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Agricultural Business

This program is offered at Clark State's Springfield location.

The Agricultural Business program emphasizes preparation for agriculture service-industry occupations. Courses are offered in soil science, soil fertility, animal science, pest management, sales, business management, and marketing. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for employment in the business world of agriculture sales and service. Graduates of this program will find technical and entry-level management positions in crop-care companies, feed-and-livestock product companies, and many other businesses that serve the producer with goods and services.

The program schedule that follows is designed for full-time students who have completed all prerequisites and who have no college preparatory recommendations. Many individuals, especially part-time students and those taking college preparatory courses, will require additional terms of study. Students should consult their academic advisor for help in planning their schedules.

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of an Associate of Applied Business degree in Agricultural Business Technology, a graduate will be able to:

  • Identify plant nutrient deficiencies and describe corrective measures.
  • Identify major plant pests, including weeds, insects, and diseases and describe corrective measures.
  • Develop a written agricultural business plan.
  • Locate and use current information in solving technical and critical thinking problems.
  • Demonstrate effective employability skills.
  • Demonstrate basic trouble shooting and maintenance skills for small gas engines.
  • Write clearly and accurately in a variety of contexts and formats.
  • Speak clearly and accurately in a variety of contexts and formats.
  • Use critcal thinking and problem solving to draw logical conclusions.
  • Use numerical data to solve problems, explain phenomena, and make predictions.

Scholastic Preparation
High school chemistry, biology, geometry, algebra, and keyboarding skills are strongly recommended.

Transfer Options

Students enrolled in Associate of Applied Business degree programs are preparing for employment upon graduation from the program. However, at some point many of these students are also interested in completing a bachelor's degree. A number of colleges or universities have designed bachelor's completion programs designed for students completing applied degrees. See the Transfer section of the catalog for more information.

Humanities/Social Science Electives
A complete listing of humanities and social science electives is available in the College Catalog.

Course Title Credits
Fall
AGR 1100 Ag Survey and Professional Development 4
AGR 1250 Animal Agriculture 3
AGR 1300 Soil Science 4
ENG 1111 English I 3
 
Spring
AGR 1350 Soil Fertility 4
-- AGR Elective ** 3
BIO 1420 Global Biology 4
ENG 1112 English II 3
MTH 1200 Technical Math for Agriculture 3
 
Summer
AGR 200B Co-op Experience in Ag Business 2
 
Fall
AGR 2200 Crop Production 3
AGR 2600 Plant Pests 4
AGR 2700 Ag Business Management 4
COM 1120 Public Speaking I 3
MKT 2450 Sales and Sales Management 3
 
Spring
AGR 2650 Integrated Pest Management 4
AGR 2775 Ag Marketing and Trade 3
AGR 2800 Equipment Management, Maintenance & Repair 4
AGR 2850 Agricultural Capstone Seminar 3
-- Arts/Humanities or Social/Behavioral Science Elective (GA) * 3
 
  Total Credit Hours 67

* Must be a global awareness (GA) course and may come from social/behavioral sciences or arts/humanities courses identified in the Catalog as General Education for technical programs.

** AGR elective may be any AGR course not required above. AGR 1700, 1800, 2300, 2450, are recommended. Other course work may be approved by the division.