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.
|AG_ED_LD 2220||Verbal Communication in Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources||3|
|or COMMUN 1200||Public Speaking|
|CHEM 1100||Atoms and Molecules with Lab||3-4|
|or CHEM 1320||College Chemistry I|
& 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 1041||Applied Microeconomics||3|
|or ECONOM 1014||Principles of Microeconomics|
|AG_EC 1042||Applied Macroeconomics||3|
|or ECONOM 1015||Principles of Macroeconomics|
|AG_S_M 1020||Introduction to Agricultural Systems Management||3|
|AG_S_M 1040||Physical Principles for Agricultural Applications||3|
|AG_S_M 4970||Agricultural Systems Management - Capstone||3|
|Select at least three courses from the following||9|
|AG_S_M 2220||Agricultural/Industrial Structures||3|
|AG_S_M 2360||Fluid Power||3|
|AG_S_M 4020||Agricultural Safety and Health||3|
|AG_S_M 4220||Material Handling and Conditioning||3|
|AG_S_M 4140||Electricity: Wiring and Equipment||3|
|AG_S_M 4320||Agricultural Equipment and Machinery||3|
|Select at least one course from the following||3|
|AG_S_M 4420||Surface Water Management||3|
|AG_S_M 4460||Irrigation and Drainage||3|
|Agricultural System Management Electives||31|
|AG_S_M 2320||Internal Combustion Power||3|
|AG_S_M 2340||Pesticide Application Equipment||3|
|AG_S_M 2345||Chemical Application Systems||2-3|
|AG_S_M 3350||Problems in Agricultural Systems Management (up to 6)||1-5|
|AG_S_M 4150||Biorenewable Systems Technology||3|
|AG_S_M 4225||Preservation of Grain Quality||2|
|AG_S_M 4360||Precision Agriculture Science and Technology||3|
|AG_S_M 4365||Machinery Management Using Precision Agriculture Technology||3|
|AG_S_M 4366||Data Management and Analysis Using Precision Agriculture Technology||3|
|AG_S_M 4368||Profit Strategies Using Precision Agriculture Technology||3|
|AG_S_M 1002||Topics in Agricultural Systems Management-Biological/Physical/Math||3|
|AG_S_M 1120||Agricultural/Industrial Materials and Processes||3|
|AG_S_M 4120||Advanced Agricultural/Industrial Materials and Processes||2-3|
|AG_S_M 4350||Problems in Agricultural Systems Management||1-3|
|AG_S_M 4940||Agricultural Systems Management Internship||2-5|
|AFNR Supporting courses|
|AFNR 1120||Computing and Information Technology||1-2|
|or AFNR 2120||Working with Data Using Excel|
|PLNT_S 2100||Introduction to Soils||2-3|
|or PLNT_S 2110||Plants and their Cultivation|
|or AN_SCI 1065||Animal Science Laboratory Practicum|
|Business/Economics (select 5 courses)|
|ACCTCY 2036||Accounting I||3|
|MANGMT 3000||Principles of Management||3|
|AG_EC 2183||The Agricultural Marketing System||3|
|AG_EC 2223||Agricultural Sales||3|
|AG_EC 3224||New Products Marketing||3|
|AG_EC 3256||Agribusiness and Biotechnology Law||3|
|AG_EC 3260||General Farm Management||3|
|AG_EC 3282||Agribusiness Finance||3|
|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.
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.
|AG_S_M 1020||3||AG_S_M 1040||3|
|AG_EC 1041||3||AG_EC 1042||3|
|BIO_SC 1020||2||AFNR 2120||1|
|MATH 1100||3||ENGLSH 1000||3|
|BIO_SC 1010||3||HIST 1100, 1200, POL_SC 1100, or POL_SC 2100||3|
|Humanistic Studies and/or Fine Arts||3||AG_S_M 2320||3|
|AG_ED_LD 2220||3||AG_S_M 2340||3|
|AG_S_M 2360||3||SOIL 2100||3|
|BIOCHM 2112||3||STAT 1400||3|
|AG_EC 2223||3||AFNR Elective||3|
|AG_S_M 4140||3||AG_S_M 4020||3|
|FINANC 1000||3||AG_S_M 4220||3|
|AG_EC 2183||3||AG_S_M 4940||3|
|AFNR Elective||3||ACCTCY 2026||3|
|SCI_AG_J 3240||3||AFNR Elective||3|
|AG_S_M 4970||3||AG S M Elective||3|
|AG_S_M 4320||3||AG S M Elective||3|
|AG_S_M 4368||3||AG S M Elective||3|
|AG_S_M 4366||3||AG_EC 3256||3|
|AG_EC 3260||3||AG_S_M 4360||3|
|Total Credits: 120|
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