Agricultural Systems Management - BS

Graduates of the Agricultural Systems Management program manage people, money and machines in the food and agricultural industries. They are typically employed as production or processing operations managers, equipment managers, or in technical sales and services. Employers include farm and industrial equipment companies, food processing plants, cotton gins, grain and seed companies, livestock feeding operations, irrigation companies, construction companies, manufacturers, and a variety of other employers who need technical managers.

The technological courses are applications-oriented and focus on practical experience in food processing systems, water management, machinery and power systems, electrical systems and electronics. Business courses include accounting, economics, marketing, management, law and finance. A student may obtain a minor in business by taking one course in addition to the AGSM requirements. Management and systems science techniques such as linear programming, simulation, optimization, queuing theory, inventory models, PERT/CPM and expert systems are taught along with applications for solving realistic problems faced by agribusiness managers. Supporting courses provide a foundation of mathematics, chemistry, computer and communications skills. Technical electives are available to develop a degree program that meets personal career objectives.

The curriculum is administered by the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering and leads to the Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Systems Management.

First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
AGSM 201Agricultural Energy and Power Systems 3
ENGL 104Composition and Rhetoric 3
MATH 141Finite Mathematics 3
Government/Political science elective 13
Creative arts elective 1,23
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
ISYS 209Business Information Systems Concepts 33
CHEM 101Fundamentals of Chemistry I 3
CHEM 111Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory I 1
MATH 142Business Calculus 3
Government/Political science elective 13
Engineering Design Graphics Elective 42
AGSM 125Introduction to Agricultural Systems Management 1
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Second Year
Fall
ACCT 209Survey of Accounting Principles 33
AGSM 301Systems Analysis in Agriculture 3
ECON 202Principles of Economics 3
COMM 203Public Speaking 3
PHYS 201College Physics 4
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
ACCT 210Survey of Managerial and Cost Accounting Principles 3
AGSM 360Occupational Safety Management 3
ENGL 210Technical and Business Writing 3
ECON 203Principles of Economics 3
Life and physical sciences elective 13
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Third Year
Fall
AGEC 330 or FINC 409Financial Management in Agriculture or Survey of Finance Principles 33
Language, philosophy and culture elective 1,23
American history elective 1,23
AGSM 335Water and Soil Management 3
AGSM 337Technology for Environmental and Natural Resource Engineering 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
AGSM 310Agricultural Machinery Management 3
AGSM 315/FSTC 315Food Process Engineering Technology 3
AGSM 325Agri-Industrial Applications of Electricity 3
STAT 302 or STAT 303Statistical Methods or Statistical Methods 3
Select one of the following: 3
Food and Agricultural Law  
Business, Government and Society 3 
Business Law  
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall
AGEC 315Food and Agricultural Sales (or Technical elective) 53
MGMT 309 or AGEC 340Survey of Management or Agribusiness Management 33
AGSM 403Processing and Storage of Agricultural Products 3
AGSM 439Management of Agricultural Systems I 63
AGSM 470Agricultural Electronics and Control 3
American history elective 1,23
 Term Semester Credit Hours18
Spring
MKTG 409 or AGEC 314Principles of Marketing or Marketing Agricultural and Food Products 33
AGSM 440Management of Agricultural Systems II 63
AGSM 473 or AGSM 475Project Management for Agricultural Systems Technology or Applied Information Technologies for Agricultural Systems 3
Technical electives 2,56
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 125
1

To be selected from the University Core Curriculum.

2

The 6 hours of international and cultural diversity courses, as required for graduation, may be met in the curriculum. Students may select Language, Philosophy and Culture, Creative Arts, Technical Electives, or American History Electives that also meet the ICD requirement.

3

A minor in BUAD may be obtained by completing the noted courses. Each of these courses must be completed with a C or better.

4

To be selected from a departmental approved list.

5

Technical electives must be selected in consultation with the student’s advisor and from the current list of approved electives published by the department.

6

All undergraduate students must take at least two (2) specific courses in their major designated as writing intensive (W). This course is an approved W course.

A grade of C or better is required for all Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) courses; ACCT 209, AGSM 301, CHEM 101, CHEM 111, ECON 202, MATH 141, MATH 142 and PHYS 201, or equivalents and senior capstone courses AGSM 439 and AGSM 440.