Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Bryan E. Brokaw, Chair, Program Coordinator for Agricultural and Environmental Sciences    
ACU Box 27986
Abilene, Texas 79699-7986
Zona Luce Building, Room 208

Phone: 325-674-2401
Fax: 325-674-6936
Email: brokawe@acu.edu
Web: www.acu.edu/agenv

Faculty
Bryan E. Brokaw, Professor
James C. Cooke, Professor  
Emmett Miller, Assistant Professor
Foy MIlls, Professor
Michael Nicodemus, Assistant Professor

Majors:  
Agribusiness (BS) 
Animal Science (BS) 
Environmental Science (BS)
Animal Health Professions Cooperative (BS)

Minors:  
Agricultural Sciences 
Environmental Sciences

The Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences offers the Bachelor of Science
degree in agribusiness, animal science and environmental science. A "fast-track" cooperative degree in animal science is available for students who wish to enter a school of veterinary medicine after three years at ACU. Students considering graduate work or governmental employment should consult their advisor during the sophomore year. For information on scholarships available in agricultural and environmental sciences, see the department chair. 

Introduction
“The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it” (Genesis 2:15). Thus began God’s initial ministry for humankind. Though man would choose to disregard God’s command, God’s desire is for reconciliation and relationship with His creation.

The faculty in the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (A&E) at Abilene Christian University believes in this ministry of reconciliation. We challenge students to think about their relationship with God and caring for His creation in a world that is often hostile to the Creator. Consequently, the mission of A&E is to educate students for Christian stewardship of sustainable agricultural and environmental systems throughout the world.

We take this responsibility very seriously, because it is Kingdom business. Whether it takes the form of a former student making decisions in the boardroom of corporate agribusiness, serving the poor in developing countries by teaching them to feed themselves or remediating an abused land site, our desire is that, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving” (Colossians 23:24).

If you are interested in a place where career aspirations are not disconnected from family, church and community, where learning is informed by faith and where servant leadership is expected and modeled, we encourage you to consider A&E.

Study Abroad Expectations
All students are encouraged to participate in ACU’s Study Abroad program. Classes offered at Study Abroad sites vary depending on the site. Academic advisors can assist students in planning ahead for their Study Abroad experience and should be consulted during the freshman year.

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Bachelor of Science Degrees (BS)

Admission Requirements
Before being admitted to a program, a student must satisfy the requirements listed in the ACT/SAT Placement Information section of this catalog.

Agribusiness (BS)   

The BS in agribusiness combines training in agricultural economics, business and technical agriculture. Majors in this area are prepared for business allied with agriculture, including banks and other lending agencies, real estate, insurance companies, farm supply and equipment companies, firms processing and marketing agricultural products, and public agencies associated with agriculture. Students are also prepared to pursue graduate education.

BS: AGRIBUSINESS DEGREE PLAN (AGRB)    
UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS  

Please see the University Requirements section of this catalog.

 
Major Requirements  

Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Core

AENV 110 Intro. to Ag. and Envr. Syst. and Tech 

ANSC 111 General Animal Science 

ENVR 112 Plant Science 

ENVR 233 Soil Science 

Total 

Agribusiness

AGRB 261 Principles of Agricultural and Applied Economics  

AGRB 382 Agribusiness Management 

AGRB 385 Food and Fiber Marketing 

AGRB 430 Commodity Markets 

 AGRB 442 Agricultural and Natural Resource Policy 
(writing
intensive course) 

ACCT 210 Financial Accounting 

ACCT 211 Managerial Accounting 

BLAW 363 Legal Environment of Business 

Advanced selections from:

AENV, AGRB, ANSC, or ENVR 

  Total

Hours1 (in parentheses) may also fulfill university requirements

and are not included in total major hours

 

3

3

3

3

12

 

(3)1

3

3

3

3
 

3

3

3

 

9

30

SUPPLEMENT FOR MAJOR  

Business

ECON 260 Principles of Macroeconomics 

FIN 310 Financial Management 

IS 322 Business Statistics 

MGMT 330 Management and Organizational Behavior 

MGMT 331 Operations Management 

MGMT 439 Strategic Management 

MKTG 320 Principles of Marketing 
 

Mathematics

MATH 130 Finite Math for Applications  
 

Science Core

BIOL 112 General Biology I  

BIOL 114 General Biology I Lab 

  or

BIOL 113 General Biology II  

BIOL 115 General Biology II Lab

  and

CHEM 113 Introductory Chemistry  

CHEM 111 Introductory Chemistry Lab

 Choose one: 

