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Agricultural Systems Management B.S.

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  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2022
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 61 to 63
  • This program requires summer terms.
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science
This program combines students' interests in machinery, technology, and crop and livestock production with superior people skills, creative thinking, and problem solving to build a career in the agricultural and food production industry. Agricultural systems management graduates are well versed in agricultural foundations and have working knowledge of economic systems with a well-developed sense of professionalism. Companies are looking for multi-talented people who are confident around computers, machines, and business plans. The agricultural systems management program offers three areas of emphasis to provide a unique portfolio of technical and business skills that gives graduates an edge in the job market. Program outcomes: graduates will: be well versed in agricultural foundations, be technically proficient and knowledgeable in agricultural technologies, have working knowledge of economic systems and financial management, possess speaking, listening, and writing communication skills, and have a well-developed sense of professionalism.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
General Requirements
All students are required to complete general University and college requirements. For more information, see the graduation requirements.
Program Requirements
Students must complete 40 upper-division credits. A maximum of two D grades are allowed for core courses required in the program, subplan/emphasis, and technology requirements. This includes grades earned at UMC or transferred in from another institution.
Agricultural Systems Management Core
Take 15 or more course(s) totaling 40 or more credit(s) from the following:
· AGEC 1004 - Introduction to Agribusiness (3.0 cr)
AGEC 2310 - Agribusiness Financial Records (3.0 cr)
AGRO 1183 - Field Crops: Production Principles (3.0 cr)
ANSC 1004 - Introduction to Animal Science (4.0 cr)
ASM 1034 - Facility Maintenance and Safety (4.0 cr)
ASM 2250 - Agricultural Machinery Management (3.0 cr)
ASM 3002 - Agricultural Mobile Power Systems (3.0 cr)
ASM 3005 - Facilities Planning and Selection (3.0 cr)
ASM 3009 - Surveying (4.0 cr)
GNAG 4652 - Senior Seminar (1.0 cr)
SOIL 1293 - Soil Science (3.0 cr)
· Choose one of the following:
· COMM 3008 - Business Writing (3.0 cr)
or COMM 3704 - Business and Professional Speaking (3.0 cr)
or MGMT 3210 - Supervision and Leadership (3.0 cr)
or WRIT 3303 - Writing in Your Profession (3.0 cr)
· Internship
Pre-Internship Seminar
GNAG 2899 - Pre-Internship Seminar (0.5 cr)
or GNAG 3899 - Pre-Internship Seminar (0.5 cr)
Internship
Take 2 or more credits of GNAG 3900.
GNAG 3900 - Internship (0.5-3.0 cr)
Post-Internship Seminar
GNAG 3901 - Post Internship Seminar (0.5 cr)
Liberal Education
This program requires a minimum of 40 credits of liberal education and completion of the ten goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum. The following are specific required liberal education courses.
Take 7 - 9 course(s) from the following:
· BIOL 1009 - General Biology [BIOL SCI, PEOPLE/ENV] (4.0 cr)
· CHEM 1001 - Introductory Chemistry [PHYS SCI] (4.0 cr)
· COMP 1011 - Composition I [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)
· COMP 1013 - Composition II [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)
· MATH 1031 - College Algebra [MATH THINK] (3.0 cr)
· PHYS 1012 - Introductory Physics [PHYS SCI, PEOPLE/ENV] (4.0 cr)
· Communication Choice
Choose one of the following:
· COMM 1101 - Public Speaking [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)
COMM 2002 - Interpersonal Communication [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans.
Farm and Ranch Management
This emphasis focuses on a blend of business and production management. The program's goal is to provide a solid foundation to allow the graduate to be competitive and succeed in the changing world of modern agriculture.
Farm and Ranch Operation Core
Take 4 or more course(s) totaling 12 or more credit(s) from the following:
· AGEC 3540 - Farm Business Management (3.0 cr)
AGEC 3640 - Agricultural Finance and Valuation (3.0 cr)
AGEC 4740 - Grain and Livestock Marketing (3.0 cr)
ASM 2043 - Welding and Manufacturing Processes (3.0 cr)
Take 9 or more credit(s) from the following:
· AGEC 3430 - Food Marketing Systems (3.0 cr)
· AGEC 3440 - Fundamentals of Value Added Agriculture (3.0 cr)
· AGRO 2640 - Applied Agriculture Chemicals (3.0 cr)
· AGRO 3130 - Forages (3.0 cr)
· AGRO 3444 - Crop Production (4.0 cr)
· ANSC 2104 - Feeds and Feeding (4.0 cr)
· ANSC 3004 - Livestock Facilities and Environmental Systems (3.0 cr)
· ANSC 3204 - Dairy Production (4.0 cr)
· ANSC 3303 - Beef Production (4.0 cr)
· SOIL 3414 - Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition (4.0 cr)
Open Electives
Students must take enough open electives credits to satisfy the 120 credit graduation requirement.
