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Agri-Communications - A.S. (2+2 with APSU)

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For more information on this program, contact the Math and Science division at 615-230-3261 or at mathscience@volstate.edu.

The Agri- Business Associate of Science is a two-year program for students who will transfer to Austin Peay State University to continue study leading to the bachelor’s degree in in Agriculture with a concentration in Agri-Communications.  

This program prepares individuals to apply journalistic, communication, and broadcasting principals to the development, production, and transmittal of agricultural information. Includes principals of agricultural sciences and business operations needed to develop and communicate agricultural subject matter in effective ways; and production of technically specialized information products for agricultural audiences.

A recent national study predicts a shortage of college graduates in agriculture in the areas of management and science. Graduates with management and financial skills will be in demand. Agri-business, government agencies and related industries need managers and technicians who can communicate with farmers. Graduates who broaden their agricultural experiences with courses in business and computers can enhance their opportunities for employment in agriculture. 

All students graduating with a degree from VSCC are required to take the Educational Testing Service Proficiency Profile (ETSP) to meet graduation requirements. More information can be found at http://www.volstate.edu/Testing/Services.php.

Major Core Course Requirements - Credits (22)

  • University Parallel Electives (Any non-asterisk course) Credits: (3)

VSCC Total Degree Requirements - Credits (63)

Career and Salary Information

The following is a list of some of the career choices that may be obtained upon completion of this program. Please visit the following website http://www.onetonline.org or speak to an advisor for additional career opportunities, salary information and education requirements.  Salaries are not guaranteed.


Beginning Salary with Bachelor Degree Experienced Salary with Bachelor Degree
Farm and Home Management Advisor $32,320 $43,780
Business Communications $37,910 $59,680
Agricultural Management $33,020 $49,710

VSCC Recommended Schedule

This is a recommended schedule. Learning Support, pre-requisites and other academic factors may impact this schedule.  See your advisor to create a degree plan.

DegreeWorks, along with the correct catalog, should be utilized by students for all of their educational planning.  Students can monitor their progress toward a degree or certificate and view missing requirements with the DegreeWorks audit, which is accessible through My Volstate.

VSCC - First Year - Fall Semester - Credits (16)

  • University Parallel Electives (Any non-asterisk course) Credits: (3)

VSCC - Second Year - Fall Semester - Credits (16)

VSCC - Second Year - Spring Semester - Credits (16)

APSU B.S. Degree Program

Complete the last two years at APSU to earn a B.S. degree.

B.S. Degree Requirements:

  • Earn a minimum of 120 semester hours of credit
  • Earn at least 39 credit hours in course numbered 3000-4999 or upper division elective transfer credits.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 in all courses attempted.

APSU - Third Year Fall Semester - Credits (14)

  • AGRI 2210/2211L Soils Credits: (4)¹
  • AGRI 4010 Agriculture Seminar Credits: (1)
  • ART 2090 Photography I Credits: (3)
  • COMM 2000 News Reporting Credits: (3)
  • AGRI Upper-Level Electives (3000-4999) Credits: (3)²

APSU - Third Year Spring Semester - Credits (16)

  • AGRI 4020 Agriculture Seminar Credits: (1)
  • COMM 3200 Copy Editing Credits: (3)¹
  • ENGL 1100 Technical and Report Writing Credits: (3)
  • AGRI Upper-Level Electives (3000-4999) Credits: (6)²
  • Upper-Level Electives (3000-4999) Credits: (3)²

APSU Fourth Year Fall Semester - Credits (16)

  • AGRI 3500 Agricultural Economics Credits: (3)¹
  • AGRI 4430 Genetics of Crops and Livestock Credits: (3)¹
  • AGRI 4500/4501L Farm Planning & Management Credits: (4)¹
  • AGRI Upper-Level Electives (3000-4999) Credits: (3)²
  • COMM (Broadcasting) Electives Credits: (3)²

APSU Fourth Year Spring Semester - Credits (13)

  • AGRI 4030 Senior Success Seminar Credits: (1)
  • COMM 4150 Feature Writing Credits: (3)
  • AGRI Upper-Level Electives (3000-4999) Credits: (6)²
  • Electives Credits: (3)²


¹ These courses are usually offered only in the semester they are listed.

² Consult your advisor.

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