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Description of Classes

Agriculture Business

 

AGAB 88 – Ranch Management – 2.5 units

This course involves the organization and operation of farm and ranch businesses, identification of factors affecting profitability.  Evaluation of the business for increased efficiency, profit and the application of budgeting to laboratory farm/ranch and independent analysis of a ranch /farm.

 

AGAB 110 – Introduction to Agriculture Business – 3 units

This class is a survey and basic understanding of the business and economics of the agriculture industry.  It is an introduction to the economic aspects of agriculture and their implications to the agricultural producer, consumer and the food system.  The management principles encountered in the day to day operation of an agricultural enterprise are stressed as they relate to the decision making process.

 

AGAB 112 – Agricultural Sales and Communication – 3 units

This course involves the study of principles of the selling process:  selling strategies and approaches, why and how people buy, prospecting, and customer service.  Self-management, communication, and interpersonal skills necessary in developing leadership qualities, and facilitating teamwork within the agribusiness sector will be explored.  Students will gain experience through role-play and formal sales presentations.

 

AGAB 150 - Agriculture Computer Applications – 3 units

Computer use in the workplace with emphasis on agribusiness situations. Computer applications including word-processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation managers will be covered. Also included will be instruction on accessing information through the Internet and World Wide Web, telecommunications, an introduction to web page design and other software applications appropriate to agribusiness.

 

Animal Science

 

AGAS 120 – Introduction to Animal Science – 3 units

This course is a survey of the livestock industry, supply of animal products, and their uses in animal production. There is a special emphasis on the origin, characteristics, adaptation, and contributions of farm animals to the agriculture industry. The student will analyze the economic and environmental roles of animal production and companionship to society.

 

AGAS 125 – Animal Feeds and Nutrition – 3 units

The science of animal nutrition; the fundamentals of digestion and absorption in both ruminants and non-ruminants are discussed.  The nutritive value of feeds as they relate to the formulation of livestock rations will be emphasized including by-product feeding.

 

AGAS 164 - Animal Behavior - 3 units

General introduction to animal behavior.  Behavior or individual animals, animal relationships, origins of behavior, and social organizations are discussed.

  

Equine Studies

 

AGEQ 001 – Western Horseback Riding for Beginning Riders - .5-2 units

Designed to teach horseback riding to beginning riders with little or no previous experience, and those who have experience riding, but have not had the opportunity to “take lessons.”  Students will develop their skills through practical experience, and will have “individualized” equitation lessons in a group setting. 

 

AGEQ 006 - Elements of Horseshoeing – 1-4 units

Anatomy and physiology of horse leg and foot, and recognizing a quality horseshoeing job, trimming feet, fitting and nailing shoes.

 

AGEQ 009 - Fundamentals of Draft Horse Driving - 1 unit

Work horse history, attitude, approach, dynamics of draft, anatomy, health care, harness and harnessing, and principles of driving.

 

AGEQ 102 - Elements of Horse Production - 3 units

This course is a survey of the equine industry, encompassing the evolution and role of the equine species throughout history, breed selection and development, nutrition, disease, preventative health, reproductive management, basic anatomy and physiology, and equine career options.

 

AGEQ 103 – Western Equitation I – 2 units

Designed to teach horseback riding to students with little or no previous experience, and those who have experience riding, but have not had the opportunity to “take lessons.”  Students will develop their skills through practical experience, and will have “individualized” equitation lessons in  a group setting.  Topics: basic horse care, types of gear and equipment, handling, grooming, saddling, bridling, mounting, seat, hands, and horsemanship under saddle.  Transferable.

 

AGEQ 104 - Horse Conformation and Judging - 1 unit

Horse Conformation is a survey course that covers the varied elements of horse conformation as it relates to the horse in action. The participant will be able to identify and recognize desired horse conformation for the various types of equitation and demonstrate an overall knowledge of how the horse moves. Transferable to UNR.

