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College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Mark Stayton, Interim Dean
151 Agriculture Building
Phone: (307) 766-4135, Fax: (307) 766-4030

The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources offers a wide variety of course work in agriculture, natural resources, molecular biology, and family and consumer sciences. The curriculum provides a sound background in basic sciences and the choice of a number of fields in which to specialize. Students are trained in principles which apply throughout the world, with special emphasis on agriculture and natural resources found in the Rocky Mountain region.

Laboratory work is stressed in all programs because of its importance in agricultural and natural resource professions. Students receive excellent training from case studies and practical experience provided at research and extension centers. Other facilities include modern laboratories and classrooms, an abattoir, meat processing rooms, farm shop, greenhouses, and wool laboratory.

In addition to the academic departments, the college includes the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service. Materials and techniques resulting from this effective triple combination benefit both students and staff in the never-ending search for problem-solving information. The close relationship between teachers, researchers, and extension workers creates a learning atmosphere that encourages the development of the finest students.

Programs of Study

Undergraduate Degrees
Bachelor of Science

Agricultural business
Agricultural communications
Animal and veterinary sciences
Molecular Biology
Rangeland ecology and watershed management

Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences

Bachelor of Applied Science

Graduate Degrees
Master of Arts

Molecular Biology

Master of Science

Agricultural economics
Agricultural economics/water resources
Animal and veterinary sciences
Early childhood development
Entomology/water resources
Family and consumer sciences
Food science and human nutrition
Molecular biology
Plant sciences
Rangeland ecology and watershed management
Rangeland ecology and watershed management/water resources
Reproductive biology
Soil science/water resources

Doctor of Philosophy

Animal and veterinary sciences
Molecular and cellular life sciences
Molecular biology
Plant sciences
Rangeland ecology and watershed management
Reproductive biology
Soil science

The following certificates and/or degrees in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources are available through the UW Outreach School:

Certificate: Early Childhood Program Director
Bachelor of Applied Science
Online bachelor's degrees: Family and Consumer Sciences (Professional Child Development or Family and Community Services Options)

For more information, contact the UW Outreach School at (800) 448-7801 or go to the web at

The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources also offers a graduate certificate in reclamation and restoration ecology. For more information, contact the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management.

Basic Education Core

All undergraduates in College of Agriculture and Natural Resources curriculums are required to follow the basic education core as noted below.

Core Components (USP 2015) Hours
First-Year Seminar (FYS) 3
Quantitative Reasoning (Q) 3
Communication 1 (COM1) 3
Communication 2 (COM2) 3
Communication 3 (COM3) 3
Human Culture (H) 6
Physical & Natural World (PN) 6
U.S. and Wyoming Constitutions (V) 3
Subtotal (minimum core requirements) 30
Hours for major, support areas, and electives as determined by division 90-98
Total Hours (minimum core requirements) 120-128

Core Components (USP 2003)
Intellectual Community (I) 1-3
Writing 1 (WA) 3
Oral Communication (O) 3
Quantitative Reasoning 1 (QA)* 3
Quantitative Reasoning 2 (QB) 3
Science (S, SB, SP, SE) 4-8
Cultural Context (C, CH, CS, CA) 9
U.S. and Wyoming Constitutions (V) 3
Physical Activity and Health (P) 1
Subtotal (minimum core requirements) 30-36
Hours for major, support areas, and electives as determined by division 79-91
Total Hours (minimum core requirements) 120-128

*Core Components are mutually exclusive of each other; hence, two core components may not be fulfilled by the same course.  Except for the QA, core courses may have topics from the embeddable components list included in their curriculum, where appropriate.

Courses taken for S/U

A maximum of 20 elective hours with a grade of S (satisfactory) may be included as part of the total credit requirements for graduation; but no S/U hours may be used to satisfy university, major requirements or required electives, unless the course is offered for S/U grading only.

Minors in Agriculture and Natural Resources

Minors provide a formalized recognition of concentrated study in a specific subject area. A minor degree offers recognition for academic achievement outside of the students' major course curriculum and gives students a concentration of work in the chosen minor area.

A minors program can enable students to enhance and expand career opportunities. A minor will also improve the possibility of admission to graduate programs in any chosen major, minor, or related field of study.

Minors Available in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Include:

Agricultural business
Animal and veterinary science
Apparel design
Farm and ranch management
Forest resources
General agricultural economics
Human development and family sciences
Human nutrition
Insect biology
Interior design
International agricultural economics
Molecular biology
Natural resource economics
Plant protection
Rangeland ecology and watershed
Reclamation and restoration ecology
Soil science

Agricultural Communications Major

A wide variety of courses in agriculture, communications, and journalism provides students with basic preparation for positions as broadcasters, editors or writers for farm and home organizations, state and federal agencies, magazines, newspapers, radio and television stations, and commercial businesses. Communication skills are also distinct assets in agricultural sales, research, service and teaching.

Students enrolled in agricultural courses acquire up-to-date and knowledgeable backgrounds of the subject matter. Courses in communication and journalism develop proficiencies demanded by employers of communication professionals.

Minimum Requirements for Agricultural Communications Majors (B.S.) Hours
University Studies Program requirements 30
Communications/journalism core: COJO 1000, 1010, 1040, 2100 and minimum of 12 hours of communication/journalism electives 24
Agriculture core requirements: At least 18 hours must be lower division (Ag 1000-2000) elective courses, and at least 24 hours must be upper division (Ag 3000-4000) elective courses and include AGRI 4975. 42
Supporting course requirement STAT 2050 or 2070 4
Additional hours for major and electives 20
Total Hours 120

Students wishing to pursue an area of emphasis in the agricultural communications option are encouraged to also select a minor. The college currently offers 19 minors, and any of these can help to better prepare students for employment or graduate work. (see above)

Agricultural communication majors also may complete an internship in their field. A variety of opportunities are available and students can work with the Associate Dean to determine an appropriate internship for their area of emphasis.

Agriculture (AGRI) Courses

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