2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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Agricultural Systems Technology (B.S.)

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Program Coordinator/Contact

Van Kelley, Department Head
Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
Agricultural Engineering 107
E-mail: van.kelley@sdstate.edu
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Program Information

Agricultural Systems Technology graduates serve an increasingly complex agricultural industry in a wide variety of ways. These individuals have a sound fundamental knowledge of agricultural and biological sciences related to the technical, mechanical and energy aspects. This background combined with a solid understanding of the interactions between agriculture and society provides AST graduates many career opportunities. Graduates use their technological knowledge, coupled with managerial and leadership skills, to increase America’s food and energy supply, security, and safety. Graduates may pursue careers in renewable energy such as ethanol and bio-diesel, farm machinery and equipment, natural resources, livestock facilities and systems, and production agriculture.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Agricultural Systems Technology major, students will be well prepared to:

  • evaluate evolving agricultural systems to improve performance and functionality.
  • analyze and interpret data to maximize outputs for the most efficient use of inputs.
  • support and improve all agricultural systems including but not limited to, ag machinery, livestock facilities, grain handling and storage facilities, biofuels and processing facilities, and crop and livestock production systems.
  • gain fundamental knowledge in agricultural business, economics, and management to understand and improve daily operations of various agricultural industries.

Course Delivery Format

The program engages students in lecture, laboratory, and in hands-on, field-based learning experiences.

Requirements for Agricultural Systems Technology 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.

Technical Electives

It is strongly recommended that students choose one of the following emphasis areas.  Credits: 35

Business Emphasis

Total Required Credits: 120


1 minimum grade of “C” required in ENGL 201.

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