Department of Agricultural Business, Science, and Technology

Greg Blaser, Department Chair
C. Kevin Anderson, Dean, Division of Agricultural and Biological Sciences
Mel Dewsnup, Larry Stephens, John D. Walker, Blake D. Willis
Renae Zollinger, Secretary (208) 356-2824

The Department of Agricultural Business, Science, and Technology prepares students for many exciting and challenging employment specialties. It offers a wide variety of course work in agriculture.

The close relationship between teachers and students creates a learning atmosphere that encourages the development of the finest students.

Students receive excellent training from case studies and practical "hands on" experience provided by work on the college farm, internships, and practicum experience. Facilities include classrooms, laboratories, greenhouses, a farm mechanics shop, and the college farm.

Examples of some career opportunities available in agriculture are: Agri-Science (Plant Geneticist, etc.), Soil and Water Specialist, Environmental Scientist, Global Information Systems, Farm Machinery Management, Farm Equipment Sales and Service, Range Management Specialist, Agronomist, Farm Manager, Agricultural Finance, Real Estate Appraisal and many others.

Agronomy is the study of plants (field crops) and soils and their ecological interactions with the surrounding environment. Study of the production of food and fiber (farming) and the development of science technology for the betterment of mankind. Young minds will find substance in discovering the secrets for tomorrow's food production.

Agribusiness is designed to prepare a student for employment in a variety of fields including, business, finance, marketing, International Ag, Ag Marketing, policy formation, farm and ranch management, resource economics, rural development, banking, and real estate appraisal.

Agriculture Systems is the study of mechanical principles and problems in Agriculture Production or related industries. Agriculture is becoming more and more mechanized. The future need for well prepared and knowledgeable agricultural mechanics graduates is expanding.

Beginning Fall 2003 Junior level courses will be offered toward a Bachelor's degree in Agronomy/Ag Business (640).   Minor's will be available (see requirements at end of this section) in Ag Business, Agronomy, Ag Systems, Animal Science, Biology and Natural Resource Science.

Students who have previously started the following AAS Degrees will have the opportunity to complete them. Agricultural Systems Technology (206), Agriculture Business (259), Agronomy, Crop and Soil Science (272), Environmental, Soil, and Water Resource Management (307), and Agricultural Engineering (319).

Students who have started the 269 and 271 degrees will be able to complete their degrees with the new Associate in Agricultural Management Degree (339).

PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS

Associate in Agricultural Management (339)

This specialized degree offers a "hands on" approach to farm management and agricultural machinery management. It will give the student a solid background that can lead to Agricultural Technology aspects of food production, processing distribution, equipment sales and service and other related fields.

This degree is for the student who plans to enter the work force immediately following graduation after 2 years.

Courses for Majors

In order to receive an Associate degree from Brigham Young University-Idaho in Agricultural Systems Technology, the student must complete the following courses:

                                            Credits
Religion                                          8
Math 108 or Higher                                3
Eng 111 College Writ                              3
AgBus 100  Orientation                            1
AgBus 238  Leadership in Ag                       3
AgBus 398  Occupational intern                    1
AgBus 450  Farm & Ranch Mgmt                      3
AgBus 498  Occupational Intern                    2
Agron 120  Intro to Soils                         3
Agron 120L  Intro to Soils Lab                    1
Agron 297  Agricultural Practicum                 2
AgSys 123  Equip maint & Oper                     2
AgSys 220  Preventive Maintenance                 2
IS 140  Microcumputer Applications                3
Total Credits                                    37

Choose 30 credits from the following courses:
Ag Bus 102  Agricultural Accounting               3
Agron 260  Comm Pesticide Appl                    2
Agron 270  Agroecology                            3
Agron 321  Soil Fert & Plant Nutrition            3
Agron 322  Prin of Field Crop Prod                3
Agron 325  Irrigation & Drainage                  3
Agron 330  Forage Crops                           3
Agron 332  Economic Entomology                    3
Agron 420  Weed Science                           3
Agron 435  Potato Science                         3
Agron 455  Cereal Science                         3
Agron 486  Precision Agriculture                  3
AgSys 122  Small Engines                          2
AgSys 124  Compact Equipment                      2
AgSys 240  Agricultural Structures                3
AgSys 274  Ag Systems Analysis                    3
AgSys 320  Agricultural Machinery                 3
AgSys 335  Farm Power Elec-DC                     2
AgSys 338  Elec Sys Diag & Repair                 2
AgSys 360  Basic Hydraulic Theory                 2
AgSys 360  Advanced Hydraulics                    2
AgSys 465  Machinery Management                   3

