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Agricultural Business

Agricultural Business

This program is available at the Springfield - Leffel Lane 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.

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Outcomes and Curriculum

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 critical thinking and problem solving to draw logical conclusions.
  • Use numerical data to solve problems, explain phenomena, and make predictions.
Course Title Credits
AGR 1100 Ag Survey and Professional Development 4
AGR 1300 Soil Science 4
AGR 1750 Precision Agriculture 3
ENG 1111 English I 3
AGR 1150 Plant Science 4
AGR 1250 Animal Agriculture 3
AGR 2000 Co-op Experience in Ag Business Part I 1
ACC 1000 Accounting Concepts 3
ENG 2211 Business Communication  
or ENG 2230 Technical Report Writing 3
MTH 1200 Technical Math for Agriculture 3
AGR 2001 Co-op Experience in Ag Business Part II 1
AGR 2200 Crop Production 3
AGR 2601 Weed Science 3
AGR 2700 Ag Business Management 4
-- Arts & Humanities Elective * 3
-- Social & Behavioral Science Elective* 3
AGR 2602 Plant Pathology 2.5
AGR 2603 Plant Insect Pests 2.5
AGR 2775 Ag Marketing and Trade 3
AGR 2800 Equipment Management, Maintenance & Repair 4
AGR 2850 Agricultural Capstone Seminar 3
  Total credit hours 63
*At least one must be a global awareness (GA) course. Select from social/behavioral sciences or arts/humanities courses identified in the Catalog as General Education for technical programs.

The program schedule 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.

A complete listing of humanities and social science electives is available in the College Catalog.

Academic Preparation

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

Transfer Information

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.

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Dr. Arly Drake Assistant Professor and Coordinator, Agriculture