Department of Agronomy & Ag Business
Department Chair: Mel Dewsnup
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 (102).
 
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
   
It is recommended students sign up for AgBus 102L when taking AgBus 102.
Take these Courses    
AGBUS 100, 102, 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, 498
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 498
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, 498
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 Teacher 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:

It is recommended students take AgBus 102L when taking AgBus 102.

Take all of these Courses    
AGBUS 100, 102
AGED 358, 380, 450, 452
AGRON 220, 220L
AGSYS 122, 220
AS 150, 220
HORT 320, 334
WELD 105
 
AND
Take 6 Credits    
AGBUS 210, 238, 347, 410, 420, 430, 450, 498
AGRON 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 all of these Courses    
ED 200
SECED 252, 322, 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:

It is recommended that students take AgBus 102L when taking AgBus 102.
Take all of these Courses    
AGBUS 100, 102, 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.

It is recommended that students take AgBus 102L when taking AgBus 102.
Take all of these Courses    
AGBUS 100, 102
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.
(Fall)
 
AGBUS 102 Agricultural Accounting (3:3:2)
Introductory course in accounting with an Agribusiness perspective, using double entry concept. Compositin of balance sheet, income statements, journals and payroll; Computer accounting applications.
(Fall, Winter, Summer)
 
AGBUS 102L Agricultural Accounting Lab (0:0:2)
Provides the students an opportunity to apply the concepts and principles taught in lecture.
(Fall, Winter and Summer)
 
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.
(Winter)
 
AGBUS 232 Agricultural Sales and Merchandising (3:2:2)
The retail sales and merchandising of agricultural products. (Fills human relations requirement for Landscape Horticulture Management and Floral Design Majors.
 
AGBUS 238 Agribusiness Leadership (3:3:0)
Fee:  $25.00
Provides opportunities to develop leadership and increase occupational competency.
(Fall and Winter)
 
AGBUS 347 Agricultural Marketing (3:3:1)
Fee:  $10.00
Fundamental marketing principles applied to agricultural marketing.
(Fall)
 
AGBUS 398 Occupational Internship (1:0:0)
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
The internship is a four to twelve week occupational experience in the agricultural industry after the Freshman year.
(Fall, Winter and Summer)
 
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.
(Winter)
 
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.
(Fall)
 
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
(Winter)
 
AGBUS 450 Agricultural Business Management (3:3:0)
Application of approved practices, concepts, principles and tools of management in an agricultural business.
(Fall and Winter)
 
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.
(Fall, Winter, and Summer)
 
AGED 358 Supervising FFA and SAE Programs (2:2:0)
FFA and SAE programs help establish leadership, personal development and work habit skills. This class will introduce and practice these skills.
(Fall)
 
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.
(Winter)
 
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.
(Winter)
 
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.
(Fall)
 
AGRON 115 Feeding the World (3:3:0)
Insight into world populations, world food production, and an understanding of the need to educate those throughout the world, so that they might have the opportunity to become self-sufficient.
 
AGRON 122 Introduction to Plant Science (4:3:1)
Fulfills GE Biological Science requirement.
This course covers the basic principles of structure, form and function of plants in both the higher and lower plant kingdoms.
(Fall, Winter and Summer)
 
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.
(Fall, Winter, and Summer)
 
AGRON 220L Introduction to Soils Lab (1:0:2)
Hands on experience determining soil texture, structure, color, measuring soil pH, nitrates, and fertilizers.
(Fall, Winter and Summer)
 
AGRON 260 Commercial Pesticide Application (1:2:0)
Preparation to obtain a commercial applicator's license for a wide variety of herbicide, insecticide and fungicide and industry applications.
(Winter)
 
AGRON 270 Agro-Ecology (4:3:2)
Fulfills GE Biological Science requirement.
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.
(Fall, Winter and Summer)
 
AGRON 297 Agricultural Practicum (2:0:0)
Development and improvement of selected occupational competencies.
(Fall and Winter)
 
AGRON 310 Tree Fruit and Vegetable Management (3:3:2)
Shows the importance of fruit and vegetable crops in U.S. agriculture, and their contribution to the national economy and the human diet.
(Fall)
 
