Graduate Catalog 2021-2022

Department of Agriculture and Food Science

Department website: http://www.wku.edu/agriculture

Fred DeGraves, Department Chair
Environmental Science and Technology 269
(270) 745-3151
agriculture@wku.edu

Faculty

Professor

Becky A. Gilfillen PhD (Plant and Soil Science), University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1999

William T. Willian PhD (Plant & Soil Science), University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1995

Paul B. Woosley PhD (Crop Science), University of Kentucky, 2002

Associate Professor

Fred J. DeGraves PhD (Veterinary Medical Sciences, Animal Science), North Carolina State University, 1991

Jean D. Gumirakiza PhD (Economics), Utah State University, 2013

Stephen A. King PhD (Agricultural Economics), Oklahoma State University Main Campus, 2004

Thomas W. Kingery PhD (Agricultural Leadership, Education, & Communications), Texas A & M University, 2010

Assistant Professor

Phillip A. Gunter PhD (Animal Sciences), Auburn University, 2018

Luiz H. Pereira Silva PhD (Animal Science), Foreign College/University, 2018

William D. Strunk PhD (Plant Science), University of Arkansas Main Campus, 2015

Clinical Assistant Professor

Roger L. Dennis MAE (Agriculture Education, Secondary Education), Western Kentucky University, 1992

Instructor I

Paige A. Smith MS (Agriculture), Western Kentucky University, 2017

Agricultural Economics Courses

AGEC 460G    Agricultural Policy    3 Hours

The role of agriculture in the national economy; objectives of agricultural policy; appraisal and proposed agricultural programs; legislation for economics action.

Prerequisite(s): AGEC 360

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

AGEC 461G    Advanced Farm Management    3 Hours

Identification, analysis, and solution of problems of farm organization and operation. Case studies and field trips to situation farms in South Central Kentucky.

Prerequisite(s): AGEC 361 or permission of instructor

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

AGEC 463G    Agricultural Finance    3 Hours

Farm finance problems including capital requirements, investment decisions, budgeting techniques, etc. Lending agencies and alternative means of acquiring capital.

Prerequisite(s): AGEC 361 or permission of instructor

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; spring 2021

AGEC 468G    World Food Development    3 Hours

Problems and opportunities in feeding an ever-increasing population. Assessment of world food production, poverty, businesses and cultures; ways of increasing production.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

AGEC 561    Agricultural Production and Economics    3 Hours

Production and cost functions, programming and decision-making principles and their application to agriculture.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; fall 2021

AGEC 671    ADVANCED AGRIBUSINESS    3 Hours

Follow steps of a disciplined entrepreneurship process to create an agribusiness venture. Comprehensive strategic planning for new or existing agribusiness. Economic principles, marketing, management, and accounting techniques necessary for a profit-maximizing agribusiness venture.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

AGEC 675    Advanced Topics Agricultural Economics    3 Hours

No course description is available

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2020; fall 2021

Agricultural Education Courses

AGED 570    Methods of Teaching in Agriculture Education    3 Hours

Experiences related to the teaching of agriculture education, further preparing the prospective teacher in supervised occupational experience programs. Topics covered include FFA activities, classroom management, and general teaching techniques. Departments of Agriculture in other institutions are occasionally visited.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

AGED 571    Organization and Planning in Agricultural Education    3 Hours

A teacher preparation course designed to prepare pre-service teachers for the student teaching experience and for a full-time teaching position. Unit planning, lesson preparation, and delivery comprise the major portion of this course.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

AGED 575    Topics in Agriculture Education    1-3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Special topics acquaint students with scientific developments of current interest in agricultural education. Appropriate topics are assigned. Lecture and assignments vary with credit.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

AGED 583    Curriculum Development/Agriculture Education    3 Hours

Principles of curriculum development, curriculum alignment, and assessment of content standards.

