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Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the AFS degree, graduates will:

Agricultural Systems

Identify the basic human, socioeconomic, environmental, and biophysical dimensions of agricultural and food systems at the local, regional, and global levels.

  • Apply systems thinking and principles to explore linkages and leverage points in agricultural and food systems.
  • Describe how physical, social, and political factors impact global agriculture and food systems.

Scientific Reasoning

Describe the context and scientific basis of current practice and future changes in agricultural and food systems.

  • Interpret and integrate basic and applied science knowledge to explain and evaluate agricultural and food systems.
  • Collect, analyze and interpret scientific data to inform decision making.
  • Discern appropriate scientific evidence and research to inform decisions.

Critical Thinking

Evaluate real-world agricultural and food systems and paradigms considering agricultural science, social, economic, and environmental outcomes.

  • Obtain and apply scholarly information to expand student understanding and knowledge of agricultural systems.
  • Identify the scientific, cultural, economic, and environmental context and diverse perspectives influencing agricultural food systems.
  • Understand the students’ own values and perspectives in shaping agricultural food systems.
  • Draw conclusions and make recommendations based on an understanding of the system, scientific evidence, contextual factors, and desired outcomes.

Science and Professional Communication

Communicate scientific principles, research, and findings to diverse audiences.

  • Deliver professional oral and written communication.
  • Use graphic representation to present data and scientific findings.
  • Work effectively as a member of a team and collaboratively across disciplines.

Depth (Major-Level Outcome)

Demonstrate major-specific mastery of a topic with specialized knowledge and skills in at least one area of inquiry within the AFS degree.

Agricultural Education

  • Demonstrate the necessary subject matter knowledge for success as an agricultural teacher.
  • Develop and deliver effective lessons based upon sound pedagogy and student needs in a culturally responsive manner.
  • Construct, analyze, and appraise formative and summative assessment data in order to inform teaching practice.
  • Implement the components of a complete agricultural education program.

Agricultural and Food Business Economics

  • Apply appropriate economic principles, analysis and quantitative methods to analyze problems and issues of social importance.
  • Collect, organize, evaluate, and analyze appropriate economic data to apply economic theory to AFS managerial problems.
  • Illustrate and communicate analytical results, conclusions, and limitations of the econometric testing in real world applications

Agriculture and Food Security

  • Being developed by the curriculum committee

Agricultural Technology and Production Management

  • Being developed by the curriculum committee

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture

  • Locate, access, and interpret principles and certification guidelines (if applicable) of organic and other agroecological systems, such as integrated, conservation agriculture, and mixed crop-livestock.
  • Be competent with utilizing important sustainable agriculture website sources, including the USDA National Organic Program (NOP), UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) and National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service (ATTRA).
  • Understand agricultural sustainability metrics in the areas of social wellbeing, financial performance, environmental quality, and productivity for measuring these components of any farming system.
  • Develop the ability to plan, certify, and manage production on an organic farm, including practical skills in farm production, marketing, and teamwork.