The purpose of the essential functions list is to allow prospective students who are considering a career to be informed of the physical, emotional, and psychological demands related to training and employment in a field of study. These lists are provided to allow prospective students to make informed career choices by providing them with a summary of the physical abilities and personality traits that are generally required for the successful completion of a curriculum and result in employment in a field of study after graduation. For students to be successful in the Agriculture Sciences programs, they must be able to perform the following essential functions:
- Engage in effective verbal and written communications with supervisors and coworkers.
- Receive, comprehend, write, and interpret verbal and written instructions.
- Work effectively as a team member, follower, and leader.
- Work in a wide variety of environments including hot, humid, cold, dusty, unclean, odiferous, and/or wet conditions.
- Manual dexterity to efficiently and safely use equipment, power tools, hand tools, and other small and large equipment in a safe manner while utilizing appropriate personal protective equipment.
- Demonstrate problem solving skills to meet challenges of the agricultural environment and industry.
- Use environmental controllers and computers to control equipment and log data.
- Perform mathematical calculations that relate to the field of agricultural science.
- Read and properly interpret warning labels on agricultural products.
- Lift materials weighing up to 50 pounds.
- Computer skills to input, manipulate, and analyze data using spreadsheet software such as Excel.