Jun 13, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Bulletin 
    
2022-2023 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Agriculture, Food and Environment


Nancy M. Cox, Ph.D., is Dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and Vice President for Land-grant Engagement; James Matthews, Ph.D., is Associate Dean for Research and Director of the Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station; Laura Stephenson, Ph.D., is Associate Dean for Extension; Carmen Agouridis, Ph.D., is Associate Dean for Instruction; Orlando Chambers, Ph.D., is Associate Dean for Administration;  Brian Lee, Ph.D., is Associate Dean for Faculty Resources, Planning and Assessment; Antomia Farrell, Ed.D., is Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

The research, teaching, extension, and regulatory functions of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment are combined into a coordinated, mutually supporting program of undergraduate and graduate education. Teaching is closely related to the other functions thus providing the student with unique opportunities to broaden their backgrounds in the areas of research and application of scientific findings to stakeholders.

Degrees and preprofessional programs in the college encompass the entire range of the food, fiber, and agricultural system from farm production and marketing, manufacturing, processing and fabrication through nutrition, hospitality management, and consumer, community, and family sciences.

Admission

All students planning to study any phase of agriculture, food or environment, including pre-veterinary medicine, are admitted directly into the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. Application for admission is made through the Office of Undergraduate Admission.

Students interested in the Landscape Architecture program must meet all requirements for admission to the University. In addition, enrollment in the landscape architecture program is determined by a selective admission procedure. Applicants are selected on a competitive basis as determined by potential success in the program.

Admission to the University is sufficient for lower-division admission to the human nutrition and dietetics majors. However, lower-level admission to the majors or any admission to the Univer- sity does not guarantee upper-division admission to either of the degree programs in the Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition. In general, admission depends upon the qualifications and preparation of applicants, as well as the availability of resources for maintaining quality instruction. Upper-division admission into the human nutrition or dietetics degree programs is necessary to be granted a baccalaureate degree from the Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition. Students who have attained a 2.8 or higher grade- point average in the premajor component required for all students in the Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition will be assured admission.

To be considered for upper-division admission to either the human nutrition or dietetics undergraduate degree programs, an applicant must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Enrollment in the University of Kentucky. (Students are considered for acceptance by the Department only after acceptance by the University of Kentucky.);
  2. Completion of the premajor component (premajor courses include: CHE 105, CHE 107, CHE 111, CHE 113, BIO 148, DHN 212, and DHN 241) required for all students within the Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition with a minimum premajor course work grade-point average of 2.8.*
  3. Submission of an application form to the Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition Academic Coordinator.

*A student can repeat a premajor course to meet this GPA requirement. If a student repeats the course as one of their three University-accepted repeat options only the repeat grade will be factored into the premajor course work GPA. If a student repeats the course outside of the University-accepted repeat options then the course grades will be averaged and then factored into the premajor course work GPA.

Applications from transfer students outside the University of Kentucky seeking admission to the Human Nutrition or Dietetics degree programs, whether for upper-division or lower-division status, must be received by the University Admissions Office no later than April 15 (summer session); July 1 (fall semester); and November 15 (spring semester).

Students enrolled in other UK programs on campus should apply for admission prior to the priority registration period. (The appropriate deadlines are listed in the University calendar for approved times to change majors.)

Lower-division students enrolled in the Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition should apply for upper-division admission to the Human Nutrition Program or Didactic Program in Dietetics during the semester they are completing the premajor course work. The application for upper-division admission should be made before the priority registration period for the upcoming semester.

Appeal Process

Students with a GPA below 2.8 and who have completed all premajor requirements may appeal for admission into the human nutrition or dietetic degree programs. If the Appeals Committee feels that there is persuasive evidence that personal, academic or professional circumstances have affected a student’s grades and the student shows promise for successful completion of a degree in the Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition, acceptance may be granted. Materials and information necessary for the appeals process will be available from the Dietetics and Human Nutrition Academic Coordinator. The deadline for submission of the appeals is generally 45 days prior to the beginning of the semester

Accreditation

The undergraduate Forestry program at the University of Kentucky is accredited by the Society of American Foresters. The Landscape Architecture program is accredited by the American Society of Landscape Architects and meets all the requirements for licensing of landscape architects in Kentucky and other states. The Food Science program is accredited by the Institute of Food Technologists. Didactic and Accelerated Coordinated Programs in Dietetics are both accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

Undergraduate Programs in Agriculture, Food and Environment

The University of Kentucky grants the following degrees in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment:

  • Bachelor of Science in Agriculture
  • Bachelor of Science in Agricultural and Medical Biotechnology
  • Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics
  • Bachelor of Science in Animal Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science in Career and Technical Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Community and Leadership Development
  • Bachelor of Science in Consumer Economics and Family Financial Counseling
  • Bachelor of Science in Dietetics
  • Bachelor of Science in Equine Science and Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Family Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science in Food Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Forestry
  • Bachelor of Science in Horticultural Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management and Tourism
  • Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition
  • Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture
  • Bachelor of Science in Merchandising, Apparel and Textiles
  • Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources and Environmental Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Agriculture and Community Food Systems

Information and degree requirements for each program follows. Students may obtain additional information on programs and recommended plans of study from the Center for Student Success.