Technology
Take 3 or more credit(s) from the following:
· AGEC 3310 - Advanced Agribusiness Financial Records (3.0 cr)
Precision Agriculture
Work in the field or in an office to help others improve agriculture production practices (chemical application, planting, pest management) by using satellites, geographical information systems (GIS), and precision data analysis. Field data collection, analysis, and application are keys to improving agricultural production management practices and implementing efficiencies.
Precision Agriculture Core
Take 10 or more course(s) totaling 23 or more credit(s) from the following:
· AGEC 2530 - Professional Agriselling (3.0 cr)
· AGRO 2640 - Applied Agriculture Chemicals (3.0 cr)
· AGRO 3444 - Crop Production (4.0 cr)
· ASM 3360 - Applications in Precision Agriculture (2.0 cr)
· ASM 3365 - Applications in Precision Agriculture Laboratory (1.0 cr)
· ASM 3511 - Yield Monitoring and Data Interpretation (1.0 cr)
· ASM 3512 - Remote Sensing Applications in Precision Agriculture (1.0 cr)
· ASM 3513 - Precision Farming Data (1.0 cr)
· NATR 3635 - Geographic Information Systems Applications (3.0 cr)
· SOIL 3414 - Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition (4.0 cr)
Technology
Take 3 or more credit(s) from the following:
· NATR 2630 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (3.0 cr)
Open Electives
Students must take enough open electives credits to satisfy the 120 credit graduation requirement.
 
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AGEC 1004 - Introduction to Agribusiness
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Background of American agriculture. Interrelationships of agricultural industries. Economic concepts of production, marketing, and consumption. Principles of management. Agricultural policy. Issues/trends in agribusiness.
AGEC 2310 - Agribusiness Financial Records
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Applied course in record keeping. Use of computerized system to record business transactions; manage agricultural inventories, receivables, payables, and payroll; and generate coordinated financial statements.
AGRO 1183 - Field Crops: Production Principles
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Principles and cultural practices used in growing certain row crops, small grains, oil crops, and specialty crops.
ANSC 1004 - Introduction to Animal Science
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Survey of the meat animal, dairy, and equine industries. Emphasis on general management principles, health care, breeding, behavior, feeding, and care of dairy cattle, beef cattle, horses, sheep, and swine.
ASM 1034 - Facility Maintenance and Safety
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Safe operation, working environment for power equipment, structures, utilities, metal fabrication.
ASM 2250 - Agricultural Machinery Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Mechanical principles. Application of field machinery/power units to varying crop, soil, climatic conditions. Farm management decisions. Introduction to precision agriculture.
ASM 3002 - Agricultural Mobile Power Systems
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Selecting, testing, maintaining power units for drawbar, PTO, hydraulic applications. Spark/compression ignition systems, drive trains, DC electrical systems, air conditioning systems.
ASM 3005 - Facilities Planning and Selection
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: ASM 3005/BM 3005
Prerequisites: 1034, Math 1031
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Planning facility design. Selecting materials/equipment used in manufacturing and production operations. prereq: 1034, Math 1031
ASM 3009 - Surveying
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Principles, statistical methods, theory, applications. Measurement of distance, angles, directions using theodolites, electronic distance measurement, transits, total stations. Exercises in leveling, profiling, topographic mapping, traversing, land/construction surveying. Introduction to photogrammetry, GPS, GIS.
GNAG 4652 - Senior Seminar
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Survey of current literature. Preparation/delivery of special topics. Preparation of abstracts, papers, and visual aids. Evaluation of seminars. Use of library and other resources, including computer information search. Use of new technology. prereq: Sr or instructor consent
SOIL 1293 - Soil Science
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Formation, classification, and composition of soils, with emphasis on environmental quality, chemical and physical properties affecting growth and nutrition of plants, management principles and practices used to increase productivity and conserve soil and water resources for agronomic crops. prereq: Chem 1001
COMM 3008 - Business Writing
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Practical application of writing effective business letters, memos, e-mails, faxes. Tables, other graphics. Informal/formal informational/analytical reports. Professional oral/Web presentations. Development of personal writing style. Practice of appropriate business tone, etiquette. prereq: Comp 1013 or 6 credits of writing
COMM 3704 - Business and Professional Speaking
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Developing proficiency in communication/presentation skills in business contexts. Preparing, selecting, organizing, designing, and delivering oral messages in business situations. Meeting/group facilitation, interviewing, and professional presentations.
MGMT 3210 - Supervision and Leadership
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Emphasis on organizational environment/human behavior. Human resource systems, motivating employees, leadership, managing change, job satisfaction, communication, group processes, interpersonal/group dynamics within organization.