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2019

AGED 584    Program Development/Agriculture Education    3 Hours

For new and returning ag-ed teachers. Covers planning, conducting, and following through instructional programs for secondary, post-secondary, and/or adult students.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019

AGED 589    Ind Spec Prob Agriculture Education    1-3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Supervised individual study in agricultural education.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019

AGED 675    Advanced Topics in Agriculture Education    1-3 Hours

No course description is available

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019

Agriculture Courses

AGRI 450G    Rural Health and Safety    3 Hours

Students will explore a variety of health and safety issues unique to rural populations. The interdisciplinary team concept will be used throughout the course to foster collaboration that facilitates sharing of the expertise of students and faculty.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

AGRI 491G    Data Analysis and Interpretation    3 Hours

Statistical models and use of samples, variation, statistical measures, distributions, tests of significance, analysis of variance, regression, correlation and chi-square as related to interpretation and use of scientific data.

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2019; fall 2020; fall 2021

AGRI 493G    Sustainable Agriculture    3 Hours

Effect of diminishing resources, environmental pollution, and short-term economics on the sustainability of productive agriculture. Emphasis on managing crops, livestock, and other farm resources in providing an ecological-economical balance in agricultural production. Note: Upper division standing, minimum of 18 hours in agriculture or related areas required.

Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2019

AGRI 528    Population Genetics    3 Hours

Application of genetic and statistical concepts to populations of plants and domestic animals.

Prerequisite(s): BIOL 327 and (AGRI 491 or equivalent)

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2020

AGRI 590    Experimental Design    3 Hours

Statistical consideration in experimental design; covariance, multiple regression, factorial design, and incomplete block designs.

Prerequisite(s): AGRI 491 or permission of instructor

Equivalent(s): GEOS 590

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; spring 2021

AGRI 597    Independent Special Problems/Agriculture    1-3 Hours (repeatable max of 9 hrs)

Supervised individual study in agriculture.

Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor

Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021

AGRI 598    Seminar    1 Hour (repeatable max of 3 hrs)

Problems and research in agriculture. Required of all graduate students.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021

AGRI 599    Thesis Research/Writing    1-6 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Thesis research and writing directed by faculty committee.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; summer 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; summer 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; summer 2021; fall 2021

AGRI 600    Maintaining Matriculation    1-6 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Continued enrollment for thesis completion.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; summer 2019; spring 2020; summer 2020

AGRI 675    Advanced Topics/Agriculture    1-3 Hours (repeatable max of 10 hrs)

Issues and scientific developments of current interest.

Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; spring 2020

Agronomy Courses

AGRO 414G    Crop Improvement    3 Hours

Identification, development, and utilization of genetic differences in the improvement of cultivated plants. Note: Six hours of plant science required.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

AGRO 420G    Forage Crops    2 Hours

Distribution, improvement, morphology, culture, harvesting and utilization of forage crops are presented.

Prerequisite(s): AGRO 110 and AGRO 350 and BIOL 120

Corequisite(s): AGRO 421G

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2019; spring 2021

AGRO 421G    Forage Crops Laboratory    1 Hour

A laboratory course correlated with AGRO 420G.

Corequisite(s): AGRO 420G

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2019; spring 2021

AGRO 455G    Soil Chemistry    2 Hours

Analytical techniques used in soil chemistry and soil fertility; studies nutrient determination, colloidal systems, chemical properties related to plant nutrition.

Prerequisite(s): AGRO 350

Corequisite(s): AGRO 456G

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

AGRO 456G    Soil Chemistry Lab    1 Hour

A laboratory course correlated with AGRO 455G.

Corequisite(s): AGRO 455G

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

AGRO 457G    Soil Form/Class/Map    2 Hours

Soil origin; classification schemes; profile description, mapping and interpretation of soil survey information are discussed, emphasizing Kentucky soils.

Prerequisite(s): AGRO 350

Corequisite(s): AGRO 458G

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

AGRO 458G    Soil Form/Class/Map Lab    1 Hour

A laboratory course correlated with AGRO 457G.