POLS 221, 225

    TOTAL

Hours1 (in parentheses) may also fulfill university requirements

and are not included in total major hours

 

 

3

3

3

3

3

3

3
 

 

(3)1
 

 

(3)1

1

 

(3)1

1

 

(3)1

1

 

(3)1

23

 Electives  

Minimum

7

TOTAL MAJOR HOURS

72

OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS  

Minimum GPA for graduation 

Minimum advanced hours 

Minimum total hours 

Courses numbered 0** do not count in
minimum hours required for degree.

2.00

33

128

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ANIMAL SCIENCE (BS)    

The animal science degree is designed to prepare students to effectively serve the livestock industry by producing graduates conversant in issues related to animal agriculture. The curriculum is designed for academically talented students interested in the application of biology and technology to the care, management and study of domestic animals. While the program emphasizes traditional farm species of dairy cattle, beef cattle and swine, it also addresses companion animals, small ruminants and poultry. The animal science curriculum contains a fundamental animal science core accompanied by emphasis tracks. The tracks are pre-veterinary medicine and health, business and industry, livestock management, and biotechnology and research. Graduates are prepared for admission to professional and/or graduate programs for advanced studies or entry into career fields.  

BS: ANIMAL SCIENCE DEGREE PLAN (ANSC)    
UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS  

Please see the University Requirements section of this catalog.

 
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS  

Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Core

 AENV 110 Intro. to Ag. and Envr. Syst. and Tech 

 ANSC 111 General Animal Science 

 ENVR 112 Plant Science 

 ENVR 233 Soil Science 

Total

Animal Science Core

 AGRB 261 Principles of Agricultural and Applied Economics  

 AGRB 382 Agribusiness Management 

 ANSC 336 Animal Nutrition 

 ANSC 343 Animal Reproduction 

 ANSC 392 Animal Health 

 ANSC 496 Animal Breeding 

 ANSC 497 Special Problems in Animal Science
(writing-intensive course) 

Total 
 

Kinesiology

 (LM and PVH use ANSC 360 for 1 hour of PEAC activity)  
 

Mathematics

 MATH 123 Intro to Probability and Statistics (BI and LM) or

     MATH 124 Precalculus II (BR) or

     MATH 185 Calculus I (PVH)  
 

Science Requirements

 BIOL 112 General Biology I  

 BIOL 114 General Biology I Lab 

 BIOL 113/115 General Biology II Lecture/Lab 

 BIOL 351 Genetics 

CHEM 113 Introductory Chemistry (BI and LM) or

     CHEM 133 General Chemistry I (BR and PVH)  

 TOTAL 

Hours1 (in parentheses) may also fulfill university requirements

and are not included in total major hours

 

3

3

3

3

12

 

(3)1

3

3

3

3

3


3

18
 

 

(1)1
 

 

 

 

(3)1


 

(3)1

1

4

3

 

(3)1

38

ANIMAL INDUSTRY AND BUSINESS TRACK (BI)    

 AGRB 385 Food and Fiber Marketing 

 AGRB 430 Commodity Markets 

 ANSC 337 Animal Nutrition Lab 

 ANSC 345 Techniques in Animal Production 

Choose two from the following:

 ANSC 235 Companion Animal Management

 ANSC 363 Monogastric Livestock Production

 ANSC 483 Ruminant Livestock Production

Choose one from the following:

 AENV 371 Experimental Design and Data Analysis

 AGRB 442 Agricultural and Natural Resource Policy

 ENVR 350 Rangeland Ecology

TOTAL

3

3

1

1

6

 

 

 

3

 

 

 

17

SUPPLEMENT FOR MAJOR (BI Track)  

 ACCT 210 Financial Accounting 

 ACCT 211 Managerial Accounting 

 CHEM 111 Introductory Chemistry Lab 

 CHEM 112/114 Introductory Organic and Biological Chemistry 
        Lecture/Lab 

TOTAL

3

3

1

 
4

11

BIOTECHNOLOGY AND RESEARCH TRACK (BR)        

