Jun 25, 2022  
2015-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin [Archived Catalog]

Agriculture (A.S.)

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Program: Transfer Program
College of Arts and Sciences

Science Building 330 ~ 260-481-6304

At IPFW, you can complete the first two years of most of the 47 Bachelor of Science programs in agriculture and forestry, the two-year preveterinary program, up to two semesters of the forestry and natural resources programs, two semesters of the preagricultural and biological engineering program, and three semesters of an associate degree program in agriculture. All agriculture degrees must be completed at the West Lafayette campus of Purdue University. The forestry and natural resources and preveterinary programs are listed alphabetically later in this part of the Bulletin.

All degree programs in agriculture provide balanced curricula in computer science, mathematics, physical sciences, biological sciences, communication, social sciences, humanities, international understanding or emphasis, and business, plus technical preparation in the selected area of specialization. These programs recognize the need for graduates who are prepared to function effectively in the highly technical world of modern agriculture.

The Purdue University School of Agriculture is one of the nation’s highest-ranked and most-prestigious institutions of agricultural teaching, research, extension, and international programs. The West Lafayette faculty annually prepares more than 2,000 undergraduate and 500 graduate students for careers in the world’s food production and distribution systems.

The IPFW agriculture program coordinator will assist you with  processing intercampus transfer forms and with arranging affiliation with the appropriate West Lafayette counseling coordinator for the degree program selected. For a listing of degree programs available and additional details about all programs, you should obtain a current Bulletin of the School of Agriculture from the IPFW agriculture dean’s program coordinator.

The partial requirements stated below can be completed at IPFW and apply in most B.S. programs in agriculture. Because of professional objectives and accreditation requirements, significant variations exist in some programs such as agricultural and biological engineering, biochemistry, forestry and natural resources, and landscape architecture. Students selecting these options may be able to complete only one or two semesters at IPFW.

It is highly recommended that you keep in contact with the agriculture program coordinator to remain up to date on any changes in the course requirements and to make sure that the requirements of your particular major are being met.

The associate degree with a major in agriculture, which requires at least one semester of full-time study at the West Lafayette campus,helps students who must withdraw before they can finish a Bachelor of Science. You may take, at most, three semesters at IPFW. You may begin with the general course work for agriculture, preforestry, or preveterinary medicine. Within the program, you must complete a specialization in one of the following areas: agricultural economics, agricultural systems management, agronomy, animal sciences, general agriculture, or horticulture. You work out the details of your career (final) semester with the West Lafayette advisor for the specialization you select; it is desirable to establish contact with this advisor before your final semester at IPFW.

To receive the associate degree, you must:

  1. Complete at least half the credits for the Bachelor of Science for your declared option (64-65 credits).
  2. Earn a minimum graduation GPA of 2.00 or higher.
  3. Limit the number of elective credits taken under the pass/not-pass option to 12.
  4. Meet the minimum requirements listed below. For course selection at IPFW and assistance with transferring to the West Lafayette campus, you should see the agriculture program coordinator at IPFW.

The assumption is that you will begin with courses that apply to the requirements for general agriculture, preforestry, or preveterinary medicine described in this Bulletin, but if you later choose the A.S. alternative, you must meet the following minimum requirements:


Mathematics and Basic Sciences

  • Credits in calculus or statistics Credits: 3
  • Credits in other mathematics and basic sciences Credits: 12

Written and Oral Communication

  • Credits in written communication Credits: 6
  • Credits in oral communication Credits: 3

Broadening Electives

  • Credits in economics Credits: 3
  • Credits in humanities or social sciences Credits: 3

Departmental Requirements and Electives

  • Credits in departmental requirements and electives, at least 18 of which must be earned in School of Agriculture courses Credits: 35

Total Credits: 65

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