related to practical application. NOT OPEN TO STUDENTS WHO HAVE RECEIVED CREDIT FROM ANOTHER SCHOOL INTERNSHIP.

ABAS 4690 - Japanese Landscaping
3 credit hours
The elements of Japanese garden design.

ABAS 4700 - Agriculture in Our Lives
3 credit hours
Everyone who eats and wears clothes is affected by agriculture, yet only a small percentage of the population actively farms. Course allows exploration of various organizations, both private and public, that support agriculture, provide career opportunities, and regulate the safety and fair trade upon which agribusiness depends. Issues that affect the lives of farmers and which may affect the future of many aspects of agriculture are explored. Local travel will be required. Combined lecture/lab.

ABAS 4810 - The Food Industry
3 credit hours
An overview from production to processing to marketing. Covers the current status of the world's largest employer, including where and how foods are produced, distributed, and marketed and where the industry is heading in the future.

ABAS 4820 - Principles of Food Processing
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: PSCI 1030/PSCI 1031 or CHEM 1010/CHEM 1011, and CHEM 1020/CHEM 1021. Principles used in the modern food industry, including thermal, refrigerated, frozen, and irradiation methods. Includes coverage of the techniques used to process major food commodities such as meats, cereal grains, and fats and oils. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 4830 - Food Quality Control
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: PSCI 1030/PSCI 1031 and BIOL 1030/BIOL 1031 or approval of instructor. Quality control and sensory evaluation techniques utilized in food processing. Instrumental and physical methods of quality determination of raw and processed food products, hazard analysis and critical control point (HACCP), and quality philosophies employed in the industry. Sensory evaluation techniques and statistical analysis of evaluation results covered.

ABAS 4850 - Food Safety Issues from Production to Consumption
3 credit hours
(Same as NFS 4260.) Prerequisite: BIOL 2230/BIOL 2231 or permission of instructor. Issues impacting food production, food storage and transportation, food processing, and food consumption within food production facilities, the home, and food service facilities. Consumer concerns evaluated based on risk theory and scientific evaluation of safety, including decision-making through critical thinking. Food standards and regulations designed to improve safety of the food supply discussed.

ABAS 4860 - Meat Science and Technology
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: ABAS 1410 and sophomore-level classification or higher. Selecting, inspecting, grading, fabricating, packaging, preserving, and cooking red meat products. Other topics include anatomy, structure, and composition of muscle, food safety, and microbiology. Offered Spring only.

ABAS 4910 - Problems in Agriculture
1 to 6 credit hours
Problem or problems selected from one of the major disciplines. May involve conferences with instructor, library work, field study and/or laboratory activity. Students can take from one to three credits with a maximum of three per semester.

ABAS 4980 - Seminar in Horse Science
3 credit hours
Familiarizes horse science majors with important current scientific investigation.

ABAS 4990 - Seminar
1 credit hour
Students required to research and give an oral report on a current agricultural topic.