Department of Agronomy & Ag Business
Department Chair: Greg Blaser
Department Secretary: Renae Zollinger (208) 496-2824
Department Faculty: Kevin AndersonGreg BlaserMel DewsnupStephen McGaryLarry StephensJohn WalkerBlake Willis

 
DEPARTMENT DESCRIPTION
The Department of Agronomy and Agricultural Business, 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 University farm, internships, and practicum experience. Facilities include classrooms, laboratories, greenhouses, a farm mechanics shop, and the University 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, as well as many others.

Agronomy is the study of plants (field crops) and soils and their ecological interactions with the surrounding environment. Studies include the production of food and fiber (farming) in connection with 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 agriculture, agricultural 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, and the need for well prepared and knowledgeable agricultural mechanics graduates is expanding.

Students may earn a bachelor's degree in Agricultural Business, Science & Technology (640) with a choice of emphasis areas in Agribusiness, Agricultural Science (Agronomy) and Agricultural Systems. An A.A.S. Degree in Agricultural Management (344) is offered for the student who plans to enter the work force immediately following the completion of this associate's degree. An Ag Education Composite degree (825) is also offered. Agricultural Education will prepare students for employment opportunties in teaching agriculture, as well as agribusiness occupations. A Minor for non-Agronomy and Agricultural Business majors is offered.
 
Program Description


 
B.S.  in Agricultural Business, Science & Technology (640)   
A major in Agricultural Business, Science & Technology will provide a practical education that prepares graduates for employment in many agricultural businesses.
 
Minor or 2 Clusters Required

General Education Requirements

As you fill the General Education and University requirements, take the classes listed below and then go to the General Education section for a complete listing of the requirements.
 
Requirement 1:

Take these Courses    
CHEM 101
ECON 111
IS 140
 
AND
Take 1 Course    
ENG 315, 316
 
AND
Take 1 Course    
AGRON 122, 270

 
AND
Requirement 2:

Take 1 Course    
ECON 112
GEOG 120
POLSC 110, 170
PSYCH 111

 
Major Requirements
   

Take these Courses    
AGBUS 100, 102, 102L, 238, 398
AGRON 220, 220L
AGSYS 123, 220

Emphasis in Agricultural Science  (44)   
This emphasis is for those students wanting to pursue the science or crop side of Agriculture.
Requirement 1:

Take these Courses    
AGRON 321, 325, 420
 
AND
Take 2 Courses    
AGRON 310, 330, 435, 455

 
AND
Requirement 2:

After completing the above Emphasis Courses, choose from the following additional courses to bring total to 29 credits. If taking Accounting, take either 180 OR 201. Agronomy 122 and 270 may be taken as a major requirement or a GE, but cannot fulfill both.
Take 13 Credits    
ACCTG 180, 201
AGBUS 210, 347, 410, 420, 430, 450, 498R
AGRON 122, 260, 270, 297, 480, 486
AGSYS 122, 124, 132, 201, 210, 230, 240, 274, 294, 320, 335, 338, 360, 365, 465
B 270, 275, 301, 321
ECON 300
HORT 320
MATH 119, 221
WELD 105

Emphasis in Agribusiness  (45)   
Requirement 1:

Take these Courses    
AGBUS 210, 347, 410, 420, 430, 450

 
AND
Requirement 2:

After completing the above Emphasis Courses, choose from the following additional courses to bring total to 29 credits. If taking Accounting, take either 180 OR 201. Agronomy 122 and 270 may be taken as a major requirement or a GE, but cannot fulfill both.
Take 11 Credits    
ACCTG 180, 201
AGBUS 498R
AGRON 122, 260, 270, 297, 310, 321, 325, 330, 420, 435, 455, 480, 486
AGSYS 122, 124, 132, 201, 210, 230, 240, 274, 294, 320, 335, 338, 360, 365, 465
B 270, 275, 301, 321
ECON 300
HORT 320
MATH 119, 221
WELD 105

Emphasis in Agricultural Systems  (46)   
This emphasis is for the student wanting to pursue the mechanics area of Agriculture.
Requirement 1:

Take all of these Courses    
AGSYS 122, 124, 320, 335, 338, 360, 365, 465

 
AND
Requirement 2:

After completing the above Emphasis Courses, choose from the following additional courses to bring total to 29 credits. If taking Accounting, take either 180 OR 201. Agronomy 122 and 270 may be taken as a major requirement or a GE, but cannot fulfill both.
Take 11 Credits    
ACCTG 180, 201
AGBUS 210, 347, 410, 420, 430, 450, 498R
AGRON 122, 260, 270, 297, 310, 321, 325, 330, 420, 435, 455, 480, 486
AGSYS 132, 201, 210, 230, 240, 274, 294
B 270, 275, 301, 321
ECON 300
HORT 320
MATH 119, 221
WELD 105


 
B.S.  in Agriculture Education Composite (825)   
Agricultural Education will prepare students for employment opportunities in teaching agriculture, and agribusiness occupations.

For a listing of approved Secondary Education majors and minors see the Secondary Education section of this catalog.

General Education Requirements

As you fill the General Education and University requirements, take the classes listed below and then go to the General Education section for a complete listing of the requirements.
 
Requirement 1:

Take these Courses    
AGRON 122
CHEM 101
ECON 111
IS 140
 
AND
Take 1 Course    
ENG 315, 316

 
AND
Requirement 2:

Take this Course    
ED 270

 
Major Requirements
   
Requirement 1:

Take all of these Courses    
AGBUS 100, 102, 102L
AGED 358, 380, 450, 452
AGRON 220, 220L
AGSYS 122, 220
AS 150, 220
HORT 320, 334
WELD 105
 
AND
Take 9 Credits    
AGBUS 210, 238, 347, 410, 420, 430, 450, 498R
AGRON 122, 260, 270, 297, 310, 321, 325, 330, 420, 435, 455, 480, 486
AGSYS 123, 124, 132, 201, 210, 230, 240, 274, 294, 320, 335, 338, 360, 365, 465

 
AND
Requirement 2:

Take these Courses    
ED 200
SECED 205, 252, 322, 370, 410, 492


 
A.A.S.  in Agriculutural Management (344)   
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, in addition to other related fields.

This degree is for the student who plans to enter the work force immediately following the completion of this associate's degree.

Basic Education Requirements

For a complete listing of the Basic Education Requirements go to Basic Education
 
Major Requirements
   
Requirement 1:

Take all of these Courses    
AGBUS 100, 102, 102L, 238, 398
AGRON 220, 220L
AGSYS 123, 220

 
AND
Requirement 2:
Choose 8 to 14 of the following courses as needed to reach 30 credits
Take 30 Credits    
AGRON 122, 260, 270, 297, 310, 321, 325, 330, 420, 435, 455, 480, 486
AGSYS 122, 124, 132, 201, 210, 230, 240, 274, 294, 320, 335, 338, 360, 365, 465
WELD 105



Minor in  Agricultural Business Science & Technology (102)   

This minor is for non-Agricultural Business, Science and Technology Majors.

Take all of these Courses    
AGBUS 100, 102, 102L
AGRON 220, 220L
AGSYS 123, 220

AND
Take 12 Credits    
AGBUS 210, 347
AGRON 122, 310, 321, 330, 435, 455
AGSYS 335, 360
 
Course Descriptions

AGBUS 100 Agricultural Orientation (1:1:0)
Fee:  $50.00
Provides an orientation in making decisions concerning careers in the broad field of Agri-business. This career search will involve a self-assessment of talents, interest, 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. Compositin of balance sheet, income statements, journals and payroll; Computer accounting applications. (F,W,S)
 
AGBUS 102L Agricultural Accounting Lab (0:0:2)
The lab component of Agricultural Accounting 102 provides the students an opportunity to apply the concepts and principles taught in the lecture. Students will experience the process of accounting (Analyzing, Classifying, Recording, Summarizing and Interpreting) through worksheets, templates and case studies. Additional application of computer based accounting software will be introduced and applied to the different case studies and projects.
 
AGBUS 210 Agricultural Economics (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing and math background.
A systematic introduction to basic economic concepts and issues as they relate to the agribusiness sector in the U. S. economy.
 