WRIT 3303 - Writing in Your Profession
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Writing about subjects related to students' academic disciplines and future professions. Developing persuasive writing skills for academic, personal, and professional purposes. Effective communication principles, audiences, formats, and technologies. prereq: Comp 1011 and 1013 or 6 credits of writing
GNAG 2899 - Pre-Internship Seminar
Credits: 0.5 [max 0.5]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Expectations/responsibilities of internships. Preparing for a job search. Presentations about internship experiences by those who have recently completed 3900. Discussions between students, staff, and invited guests.
GNAG 3899 - Pre-Internship Seminar
Credits: 0.5 [max 0.5]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Expectations/responsibilities of internships. Preparing for a job search. Presentations about internship experiences by those who have recently completed 3900. Discussions between students, staff, and invited guests.
GNAG 3900 - Internship
Credits: 0.5 -3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Supervised professional work experience in agricultural business, governmental agency. Report/consultation with faculty advisor/employer. prereq: 3899, [soph or sr]
GNAG 3901 - Post Internship Seminar
Credits: 0.5 [max 0.5]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Student who have recently completed internships prepare/deliver a PowerPoint presentation of experience/knowledge gained. Discussions between post/pre-internship students, staff, and invited guests. prereq: GnAg 3900
BIOL 1009 - General Biology (BIOL SCI, PEOPLE/ENV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Major concepts of modern biology. Molecular structure of living things. Energy recruitment/utilization. Flow of genetic information through organisms/populations. Principles of inheritance, ecology, and evolution. Lab. prereq: High school science courses
CHEM 1001 - Introductory Chemistry (PHYS SCI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
For students who do not need professional-level general chemistry. Atomic and molecular structure, inorganic nomenclature, chemical equations, quantitative relationships, phases of matter, solution chemistry, chemical dynamics, acid/base chemistry, oxidation-reduction process. prereq: High school algebra, high school chem
COMP 1011 - Composition I (COMMUNICAT)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Process of clear, concrete, and convincing writing. Generation and discovery of subjects, revisions, editing.
COMP 1013 - Composition II (COMMUNICAT)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Writing a research paper/s. Formulating/answering a research question. Developing an organizational/argument strategy for topic/audience. Supporting research question/argument with scholarly sources. prereq: 1011
MATH 1031 - College Algebra (MATH THINK)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Basic algebraic operations, linear/quadratic equations/inequalities, variation. Functions/graphs. Theory of equations. Exponential/logarithmic functions. Systems of equations. Mathmatical modeling/applications. prereq: 0991 or ACT math score of 20 or higher
PHYS 1012 - Introductory Physics (PHYS SCI, PEOPLE/ENV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Motion, forces, torque, energy, heat, sound, light, electricity, magnetism. Emphasizes applications. prereq: Math 1031
COMM 1101 - Public Speaking (COMMUNICAT)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Topic selection, research, organization, rehearsal, and extemporaneous delivery of informative and persuasive speeches.
COMM 2002 - Interpersonal Communication (COMMUNICAT)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Fundamental concepts/skills of communication used in social/career contexts. Perception, listening, verbal/nonverbal, climate, conflict.
AGEC 3540 - Farm Business Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Principles of farm accounting. Financial/income statements, cash flow statements, depreciation methods, farm income tax, enterprise analysis, farm management decision making, budgeting/planning, computer analysis of farm business. prereq: 2310 or Acct 2102
AGEC 3640 - Agricultural Finance and Valuation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Analysis of investment strategies and financing policies for farm and agribusiness firms. Liquidity, solvency, profitability. Financial documents, legal aspects of credit, financial intermediaries serving agriculture, property valuation, estate planning. prereq: 3540
AGEC 4740 - Grain and Livestock Marketing
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Students develop commodity marketing plan for grain or livestock farming operations. Topics include cash markets, grid pricing, grade premiums/discounts, contracting, crop/livestock insurance, and futures/options.
ASM 2043 - Welding and Manufacturing Processes
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Arc/gas welding of ferrous/nonferrous metals. TIG/MIG welding. Designs for welding, economics, cost estimating. Project design/construction. Basic metal machining.
AGEC 3430 - Food Marketing Systems
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Topics include frameworks for analyzing food marketing systems. Marketing institutions, food prices, marketing costs, functional/organizational issues, role of government. Grades/standards. Issues in transportation, storage, and international trade.
AGEC 3440 - Fundamentals of Value Added Agriculture
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Explore different aspects of value added agriculture as it relates to the production or manufacturing processes, marketing, or services that increase value of primary commodities or appeal to the final consumers.
AGRO 2640 - Applied Agriculture Chemicals
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Applied use of agriculture chemicals. Safety, toxicity, efficacy, phytotoxicity, recommendations, environmental interactions. prereq: 1030
AGRO 3130 - Forages
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Characteristics, distribution, preservation, and uses of forage crops for pasture, silage, hay, and soil improvement. Cultural practices, disease and insect control, seed production, forage storage. Interrelationships between animals and plants as they relate to selection, production, and utilization of forage crops.