 AENV 371 Experimental Designs and Data Analysis 

 ANSC 337 Animal Nutrition Lab 

 ANSC 431 Animal Biotechnology 

Recommended Emphases (choose one):

   Biotechnology Emphasis   

    BIOL 312 Cell Biology 

    BIOL 475 Molecular Genetics 

    BIOL 476 Biotechnology Lab 

   Research Emphasis

    ANSC 345 Techniques in Animal Production 

Choose two from the following: 

   ANSC 235 Companion Animal Management

   ANSC 363 Monogastric Livestock Production

   ANSC 483 Ruminant Livestock Production

   ENVR 350 Rangeland Management

TOTAL

3

1

3

 

 8

3

3

2

7

1

6

 

 

 

 

14-15

SUPPLEMENT FOR MAJOR (BR Track)  

 CHEM 131 General Chemistry Lab 

 CHEM 132/134 General Chemistry II Lecture/Lab 

 CHEM 221/223 Organic Chemistry I Lecture/Lab 

 CHEM 322/324 Organic Chemistry II Lecture/Lab 

TOTAL

 1

4

4

4

13

LIVESTOCK MANAGEMENT TRACK (LM)    

 ANSC 337 Animal Nutrition Lab 

 ANSC 345 Techniques in Animal Production 

 ANSC 483 Ruminant Livestock Production 

 ENVR 350 Rangeland Ecology 

Recommended Emphases (choose one):

   Animal Production Emphasis   

     ANSC 235 Companion Animal Management 

     ANSC 360 Horses and Horsemanship 

     ANSC 363 Monogastric Livestock Production 

   Choose two from the following:

     AENV 371 Experimental Designs and Data Analysis

     AGRB 385 Food and Fiber Marketing or

     AGRB 430 Commodity Markets  

     ANSC 431 Animal Biotechnology 

   Rangeland Ecology Emphasis   

     ENVR 345 Rangeland Plants 

     ENVR 354 Range Science 

     ENVR 455 Wildlife Ecology 

   Choose one from the following: 

     AENV 371 Experimental Designs and Data Analysis

     AGRB 442 Agricultural and Natural Resource Policy

     ANSC 235 Companion Animal Management

     ANSC 363 Monogastric Livestock Production

     ENVR 341 Water Resources

TOTAL 

 1

1

3

3

 

14

3

2

3

6

  

  

  

   

13

3

3

4

3

 

 

 

 

 

21-22

SUPPLEMENT FOR MAJOR (LM Track)  

 CHEM 111 Introductory Chemistry Lab 

 CHEM 112/114 Introductory Organic and Biological Chemistry Lecture/Lab 

TOTAL

1

4

5

PRE-VETERINARY MEDICINE AND HEALTH TRACK (PVH)    

 ANSC 235 Companion Animal Management 

 ANSC 360 Horses and Horsemanship 

TOTAL 

 3

2

5

SUPPLEMENT FOR MAJOR (PVH Track)  

 BIOL 355/357 Microbiology I Lecture/Lab 

 CHEM 131 General Chemistry Lab 

 CHEM 132/134 General Chemistry II Lecture/Lab 

 CHEM 221/223 Organic Chemistry I Lecture/Lab 

 CHEM 322/324 Organic Chemistry II Lecture/Lab 

 CHEM 453 Biochemistry I 

 CHEM 454 Biochemistry II 

TOTAL

 4

1

4

4

4

3

3

23

ELECTIVES  

Minimum (BI Track) 

Minimum (BR Track) 

Minimum (LM Track) 

Minimum (PVH Track) 

 6

6-7

7-8

6

TOTAL MAJOR HOURS 

72

OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS  

Minimum GPA for graduation 

Minimum advanced hours 

Minimum total hours 

Courses numbered 0** do not count in
minimum hours required for degree.

2.00

33

128

 
 

 

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ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE (BS)   

The purpose of this degree is to fulfill the educational needs of students who are preparing for careers in natural resource management. As the national consciousness of the finite nature of natural resources has increased, the extraction industries, agriculture and manufacturers in general have been required to change the way they handle natural resources. Interactions between companies that consume natural resources and regulations governing the conservation of these resources have led to the creation of new disciplines and new career opportunities. Graduate schools in colleges of agriculture as well as in colleges of arts and sciences offer degrees and graduate assistantships in a multitude of environmental areas. The emergence of new jobs in natural resource management indicate the opportunities for graduates in environmental science.

