BS in Agricultural Systems Technology

Degree Program Description

Agricultural Systems Technology combines interests in technology, machines, and business.  The business and technical skills acquired prepares students for a variety of careers in many industries, including Agricultural and Power Equipment Manufacturing, Equipment Sales, Food Production and Processing, and Government.  In Agricultural and Power Equipment Manufacturing, companies such as Caterpillar, Case IH and John Deere seek product developers, managers and supervisors trained in the latest in precision agriculture, hydraulics, electrical circuits, engines and machinery management. In Equipment Sales, local and regional dealerships who sell agricultural machinery to agricultural producers seek technical sales representatives who possess strong product knowledge and an understanding of business finance and marketing to provide producers with the equipment they need. In Food Production and Processing, companies such as Anheuser-Busch, Archer Daniels Midland, Frito-Lay, Pioneer Hi-Bred, Cargill and Purina Mills seek grain elevator and mill operators and managers to properly handle, store and process agricultural crops and materials. In Government, state and federal agencies such as the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Natural Resources Conservation Service seek consultants and specialists to oversee and regulate pesticide application, water handling and irrigation systems, animal waste management systems, and watershed management. 

Major Program Requirements

Students who earn a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Systems Technology, the management of technical agricultural systems, are required to complete all University general education, University graduation and degree requirements, including selected foundational courses, which may fulfill some University general education requirements.  Two tracks of learning are available: 1) Agricultural Systems Technology (AST) and 2) Precision Agriculture Technology (PAT).

If you are planning to transfer courses (including AP credit) and would like to information on how they apply to a degree program(s), you can email CAFNRadvising@missouri.edu for general recommendations.

Foundational Courses
MATH 1100College Algebra3
ABM 2225Statistical Analysis3
or MATH 1140 Trigonometry
or MATH 1400 Calculus for Social and Life Sciences I
or MATH 1500 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
or STAT 1200 Introductory Statistical Reasoning
or ABM 2123 Quantitative Applications in Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
CHEM 1100Atoms and Molecules with Lab3
or CHEM 1100H Atoms and Molecules with Laboratory - Honors
or CHEM 1320 College Chemistry I
or CHEM 1320H College Chemistry I - Honors
BIO_SC 1010
BIO_SC 1020
General Principles and Concepts of Biology
and General Biology Laboratory
3-5
or BIO_SC 1030 General Principles and Concepts of Biology with Laboratory
or BIO_SC 1200 General Botany with Laboratory
or BIO_SC 1500 Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory
or BIO_SC 1500H Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory Honors
ABM 1041Applied Microeconomics3
ABM 1042Applied Macroeconomics3
COMMUN 1200Public Speaking3
or COMMUN 1200H Public Speaking - Honors
AGSC_COM 2220Verbal Communication in Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources3
or AGSC_COM 2220H Verbal Communication in Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources - Honors
CORE Requirements
ACCTCY 2036Accounting I3
or ACCTCY 2010 Introduction to Accounting
or ACCTCY 2026 Accounting I
or ACCTCY 2136H Honors Accounting I
AG_S_TCH 1020Introduction to Agricultural Systems Technology3
AG_S_TCH 1040Physical Principles for Agricultural Applications3
AG_S_TCH 2199Seminar in Professional Development1
AG_S_TCH 2340Pesticide Application Equipment3
AG_S_TCH 3225Sensors and Control for Agricultural Systems 3
AG_S_TCH 4140Electricity: Wiring and Equipment3
AG_S_TCH 4360Precision Agriculture Science and Technology3
AG_S_TCH 4460Irrigation and Drainage3
or AG_S_TCH 4420 Surface Water Management
AG_S_TCH 4970Agricultural Systems Technology- Capstone3

Two tracks of learning are available: 1) Agricultural Systems Technology (AST) and 2) Precision Agriculture Technology (PAT).