 

AGEQ 105 - Elements of Horse Training -1 unit

Elements of Horse Training is a survey course that covers the various elements of horse training techniques. The participant will be able to identify and recognize training philosophy and the various techniques of horse training and advance from the beginning stages of horse training through more advanced stages. Transferable to UNR. 

AGEQ 106 – Western Equitation II – 2 units

Designed to teach intermediate and advanced western equitation skills to students with previous western riding experience.  Students will develop their skills through practical experience, and will have “individualized” equitation lessons in a group setting.  Topics: grooming and fitting, use of equipment, groundwork as it relates to riding, use of natural riding aids (hands, legs, seat), advanced horsemanship under saddle. 

 

AGEQ 107 - Elements of Pack Station & Stable Operations- 3 units

This course will discuss the major business aspects and skills of a horse EQS station and stable management. The program is designed to expose students to current Equine Studies theories, their practical application, and provide the student with specific skills in the Equine Studies field. Students should be concurrently enrolled in EQS 108 Field Experience. Transferable to UNR.

 

AGEQ 108 - Pack Station & Stable Operations Field Experience- 2 units

The course demonstrates the practical skills necessary in the organization and implementation of an EQS trip. The class will conclude with a three-day EQS trip that is planned and organized by the students. Transferable to UNR.

 

AGEQ 140 – Introduction to Equine Behavior & Training – 2 units

Introduction to the principles involved in handling and training horses with an emphasis on the historical perspectives and technical development of the unique cooperation between horses and humans.  Course covers equine behavior patterns and training philosophy, evolution of horsemanship, development of training equipment, alternative equine health care and therapies.

 

AGEQ 141 – Equine Behavior & Training – 2 units

Principles involved in handling and training horses utilizing behavior modification procedures that emphasize communication thru knowledge, skills, and respect for the horse.  Course includes equine training behavior patterns on the ground and in the saddle.  Innovative horse training techniques, equine training problems and general solutions.

 

AGEQ 175- Ranch Skills Short Course- 10 units

Specific skill development through practical experience in techniques of western horseback riding, elements of horse training and fundamentals of ranch work with horses.  Successful achievement of course objectives will lead to Certificate of Completion in the Ranch Skills Short Course.  Students will receive credit for EQS 103 Western Equitation I (2 units), EQS 105 elements of Horse Training (2 units), EQS 210 Introduction to Ranch Work (2 units), EQS 212 Applied Ranch Skills (2 units), EQS 225 Advanced Horse Training (2 units).

 

AGEQ 205 - Training Horses Under Saddle - 2 Units

This course takes the student through the principles and applications of equine behavior modification for training young

horses in ground work and various maneuvers under saddle; gaits, leads, backing, stopping, turning and rope work.

 

AGEQ 208 - Advanced Pack Station & Stable Operations Field     Experience- 2 units

The course demonstrates the practical skills necessary in the organization and implementation of an EQS trip. The class will conclude with a three-day EQS trip that is planned and organized by the students. Transferable to UNR.

 

AGEQ 210 - Intro To Ranch Work with Horses - 1-4 units

Students learn the techniques and skills necessary for Cattle/Guest Ranch operation, and selection of equipment and horses.  This course also covers the principles of working cattle and ranch roping, specializing in the training of horses for ranch work.

 

AGEQ 212 - Applied Ranch Skills with Horses – 1-4 units

This course offers information essential to various careers in the agricultural and Cattle/Guest Ranch recreation industry and covers advanced roping and cattle working techniques. 

 

AGEQ 214 - Handling and Care of the Foal, Weanling, and Yearling Horse - 1 unit

Course will focus on the management and training of foals, weanlings, and yearling horses at halter. With an emphasis on safe and practical behavior training techniques as well as current handling practices utilized in health care, farrier science, and ground working exercises. 

 

AGEQ 225 – Advanced Horse Training - .5-4 units

Advanced Horse Training is a survey course that covers the techniques and philosophies of training horses to show in advanced performance events.  Participant will be able to identify and recognize training philosophy and various techniques of horse training, and advance from intermediate to advanced stages of horse training and in showing performance horses.