Corequisite(s): AGRO 457G

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

AGRO 475G    Topics Agronomy    1-3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Special topics acquaint advanced undergraduate students with scientific developments of current interest in agriculture. Appropriate topic titles are assigned. Lecture and assignments vary with credit.

Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

AGRO 509    Weed Science    2 Hours

Identification of prominent week species; relationship of weeds to crop production problems; physical and chemical control measures.

Prerequisite(s): BIOL 120 and AGRO 110 and (CHEM 105 and CHEM 107) or equivalent

Corequisite(s): AGRO 510

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

AGRO 510    Weed Science Laboratory    1 Hour

A laboratory course correlated with AGRO 509.

Corequisite(s): AGRO 509

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

AGRO 521    Pasture Management    3 Hours

Development of pastures, physiological principles related to forage production, pasture management, and preservation and use of conserved forages.

Prerequisite(s): (AGRO 420 and AGRO 421) and (ANSC 448 or permission of instructor)

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019

AGRO 522    Field Crops    3 Hours

Distribution, morphology, culture, phenology, harvest and utilization of field crops are presented.

Prerequisite(s): AGRO 110 and AGRO 350 and BIOL 120

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2019

AGRO 552    Soil Microbiology    3 Hours

Soil microbial populations and systems and their influence on plant nutrition. Soil organic matter, its decomposition and associated microorganisms; oxidation-reduction process; nitrogen fixation.

Prerequisite(s): AGRO 350 and BIOL 207 and BIOL 208

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; spring 2021

AGRO 554    Soil Management & Conservation    3 Hours

Economic utilization of land for agricultural recreation and public purposes; interpretation and application of soil conservation; public and industrial uses; practice in designing land-use maps.

Prerequisite(s): AGRO 350

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; spring 2021

Animal Science Courses

ANSC 437G    Physiology/Reproduction    2 Hours

Endocrinology and physiology of reproductive systems; anatomical physiology and biochemical bases of reproduction, artificial insemination, synchronized estrus and related topics are presented.

Prerequisite(s): BIOL 120

Corequisite(s): ANSC 438G

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2019; fall 2020

ANSC 438G    Physiology/Reproduction Lab    1 Hour

A laboratory course correlated with ANSC 437G. Laboratory, two hours.

Corequisite(s): ANSC 437G

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2019; fall 2020

ANSC 446G    Animal Breeding    2 Hours

Application of genetic and statistical principles of breeding and improvements of farm animals; the role of selection in changing populations; the effects of different mating systems upon improvement of farm animals are investigated.

Prerequisite(s): ANSC 140 and BIOL 120

Corequisite(s): ANSC 447G

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

ANSC 447G    Animal Breeding Lab    1 Hour

A laboratory course correlated with ANSC 446.

Corequisite(s): ANSC 446G

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

ANSC 448G    Animal Feeds and Feeding Practices    4 Hours

Livestock feeds and their nutrients; functions of and requirements for nutrients; evaluation of feeds; feeding practices and formulation of rations for all classes of livestock are included.

Prerequisite(s): ANSC 345 or permission of instructor

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020

ANSC 449G    Lab Methods Animal Nutrition    3 Hours

Laboratory methods for determining major minerals and vitamins in feeds, proximate analysis of feeds, products of fermentation, feed residues and contamination.

Prerequisite(s): ANSC 448

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

ANSC 475G    Selected Topics    1-3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Special topics acquaint advanced undergraduate students with scientific developments of current interest in agriculture. Appropriate topic titles are assigned. Lecture and assignments vary with credit.

Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

ANSC 533    Physiology of Lactation    3 Hours

Anatomy of the mammary gland, hormonal control of mammogenesis, initiation and maintenance of milk secretion, factors affecting level and composition of milk, synthesis of milk.

Prerequisite(s): ANSC 344

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

ANSC 545    Ruminant Nutrition    3 Hours

Rumen development and function, products of fermentation, nutrient requirements, absorption and metabolism, symptoms of deficiency and toxicity.