AGRON 321 Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition (3:2:2)
Field identification and measurement of plant nutrient deficiencies, petiole analysis and crop fertilization methods.
(Fall)
 
AGRON 325 Irrigation and Drainage (3:3:2)
Principles and application of soil, water and plant relations, agricultural meteorology, and irrigation.
(Fall)
 
AGRON 330 Forage Crops (3:3:2)
A study of forage and cereal crops used in the livestock industry. Applied production principles and management requirements will be emphasized for each crop.
(Fall)
 
AGRON 420 Crop Protection (4:3:2)
Identification; cultural, chemical, and/or biological control; pesticide safety, legal implications and herbicide selectivity for the major weeds, insects and diseases.
(Fall)
 
AGRON 435 Potato Science (3:3:2)
Basic understanding and practical application of potato production. Become more knowledgeable of potato management.
(Winter)
 
AGRON 455 Cereal Science (3:3:2)
Crops history and biology of major cereal crops. Both warm and cool season cereal crops. Introduction of principles involved in cereal chemistry, development and processing.
(Winter)
 
AGRON 480 Senior Seminar (2:1:0)
Discussion of current problems and examination of latest developments and trends in agricultural business.
 
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
(Winter)
 
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.
(Fall and Summer)
 
AGSYS 123 Equipment Operations (2:2:2)
Operation, selection, adjustment and care of tractors, mowers, backhoes, ditchers, and other equipment used in agriculture production, and small construction.
(Fall, Winter and Summer)
 
AGSYS 124 Compact Equipment (2:1:5)
Test and repair procedures for engines, electrical, power trains and hydraulics found on compact equipment.
(Fall)
 
AGSYS 125 Agicultural Maintenance Welding (3:2:2)
Fee:  $20.00
An overview in the use of electric arc and oxy acetylene welding equipment with an emphasis upon maintenance welding as it pertains to farm and ranch applications.
 
AGSYS 132 Climate Control (2:2:2)
Climate control system theory, diagnosis, and repair of agricultural systems.
(Fall (odd years))
 
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.
(Winter (even years))
 
AGSYS 210 Power Trains (4:3:6)
Power trains problem diagnosis and repair.
(Winter (odd years))
 
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,storage, and trouble shooting.
(Fall and Winter)
 
AGSYS 230 Agriculture Electrification-AC (2:1:3)
Principles, systems and applications of electrical energy in agriculture.
(Fall (even years))
 
AGSYS 240 Agricultural Structures (2:2:4)
Principles and methods of planning and constructing structures for housing, service, or storage.
(Winter and Summer)
 
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.
(Winter (even years))
 
AGSYS 290 Individual Study (2:0:0)
Independent study, special assignment and/or advanced inquiry in an area of special interest, approved after consultation with instructor in charge.
(Fall, Winter and Summer)
 
AGSYS 294 Agricultural Fabrication (2:1:3)
Fee:  $10.00
Creative practical experience in developing, planning and building projects used farm or ranch enterprises.
(Winter (odd years))
 
AGSYS 320 Agricultural Machinery (3:2:4)
Fee:  $10.00
Selection, servicing, maintenance, operation, testing, repair, use and general management of agricultural equipment.
(Fall (even years))
 
AGSYS 335 Farm Power Electrical Systems - DC (2:2:2)
Basic electricity in farm power electrical circuits, with emphasis in starting systems, charging systems, lighting systems and accessory systems.
(Fall)
 
AGSYS 338 Electronic Systems Diagnostic and Repair (2:2:2)
Advanced electronics used in farm power: fuel injection systems, monitors and controllers.
(Fall)
 
AGSYS 360 Basic Hydraulic Theory (2:2:2)
A study of the fundamental principles governing the transmission and control of fluid power hydraulics.
(Winter)
 
AGSYS 365 Advanced Hydraulics (2:2:2)
Advanced principles regulating the transmission and control of fluid power hydraulics. Trouble shooting and system repairs.
(Winter)
 
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.
(Fall and Winter)