BS in Agricultural Systems Management

Degree Program Description

Agricultural Systems Management combines interests in machines and business.  The business and technical skills acquired prepares students for any number 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 earning a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Systems Management are required to complete all University general education, University undergraduate requirements, degree, and major requirements, including selected foundational courses, which may fulfill some University general education requirements.

Foundational Courses
AG_ED_LD 2220Verbal Communication in Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources3
or COMMUN 1200 Public Speaking
CHEM 1100Atoms and Molecules with Lab3-4
or CHEM 1320 College Chemistry I
BIO_SC 1010
BIO_SC 1020
General Principles and Concepts of Biology
and General Biology Laboratory
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
AG_EC 1041Applied Microeconomics3
or ECONOM 1014 Principles of Microeconomics
AG_EC 1042Applied Macroeconomics3
or ECONOM 1015 Principles of Macroeconomics
Core requirements9
AG_S_M 1020Introduction to Agricultural Systems Management3
AG_S_M 1040Physical Principles for Agricultural Applications3
AG_S_M 4970Agricultural Systems Management - Capstone3
Select at least three courses from the following9
AG_S_M 2220Agricultural/Industrial Structures3
AG_S_M 2360Fluid Power3
AG_S_M 4020Agricultural Safety and Health3
AG_S_M 4220Material Handling and Conditioning3
AG_S_M 4140Electricity: Wiring and Equipment3
AG_S_M 4320Agricultural Equipment and Machinery3
Select at least one course from the following3
AG_S_M 4420Surface Water Management3
AG_S_M 4460Irrigation and Drainage3
Agricultural System Management Electives31
AG_S_M 2320Internal Combustion Power3
AG_S_M 2340Pesticide Application Equipment3
AG_S_M 2345Chemical Application Systems2-3
AG_S_M 3350Problems in Agricultural Systems Management (up to 6)1-5
AG_S_M 4150Biorenewable Systems Technology3
AG_S_M 4225Preservation of Grain Quality2
AG_S_M 4360Precision Agriculture Science and Technology3
AG_S_M 4365Machinery Management Using Precision Agriculture Technology3
AG_S_M 4366Data Management and Analysis Using Precision Agriculture Technology3
AG_S_M 4368Profit Strategies Using Precision Agriculture Technology3
AG_S_M 1002Topics in Agricultural Systems Management-Biological/Physical/Math3
AG_S_M 1120Agricultural/Industrial Materials and Processes3
AG_S_M 4120Advanced Agricultural/Industrial Materials and Processes2-3
AG_S_M 4350Problems in Agricultural Systems Management1-3
AG_S_M 4940Agricultural Systems Management Internship2-5
AFNR Supporting courses
AFNR 1120Computing and Information Technology1-2
or AFNR 2120 Working with Data Using Excel
PLNT_S 2100Introduction to Soils2-3
or PLNT_S 2110 Plants and their Cultivation
or AN_SCI 1065 Animal Science Laboratory Practicum
Business/Economics (select 5 courses)
ACCTCY 2036Accounting I3
MANGMT 3000Principles of Management3
AG_EC 2183The Agricultural Marketing System3
AG_EC 2223Agricultural Sales3
AG_EC 3224New Products Marketing3
AG_EC 3256Agribusiness and Biotechnology Law3
AG_EC 3260General Farm Management3
AG_EC 3282Agribusiness Finance3
or FINANC 1000 Principles of Finance

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

Agricultural Equipment Dealership Management Program

Students who participate in the Agriculture Equipment Dealership Management program take a comprehensive sequence of courses in agricultural systems management and agricultural business management. Each student plans and completes an internship with a sponsoring dealer. Up to 6 credits may be earned through an Internship.

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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
AG_S_M 10203AG_S_M 10403
AG_EC 10413AG_EC 10423
BIO_SC 10202AFNR 21201
MATH 11003ENGLSH 10003
BIO_SC 10103HIST 1100, 1200, POL_SC 1100, or POL_SC 21003
 CHEM 11003
 14 16
Second Year
Humanistic Studies and/or Fine Arts3AG_S_M 23203
AG_ED_LD 22203AG_S_M 23403
AG_S_M 23603SOIL 21003
BIOCHM 21123STAT 14003
AG_EC 22233AFNR Elective3
 15 15
Third Year
AG_S_M 41403AG_S_M 40203
FINANC 10003AG_S_M 42203
AG_EC 21833AG_S_M 49403
AFNR Elective3ACCTCY 20263
SCI_AG_J 32403AFNR Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
AG_S_M 49703AG S M Elective3
AG_S_M 43203AG S M Elective3
AG_S_M 43683AG S M Elective3
AG_S_M 43663AG_EC 32563
AG_EC 32603AG_S_M 43603
 15 15
Total Credits: 120

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Major and Career Exploration

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