First Semester
Religion                                          2
AgBus 100  Orientation                            1
AgBus 238  Leadership in Ag                       3
Agron 120  Intro to Soils                         3
Agron 120L  Soils Lab                             1
Agron 297  Ag Practicum                           1
AgSys 123  Equip Maint & Op                       2
AgSys 220  Preventive Maint                       2
IS 140  Micro Applications                        3
Total Credits                                    18
Bachelor of Science in Agronomy/Ag Business(640)

A major in Agronomy and Agribusiness will provide a practical education that prepares graduates for employment in many agricultural businesses.

Courses for Majors

                                            Credits

Take the following: AgBus 100 Ag Orientation 1 AgBus 398/498 Agricultural Internship 1/2 AgBus 480 Agricultural Senior Seminar 3 Agron 120 Introduction to Soils 3 Agron 120L Introduction to Soils Lab 1 Agron 260 Commercial Pesticide Application 2 Agron 270 Agroecology 3 Agron 297 Agricultural Practicum 2 Agron 321 Principles of Field Crop Production 3 Agron 322 Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition 3 Agron 325 Irrigation & Drainage 3 Agron 332 Economic Entomology 3 Agron 420 Weed Science 3 Take two of the following classes: Agron 310 Tree Fruit & Vegetable Production* 3 Agron 330 Forage Crops 3 Agron 435 Potato Science 3 Agron 455 Cereal Science* 3 Take one of the following classes: Hort 420 Plant Propagation 3 Agron 486 Precision Agriculture 3 Take one of these classes: Bio 440* Plant Physiology 3 Bio 480* Plant Pathology 3 Total Credits 45 *Indicates new class

General Education Requirements

For Agriculture Majors and Minors

                                            Credits
Religion 
Rel 121  Book of Mormon                           2
Rel 122  Book of Mormon                           2
Other Religion                                   10

Communication   
Eng 111  College Writ                             3
Eng 316 Technical Writing (recommended)           3
Comm 102 or 220 Public Speaking  OR 
Interpersonal Communication                       3

Math 
Math 108 Quantitative Reasoning OR higher         3
Natural Science 
Chem 101 OR higher Chemistry (recommended)        4
Biology                                           4

Social Science
Econ 111  Macro (recommended)                     3
American Institutions                             3

Arts & Letters                                    6

Electives                                         4
Total Credits                                    50
Recommended Sequence of Courses
First Semester 
Religion                                          2
AgBus 100 Orientation                             1
AgBus 238  Leadership in Agribusiness             3
IS 140  Computers                                 3
Agron 297 Agricultural Practicum                  1
AgSys 123 Equipment Maint & Operation             2
AgSys 220  Preventive Maintenance                 2
Agron 120  Introduction to Soils                  3
Agron 120L  Introduction to Soils Lab             1
Total Credits                                    18

Second Semester   
Religion                                          2
Agron 330  Forages AND/OR
Agron 435  Potato Science                         3           
Agron 486 Precision Agriculture OR
Hort 420  Plant Propagation                       3
General Education                                 6
AgBus 398  Internship                             1
Total Credits                                    15

Third Semester
Religion                                          2
Agron 332  Economic Entomology                    3
Agron 420  Weed Science                           3
General Education                                 4
Agron 321 Soil Fertility & Plant Nutrition        3
Total Credits                                    15

Fourth Semester
Religion                                          2
Agron  322 Field Crops 
Production                                        3
B 370 Human Resource Mgmt                         3
Minor Class                                       3
General Education                                 4
Total Credits                                    15

Fifth Semester
Religion                                          2
Agron 325  Irrigation & Drainage                  3
Minor Class                                       4
BIO 208  General Botany                           4
General Education                                 2
Total Credits                                    15

Sixth Semester 
Religion                                          2
BIO 440  Plant Pathology OR
BIO 480  Plant Physiology                         3
Minor Class                                       2
GE Electives                                      2
Agron 310  Tree Fruit & Vegetable Production OR
Agron 455  Cereal Science                         3
AgBus 498  Internship                             2
Total Credits                                    14

