College of Agriculture, Family Sciences and Technology
Dr. Govind Kannan
Dean of College of Agriculture, Family Sciences and Technology
Phone: (478) 825-6322
Thank you for taking the time and interest to view the College of Agriculture Family Sciences and Technology website. We hope your next step will be to call me, one of the department heads, coordinators, faculty members, staff or make a personal on campus visit so you may interact with our students and learn more about CAFST. If you are a Georgian, you probably know that we are located about 100 miles south of Atlanta off I-75 in a community of about 10,000 people.
CAFST has an enrollment of approximately 500 (growing) undergraduate and graduate students. We are extremely proud of the College’s students and its wide recognition for excellence in undergraduate education, research and outreach programs. The College is ranked 25th nationally in the production of African American Agriculturists. CAFST has also been the University’s leader in placing first time applicants into medical, dental, veterinary and pharmacy Schools/Colleges since 2001. The College has some of the most modern and well-equipped laboratories in the state and our scientists are securing external grant funds and conducting cutting-edge research. Our students work with the scientists in these laboratories and are part of the reason for our national ranking and our students’ ability to enter professional and graduate schools.
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The Agricultural Economics Program at Fort Valley State University is designed to prepare persons for professional positions in sales, service, merchandising, management, analytical and statistical work with private and public agricultural and agriculturally related business and agencies. It is also designed to prepare students for additional study in graduate and professional schools.
Employment Of Economists is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations, according to estimates by the U. S. Department of Labor. It is projected that agribusiness firms will continue to provide the largest number of employment opportunities. Employment of agricultural economists in state and local government agencies is expected to increase as a result of growing responsibilities of local governments in areas such as rural development, the environment and natural resources. Employment in the federal government is expected to rise slowly in line with the rate of growth projected for the federal work force.
One Hundred Twenty Credit Hours are required to complete the program, of which 34 semester hours are in agricultural economics. These courses include agricultural marketing, farm management, agricultural finance and records, land economics, production economics, agricultural policy, natural resources economics and others. Support courses in principles of economics, English, mathematics, social studies, accounting and other business courses are also required. Graduates with a B. S. Degree in Agricultural Economics who take positions with a federal agency at GS-7 to GS-9 levels can expect to earn starting salaries of $26,998 to $33,026.
Admission Requirements for the program are high school graduate (or equivalent) and an acceptable SAT or ACT score.
Fort Valley State University has the only applied agriculture education program in the state that offers undergraduate students an opportunity to complete part of their degree requirements via Vista online courses and video conferencing distance learning.
Fort Valley State University’s Agricultural Education Program prepares graduates for careers such as teachers, extension agents, farm managers, processing plant managers, agricultural chemical salespersons, farmers, ranchers and government agency positions.
Our state-of-the-art facility includes an agriscience and technology teaching lab that has helped 100 percent of its users to pass Teacher Certification Exams. Transfer students from nine colleges and universities in Georgia have completed agriculture degrees and obtained their teacher certification by taking online courses at Fort Valley State University. Some transfer students take lectures online and come to campus to complete lab assignments.
Agriculture education majors earn a Bachelor of Science Degree with Teacher Certification. Students must complete all course work (125 credit hours) and have a GPA of 2.50 and a passing score on the PRAXIS II or GACE Teacher Certification Exam in order to graduate.
Graduates of the Agricultural Education Program at Fort Valley State University will find ample opportunities for employment. There are always more jobs available than graduates.
Our job is to help our students to be the most qualified for these positions.
For more information on the Agricultural Education Program at Fort Valley State University, contact:
Dr. Curtis Borne
104 Alva Tabor Agriculture Education Building
P.O. Box 4450
Fort Valley State University
Fort Valley, GA 31030
Youth Leadership Development
The AGED 2821 "Youth Leadership Development " course was created as a result of semester conversion. The course counts for area B of the core curriculum and may be taken twice for credit. The course is open to all FVSU students. Thus, approximately 80 students take the course each year. All of the students enrolled in the course must complete 20 hours of community service, demonstrate parliamentary procedure and present a power point presentation on a leadership topic or youth organization of their choice. Members and officers from eight student organizations from the College of Agriculture Home Economics and Allied Programs as well as members of fraternities and sororities take the course. Thirty students per year from the course help to conduct approximately 20 leadership and career development events attended by some 500 high school and middle school students from Area III of the Central Agriculture Education Region of the state. Students enrolled in the course have created a scrapbook that has won state wide awards each year and national awards twice in the last five years. The students have served as technology mentors for other students and faculty. The students have also helped to recruit students each year at the Georgia National Fair, Sunbelt Ag. Expo, Activity Day at Camp John Hope, State FFA Career Fair and State FFA Convention.