The college offers minors in agricultural economics, animal sciences, community and leadership development, entomology, family sciences, food science, pest management, plant and soil science, sustainable agriculture, technical systems management, and wildlife biology and management.

Students majoring in biosystems engineering are enrolled in the College of Engineering. Degree requirements and curriculum are listed in the College of Engineering  section of this Bulletin.

Undergraduate Certificates in Agriculture, Food and Environment

The University of Kentucky grants the following undergraduate certificates in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment:

  • Child Life
  • Distillation, Wine and Brewing Studies
  • Food Systems and Hunger Studies
  • Urban and Community Forestry

Undeclared / Exploratory Studies

Students who are interested in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment but are undecided about a major should work closely with an advisor in the college who will assist them in selecting courses that will fulfill general requirements while exploring the various areas of study in agriculture, food and environment.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

The College of Agriculture, Food and Environment offers scholarship awards to students on the basis of academic accomplishment and involvement in extracurricular activities. Many of the departments in the college employ students in laboratories, greenhouses, barns, and field work in connection with the college’s research programs in agriculture. Information about scholarships and work opportunities is available in the Center for Student Success.

Freshman scholarship applications are due January 17. Continuing and transfer scholarship applications are due March 20. For more information go to: http://students.ca.uky.edu/scholarships.

Academic Advising

Students in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment are advised by selected faculty or academic coordinators in the department of the student’s major. Students needing assistance selecting an advisor or general information about academics may visit the Center for Student Success.

Inquiries about programs or majors within the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment may be directed to:

College of Agriculture, Food and Environment
Center for Student Success
N24 Ag. Science Center
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40546-0091
859-257-3468

Dean’s List

A student who completes at least 12 credits of “letter” grades (not including duplicate credit) with a 3.50 or higher grade-point average with no I grades listed for the fall or spring semester will be named to the Dean’s List in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.

CLEP, AP, special exam and Independent Study credits are excluded. The student’s cumulative grade-point average is not considered; only the grade-point average for that particular semester is relevant. Exceptional circumstances including fewer than 12 credits will be considered for inclusion on the Dean’s List; students should contact the Center for Student Success for more information.

Graduate Work

The College of Agriculture, Food and Environment offers the Master of Science degree in the following areas: Agricultural Economics, Animal and Food Sciences, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, Community and Leadership Development, Entomology, Family Sciences, Forestry, Integrated Plant and Soil Science, Nutrition and Food Systems, Plant Pathology, Retailing and Tourism Management, Science Translation and Outreach, and Veterinary Science.

Doctor of Philosophy degrees are offered in the following areas: Agricultural Economics, Animal and Food Sciences, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, Entomology, Family Sciences, Forest and Natural Resource Sciences, Integrated Plant and Soil Science, Plant Pathology, and Veterinary Science. Graduate certificates are offered in the following areas: Family and Consumer Sciences, Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems, Positive Youth Development, and Stream and Watershed Science. For more information, visit The Graduate School website at: http://gradschool.uky.edu/.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION

NOTE: Except where noted in specific degree programs, students pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment must:

  1. Complete UK Core and University graduation requirements;
  2. Complete AFE 100 : Issues in Agriculture, Food and Environment. Students who transfer into the College and have already completed the UK Core Community, Culture and Citizenship in the USA requirement are not required to take AFE 100  ;
  3. Earn a minimum of 120 credit hours with at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average and at least a 2.0 grade-point average in major specific courses. Note that “major-specific” refers to all premajor, major, and specialty/professional support courses. Further, note that some programs require more than the minimum 120 credit hours and have higher grade-point average requirements. Remedial courses cannot be counted toward the total hours required for the degree;
  4. Complete a minimum of 24 credit hours of major required course work to include a capstone course or other culminating experience;
  5. Complete a core of specialty or professional support courses outside their major totaling 18 or more hours at the 200 level or above;
  6. Complete a graded, credit-bearing Academic Enrichment Experience (AEE) as specified by the degree program. The AEE may consist of a single course or could involve a series of related courses. Such experiences may include mentored research or teaching, supervised internships, directed service learning, or Education Abroad. Some programs may choose to accept course work from other programs to satisfy this requirement; and
  7. Complete a minimum of 45 graded credit hours from upper division courses (300 level and above). Note that some such courses are only offered for P/F grading; in that case, such courses can be counted toward this requirement at the discretion of the College.

Programs

    Bachelor of ScienceNon-DegreeUndergraduate Certificate