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

University Requirements

Religion Requirements

(Book of Mormon Courses)
Take these Courses   
REL 121, 122
 
       OR
          Take these Courses   
          REL 121H, 122H
 
                 OR
                    Take this Course   
                    REL 221

AND
(Scripture Based Courses)
Take 6 Credits   
REL 211, 212, 301, 302, 324
 
       OR
          Take 6 Credits   
          REL 211H, 212H, 301H, 302H, 324H

AND
(Other Religion Courses)
Take 4 Credits   
REL 100, 130, 215, 234, 235, 260, 261, 264, 333, 341, 341H, 342, 342H, 351, 352, 370, 431, 471, 475

Online Learning

Each student is required to take at least one online course. For more information about the online requirement please visit the Online Learning section found in the Graduation & Transfer section of the catalog or visit http://web.byui.edu/Catalog/2005-2006/generalEducation.htm.

Other online course information is available at http://www2.byui.edu/insttech/online.htm. A list of online courses is available at http://www2.byui.edu/insttech/OnlineCourses/onlinecalendar.htm (select a semester or term).

GE Requirements

I. Reading and Writing

   Take 1 Course
   ENG 111, 111C, 111H

AND
   Take 1 Course
   ENG 315, 315C, 316, 316C  

II. Mathematics

  • Math 101 may be used as meeting the Math General Education requirement if all of the following criteria are met: 1)Student was enrolled and completed Math 101 prior to Fall 2001; 2)The student's major does not require a higher math class; 3)There is no break in enrollment.
  • Students initiating their studies at BYU-Idaho Fall Semester 2001 or later are not eligible for the ACT math waiver and must take one of the following courses to fill the math requirement.

       Take 1 Course
       MATH 108, 108H, 110, 110H, 111, 112, 113, 214, 221, 306

    III. Basic Skills

       Take 1 Course
       IS 140  

    IV. Arts

       Take 1 Course
       ART 101, 160, 201, 202
       HFED 140
       HORT 230
       HUM 101, 101H, 201, 201H, 202, 202H
       MUSIC 100, 101
       TA 115, 117

    AND
       Take this Course
       FA 100

    V. Letters
    Generally the Letters requirement is filled by taking one of the courses listed below. However, HUM 201 and 202, taken together, can be used to fill both the Arts and Letters requirement.

       Take 1 Course
       CHIN 347
       ENG 250, 250H, 251, 331, 332, 333, 334, 335, 351, 352, 353, 354, 362, 373, 373H
       FR 202
       GER 202
       HON 200, 220, 221H, 222
       LANG 202
       PH 314
       PHIL 110, 110H, 201, 201H, 202, 202H, 313, 313H, 314, 315, 315H
       RUSS 340, 340H
       SPAN 202, 302

    VI. Biological Science

       Take 4 Credits
       AGRON 122, 270  

    VII. Physical Science

       Take 4 Credits
       CHEM 101  

    VIII. American Institutions

       Take 1 Course
       ECON 111, 111H
       POLSC 110  

    IX. Social Science
    This course must be in a different discipline from the course taken to fill the American Institutions requirement.

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

    Major Requirements

       Take these Courses
       AGBUS 100, 180, 238, 280, 398, 450
       AGRON 220, 220L, 286, 300, 480
       AGSYS 220, 465

  • Emphasis in Agricultural Science  (44)   
    This emphasis is for those students wanting to pursue the science or crop side of Agriculture.
    Take these Courses   
    AGRON 260, 310, 321, 325, 330, 420, 435

    Emphasis in Agribusiness  (45)   
    This emphasis is for those students wanting to focus on the business side of Agriculture.
    Take these Courses   
    AGBUS 210, 232, 347, 410, 420, 430
    B 275

    Emphasis in Agricultural Systems  (46)   
    This emphasis is for the student wanting to focus on the mechanics area of Agriculture.
    Take these Courses   
    AGSYS 122, 124, 320, 335, 360, 474
     
    AND
    Take 3 Credits   
    ACCTG 180, 201
    AGBUS 210, 347, 410, 420, 430, 450, 498R
    AGRON 122, 260, 270, 297, 310, 321, 325, 330, 420, 435
    AGSYS 132, 201, 210, 230, 240, 294
    B 275, 301, 321, 370
    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.

    University Requirements

    Religion Requirements

    (Book of Mormon Courses)
    Take these Courses   
    REL 121, 122
     
           OR
              Take these Courses   
              REL 121H, 122H
     
                     OR
                        Take this Course   
                        REL 221

    AND
    (Scripture Based Courses)
    Take 6 Credits   
    REL 211, 212, 301, 302, 324
     
           OR
              Take 6 Credits   
              REL 211H, 212H, 301H, 302H, 324H

    AND
    (Other Religion Courses)
    Take 4 Credits   
    REL 100, 130, 215, 234, 235, 260, 261, 264, 333, 341, 341H, 342, 342H, 351, 352, 370, 431, 471, 475

    Online Learning

    Each student is required to take at least one online course. For more information about the online requirement please visit the Online Learning section found in the Graduation & Transfer section of the catalog or visit http://web.byui.edu/Catalog/2005-2006/generalEducation.htm.