Seventh Semester   
Religion                                          2
Minor Class                                       3
Elective                                          3
Agron 460 Crop Consultant Certification           3
General Education                                 5
Total Credits                                    16

Eighth Semester
AgBus 480 Sr Seminar (capstone)                   2
Minor Class                                       5
General Education                                 8
Total Credits                                    15
Minor Science

For those students interested in continuing to graduate school in the Agri-Science area the following courses are recommended:

                                            Credits
Chem 105  General Chemistry                       4
Chem 106  General Chemistry                       4

Take one of the following:
Bio 440  Plant Physiology                         4
Bio 480  Plant Pathology                          4
Bio 350  Biochemistry w/ Lab                      4
Phys 105  Introductory Applied Physics            4
Math 119  Calculus                                4
Math 221  Statistics                              4
Total Credits                                    28
Agriculture Minors Minor Agribusiness
                                            Credits
Acctg 205  Survey of Accounting                   3
AgBus 110  Ag Economics                           3
AgBus 347  Ag Marketing                           3
AgBus 410  International 
Agriculture Trade                                 3
AgBus 450  Farm / Ranch Mgmt                      3
IS 140  Micro Applications                        3
Econ 300  Managerial Econ                         3

Take one of the following classes:
B 370 Human Resource Mgmt                         3
AgBus 238  Leadership in
Agribusiness                                      3
Total Credits                                    27

Minor Agricultural SystemsMinor Agronomy

                                            Credits
AgBus 100  Agricultural Orientation               1
AgSys 122  Small Engines                          2
AgSys 123  Equipment Maintenance & Operation      2
AgSys 124  Compact Equipment                      2
AgSys 220  Preventive Maintenance                 2
AgSys 240  Agricultural Structures                3
AgSys 274  Agricultural Machinery 
           Systems Analysis                       3
AgSys 320  Agricultural Machinery                 3
AgSys 335  Farm Power Electrical Systems DC       2
AgSys 338  Electronic Systems 
           Diagnostic and Repair                  2
AgSys 360  Basic Hydraulic Theory                 2
AgSys 365  Advanced Hydraulics                    2
AgSys 465  Machinery Management                   3
Ag Bus 398 & 498   Internship                     3
Total Credits                                    32

Minor Agronomy

                                            Credits
Agron 120  Introduction to Soils                  3
Agron 120L  Introduction to Soils Lab             1
Agron 260  Commercial Pesticide Application       2
Agron 321  Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition     3
Agron 322  Principles of Field Crop Production    3
Agron 325  Irrigation and Drainage                3
Agron 330  Forage Crops                           3
Ag Bus 398  Occupational Internship               1

Take one of the following courses:
Agron 332  Economic Entomology                    3
Agron 420  Weed Science                           3

Take one of the following courses:
Agron 435  Potato Science                         3
Agron 455  Cereal Science                         3
Total Credits                                    25

Minor Natural Resources - A

                                            Credits
Bio 210  Plant Classification                     4
Bio 362  Wetland & Riparian Ecology               4
Bio 384  Ecology                                  4
Bio 452  Wildlife Habitat                         4
Math 221  Statistics                              4

Take Following Course:
Bio 351 Principles of Wildlife Management         4

Take one of the Following Courses:
Bio 446  Ornithology                              3
Bio 447  Mammalogy                                3
Total Credits                                    26-27

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Agricultural Business

AgBus 100 Agricultural Orientation (1:1:0)
Travel Fee: $75
Orientation in making decisions concerning careers in the broad field of Agri-Business. This career search will involve a self-assessment of talents, interests, abilities, needs and resources in order to better identify possible career alternatives. (F)

AgBus 102 Agricultural Accounting (3:3:2)
Introductory course in Accounting using double entry concept, composition of balance sheet, income statements, journals and payroll; some computer accounting. (F,W, S)

AgBus 232 Agricultural Sales and Merchandising (3:2:2)
The retail sales and merchandising of agricultural products and services with emphasis upon purchasing, advertising, displaying, salesmanship and customer service. (Fills human relations requirement for Landscape Horticulture Management and Floral Design Majors.) (F)

AgBus 238 Leadership in Agribusiness (3:3:0)
Provide students with opportunities to relate positively to others in a variety of situations, and participate in activities that increase occupational competency. To assist the student enhance the development of their own leadership abilities and come to an understanding that leadership is service. (F)