BS: ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE DEGREE PLAN (ENVR)  
UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS  

Please see the University Requirements section of this catalog.

 
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS  

Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Core

 AENV 110 Intro. to Ag. and Envr. Syst. and Tech 

 ANSC 111 General Animal Science 

 ENVR 112 Plant Science 

 ENVR 233 Soil Science 

Total 

 Environmental Science Core

 AGRB 261 Principles of Agricultural and Applied Economics  

 AGRB 382 Agribusiness Management 

 ENVR 350 Rangeland Ecology 

 ENVR 410 Environmental Law and Policy 

 ENVR 420 Environmental Thought (writing-intensive course) 

Total 

 Advanced selections from

 AENV or ENVR 

 TOTAL 

1Hours (in parentheses) may also fulfill university requirements
and are not included in total major hours

 

3

3

3

3

12

 

(3)1

3

3

3

3

12

 

6

30

 
 

SUPPLEMENT FOR MAJOR  

Mathematics

 MATH 123 Intro to Probability & Stats (ENVW, ENVO, ENVP) or

      MATH 124 or 185 (ENVF)  

Science Core

 BIOL 112 General Biology I  

 BIOL 114 General Biology I Lab 

 CHEM 113 Introductory Chemistry or

      CHEM 133 General Chemistry I (ENVF)  

 BIOL 113/115 General Biology II Lecture/Lab 

Social Sciences/Humanities

 POLS 225 National Government  

TOTAL 

Hours1 (in parentheses) may also fulfill university requirements
and are not included in total major hours

 

 

(3)1

 

(3)1

1

 

(3)1

4

 

(3)1

5

  
 

WILDLIFE AND NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT TRACK (ENVW)    

 ANSC 336 Animal Nutrition 

 BIOL 221/223 Animal Biology or

 BIOL 222/224 Plant Biology 

 CHEM 111 Intro to Chemistry Lab 

 CHEM 112/114 Intro to Organic and Biological Chemistry 

 ENVR 345 Rangeland Plants 

 ENVR 354 Range Science 

 ENVR 455 Wildlife Ecology 

Choose two:

BIOL 305, 311, 315, 322, 362, 367, 370, 380, 403425, 471, 477 

TRACK TOTAL 

3

 

4

1

4

3

3

4

  6

  

28

OUTDOOR STUDIES TRACK (ENVO)    

 AENV 384 Internship in Agricultural and Environmental Sciences 

 CHEM 111 Introduction to Chemistry Lab 

 CHEM 112/114 Intro to Organic and Biological Chemistry 

 ENVR 345 Rangeland Plants 

 ENVR 455 Wildlife Ecology 

 KINE 241 First Aid 

 KINE 360 Leadership and Management for Health Promotion

 KINE 460 Program Planning for Health Promotion 

Choose three courses (in addition to university requirements):

PEAC 206, 210, 211, 225, 229, 239, 341, 350, 351, 352

TRACK TOTAL 

3

1

4

3

4

1

3

3

 

25

FIELD TECHNOLOGY TRACK (ENVF)    

 CHEM 131 General Chemistry Lab 

 CHEM 132/134 General Chemistry II Lecture/Lab 

 CHEM 221/223 Organic Chemistry I Lecture/Lab 

 CHEM 322/324 Organic Chemistry II Lecture/Lab 

 CHEM 341 Environmental Chemistry 

 ENVR 320 Energy Resources

 ENVR 341 Water Resources 

 ENVR 345 Rangeland Plants 

TRACK TOTAL 

1

4

4

4

3

3

3

3

25

POLITICS AND PUBLIC POLICY TRACK (ENVP)    

 AGRB 442 Agricultural and Natural Resource Policy 

Advanced selections from AENV or ENVR 

 CHEM 111 Introduction to Chemistry Lab 

 CHEM 112/114 Intro to Organic and Biological Chemistry 

 POLS 341 American Public Policy 

Choose four:

 POLS 345, 360, 381, 383, 385, 395, 483, 488, 492, 494 

TRACK TOTAL 

3

3

1

4

3

 12

 

26

ELECTIVES  

Minimum (ENVW) 

Minimum (ENVO, ENVF) 

Minimum (ENVP) 

9

12

11

TOTAL MAJOR HOURS 

72

OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS  

Minimum GPA for graduation 

Minimum advanced hours 

Minimum total hours 

Courses numbered 0** do not count in
minimum hours required for degree.