 

CWEE 116 A-D or 216 A-D - Equine Studies (alternating) - 1-4 units

Students are encouraged to enroll in this course to attain practical experience directly relevant to career and occupational goals. Students working full-time must show evidence of job advancement/improvement in order to receive (cooperative) credit. Credit for Working is NOT the course intent.  CWEE 116 and 216: Transferable to CSU and private colleges.  Some transfer institutions limit the amount of occupational work experience units they accept.  See a counselor for details or contact the transferring institution.

 

Equine Studies Rodeo

 

AGEQ 180 – Rodeo Skills & Techniques Men’s Events – 1-4 units

This course focuses on the fundamental, theory, and practice of intercollegiate men’s rodeo events; bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, tie down roping, steer wrestling, team roping emphasizing the physiological fundamentals, history of the sport, scoring, rule interpretation, and judging.  The course will also provide the student the opportunity to study, learn and practice the skills and techniques necessary to participate in intercollegiate men’s rodeo events.  PREQ: Approval of instructor in regards to student’s minimum physical and mental abilities necessary to participate in rodeo events.

 

AGEQ 181 – Rodeo Skills & Techniques Women’s Events –           1-4 units

This course focuses on the fundamental, theory, and practice of intercollegiate women’s rodeo events; barrel racing, goat tying, break away roping, team roping emphasizing the physiological fundamentals, history of the sport, scoring, rule interpretation, and judging.  The course will also provide the student the opportunity to study, learn and practice the skills and techniques necessary to participate in intercollegiate women’s rodeo events.  PREQ: Approval of instructor in regards to student’s minimum physical and mental abilities necessary to participate in rodeo events.

 

AGEQ 182 – Intercollegiate Rodeo – 2 units

Designed to provide students the opportunity to further develop their proficiency in men & women’s intercollegiate rodeo events.  Methods in competitive performance, individual and team strategy, in a National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) sanctioned competition event.  Students will travel to various college rodeos and practices.  Classes will be held at the Rodeo facility.  Includes practice field trips.  PREQ: Recommended or concurrent enrollment in EQS 180 or 181.  Limited to students who qualify to compete in NIRA events.

 

AGEQ 184 – Advanced Intercollegiate Rodeo – 2 units

Designed to provide students with additional opportunities to further develop their proficiency in man & women’s intercollegiate rodeo events.  In depth advanced techniques of competitive performances, individual and team strategy in National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) sanctioned competitions.  Students will travel to various college rodeos and practices.  Classes will be held at the Rodeo facility.  Includes practice field trips.  PREQ: Recommended or concurrent enrollment in EQS 182.  Limited to students who qualify to compete in NIRA events.

Mechanized Agriculture

 

AGMA 84 – Ranch Operations: Fencing and Irrigation – 3 units

General introduction into irrigation and fencing principles: plant, soil, and water relationships; soil moisture sensing devices; delivery systems; design of drip, sprinkler, and surface irrigation systems, and use of chemigation.  The class will also provide general knowledge into the fencing industry, including supplies, design, materials, and differing types of fencing.

 

AGMA 108 - Tractor Operation – 3 units

This course involves design principles, selection, maintenance, adjustment, and safe operation of wheel and track type tractors used in agriculture and in the construction industry.

 

AGMA 140 - Beginning Agriculture Metal Fabrication – 3 units

This course is designed to provide basic shop and job site fundamentals of welding; to allow students to design and apply arc and mig welding techniques as well as acetylene cutting in the field

 

AGMA 146 - Introductory Ag. Structural Technology – 3 units

This is an introductory course in planning and designing various types of farm buildings necessary for agricultural enterprises.  Characteristics, types, fabrication techniques and costs of construction materials used in farm buildings will be studied.  A practical course in building metal, wood or composite frame buildings from planning to finish is included.

 

AGMA 160 - Introduction to Mechanized Agriculture – 3 units

This course involves basic mechanical skills in woodworking, cold metal, electricity, plumbing, concrete, and project construction skills as related to farm maintenance and repair.  Hand and power tool use skills will be developed.  Safety practices for all mechanical areas will be covered.