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. The Business minor is built into the AGSM degree program (with no additional courses required), or students can obtain a minor in Agricultural Economics by taking one additional class. 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. AGSM 360 prepares students for the opportunity to pursue an occupational license. Students who participate in the class regularly and pass the course will be eligible for a "30 hour Course for General Industry" diploma from NASP. Please refer to the Notification for Students Pursuing an Occupational License in our catalog for additional information.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
AGSM 201 Agricultural Energy and Power Systems 3
ENGL 104 Composition and Rhetoric 3
MATH 141
Finite Mathematics
or Mathematics for Business and Social Sciences
Government/Political science elective 1 3
Creative arts elective 1,2 3
AGSM 125 Introduction to Agricultural Systems Management 1
 Semester Credit Hours16
ISTM 209 Business Information Systems Concepts 3
CHEM 101 Fundamentals of Chemistry I 3
CHEM 111 Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory I 1
MATH 142 Business Calculus 3
Government/Political science elective 1 3
MMET 105 Engineering Graphics 2
 Semester Credit Hours15
Second Year
ACCT 209 Survey of Accounting Principles 3 3
AGSM 301 Systems Analysis in Agriculture 3
ECON 202 Principles of Economics 3
COMM 203 Public Speaking 3
PHYS 201 College Physics 4
 Semester Credit Hours16
ACCT 210 Survey of Managerial and Cost Accounting Principles 3
AGSM 360 Occupational Safety Management 3
ENGL 210 Technical and Business Writing 3
ECON 203 Principles of Economics 3
Life and physical sciences elective 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Third Year
AGEC 330
Financial Management in Agriculture 3
or Survey of Finance Principles
Language, philosophy and culture elective 1,2 3
American history elective 1,2 3
AGSM 335 Water and Soil Management 3
AGSM 337 Technology for Environmental and Natural Resource Engineering 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
AGSM 310 Agricultural Machinery Management 3
AGSM 315/NFSC 315 Food Process Engineering Technology 3
AGSM 325 Agri-Industrial Applications of Electricity 3
STAT 302
Statistical Methods
or Statistical Methods
Select one of the following: 3
Food and Agricultural Law  
Business, Government and Society 3  
Business Law  
 Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
AGEC 315 Food and Agricultural Sales (or Technical elective) 5 3
MGMT 309
Survey of Management 3
or Agribusiness Management
AGSM 403 Processing and Storage of Agricultural Products 3
AGSM 439 Management of Agricultural Systems I 6 3
AGSM 470 Agricultural Electronics and Control 3
Select one of the following: 3
Project Management for Agricultural Systems Technology (Select one of the following)  
Geographic Information Systems for Resource Management  
Geographic Information Systems for Resource Management  
 Semester Credit Hours18
MKTG 409
Principles of Marketing 3
or Marketing Agricultural and Food Products
AGSM 440 Management of Agricultural Systems II 6 3
Technical electives 2,5 6
American history elective 1,2 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours125

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.