AgBus 347 Agricultural Marketing (3:3:2)
Lab Fee: $10
Fundamental marketing principles applied to agricultural marketing, including futures and options. (F)

AgBus 398 Occupational Internship (1:1:0)
Lab Fee: $10
This course prepares students by discussing resumes, possible internship locations, insurance issues and various Agricultural Business related responsibilities. (F, W)

AgBus 450 Farm and Ranch Management (3:3:0)
The application of approved practices, concepts, principles and tools of management in an agricultural business; with emphasis upon planning, organizing, directing and controlling various elements of a business, including accounting, personnel management, human relations, production, finance and appraisal. (F, W)

AgBus 498 Occupational Internship 2
Four, 12-week occupational experience in industry integrated with academic instruction. Internship structured and supervised to insure a variety of experiences pertaining to the agricultural industry. (F, W)

Agronomy

Agron 120 Introduction to Soils (3:3:2)
A basic course dealing with the formation, physical, chemical and biological properties of soils. Practical studies in diagnosing and correcting plant nutrient deficiencies for various crops and rotations. (F, W, S)

Agron 120L Intro to Soils Lab (1:1:1)
(F,W,S)

Agron 260 Commercial Pesticide Application (2:2:0)
Course designed to prepare those wishing to obtain a commercial applicator’s license for a wide variety of herbicide, insecticide and fungicide and industry applications. (W)

Agron 270* Agroecology (3:3:2)
*GE credit in Biology
The study of significant human change to natural ecosystems of primitive agriculture to modern technological sustainable agriculture and what effects this has had on human social and economic activities. (F,W,S)

Agron 297 Agricultural Practicum (2:2:2) Combination of classroom discussion and supervised practical experience for the development and improvement of selected occupational competencies, highly coordinated and closely articulated with related classroom and laboratory studies. (F, W, S)

Agron 310 Tree Fruit and Vegetable Management (3:3:0)
This class is intended to offer up to date introductory Tree Fruit and Vegetable Management curriculum, which will enhance the students ability to become engaged in the Tree Fruit or Vegetable management industry. This course will show the student the importance of fruit and vegetable crops in U.S. agriculture, and their contribution to the national economy and the human diet. It will improve their knowledge of the history, classification, culture, physiological principles, post-harvest handling and marketing for the various crops. (F)

Agron 321 Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition (3:0:4)
Field identification and measurement of plant nutrient deficiencies, petiole analysis and crop fertilization methods. (F)

Agron 322 Principles of Field Crop Production (3:3:2)
A study of the economic importance, adaptation, cultural practices, and cost analysis for the production of major field cash crops. (W)

Agron 325 Irrigation and Drainage (3:3:2)
A field study dealing with the principles and application of soil, water and plant relations, agricultural meteorology, irrigation scheduling, pumps, valves and system design for the efficient use of water in field crops. (F-2nd Block)

Agron 330 Forage Crops (3:3:2)
A composite study of an important field of agronomy, forage and cereal crops used in the livestock industry. Applied production principles and management requirements will be emphasized for each crop. (F-1st Block, W-2nd Block)

Agron 332 Economic Entomology (3:3:2)
The practical study of pests including: field identification, life styles, hosts, habits, crop damage signs, and principles of insect control and preventive measures. (F-1st Block)

Agron 420 Weed Science (3:3:2)
A field study including principles and practice of identification; cultural, chemical, and/or biological control; pesticide safety, legal implications and herbicide selectivity for the major weeds. (F-1st Block)

Agron 435 Potato Science (3:3:0)
To give the student competency, basic understanding and practical application of potato production. The course includes lectures, field study and outside the classroom experiences to enable the student to become more knowledgeable of potato management. (W-1st Block)

Agron 455 Cereal Science (3:3:0)
Crops history and biology of major cereal crops. Class will cover both warm and cool season cereal crops. Introduction of principles involved in cereal chemistry, development and processing. (W 2nd Block)

Agron 486 Precision Agriculture (3:3:0)
A fundamental field class in Precision Agriculture using global satellite positioning, satellite GPS and GIS mapping, along with agronomic technologies to quantify limiting factors to crop yields. Computer software utilized are: Map Info, ARC View and ARC Info. (W)

Agricultural Systems

AgSys 122 Small Engines (2:4:0)
$10 equipment fee
Selection, adjustment, and care of small engines. Small engine theory and procedures for complete small engine overhaul. (W)

AgSys 123 Equipment Maintenance and Operation (2:4:0)
$10 equipment fee
Operation, selection, adjustment, and care of tractors, mowers, backhoes, ditchers, and other equipment used in agriculture production, construction, and maintenance. (F, W, S)

AgSys 124 Compact Equipment (2:3:3)
Test and repair procedures for engines, electrical, power trains and hydraulics found on compact equipment.

