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 SCI_AG_J 3210 Fundamentals of Communications
or SCI_AG_J 3240 Communicating on the Web
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
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
ABM 1041Applied Microeconomics3
or ECONOM 1014 Principles of Microeconomics
ABM 1042Applied Macroeconomics3
or ECONOM 1015 Principles of Macroeconomics
MATH 1140Trigonometry2-3
or MATH 1400 Calculus for Social and Life Sciences I
or MATH 1500 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
or STAT 1200 Introductory Statistical Reasoning
COMMUN 1200Public Speaking3
Core requirements9
ACCTCY 2026Accounting I3
or ACCTCY 2036 Accounting I
AG_S_M 2199Seminar in Professional Development1-2
or ABM 4301 Topics in Agribusiness Management
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 Electives- Select at least 9 hrs9-12
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 4350Problems in Agricultural Systems Management1-3
AG_S_M 4940Agricultural Systems Management Internship2-5
Agri-Business/Electives (12 credit hours)
Students are expected to take 3 classes that are 3000 level or above in Agribusiness Management.12
ABM minor is recommended: 1- 2000 level course and 3- 3000 level courses fulfill this requirement
Electives35
Please see your advisor for approval list of agribusiness electives.

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
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AG_S_M 10203AG_S_M 10403
ABM 10413ABM 10423
BIO_SC 10202ENGLSH 10003
MATH 11003HIST 1100, 1200, POL_SC 1100, or POL_SC 21003
BIO_SC 10103CHEM 1100 or 13203-4
ABM 43012 
 16 15-16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Humanistic Studies and/or Fine Arts3AG_S_M 23203
AG_ED_LD 22203AG_S_M 23403
AG_S_M 23603SOIL 2100Biological, Physical, and/or Mathmatical Science Elective3
BIOCHM 2112Biological, Physical, and/or Mathmatical Science Elective3STAT 12003
ABM 22233AFNR Elective3
 15 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AG_S_M 41403AG_S_M 40203
AFNR Elective3AG_S_M 42203
AFNR Elective3AG_S_M 49403
ABM 21833ACCTCY 2026 or 20363
SCI_AG_J 32403AFNR Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AG_S_M 49703AG S M Elective3
AG_S_M 43203AG S M Elective3
AG_S_M 43603AG S M Elective3
AG_S_M 43663AG_S_M 43683
ABM 32603ABM 32563
 15 15
Total Credits: 121-122

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