All Agriculture Education candidates enrolled in the course have attended the State FFA and FFA Alumni Conventions each year. They have also attended the National FFA Convention twice during the past five years and will attend again from October 29 to November 1, 2003.FFA. They have also attended the Southern Region Ag. Ed. Leadership Conference twice in the pass five year.
Documentation is provided in the form of the Official Scrapbook on display in document room.
The Agricultural Engineering Technology Program at Fort Valley State University is unique in the State of Georgia. There are 26 similar programs throughout the United States. It combines an understanding of the agricultural, biological and physical sciences with managerial and technical skills. The Agricultural Engineering Technology Program is designed for students (1) to obtain a basic knowledge in engineering technology and management; (2) to develop the ability to apply scientific, engineering, and management knowledge toward the solutions of problems associated with sustaining and improving agricultural systems; (3) to develop good communication skills in reading, writing, speaking and use of computer information technology; (4) to pursue careers in natural resource conservation, production management, technical sales and service, quality assurance, material and product testing, and manufacturing technology, and (5) for graduate study in agricultural engineering technology and management, biological systems engineering, biomedical engineering, and medical school.
Degrees Awarded include Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Engineering Technology (4-year Program) and the Pre-Agricultural Engineering (2-year Program).
The Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Engineering Technology require a minimum 126 semester credit hours in agricultural engineering technology, mathematics, computer science, social science and management. The Agricultural Engineering Technology curriculum is based on the application of math and sciences, coupled with engineering knowledge and technical skills, to solve problems associated with the production, processing and handling of food, feed, and fiber, while protecting and sustaining the environment for future generations.
A Student-Oriented Curriculum: Students have an option to select 15 semester credit hours for one of the minors as follows: agriculture, business management, computer science, mathematics and sciences, and health related areas such as pre-medical, pre-dental and pre-pharmacy.
Agricultural Engineering Technology Graduates are in great demand and enjoy diverse and exciting career opportunities in industry, public service and consulting. Some graduates have even started their own companies. The opportunities are endless. In the rapidly changing agricultural sector, societal demand for Agricultural Engineering Technology graduates continues to increase, and starting salaries with B.S. degrees currently range from approximately $28,000 to $35,000 annually, and are among the highest of the college of agriculture majors and non-technical fields.
Eugene A. Amoah
The Animal Science Program at Fort Valley State University is designed to enhance human life and produce future leaders in animal agriculture by providing educational and experiential learning opportunities, to advance research programs that improve production efficiency and utility of animals, and to provide extension and outreach programs to disseminate research findings and introduce innovative value-added products to Georgians and the society at large.
Graduates of the Animal Science program will be well prepared to pursue higher studies in animal nutrition, physiology, molecular biology, food science and health sciences or gainfully employed in private or government agencies involved in production of food animals or processing, distribution and utilization of animal products.
Approximately 120 Semester Credit Hours are required to complete the program, thirty-one of which are in animal science. These include molecular biology, basic and applied nutrition, animal genetics, animal physiology, animal ethology, research methodologies, food microbiology, meat science, food engineering, and food preservation.
Admission Requirements for the animal science program are acceptable high school grades and SAT or ACT score.
Starting Salaries for graduates with B.S. Degrees currently range from approximately $28,000 to $32,000 annually, with fringe benefits often adding significantly to total income.
Dr. Domingo Uy, P.E.
The Electronic Engineering Technology Program offers a 4-year Bachelor of Science Degree. The 4-year BSEET Degree is the only one of its kind available in any of the middle Georgia colleges and universities. One advantage still enjoyed by the program at FVSU is small class sizes in technical courses. This provides students with the opportunity to receive individualized attention in their training. Recently, laboratory facilities and equipment for the program have been upgraded and modernized to provide relevant and practical experiences.
Accreditation: The program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), www.abet.org
Graduates of the Electronic Engineering Technology Program will be prepared for employment in a broad cross section of high-technology companies that produce or utilize electronic components and systems. Computers, automation in industry and at home, video and television, power generation and distribution, medicine, military defense and the expanding cellular communications system are but a few areas where EET graduates find positions.