AgSys 125 Agricultural Maintenance Welding (3:2:4)
Lab Fee: $20
An overview in the use of electric arc and oxy acetylene welding equipment with emphasis upon maintenance welding as pertains to farm and ranch applications.

AgSys 132 Climate Control (2:3:0)
Climate control system theory, diagnosis, and repair of agricultural systems.

AgSys 201 Major Engine Overhaul (4:9:0)
Lab Fee: $10
Engine theory and procedures of complete engine overhaul and rebuilding. Major problem diagnosis and testing.

AgSys 210 Power Trains (4:9:0)
Power trains problem diagnosis and repair.

AgSys 220 Preventive Maintenance (2:4:0)
$10 equipment fee
An overview of preventive maintenance and care of equipment including record keeping, intake and exhaust systems, fuel systems, lubrication systems, cooling systems, electrical maintenance, tune up and storage, and trouble shooting. (F, W)

AgSys 230 Agricultural Electrification-AC (2:3:4)
Principles, systems and applications of electrical energy in agriculture; equipment and devices, circuits, conduits and related units. Instructional modules will be selected to meet the needs of various student groups.

AgSys 240 Agricultural Structures (3:1:3)
Principles and methods of planning and constructing structures for housing, service of storage, requirements for utilities, standards of performance, design, selection of materials, and cost estimating.

AgSys 274 Agricultural Machinery Systems Analysis (3:3:3)
Testing and diagnosis for various pieces of equipment related to agriculture systems pertaining to the production of food. Simple and complex testing techniques will be developed for proper operational adjustments and analyzing malfunctions including but not limited to computer controls.

AgSys 290 Individual Studies 2
Independent study, special assignment and/or advanced inquiry in an area of special interest, approved after consultation with instructor in charge. Involves library, laboratory and field studies. Periodic conferences and assessments by instructor.

AgSys 294 Agricultural Fabrication (2:1:6)
Lab Fee: $10
Creative practical experience in developing, planning and building projects used in the conduct of various farm or ranch

AgSys 299 Seminar in AgriculturalBusiness (1:1:0)
Discussion of current problems and examination of latest developments and trends in Agricultural Business.

AgSys 320 Agriculture Machinery (3:3:3)
Lab Fee: $10
Selection, servicing, maintenance, operation, testing, repair, use and general management of agricultural equipment. Instructional modules will be selected to meet the needs of various student groups. Options include equipment used for: soil tillage and land preparation, planting, weed, pest and disease control, prevention and eradication, thinning, pruning, blocking, and defoliating, fertilizing, harvesting, and transporting.

AgSys 335 Farm Power Electrical Systems-DC (2:2:0)
Basic electricity in farm power electrical circuits with emphasis in starting systems, charging systems, lighting systems, and accessory systems. Including farm power problem diagnosis, repair and adjustment.
(Fall 1st block)

AgSys 338 Electronic Systems Diagnostic and Repair (2:2:0)
Advanced electronics used in farm power. Emphasis on electronic fuel injection systems, monitors and controllers, computer controlled systems, and the diagnosis and repair for electronic systems. (F-2nd Block)

AgSys 360 Basic Hydraulic Theory (2:2:3)
A study of the fundamental principles governing the transmission and control of fluid power hydraulics. The course includes a study of the basic components of hydraulic systems and how they are combined to build up various circuits.

AgSys 365 Advanced Hydraulics (2:2:6)
Prerequisite: AgSys 360
A study of advanced principles regulating the transmission and control of fluid power hydraulics. The curriculum includes trouble shooting and systems repair.

AgSys 465 Machinery Management (3:3:3)
A study of machinery efficiency, matching machines, and horsepower. Analyzing and estimating costs associated with keeping machines running on a daily basis. Should I buy, lease or keep what I have and repair it? Emphasis will be placed on solving problems with calculator prior to repair and/or purchase.


Complete General Education listing

Credit Hour Designations/Abbreviations (e.g., 3:3:3)


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