Agricultural Systems Technology (AST):

Courses Required for AST Track (AST)
AG_S_TCH 2220Agricultural/Industrial Facility Systems3
AG_S_TCH 2360Fluid Power3
AG_S_TCH 4020Agricultural Safety and Health3
AG_S_TCH 4160Internet of Things for Agricultural Technology3
AG_S_TCH 4220Material Handling and Conditioning3
AG_S_TCH 4320Agricultural Equipment and Machinery4
AG_S_TCH 4390Optimization and Management of Food and Agricultural Systems3
ABM 3241WEthical Issues in Agriculture - Writing Intensive3
ABM 3256Agribusiness and Biotechnology Law3
ABM 3260General Farm Management3
Select 35 semester hours Professional Electives to Strengthen the AST Track
AG_S_TCH 2320Internal Combustion Power3
AG_S_TCH 4365Machinery Management Using Precision Agriculture Technology3
AG_S_TCH 4366Data Management and Analysis Using Precision Agriculture Technology3
AG_S_TCH 4368Profit Strategies Using Precision Agriculture Technology3
AG_S_TCH 4420Surface Water Management3
or AG_S_TCH 4460 Irrigation and Drainage
AG_S_TCH 3350Problems in Agricultural Systems Technology1-5
AG_S_TCH 4350Problems in Agricultural Systems Technology1-5
AFNR 2191International Agriculture and Natural Resources - Humanities1-6
Courses to strengthen your Minor in Ag Business Management with the AST Track
ABM 1200Applied Computer Applications3
ABM 2183The Economics of the Food, Fiber and Fuel Supply Chain3
ABM 2223Agricultural Sales3
ABM 3230Agricultural and Rural Economic Policy3
ABM 3283Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship3
ABM 3294Agricultural Marketing and Procurement3
ABM 3295Real Money: Speculative Trading for Beginners3
ABM 4223Professional Solution Selling3
ABM 4230Understanding the Agricultural Policy Process3

Precision Agriculture Technology (PAT)

Precision Agricultural Technology Track (PAT)
AG_S_TCH 4365Machinery Management Using Precision Agriculture Technology3
AG_S_TCH 4366Data Management and Analysis Using Precision Agriculture Technology3
AG_S_TCH 4368Profit Strategies Using Precision Agriculture Technology3
AG_S_TCH 4940Agricultural Systems Technology Internship2-5
ABM 1200Applied Computer Applications3
ABM 2223Agricultural Sales3
ABM 2225Statistical Analysis3
or ABM 2123 Quantitative Applications in Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
SOIL 2100Introduction to Soils3
SOIL 2106Soil Science Laboratory2
PLNT_SCI 2125Plant Structure and Function3
PLNT_SCI 3275Grain Crops3
PLNT_SCI 4313Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition3
or SOIL 4313 Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition
NAT_R 2325Introduction to Geographic Information Systems3
Select 31 semester hours AST Professional Electives to Strengthen the PAT Track
AG_S_TCH 4160Internet of Things for Agricultural Technology (Select from these AST electives to strengthen your AST Track)3
AG_S_TCH 4320Agricultural Equipment and Machinery4
AG_S_TCH 4390Optimization and Management of Food and Agricultural Systems3
AG_S_TCH 3350Problems in Agricultural Systems Technology1-5
AG_S_TCH 4350Problems in Agricultural Systems Technology1-5
AG_S_TCH 4940Agricultural Systems Technology Internship2-5
AFNR 2191International Agriculture and Natural Resources - Humanities1-6
Select one course from the following to earn a Minor in Plant Science with the Precision Ag Track
PLNT_SCI 3210Principles of Weed Science4
PLNT_SCI 3270Forage Crops3
PLNT_SCI 3710Introductory Entomology3

In consultation with their advisor, students may select elective courses to bring their total credit hours to the 120 hour minimum. Typically electives are chosen to provide emphasis in one of the following areas:

  • Natural resource and environment
  • Materials handling and crop processing
  • Power and machinery systems
  • Production agriculture

Accelerated BS to MS in Food and Hospitality Systems

The accelerated BS to MS in Food and Hospitality Systems allows students to complete a bachelors and masters degree within five years.  Students will need to select the Agricultural Systems Technology track in the MS in Food and Hospitality Systems.  Eligible students will need to complete at least 90 credit hours, (including all general education and academic course requirements), with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.  Each student will be accepted by at least one graduate faculty advisor who will advise and mentor the student from when they are a Provisional Graduate Student (year 1) until completion of the MS program.  Once students complete 120 credit hours, they will be conferred the BS degree.   

Students accepted to the program may enroll in up to 15 credit hours of graduate level courses, (7000 or 8000 level), during their Provisional Graduate year that will count towards both their BS and MS degrees as shared credits.  The remaining 15 credit hours of graduate credit will be completed during their Graduate Student year (year 2) for a total of 30 graduate credit hours.  At least 15 credit hours must be at the 8000 level or higher.