Approximately 133 Semester Credit Hours are required to complete the program, sixty-nine credit hours of which are taken in mathematics, physics, humanities and social sciences and other requirements. The remaining credit hours are devoted to specialized courses in the electronics area. Among topics covered in the courses are basic and advanced circuit analysis; basic and advanced electronics; linear and digital integrated circuits; digital computers; communications circuits and systems; and microwave principles and applications. The curriculum also allows up to 13 hours for the study of special topics and projects of current interest, including practical industrial experience in electronics through the Cooperative Education Courses and summer internships or industrial employment.
Requirements for Admission to the program are high school diploma (or its equivalent) and acceptable SAT scores.
Starting Salaries for BSEET graduates range from $33,000 to $40,000 annually.
Opportunities are virtually unlimited for the person who selects family and consumer sciences education as a career choice. It is the oldest area of specialization in the field of home economics, but its historical preference as a career option continues to prevail.
The comprehensive-generalist background for the home economics educator, including emphasis in human development and management resources, provides versatility, which opens career options.
A home economist with a Bachelor of Science (B.S) Degree can anticipate a beginning salary range of $19,000-$23,000 per year, depending on the type of employment.
Job opportunities available to those with a degree in home economics education include:
Education & Service
- Pre-School, Elementary, Junior High, Senior High Teacher
- Vocational-Technical, College or University Teacher
- Consumer Educator
- Pre-School, Elementary, Junior High, Senior High Teacher
Dr. Vivian Fluellen
Under construction until further notice
Opportunities are abundant for persons with degrees in Foods and Nutrition.
The Therapeutic Dietitian, in hospitals and clinics, applies principles of nutrition and physiology to the feeding of individuals and groups with special health problems. Therapeutic dietitians are employed in military hospitals, locally and federally funded government hospitals, private hospitals, and extended care facilities.
The Food Service Administrator plans and directs the activities of an institution that provides food services. Administrative dietitians are employed by colleges and universities, public schools, hospitals, restaurants, hotels, department stores and transportation lines. They may also be employed by food services in industry, for clubs and organizations and as caterers for private affairs.
The Community Nutritionist has a wide variety of employment opportunities. Jobs exist with local government health departments and with federal agencies in the United States and abroad. Other opportunities include employment by food and product companies, food service equipment and utility companies. There are also opportunities for nutritionists as food editors with magazines, newspapers, radio and television.
This degree also qualifies an individual to teach at various levels (depending on the degree) in public schools, colleges and universities and conduct research. Beginning salaries for the B.S. Degree may range from $20,000 - $45,000 depending on type of employment.
It is important that persons considering a career in foods and nutrition like people and be interested in their health and welfare. They must enjoy sharing knowledge of what to eat and why with others, and be able to counsel and advise.
Ornamental Horticulture is one of the nation’s fastest growing industries with an annual volume of more than two billion dollars. Georgia is enjoying a healthy share of this steady growth. Currently, more than 1,300 growers or business people are involved in this activity as nurserymen, wholesalers, retailers, or landscapers.
Fort Valley State University offers a wide variety of courses in Ornamental Horticulture, providing a solid background for graduating students. Some of these classes include:
- Landscaping Materials and Design
- Maintenance and Usage of Gardens and Grounds
- Nursery Management
- Greenhouse Management
- Ornamental Systematic
- Turf Management
- Ornamental Plant Ecology
- Nursery and Greenhouse Practices
- Horticulture in the Home Environment
- Flower Production
- Special Topics in Ornamental Horticulture
Additional electives can be chosen from other areas of Horticulture, Plant Science and Botany.
Many job opportunities exist in the field of Ornamental Horticulture. Some of the possibilities include:
- Greenhouse Manager
- Nursery Manager
- Garden Center Operator
- Floral Designer
- Turf Producer
- Golf Course Superintendent
- Public Garden Superintendent
- Plant and Supplies Distributor
- Extension Agent
- Vo-Agriculture or Vo-Tech Teacher
- Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Major in Ornamental Horticulture
- Associate of Science in Ornamental Horticulture
Infant and Child Development includes with the study of young children from conception to adulthood. Emphasis, however, lies primarily on the early childhood years, a very special age span in human development.