2.00

33

128

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COOPERATIVE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE (BS)

Admission Requirements
Before being admitted to a program, a student must satisfy the requirements listed in the ACT/SAT Placement Information section of this catalog.

 ANIMAL HEALTH PROFESSIONS COOPERATIVE (BS)   

The Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences offers the BS degree in cooperation with some schools of veterinary medicine. In this program a bachelor's degree (BS in Animal Science) is awarded to certain qualified students who have satisfactorily completed three years of prescribed work at ACU (a minimum of 104 hours) plus one year at a recognized school of veterinary medicine.  

ANIMAL HEALTH PROFESSIONS COOPERATIVE (BS)  
UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS  

Please see the University Requirements section of this catalog.

 
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS  

 Agribusiness

 AGRB 261 Principles of Agricultural and Applied Economics  

Animal Science

 AENV 110 Intro. to Ag. and Envr. Syst. and Tech. 

 ANSC 111 General Animal Science 

 ANSC 336 Animal Nutrition 

 ANSC 497 Special Problems in Animal Science (a writing-intensive course) 

Biology

 BIOL 112 General Biology I  

 BIOL 114 General Biology I Lab 

 BIOL 113/115 General Biology II Lecture/Lab 

 BIOL 351 Genetics 

 BIOL 355/357 Microbiology Lecture/Lab 

Chemistry

 CHEM 133 General Chemistry I  

 CHEM 131 General Chemistry I Lab 

 CHEM 132/134 General Chemistry II Lecture/Lab 

 CHEM 221/223 Organic Chemistry I Lecture/Lab 

 CHEM 322/324 Organic Chemistry II Lecture/Lab 

 CHEM 453 Biochemistry I 

 CHEM 454 Biochemistry II 

English

 ENGL 326 Business and Professional Writing or

         ENGL 327 Scientific and Technical Writing 

Mathematics

 MATH 131 Calculus for Applications or

 MATH 185 Calculus I  

Physics

 PHYS 110/111 General Physics I Lecture/Lab 

 PHYS 112/113 General Physics II Lecture/Lab 

TOTAL 

Hours1 (in parentheses) may also fulfill university requirements
and are not included in total major hours

 

(3)1

 

3

3

3

3

 

(3)1

1

4

3

4

 

(3)1

1

4

4

4

3

3

 

 

3

 

 

(3)1

 

4

4

54

 
 

Professional School Requirement

ACU awards the bachelor’s degree to certain qualified students who have satisfactorily completed three years of prescribed work at ACU (a minimum of 104 hours) plus one year at a recognized professional school. Students in the cooperative degree program are advised by an advisor in the Department of Agriculture and Environmental Studies.

 

TOTAL MAJOR HOURS 

54

OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS  

Minimum GPA in major 

Minimum GPA for graduation 

Minimum advanced hours from ACU 

Minimum total hours from ACU 

Minimum total hours 

 

Courses numbered 0** do not count in
minimum hours required for degree.

2.00

2.00

23

107

128

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Minor in Agricultural Sciences

MINOR: AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES (AGRS)  

 CHEM 111/113 Introduction to Chemistry Lecture/Lab 

 AGRB 261 Principles of Agricultural and Applied Economics 

 ANSC 111 General Animal Science 

 ENVR 112 Plant Science 

 ENVR 233 Soil Science 

 Choose two advanced courses from: AENV, AGRB, ANSC, ENVR 

TOTAL 

4

3

3

3

3

6

22

 

Minor in Environmental Science    

MINOR: ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE (ENVR)  

 CHEM 111/113 Introduction to Chemistry Lecture/Lab 

 AENV 130 Environmental and Technological Science 

 ENVR 112 Plant Science 

 ENVR 233 Soil Science 

 ENVR 300-499 

TOTAL 

4

3

3

3

9

22

 

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Course Descriptions
Please see the Course Descriptions section of this catalog. Courses offered by the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences include those with the following designations: AENV, AGRB, ANSC, ENVR.