2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Sep 27, 2021  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog

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Agricultural Systems Technology (B.S.)

Program Coordinator/Contact

Van Kelley, Department Head
Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
Raven Precision Agriculture Center 136

Kristen Stuckey, Program Coordinator
Raven Precision Agriculture Center 136

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 have:

  • the ability to apply knowledge of mathematics and science.
  • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  • an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve problems.
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • an ability to communicate effectively.
  • a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  • a knowledge of contemporary issues.
  • an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern tools necessary to identify solutions to problems.

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

College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences Requirements

Bachelor of Science Requirements: 11

Students who wish to complete a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences must complete a minimum of 11 credits from the approved list of Group 1  courses. 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

Select 32 credits from the following courses.  It is strongly recommended that students choose one of the following emphasis areas. Credits: 32

Business Emphasis

Total Required Credits: 120


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

Summary of Program Requirements

Bachelor of Science

System General Education Requirements 32 Credit Hours
College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences Requirements* 11 Credit Hours
Major Requirements 79 Credit Hours
Electives** 0 Credit Hours

*System General Education Requirements, Major Requirements, and Supporting Coursework may satisfy some or all of the above requirements.  
**Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.

Academic Advising Guide Sheet

The goal of the academic advising guide sheets and sample plans of study is to promote undergraduate student success by guiding all students to timely completion of an undergraduate degree. Students are not limited to the course sequence provided for their academic program. Instead, the sample plan of study is one possible path to completing your degree and is meant to be used as a guide for planning purposes in consultation with an academic advisor. The plans also help students prepare for meetings with their academic advisor and track their progress in their selected academic program.