AGBUS 232 Agricultural Sales and Merchandising (3:2:2)
The retail sales and merchandising of agricultural products and services with an emphasis upon purchasing, advertising, displaying, salesmanship and customer service. (Fills human relations requirement for Landscape Horticulture Management and Floral Design Majors.
 
AGBUS 238 Agribusiness Leadership (3:3:0)
Fee:  $25.00
Provides students with opportunities to relate positively to others in a variety of situations. Students also participate in activities that develop leadership, and participate in activities that increase occupational competency. To assist the student in enhancing the development of their own leadership abilities and come to an understanding that leadership is service.
 
AGBUS 347 Agricultural Marketing (3:3:1)
Fee:  $10.00
Fundamental marketing principles applied to agricultural marketing.
 
AGBUS 398 Occupational Internship (1:0:0)
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Internship is structured and supervised to insure a variety of experiences pertaining to the agricultural industry. The internship is a four to twelve week occupational experience in the agricultural industry integrated with academic instruction.
 
AGBUS 410 Agricultural Policy and Trade (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor.
An advanced course in the study of policy formulation, government actions, societal and environmental issues, and programs that influence the agricultural sectors of production, marketing, and finances.
 
AGBUS 420 Agribusiness Operations Analysis (3:3:2)
Fee:  $20.00
Prerequisite: Senior standing, a statistics course, or consent of instructor.
Principles and procedures in the analysis and research of agricultural business operations.
 
AGBUS 430 Agricultural Price Analysis (3:3:2)
Prerequisite: Senior standing, a statistics course, or consent of instructor.
Application of statistical tools for price analysis. Emphasis on price making process for specific agricultural commodities
 
AGBUS 450 Agricultural Business Management (3:3:0)
The application of approved practices, concepts, principles and tools of management in an agricultural business. Emphasizes planning, organizing, directing and controlling various elements of a business, including accounting, personnel management, human relations, production, finance and appraisal.
 
AGBUS 498 Occupational Internship (2:0:0)
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Four to twelve week occupational experience in an agricultural related industry. The internship is structured and supervised to insure a variety of experiences pertaining to the agricultural industry.
 
AGED 358 Supervising FFA and SAE Programs (2:2:0)
FFA and SAE programs help establish leadership, personal development and work habit skills. The effective Ag Ed teacher needs to use these programs as laboratories to enhance these skills. This class will introduce and practice these skills.
 
AGED 380 Connecting Education & Employment (3:3:0)
Prepares future Agricultural educators to teach school and career options to secondary students who desire a career in agriculture or related field of endeavor.
 
AGED 450 Curriculum Development in Occupational Education (3:3:0)
This course addresses adult learning in professional-technical education and focuses on the combination of occupational analysis and course construction in professional-technical curriculum development in agriculture and its related fields.
 
AGED 452 Methods of Teaching Agriculture (3:3:0)
Competence in teaching methods, along with competence in the technical subject matter is essential to be effective as a teacher of agriculture. This course has been designed to assist in the training of future agricultural teachers.
 
AGRON 122 Introduction to Plant Science (4:3:1)
Fulfills GE Biological Science requirement.
This course will cover the basic principles of structure, form and function of plants in both the higher and lower plant kingdoms. Requirements are an interest and a desire to discover the inner-workings of plants.
 
AGRON 220 Introduction to Soils (3:3:0)
A basic course dealing with the formation of soils as well as the physical, chemical and biological properties of soils. The course also includes practical studies in diagnosing and correcting plant nutrient deficiencies for various crops and crop rotations.
 
AGRON 220L Introduction to Soils Lab (1:0:2)
Hands on experience determining soil texture, structure, color, understand soil chemical properties including measuring soil pH, nitrate level, soil fertility levels, fertilizers, soil mapping as well as other soil characteristics.
 
AGRON 260 Commercial Pesticide Application (1:2:0)
Course is designed to prepare those wishing to obtain a commercial applicator's license for a wide variety of herbicide, insecticide and fungicide and industry applications.
 
