General Agriculture

General Agriculture - Bachelor of Science in Agriculture

The general agriculture major is designed for students searching for a well-rounded education that builds on the diversity of the other degree programs in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES). The flexibility of the general agriculture degree allows students to tailor a program to fit their individual interests and career goals. Students completing the program earn a Bachelor of Science in General Agriculture. Students choose general agriculture for a variety of reasons. Some may enter the program with a specific career goal in mind. Others may choose general agriculture to obtain a broader education that will give them more flexibility. The curriculum in General Agriculture is administered by the Department of Entomology, Plant Pathology and Weed Science.

New Mexico and University Requirements
Area I. Communications
ENGL 111GRhetoric and Composition4
Select one from the following:3
Effective Leadership and Communication in Agricultural Organizations3
Public Speaking3
Principles of Human Communication3
Select one from the following:3
Business and Professional Communication3
Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences3
Technical and Scientific Communication3
Advanced Composition3
Advanced Technical and Professional Communication3
Area II. Mathematics
Select 3 credits from the following:3
College Algebra3
Calculus for the Biological and Management Sciences3
Trigonometry and Precalculus4
Calculus and Analytic Geometry I4
Mathematics Appreciation3
Area III. Science, with Laboratory
Select 8 credits from the "General Education Courses” section of this catalog.8
Area IV. Social/ Behavioral Sciences
Select 6-9 credits from the "General Education Courses" section of this catalog.6-9
Area V. Humanities and Fine Arts
Select 6-9 credits from the "General Education Courses" section of this catalog.6-9
Viewing a Wider World
Select six 300 or 400 level credits from Viewing a Wider World courses 16
Additional College Requirements 2
Select three areas of concentration from the following ACES departments: 352
Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business
Agricultural and Extension Education
Animal and Range Science
Entomology, Plant Pathology and Weed Science
Family and Consumer Sciences
Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology
Plant and Environmental Sciences
Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management
Electives: to bring total to 120 credits29
Total Credits120-126

One course must be from a college outside of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.


Some ACES classes will meet general education requirements.


At least 18 credits must be taken from the primary department and at least 12 credits must be taken from two secondary departments. A minimum of 52 credits (20 of which need to be 300+) of the 120 required for the degree, must be completed in courses offered by the College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences.

Veterinary Medicine (Preprofessional Training Only, Non-Degree)

The Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) degree is a professional degree that is not offered by any college or university in New Mexico; however, you may complete the preparatory program required for admittance to the professional colleges of veterinary medicine at New Mexico State University.

The D.V.M. degree normally requires four years of training in a professional college subsequent to completion of a preveterinary program that requires at least three years of college-level instruction. In most instances a baccalaureate degree is a distinct advantage to the applicant.

Curriculum requirements are determined by the particular school or college of veterinary medicine. The Department of Animal and Range Sciences maintains current requirements for Colorado State University, Washington State, Oregon State and Texas A&M. You should check with an advisor for specific course requirements. As a student from New Mexico, you may be eligible for financial assistance under the program of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). See the section on WICHE in the General Information chapter under Resources for Students for more information.