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Agriculture Program

What We Offer

Agriculture - Associates of Arts
Ranch Managment - Associates of Applied Science
Ranch Managment - Certificate
Beef Cattle - Certificate

Concentration Information


Occupational education is designed to provide the educational competencies and skills required for employment in fields including ranch management.

The Ranch Management program, as a whole, offers a combination of work experience and classroom education that provides relevant and practical training for students in their field of study. Students have the opportunity to gain practical experience on-the-job at the TVCC Ranch owned and operated by Trinity Valley Community College. Students are involved in all aspects of ranch operation which provides valuable work experience for immediate employment upon graduation. Students may also participate in the fitting of the college show cattle in preparation for major livestock shows.

A student can receive either an ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE DEGREE or a CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION in Ranch Management. Both programs are designed for students planning to enter employment upon completion.

The Associate of Applied Science Degree provides a two year curriculum, consisting of ranch management courses, agriculture courses, related courses, and general courses.

The Certificate of Completion specifically and directly relates to competencies needed for employment and potential advancement in a career field. The curriculum involves taking ranch management and agriculture courses.  A student may initially roll in a Certificate of Completion program and later transfer the courses into the Associate of Applied Science Degree program. TVCC offers a 40-hour Ranch Management Certificate Program and a 19-hour Beef Cattle Manager Certificate Program.



AGAH 1401. Animal Science. (4-2-4)

An introductory survey of the scientific principles and applied practices related to livestock production. Topics include genetics, animal breeding and selection, anatomy and physiology, nutrition, reproduction, health, and marketing of livestock and livestock products. Lab fee.

AGRI 1131.  The Agricultural Industry. (1-1-0)

This course provides an overview of world agriculture, nature of the industry and resource conservation, and the American agricultural system which is dependent on coordination of the production agriculture, processing, distribution, marketing, delivery systems and their sub-systems. Employment forecasts and basic information will be provided to assist the student in selecting a field of study.

AGRI 1325. Marketing of Agricultural Products. (3-3-0)

Essential marketing functions in the movement of agricultural commodities and products from producer to consumer.

AGRI 1407.  Agronomy. (4-3-3)

Scientific approach to agronomic crops; their importance, value, use characteristics, classification, distribution, climatic and soil requirements, production, storage, improvement and seed technology. Lab fee.

AGRI 1419.  Introductory Animal Science. (4-3-3)

Scientific animal production and the importance of livestock and meat industries. Selection, reproduction, nutrition, management, and marketing of livestock.  Lab fee.

AGRI 2301. Agricultural Power Units. (3-3-1)

Fundamentals of internal combustion engines: gasoline, diesel, and liquefied petroleum. Maintenance and adjustments of the electrical, ignition, fuel, lubricating, and cooling systems of agricultural power machinery. Lab fee.

AGRI 2303.  Agricultural Construction. (3-3-1)

Safety procedures, selection, use, and maintenance of hand and power tools, metal cutting and welding; and construction materials and principles. Lab fee.

AGRI 2317. Introduction to Agricultural Economics. (3-3-0)

Fundamental economic principles and their application in the agricultural industry.

AGRI 2321. Livestock Evaluation. (3-2-4)

Evaluation and grading of market cattle, swine, sheep, and goats and their carcasses and wholesale cuts. Emphasis will be placed on value determination. Selection and evaluation of breeding cattle, sheep, swine, and goats with emphasis on economically important traits. Lab fee.

AGRI 2330. Wildlife Conservation and Management.  (3-3-1)

Principles and practices used in the production and improvement of wildlife resources. Aesthetic, ecological, and recreational uses of public and private lands. Lab fee.

AGAH 1447. Animal Reproduction. (4-3-3)

Study of the principle concepts involved in the breeding and reporduction process of domestic farm animals to include: Anatomical and physiological differences of the male and gemale reproductive system, management systems to allow for maximum reproductive performance, artificial insemination and embryo transfer. Lab fee.

AGAH 1353. Beef Cattle Production. (3-2-4)

An overview of the beef cattle industry. Topics include the organization and operation of beef cattle enterprises, selection breeding, reproduction, health, nutrition, management, and marketing. Lab fee.

AGAH 2313. Feeds and Feeding. (3-2-4)

Study of the principle of livestock feeding to give a student an understanding of the nutritional requirements of livestock, the nutritive value of different feeds and modern feeding practices. The processes of digestion, absorption and circulation are studied. Lab fee.

AGCR 1341. Forage Management and Utilization. (3-2-4)

This course is designed to provide basic information on selection, establishment, development, and maintenance of improved native and introduced species of forage. Course content will include information on seedbed preparation, seeding and sodding techniques, fertilization, weed control, and grazing management involved in the use of such pastures.