    Other online course information is available at http://www2.byui.edu/insttech/online.htm. A list of online courses is available at http://www2.byui.edu/insttech/OnlineCourses/onlinecalendar.htm (select a semester or term).

    GE Requirements

    I. Reading and Writing

       Take 1 Course
       ENG 111, 111C, 111H

    AND
       Take 1 Course
       ENG 315, 315C, 316, 316C  

    II. Mathematics

  • Math 101 may be used as meeting the Math General Education requirement if all of the following criteria are met: 1)Student was enrolled and completed Math 101 prior to Fall 2001; 2)The student's major does not require a higher math class; 3)There is no break in enrollment.
  • Students initiating their studies at BYU-Idaho Fall Semester 2001 or later are not eligible for the ACT math waiver and must take one of the following courses to fill the math requirement.

       Take 1 Course
       MATH 108, 108H, 110, 110H, 111, 112, 113, 214, 221, 306

    III. Basic Skills

       Take 1 Course
       IS 140  

    IV. Arts

       Take 1 Course
       ART 101, 160, 201, 202
       HFED 140
       HORT 230
       HUM 101, 101H, 201, 201H, 202, 202H
       MUSIC 100, 101
       TA 115, 117

    AND
       Take this Course
       FA 100

    V. Letters
    Generally the Letters requirement is filled by taking one of the courses listed below. However, HUM 201 and 202, taken together, can be used to fill both the Arts and Letters requirement.

       Take 1 Course
       CHIN 347
       ENG 250, 250H, 251, 331, 332, 333, 334, 335, 351, 352, 353, 354, 362, 373, 373H
       FR 202
       GER 202
       HON 200, 220, 221H, 222
       LANG 202
       PH 314
       PHIL 110, 110H, 201, 201H, 202, 202H, 313, 313H, 314, 315, 315H
       RUSS 340, 340H
       SPAN 202, 302

    VI. Biological Science

       Take 4 Credits
       AGRON 122, 270  

    VII. Physical Science

       Take 4 Credits
       CHEM 101  

    VIII. American Institutions

       Take 1 Course
       ECON 111, 111H  

    IX. Social Science
    This course must be in a different discipline from the course taken to fill the American Institutions requirement.

       Take 1 Course
       ED 270  

    Major Requirements

       Take these Courses
       AGBUS 180
       AGED 358, 450, 452
       AGRON 220, 220L, 297
       AGSYS 122, 220
       AS 150, 220
       HORT 320, 334
       WELD 105

    AND
       Take 1 Course
       AGED 380
       HFED 380

    AND
       Take 4 Credits
       AGBUS 210, 238, 347, 410, 420, 430, 450
       AGRON 260, 270, 286, 310, 321, 325, 330, 420, 435, 486
       AGSYS 124, 132, 201, 210, 230, 240, 294, 320, 335, 360, 465, 474

    AND

    Education Core:
       Take these Courses
       ED 200, 492
       SECED 410

    (Choose a Focus course. There is a state-mandated technology exam. Students who are not prepared to challenge the test will want to choose SecEd 252)
    AND
       Take 1 Course
       ED 285
       SECED 252
       SPED 322


  •  
    A.A.S.  in Agricultural 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.

    University Requirements

    Religion Requirements

    (Book of Mormon Courses)
    Take 1 Course   
    REL 121, 121H
     
           OR
              Take 1 Course   
              REL 122, 122H
     
                     OR
                        Take this Course   
                        REL 221

    AND
    Take 3 Credits   
    REL 100, 130, 211, 211H, 215, 234, 235, 261, 264, 301, 301H, 302, 302H, 324, 324H, 333, 341, 341H, 342, 342H, 351, 352, 370, 431, 471, 475

    Online Learning

    Each student is required to take at least one online course. For more information about the online requirement please visit the Online Learning section found in the Graduation & Transfer section of the catalog or visit http://web.byui.edu/Catalog/2005-2006/generalEducation.htm.

    Other online course information is available at http://www2.byui.edu/insttech/online.htm. A list of online courses is available at http://www2.byui.edu/insttech/OnlineCourses/onlinecalendar.htm (select a semester or term).