Job opportunities are many and varied for those trained in this area. In 1980, there were roughly 30 million children in the United States under the age of six. All of these children were not enrolled in preschool educational programs, but if they had been, there would not have been enough early education programs to meet the needs, nor enough qualified, trained teachers.
The bachelor's degree graduate in Infant and Child Development can expect to find employment in supervisory and professional positions. Teachers in public and private nursery schools, college laboratories, kindergartens, child welfare agencies, special programs for gifted, disadvantaged, and handicapped children, youth camp directors, and hospitals are among the many existing employment opportunities. Additional opportunities, with advanced training, exist in consulting, research and college/university teaching.
One hundred and ninety-eight credit hours are required to complete the program of which, sixty-six are in infant and child development. These courses are planned to equip teachers of young children with fundamental views and skills so that they may function effectively with the children in their care. These courses will also aid students in developing a personal philosophy on how children learn and why they behave as they do. Support courses in English, history, foods and nutrition, home economics, and psychology are also required. A beginning salary range of $19,000-$28,000 per year is common for B.S. degree graduates.
Your Future in Plant and Environmental Soil Sciences is very promising. The development and practical application of plant and environmental soil sciences to produce abundant, high quality food, feed, fiber, and specialty crops while maintaining environmentally safe standards is challenging. On the other hand, if you enjoy the outdoors and beautifully landscaped areas, then Ornamental Horticulture is for you. No matter which concentration you choose, you will find opportunities for success and rewards in this major.
A Bachelor Of Science Degree in agriculture with a major in Plant Science, Horticulture or Environmental Soil Science will prepare you for a variety of rewarding careers in:
- Golf Course Management
- Commercial Grounds Management
- Environmental Consulting
- Crop Consulting
- Agribusiness Sales and Service
- Agricultural Chemical and Genetically
- Engineered Seed Sales
- Soil Consulting/Soil Conservation
- Hazardous and Other Waste Disposal
- Water Pollution Control
Practical Work Experience And Internships: Plant and Environmental Soil Sciences students usually work during the summer months with agricultural companies, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, research project leaders and many other private and governmental agencies.
Admission Requirements: Good high school background in college prep courses and a university acceptable SAT or ACT score.
S. Mobini, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACT
Professor and Interim Head
The Veterinary Science Department at Fort Valley State University offers two programs:
- Four-Year Veterinary Technology (B.S. Degree)
- Pre-Veterinary Medicine
The Four-Year Veterinary Technology program awards a Bachelor of Science degree in veterinary technology. This degree is designed to give students a broad based background in basic sciences as well as veterinary disciplines. Students working for this degree will complete the core curriculum designed for all bachelor's degrees and also take professional courses in veterinary science.
Pre-Veterinary Medicine is a non-degree program that prepares students for entry into veterinary school for a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree. The program is designed so that successful students may apply for early admission to schools of veterinary medicine. Because course requirements differ with individual schools, students should familiarize themselves with requirements for the schools where they plan to seek enrollment.
Admission Requirements are a high school diploma (or its equivalent) and acceptable SAT or ACT scores.
Dr. Mark Latimore, Jr
Assistant Vice President for Land Grant Affairs, Interim and Extension Administrator
Phone: (478) 825-6296
The Cooperative Extension Program at Fort Valley State University, as part of the College of Agriculture, Family Sciences and Technology, is responsible for educational outreach and leadership in various disciplines. The program provides practical problem-oriented learning opportunities for those persons who do not or cannot participate in formal classroom instruction offered on campus. As a functional part of the Georgia Extension Service and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the program specifically seeks to identify and develop educational programs for a diverse clientele which includes the rural disadvantaged, working homemakers, small family and part-time farmers, community leaders, youth, small business persons and other members of the general public in Georgia. For more information, call 478.825.6296.
Through its staff of program leaders, subject matter specialists, county extension agents, county extension program assistants, and support personnel, the Program provides educational services in four primary areas: Agriculture and Natural Resources, Family and Consumer Sciences, Community Resource Development and Youth and Manpower Development. In addition, through the identification of National Priority Initiatives, the Cooperative Extension Program, in partnership with the National Extension System, addresses national priority initiatives essential to the social and economic well being of all citizens.
The College provides further career enhancement through a graduate program offering the Master of Science. Degree programs offered through these units are:
Master of Science (MS) in Animal Science with specialization in:
- Animal Nutrition
- Reproductive Biology
- Animal Products Technology