AGCR 2305. Entomology. (3-3-0)

Principal insects and pests of crops and livestock, including life history, methods of attack, damage, and control are studied. Integrated pest management and biological controls are stressed. Collections and mounting of insects are required. Lab fees.               

AGEQ 1391. Special Topics in Equestrain/Equine Studies, Horse Management and Training. (3-3-0)

Topics address recently identified current events, skills, knowledge, and/or attituides and behaviors pertinent to the technology or occupation and relevant to the professional development of the student. This course was designed to be repeated multiple times to improve student proficiency.       

AGEQ 1411. Equine Science (4-3-3)

A course study in the principles and concepts of horse genetics, reproduction, nutrition, health, feeding, parasites, disease control, structural anatomy, care of feet and unsoundness. Lab fee.               

AGMG 2380, 2381., Internship - Agirculture (3-1-20)

Prerequisite: Sophomore standing, approval of division chair. Must currently hold a job in the agriculture/ranch managemant field to earn credit, if not anaother agriculture/ranch management course may be substitued.

Career related activities encountered in the student’s area of specialization, offered through a cooperative agreement between the college, employer, and student. Under supervision of the college, the student combines classroom learning with work experience. A seminar class will help guide the student through the stated learning objectives. Lab fee,                                           



BIOL 1406 Biology for Science Majors I

BIOL 1407 Biology for Science Majors II

CHEM 1411 General Chemistry I

CHEM 1412 general Chemistry II

CHEM 2423 Organic Chemistry I

AGRI 2330 Wildlife Conservation & Management (F)

AGEQ 1411 Equine Science I (F)

AGEQ 1391 Special Topics in Equestrian/Equine Science (F/S)

WLDG 1521 Welding Fundamentals (F)

AGRI 2317 Intro to Agricultural Economics (S)

AGEQ 1411 Equine Science I (F)

AGRI 2330 Wildlife Conservation and Management (F)

AGEQ 1391 Special Topics in Equestrian/Equine Science (F/S)

WLDG 1521 Welding Fundamentals (F)




Component Area


Semester Hours

Communication (010)



ENGL 1302


Mathematics (020)

One course from:

MATH 1314, 1324, 1325, 1332, 1342, 2312, 2413


Life & Physical Sciences (030)

*Two Courses from:

BIOL 1406, 1407, 1408, 1409, 1411, 1413, 2401, 2402, 2420, 2421, 2404

CHEM 1405, 1406, 1407, 1411, 1412, 2423, 2425

PHYS 1401, 1402, 1415, 1417, 2425, 2426


Language, Philosophy,

And Culture (040)

One course from:

ENGL 2322, 2323, 2327, 2328,  2332,  2333

HUMA 1301

PHIL 2306

SPAN 2311, 2312


Creative Arts (050)

One course from:

ARTS 1301, 1303, 1304

DRAM 1310, 2366

MUSI 1306, 1307, 1310


History (060)

Two courses from:

HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2301


Government (070)


GOVT 2305 AND GOVT 2306


Social & Behavioral Sciences (080)

One course from:

ECON 2301, 2302

PSYC 2301, 2314

SOCI 1301, 1306, 2301


Component Area Requirement CAO (090)

Two courses from:

BCIS 1305

BIOL 1406, 1407, 1411, 1413, 2401, 2402, 2420, 2421, 2404

CHEM 1405, 1406, 1407, 1411, 1412, 2423, 2425


ENGL 2311

MATH 1314,1324, 1325, 1332, 1342, 1350, 1351, 2312, 2413, 2414, 2318, 2320, 2415

PHYS 1401, 1402, 1415, 1417, 2425, 2426

SPCH 1315, 1321


Suggested Pathway Electives

Suggested pathway electives  to complete 60 semester hours


(2 of the 18 hours will consist of science labs)

* The following science combinations will satisfy the life & physical science requirement

BIOL 1406 and BIOL 1407; BIOL 1408 and BIOL 1409; BIOL 1411 and BIOL 1413; BIOL 1406 with any CHEM or PHYS; BIOL 1407 with any CHEM or PHYS; BIOL 1408 with any CHEM or PHYS; BIOL 1409 with any CHEM or PHYS; BIOL 1411 with any CHEM or PHYS; BIOL 1413 with any CHEM or PHYS; CHEM 1405 and CHEM 1407; CHEM 1406 and CHEM 1407; CHEM 1405 with any BIOL or PHYS; CHEM 1406 with any BIOL or PHYS; CHEM 1407 with any BIOL or PHYS



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The BAAS transfer options provide opportunities for students who complete an AAS with TVCC to continue their education at a partnering university. By enrolling and completing online courses with the partnering university, TVCC’s AAS students are able to earn a bachelor of applied arts and sciences (BAAS) degree that often is necessary for advancement into managerial and executive positions.

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Posted Date:
5/1/2019 10:48:52 AM