BS in Agricultural Systems Technology

Degree Program Description

Agricultural Systems Technology combines interests in technology, machines, and business to be at the forefront of technological innovation in agriculture, environmental protection and related industries. Students will study digital agricultural systems pertaining to structures, hydraulics, precision agriculture, machinery, electricity, sensors and the Internet of Things to manage agricultural systems.  Agricultural Systems Technology graduates apply science, technology and engineering principles to manage complex agricultural and other production systems.

Agricultural Systems Technology will prepare graduates for a variety of careers, including: agricultural and power equipment manufacturing, equipment sales and service, food production and processing, precision agriculture technology, and government.

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 2223Relationship Selling: Creating Value for Customers3
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 2223Relationship Selling: Creating Value for Customers3
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 Function4
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 3.2 or higher (3.5 or higher in AST-required courses).  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 12-15 credit hours of graduate level courses, (7000 or 8000 level), during their Provisional Graduate Student year that will count towards both their BS and MS degrees as shared credits. 18 credit hours of graduate credit will be completed during their Graduate Student year (year 2) for a total of 30-33 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 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. This plan shows how students have the opportunity to develop their area of study to achieve a Certificate in Precision Agriculture Technology.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AG_S_TCH 10203AG_S_TCH 10403
AG_S_TCH 1120 (pending approval)1ABM 10423
ABM 10413ENGLSH 10003
MATH 11003State Requirement3
BIO_SC 10103BIO_SC 10202
Humanities3 
 16 14
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AG_S_TCH 41403AG_S_TCH 23403
AG_S_TCH 43204AG_S_TCH 32253
COMMUN 1200 or AGSC_COM 22203SOIL 21003
CHEM 1100 or 13204STAT 12003
Elective3Humanities3
 17 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AG_S_TCH 43603AG_S_TCH 42203
AG_S_TCH 41603AG_S_TCH 4365 (Precision AG Certificate)3
Supporting AG_S_TCH Course3Supporting AG_S_TCH Course3
Accounting3Writing Intensive3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AG_S_TCH 43903AG_S_TCH 4368 (Precision AG Certificate)3
Supporting AG_S_TCH Course33000 Level Writing Intensive3
AG_S_TCH 4366 (Precision AG Certificate)3Elective3
Supporting AG_S_TCH Course3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
Elective3 
 18 15
Total Credits: 125

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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. 

MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner.  Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, click on the Academic Progress Tile, then select Request Degree Audit. 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 https://advising.missouri.edu/contact/.

Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via https://www.transferology.com. 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 https://registrar.missouri.edu/degrees-audits/degree-audits/.

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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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