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Precision Agriculture

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

The Precision Agriculture program emphasizes preparation for agriculture service-industry occupations. Courses are offered in soil science, soil fertility, plant pests, precision agriculture, remote sensing, applied GIS for Agriculture, and data analysis.  The curriculum is designed to prepare students for employment with companies using geospatial technologies, including geographic information systems (GIS) and global positioning systems (GPS) applied to agricultural production or management activities, such as pest scouting, site-specific pesticide application, yield mapping, or variable-rate irrigation. 

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 Science degree in Precision Agriculture, a graduate will be able to:

  • Indentify 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.
  • Analyze data from precision agriculture platforms and prepare recommendations.
  • Write clearly and accurately in a variety of contexts and formats.
  • Speak clearly and accurately in a variety of contexts and formats.
  • Use critical 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 Science 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 or talk to your academic advisor.

Course Title Credits
Fall
AGR 1100 Ag Survey and Professional Development 4
AGR 1300 Soil Science 4
ENG 1111 English I 3
GEO 1000 Introduction to GIS and Cartography 3
GST 1300 Introduction to UAS 3
 
Spring
AGR 1350 Soil Fertility 4
AGR 1750 Precision Agriculture 3
AGR 2200 Crop Production 3
GST 1500 Remote Sensing 3
MTH 1200 Technical Math for Agriculture 3
 
Summer
AGR 200R Co-op Experience in Precision Agriculture 2
 
Fall
AGR 2600 Plant Pests 4
AGR 2700 Ag Business Management 4
AGR 2750 Applied GIS for Agriculture 4
CSD 2450 Data Analytics 3
 
Spring
AGR 2850 Agricultural Capstone Seminar 3
BIO 1420 Global Biology 4
COM 1120 Public Speaking I 3
ENG 1112 English IIor  
ENG 2211 Business Communication 3
 
  Total Credit Hours 63