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. Students can obtain a minor in either Agricultural Economics or Business by taking the 15 hours of noted coursework, plus one additional 3-hour class per minor. 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 125 Introduction to Agricultural Systems Management 1
AGSM 201 Agricultural Energy and Power Systems 3
CHEM 119 Fundamentals of Chemistry I 4
ENGL 104 Composition and Rhetoric 3
MATH 140 Mathematics for Business and Social Sciences 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
ECON 202 Principles of Economics 3
MATH 142 Business Calculus 3
MMET 105 Engineering Graphics 2
POLS 206 American National Government 3
Language, philosophy and culture 1, 2 3
General elective 3,4 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Second Year
ACCT 209 Survey of Accounting Principles 3 3
AGSM 301 Systems Analysis in Agriculture 3
PHYS 201 College Physics 4
POLS 207 State and Local Government 3
ENGL 210 Technical and Business Writing 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
ACCT 210 Survey of Managerial and Cost Accounting Principles 3
COMM 203 Public Speaking 3
ECON 203 Principles of Economics 3
MGMT 209
Principles of Business Regulations and Law
or Food and Agricultural Law
Creative arts 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Third Year
FINC 409
Survey of Finance Principles 3, 4
or Financial Management in Agriculture
MGMT 309
Survey of Management 3, 4
or Agribusiness Management
STAT 302
Statistical Methods
or Statistical Methods
American history 1, 2 3
AGSM Directed elective 5 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
AGSM 360 Occupational Safety Management 3
Life and physical sciences 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
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  
Technical elective 2,7 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
AGSM 440 Management of Agricultural Systems II 6 3
MKTG 409
Principles of Marketing 3,4
or Marketing Agricultural and Food Products
American history 1,2 3
AGSM Directed elective 5 3
Technical elective 2,7 3
Technical elective 2,7 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
 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 119, , ECON 202, MATH 140, MATH 142 and PHYS 201, or equivalents and senior capstone courses AGSM 439 and AGSM 440.