AGRON 270 Agro-Ecology (4:3:2)
Fulfills GE Biological Science requirement.
Studies the impact of humans on natural ecosystems, as well as the shift from primitive agriculture to modern technological sustainable agriculture and the effects of this change on human social and economic activites.
 
AGRON 297 Agricultural Practicum (2:0:0)
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.
 
AGRON 310 Tree Fruit and Vegetable Management (3:3:2)
This class offers up-to-date introductory tree fruit and vegetable management curriculum, which will enhance the student's ability to 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 (3:2:2)
Field identification and measurement of plant nutrient deficiencies, petiole analysis and crop fertilization methods.
 
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.
 
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.
 
AGRON 420 Crop Protection (4:3:2)
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, insects and diseases. The practical study of pests including: field identification, life styles, hosts, habits, crop damage signs, and principles of control and preventive measures.
 
AGRON 435 Potato Science (3:3:2)
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.
 
AGRON 455 Cereal Science (3:3:2)
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.
 
AGRON 480 Senior Seminar (2:1:0)
Discussion of current problems and examination of latest developments and trends in agricultural business. A survey of occupational opportunties in the agribusiness field. This course will give students the opportunity to study for and take the crop consultant examination, which covers all agronomic areas, i.e., soils, crop production, irrigation practices; pesticide application, and environmental concerns.
 
AGRON 486 Precision Agriculture (3:3:2)
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
 
AGSYS 122 Small Engines (2:2:2)
Fee:  $10.00
Selection, adjustment, and care of small engines. Small engine theory and procedures for complete small engine overhaul.
 
AGSYS 123 Equipment Maintenance and Operation (2:2:2)
Fee:  $10.00
Operation, selection, adjustment, and care of tractors, mowers, backhoes, ditchers, and other equipment used in agriculture production, construction, and maintenance.
 
AGSYS 124 Compact Equipment (2:1:5)
Test and repair procedures for engines, electrical, power trains and hydraulics found on compact equipment.
 
AGSYS 132 Climate Control (2:2:2)
Climate control system theory, diagnosis, and repair of agricultural systems.
 
AGSYS 201 Major Engine Overhaul (4:3:6)
Fee:  $10.00
Engine theory and procedures of complete engine overhaul and rebuilding. Major problem diagnosis and testing.
 
AGSYS 210 Power Trains (4:3:6)
Power trains problem diagnosis and repair. The study of the power train has never been more important than it is today. The agricultural and industrial equipment has some of the most complex power trains in use today. Power trains include the following: clutches, mechanical transmissions, hydraulic assist transmissions, hydrostatic drives, torque converters, differentials, final drives, power take-off, and other special drives.
 
AGSYS 220 Preventive Maintenance (2:1:3)
Fee:  $10.00
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.
 
AGSYS 230 Agriculture Electrification-AC (2:1:3)
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 (2:2:4)
In the agribusiness industry there is a need to become familiar with basic construction requirements and skills in order to perform expected tasks. This is a course designed for the student that has very little if any construction skill.
 
AGSYS 274 Agricultural Machinery Systems Analysis (3:2:3)
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 294 Agricultural Fabrication (2:1:3)
Fee:  $10.00
Creative practical experience in developing, planning and building projects used in the conduct of various farm or ranch enterprises.
 
AGSYS 320 Agricultural Machinery (3:2:4)
Fee:  $10.00
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 (2:2:2)
Basic electricity in farm power electrical circuits, with emphasis in starting systems, charging systems, lighing systems and accessory systems. Including farm power problem diagnosis, repair and adjustment.
 
AGSYS 338 Electronic Systems Diagnostic and Repair (2:2:2)
Advanced electronics used in farm power. Emphasis on electronic fuel injection systems, monitors and controllers, computer controlled systems, and the diagnosis and repair of electronic systems.
 
AGSYS 360 Basic Hydraulic Theory (2:2:2)
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 (2:2:2)
A study of advanced principles regulating the transmission and control of fluid power hydraulics. The curriculum includes trouble shooting and system repairs.
 
AGSYS 465 Machinery Management (3:3:1)
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 a calculator prior to repair and/or purchase.