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Agricultural Systems Management Minor

Agriculture and Natural Resources
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  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2024
  • Required credits in this minor: 18
A minor in agricultural systems management provides an opportunity for students to learn the principles of agricultural technologies and how they relate to crop and livestock production and modern agricultural machinery. The opportunity exists for students to gain valuable knowledge in the area of renewable energy and bio-fuels technology and how that relates to agricultural enterprises.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
Agricultural Systems Management Minor
A minimum of 6 credits applied toward this minor must be upper-division.
Take 18 or more credit(s) from the following:
Take 2 - 12 credit(s) from the following:
· ASM 1021 - Introduction to Agricultural Systems Management (3.0 cr)
· ASM 1034 - Facility Maintenance and Safety (4.0 cr)
· ASM 2043 - Welding and Manufacturing Processes (3.0 cr)
· ASM 2053 - Electricity, Controls, and Sensors in Agriculture (3.0 cr)
· ASM 2250 - Agricultural Machinery Management (3.0 cr)
· Upper-Division
Take 6 - 16 credit(s) from the following:
· ASM 3002 - Agricultural Mobile Power Systems (3.0 cr)
· ASM 3005 - Facilities Planning and Selection (3.0 cr)
· ASM 3009 - Surveying (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)
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ASM 1021 - Introduction to Agricultural Systems Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Overview of agricultural mechanization systems (engines, machinery, structures, processes).
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 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.
ASM 2053 - Electricity, Controls, and Sensors in Agriculture
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Theory and practical application of electricity and electrical controls in agriculture. Selection/maintenance of electrical motors, heating/light/control devices, and sensors.
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.
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.
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. Recommended prerequisites: ASM 3360, NATR 2630
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. Recommended prereq: ASM 3360, 3365, NATR 2630
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. Recommended prereq: ASM 3360, 3365, NATR 2630
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. Recommended prereq: ASM 3360, 3365, NATR 2630