    BE Requirements

    I. Communication
       Take 1 Course
       ENG 111, 111C, 111H


    II. Computation
       Take 1 Course
       ACCTG 180
       AGBUS 180
       MATH 101, 108, 108H, 110, 110H, 112, 221


    III. Human Relations
       Take 1 Course
       AGBUS 238
       AMHER 170, 170H
       ANTH 101, 101H
       B 370
       CHILD 210, 210H
       GEOG 120
       HIST 120, 121, 201, 202
       HON 201
       POLSC 110, 170
       PSYCH 111, 111H, 201, 201H
       SOC 111, 111H, 112, 112H, 323, 357


    IV. Related Skills
       Take 1 Course
       COMM 102, 150, 150H
       CS 144
       ENG 311, 311C, 311H, 312, 312C, 313, 313C, 314, 315, 315C, 316, 316C
       ENGRT 125
       IS 140
       SIGN 101

    Major Requirements

       Take these Courses
       AGBUS 100, 180, 238, 280, 398, 450
       AGRON 220, 220L, 286
       AGSYS 220, 465

    AND
       Take 23 Credits
       AGRON 122, 260, 270, 297, 310, 321, 325, 330, 420, 435
       AGSYS 122, 124, 132, 201, 210, 230, 240, 294, 320, 335, 360, 474
       WELD 105




    Minor in  Agricultural Business Science & Technology (102)   

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

    Take these Courses   
    AGBUS 100, 180
    AGRON 220, 220L
    AGSYS 220

    AND
    Take 14 Credits   
    AGBUS 210, 347
    AGRON 122, 310, 321, 330, 435
    AGSYS 335, 360
     
    Course Descriptions

    AGBUS 100 Freshman Agricultural Orientation (0.5:1:0)
    Fee:  $25.00
    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, interests, abilities, needs and resources in order to better identify possible career alternatives.
    (Fall)
     
    AGBUS 180 Agricultural Accounting (3:3:1)
    Introductory course in accounting with an Agribusiness perspective, using double entry concept. Composition of balance sheets, income statements, journals and payroll; Computer accounting applications.
    (Fall, Winter, and Summer)
     
    AGBUS 200 Agricultural Spanish (3:3:0)
    This course has been designed to provide students with the ability to communicate with Spanish speakers on a basic level,with emphasis on farm and ag-related issues. No previous Spanish experience is required.
    (Fall)
     
    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.
    (Fall)
     
    AGBUS 238 Agribusiness Leadership (3:3:0)
    Fee:  $25.00
    Provides opportunities to develop leadership and increase occupational competency.
    (Fall and Winter)
     
    AGBUS 280 Sophomore Agricultural Orientation (0.5:1:0)
    Fee:  $25.00
    A study of successful business and living practices. The study of occupational opportunities and the process of becoming involved within those occupations. Preparation for internships.
    (Fall)
     
    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 or Sophomore 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, Winter, and Summer)
     
    AGBUS 498R 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 286 Introduction to Precision Agriculture (2:2:2)
    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)
     
    AGRON 297 Agricultural Practicum (2:0:0)
    Development and improvement of selected occupational competencies.
    (Fall and Winter)
     
    AGRON 300 Junior Agricultural Seminar (0.5:1:0)
    Fee:  $25.00
    This class will help ensure students they are on track for graduation with a review of student grad reports and internship experiences.
    (Fall)
     
    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 Grains and Forage Crops (4:5:1)
    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. History and biology of major crops. Introduction of principles involved in cereal chemistry, development and processing.
    (Fall and Winter)
     
    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 480 Senior Agricultural Seminar (0.5:1:0)
    Fee:  $25.00
    This class will help student search for employment or apply for Grad School depending on current needs.
    (Fall)
     
    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 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 Equipment Operations and Maintenance (3:3:3)
    Fee:  $10.00
    Operation, selection, adjustment and care of tractors, backhoes, swather, combines and other equipment used in agriculture production, and small construction. An overview of preventive maintenance and care of equipment, intake and exhaust systems, fuel systems, lubrication systems, cooling systems, electrical maintenance, tune up,storage, and trouble shooting.
    (Fall, Winter, and Summer)
     
    AGSYS 230 Agriculture Electrification-AC (2:1:3)
    Principles, systems and applications of electrical energy in agriculture.
    (Fall even years)
     
    AGSYS 240 Agricultural Structures (3:3:3)
    Principles and methods of planning and constructing structures for housing, service, or storage.
    (Fall and Summer)
     
    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 on 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.
    (Winter odd years)
     
    AGSYS 335 Electronic Systems Diagnostic and Repair (4:4:2)
    Basic electricity in farm power electrical circuits, with emphasis in starting systems, charging systems, lighting systems and accessory systems. Advanced electronics used in farm power: fuel injection systems, monitors and controllers.
    (Fall even years)
     
    AGSYS 360 Agricultural Hydraulics (4:4:2)
    A study of the fundamental and advanced principles governing and regulating the transmission and control of fluid power hydraulics. Trouble shooting and system repairs.
    (Fall odd years)
     
    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)
     
    AGSYS 474 Agricultural Machinery Systems Analysis (3:3:2)
    Testing and diagnosis for various pieces of equipment related to agriculture systems pertaining to the production of food.
    (Winter even years)