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  Nov 24, 2017
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

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Precision Agriculture (B.S.)

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Program Coordinator/Contact
Van Kelley, Department Head
Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
Agricultural Engineering 105, Box 2120
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David Wright, Department Head
Department of Agronomy, Horticulture, and Plant Science
Berg Agricultural Hall 244, Box 2207
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Program Information
The Precision Agriculture major prepares students for careers that bridge the gaps between agronomy, agriculture machinery management, and data sciences caused by the rapid evolution of high-speed sensor technology.

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the Precision Agriculture major, students will:

  • make effective agronomic recommendations for crop management, soil management, pest management, and environmental stewardship.
  • have general knowledge of precision agriculture technology.
  • demonstrate the economic and environmental benefits of precision agriculture.
  • produce accurate digital maps of fields using spatial information within specialized software.
  • solve complex agronomic and environmental problems using precision agriculture tools.
  • operate precision agriculture equipment (monitors, controllers, etc.),  operational knowledge of precision agriculture software (database query, interface, and mapping) and computer spreadsheet applications to record and analyze agricultural field data, understand statistical standards to produce meaningful management recommendations.
  • be able install, calibrate, troubleshoot and repair precision agriculture hardware and equipment, including electrical/mechanical/ hydraulic/software systems.
  • effectively communicate within precision agriculture activities.

Academic Requirements
Students must earn at least a C grade in each major required class and must earn at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA in the major required classes including PS 213-213L  and ABS 475-475L .

Course Delivery Format
Instruction will occur through a combination of traditional classroom methods, laboratory exercises using current agricultural production technologies, and agricultural mapping software.

Requirements for Precision Agriculture Major: 120 Credits

Bachelor of Science in Agriculture

System General Education Requirements

College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Requirements: 11

Students who wish to complete a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture must complete a minimum of 11 credits from the approved list of Group 1 courses in Agriculture .  Some departments require specific courses from the list, whereas others leave the selection entirely to the student and the advisor.

System General Education Requirements and/or major coursework may satisfy some or all of the above requirements.  Please review major requirements and the Group 1 list to determine if additional courses are required.

Major Requirements

Select from the following

Select four credits from the following three courses. Credits: 4

Total Required Credits: 120

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