Total credits required for graduation must be at least 138 total credit hours.

  • Total undergraduate credits: 120
  • Total dual credits: 12-15
  • Total graduate credits: 30
First Year (as Provisional Graduate Student)12-15
7000 level courses 112-15
Second Year (as Graduate Student)15-18
STAT 7070Statistical Methods for Research3
F_S 8402Research Methods in Food Science2
F_S 8087Seminar in Food Science1
F_S 8090Research in Food Science6
or AG_S_TCH 8090 Thesis Research in Agricultural Systems Technology
8000 level courses 16

Requirements for Thesis/Non-Thesis

Students may choose the thesis or non-thesis option.  Students must take at least 6 credit hours of research credit (F_S 8090 or AG_S_TCH 8090) for either option.  

Thesis Option: Students conduct independent research on a topic approved by the students advisor and graduate committee.  Students present and defend their theses, and complete a manuscript on their research that is suitable for publication at the end of their program.

Non-Thesis Option: Students conduct independent research on a topic approved by the students advisor and graduate committee.  Students present their research and write a technical report on their research at the end of their program.    

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Example AST Track Semester Plan

Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester.  A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AG_S_TCH 10203AG_S_TCH 10403
AG_S_TCH 21991-3ABM 10423
ABM 10413ENGLSH 10003
MATH 11003HIST 1100, 1200, POL_SC 1100, or POL_SC 21003
BIO_SC 10103BIO_SC 10202
 13-15 14
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AG_S_TCH 23603AG_S_TCH 22203
Humanistic Studies and/or Fine Arts3AG_S_TCH 23403
AGSC_COM 22203AG_S_TCH 32203
ABM 22233SOIL 21003
CHEM 11003STAT 12003
 15 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AG_S_TCH 41403AG_S_TCH 40203
AG_S_TCH 41603AG_S_TCH 42203
AG_S_TCH 43603AG_S_TCH 43653
AGSC_COM 32403ABM 3224W3
COMMUN 12003ACCTCY 20363
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AG_S_TCH 43204AG_S_TCH 43683
AG_S_TCH 43663AG_S_TCH 43903
AG_S_TCH 4970W3AG_S_TCH 44603
PLNT_SCI 21103ABM 32563
ABM 32603PLNT_SCI 32753
 16 15
Total Credits: 118-120

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Example PAT Track Semester Plan

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AG_S_TCH 10203AG_S_TCH 10403
AG_S_TCH 21991-3ABM 10423
ABM 10413ENGLSH 10003
MATH 11003AGSC_COM 22203
BIO_SC 12005HIST 11003
 15-17 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AG_S_TCH 23603AG_S_TCH 23403
AG_S_TCH 41403AG_S_TCH 32203
ABM 12003AG_S_TCH 43903
ABM 3224W3SOIL 21003
CHEM 11003SOIL 21062
 15 14
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AG_S_TCH 43204AG_S_TCH 42203
AG_S_TCH 43603AG_S_TCH 43653
AG_S_TCH 49402-5NAT_R 23253
PLNT_SCI 32104PLNT_SCI 21253
AGSC_COM 32403SOIL 43133
 16-19 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AG_S_TCH 43663AG_S_TCH 43683
AG_S_TCH 4970W3AG_S_TCH 44603
ABM 22233ABM 22253
ABM 32603PLNT_SCI 32753
SOIL 43204ABM 32563
 16 15
Total Credits: 121-126

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Degree Audit

The degree audit is an automated report reflecting a student’s academic progress toward the completion of a degree.  Degree Audits are not available for all programs; however, please consult with the appropriate college or school for audit information.

MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner.  Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, by clicking on the Request Degree Audit link. The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress.  This is available to current students, admitted students, and those who last attended less than three terms ago.

Past MU students can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU. For contact information, go to http://advising.missouri.edu/contact/.

Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via https://www.transferology.com/index.htm. Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

For additional details on degree audits, go to http://registrar.missouri.edu/degree-audits/index.php.

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Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities.  For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you are considering a change of major or are exploring multiple majors, schedule an appointment with an advisor in the Discovery Center by calling (573)884-9700 or through MU Connect Discovery Center service in you success network.

  • If you have decided on a major, visit an academic advisor in the School or College that you are interested in to discuss the process of declaring the major

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center.  No Appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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