LSUA Begins Agriculture Concentration

by Sarah Black | Jun 12, 2014
LSUA is expanding its program offering with a concentration in Agriculture.

LSU of Alexandria continues to expand its academic offerings for students with the addition of an Agriculture concentration within the Biology degree program offered through a partnership with the LSU College of Agriculture

The concentration is especially suitable for students interested in going into crop consulting, integrated pest management or who are part of a farming family and want to earn an applicable college education.

“We see this as a wonderful opportunity for our students, our community, and our institution,” said LSUA Provost Dr. Barbara Hatfield. “It increases our degree offerings, provides a degree that may be used locally, and provides additional opportunities for LSUA and LSU College of Agriculture faculty to work together.”

Students will earn a Bachelor of Science in Biology, with agriculture courses and other related classes making up the 30-credit area of concentration.  

The courses offered at LSUA include soils, weed science, entomology, integrated pest management, and plant pathology. Students will also be required to complete an internship or an independent research project in agriculture.

Leslie Blanchard, assistant dean for the LSU College of Agriculture, said it is important to build partnerships within the system and strengthen academic offerings.

“It is always valuable and worthwhile to look at ways to extend knowledge and expand the reach of our educational programs,” Blanchard said.

Blanchard added that the LSU College of Agriculture and LSU AgCenter faculty are tremendously motivated to make this program as successful as possible.

All lectures will be taught by faculty from the main LSU campus through a mixture of online and compressed video classes.  All labs will be taught by LSU faculty, LSUA faculty or faculty at the LSU AgCenter’s Dean Lee Research and Extension Center, and will be face-to-face on the LSUA campus.

Students will also be able to take advantage of the Dean Lee facility for research and internships. 

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