AGRO 3444 - Crop Production
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Principles, including best cultural practices for crops of particular economic importance to the region. Oilseed, small grain, and specialty crops. prereq: 1183
ANSC 2104 - Feeds and Feeding
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Identification and use of feed grains, forages, supplemental feeds, and additives. Bushel weights, price, and cost per unit calculations. Moisture content calculations. Factors influencing feed quality, feed value, price, and storage. Digestion, ration formulation, and feed processing methods. prereq: 1004, high school chem or Chem 1001
ANSC 3004 - Livestock Facilities and Environmental Systems
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Effects of environment on animal production. Principles of environmental control. Planning open, partial, and total environmentally controlled systems for livestock. Functional, economic, and environmental considerations. Feed handling systems, waste management alternatives. prereq: Math 1031, or instructor consent
ANSC 3204 - Dairy Production
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Growth/development of dairy cattle. Genetics/breeding, dairy nutrition, growth/development of heifer to first calving. Getting cows into production and their subsequent management, including milking management skills. prereq: 2104
ANSC 3303 - Beef Production
Credits: 4.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Application of technology and information to systems of managing beef operations. Incorporation of economics, farm management, records, and production science in management plans. Computer applications in management. prereq: 2104
SOIL 3414 - Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Soil fertility management and its effect on crop growth. Uptake and use of specific important nutrients; use of fertilizers, their composition and characteristics; importance of residue management to maintain high productivity; environmental impact of certain agronomic practices. prereq: Soil 1293, soph, or instructor consent
AGEC 3310 - Advanced Agribusiness Financial Records
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Students learn to prepare cash flow budgets, prepare enterprise reports for analysis, prepare and interpret Farm Financial Standards reports, and learn about the connection between production field and/or livestock records and financial records using a computer software program specific to agriculture. prereq: 2310
AGEC 2530 - Professional Agriselling
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Use of technical and agricultural knowledge in agricultural sales. Need-satisfaction approach to selling. Planning and conducting informational meetings, exhibiting at farm and trade shows, importance of service and timeliness in agribusiness, and practice in making agrisales presentations.
AGRO 2640 - Applied Agriculture Chemicals
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Applied use of agriculture chemicals. Safety, toxicity, efficacy, phytotoxicity, recommendations, environmental interactions. prereq: 1030
AGRO 3444 - Crop Production
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Principles, including best cultural practices for crops of particular economic importance to the region. Oilseed, small grain, and specialty crops. prereq: 1183
ASM 3360 - Applications in Precision Agriculture
Credits: 2.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduction to applications of precision agriculture. Making data-driven on-farm decisions using the knowledge and tools of crop science and agricultural engineering. prereq: Soil 1293
ASM 3365 - Applications in Precision Agriculture Laboratory
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to hands-on applications of precision agriculture. Examples include mapping fields, grid and zone soil sampling techniques, yield monitor calibration, and creating and executing UAV flight plans.
ASM 3511 - Yield Monitoring and Data Interpretation
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Calibration of commercially available yield monitoring equipment. Operation fundamentals of various yield sensors. Interfacing sensors, data loggers, global position devices. Saving, storing, retrieving, pooling yield data. Working with data from multiple vendor models/formats. Use of commercially available software to make yield map interpretation. prereq: ASM 3360
ASM 3512 - Remote Sensing Applications in Precision Agriculture
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Fundamentals of remote sensing and satellite imaging in monitoring/managing cropping system variability. Applications of commercial mapping and GIS software in processing/interpreting production scale economic variables. prereq: ASM 3360
ASM 3513 - Precision Farming Data
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Cropping systems data in precision agriculture. On-farm input/output record keeping, profit analysis using commercial software. On-farm trials/testing of agronomic variables using precision agriculture technologies. prereq: 3360
NATR 3635 - Geographic Information Systems Applications
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Advanced principles/applications of geographic information systems. Nature/accuracy of geo-referenced data and methods of data capture, storage, retrieval, modeling, and digital map display. Includes semester-long lab project. prereq: 2630
SOIL 3414 - Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Soil fertility management and its effect on crop growth. Uptake and use of specific important nutrients; use of fertilizers, their composition and characteristics; importance of residue management to maintain high productivity; environmental impact of certain agronomic practices. prereq: Soil 1293, soph, or instructor consent
NATR 2630 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Application/use of computer-based information systems, data delivery, and geographic information systems in natural resource management and regional planning. Labs focus on developing basic competence using current suite of ArcGIS software and finding, retrieving and utilizing data currently available from public resource management agencies. prereq: 1244, MATH 1031