Prerequisite(s): (ANSC 345 and BIOL 446) or equivalent or permission of instructor

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

ANSC 546    Advanced Animal Breeding    3 Hours

Application of population genetics to the economic improvement of farm animals, phenotypic and genetic relationships, role of selection in changing populations, formulation and application of breeding plans.

Prerequisite(s): (ANSC 446 and AGRI 528) or permission of instructor

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

ANSC 547    Advanced Animal Nutrition    3 Hours

The nutrient requirements of the monogastric animals, structure, metabolism and function of each nutrient class, interrelationship of the nutrient classes, deficiency and toxicity symptoms.

Prerequisite(s): (ANSC 345 and BIOL 446) or equivalent or permission of instructor

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

ANSC 675    Advanced Topics in Animal Science    1-3 Hours

No course description is available

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; summer 2019; spring 2020; summer 2020

Horticulture Courses

HORT 401G    Landscape Plants II    2 Hours

Identification, recognition and use of landscape plants; with emphasis on evergreens, annuals, perennials and bulbs, winter effect and flowering sequence of deciduous trees and shrubs will be included.

Prerequisite(s): HORT 301 or permission of instructor

Corequisite(s): HORT 402G

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

HORT 402G    Landscape Plants II Lab    1 Hour

A laboratory course correlated with HORT 401G.

Prerequisite(s): HORT 301 or permission of instructor

Corequisite(s): HORT 401G

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

HORT 403G    Landscape Design and Construction    2 Hours

Design of residential and commercial landscapes; techniques and materials for construction of landscape features such as decks, patio covers, walls, patios, pools and irrigation are presented.

Prerequisite(s): HORT 402G or permission of instructor

Corequisite(s): HORT 404G

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

HORT 404G    Landscape Design and Construction Lab    1 Hour

A laboratory course correlated with HORT 403G.

Corequisite(s): HORT 403G

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

HORT 405G    Nursery Management    2 Hours

Developing, planning, planting, and maintaining a modern plant nursery of container and field grown stocks of trees, shrubs, and ground covers. An introduction to the organization and management of a landscape plant nursery for container and field grown stock. Students will design and plan a working nursery for south central Kentucky.

Prerequisite(s): AGRO 110

Corequisite(s): HORT 406G

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

HORT 406G    Nursery Management Lab    1 Hour

A laboratory course correlated with HORT 405G.

Corequisite(s): HORT 405G

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

HORT 407G    Plant Propagation    2 Hours

Plant propagation is studied and practiced as an art and a science. Sexual and asexual techniques include propagation by seed, cuttings, grafting, layering, division and tissue culture.

Prerequisite(s): AGRO 110

Corequisite(s): HORT 408G

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

HORT 408G    Plant Propagation Lab    1 Hour

A laboratory course correlated with HORT 407G.

Corequisite(s): HORT 407G

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

HORT 412G    Modern Fruit Production    3 Hours

Production, harvesting, post-harvest handling, and marketing of the major tree and small fruits of the temperate region. Emphasis is given to those crops adaptable to Kentucky.

Prerequisite(s): AGRO 110

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

HORT 419G    Vegetable Production    3 Hours

Production of vegetables that are particularly suited for Kentucky, considering variety selection, culture, harvesting, processing, and marketing.

Prerequisite(s): AGRO 110 or permission of instructor

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020

HORT 426G    Viticulture    3 Hours

An introductory study of grape culture including morphology and growth habit, geographical distribution, dormant pruning techniques, canopy management, management of grapevine pests, and vineyard establishment/maintenance.

Prerequisite(s): (AGRO 110 and AGRO 350) or permission of instructor

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

HORT 475G    Selected Topics Horticulture    1-3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Special topics acquaint advanced undergraduate students with scientific developments of current interest in agriculture. Appropriate topic titles are assigned. Lecture and assignments vary with credit.

Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

HORT 675    Advanced Topics in Horticulture    1-3 Hours

No course description is available

Recent Term(s) Offered: None