Agricultural Business - A.A.S. Degree

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The Associate in Applied Science Degree in Agricultural Business is designed for individuals with a strong interest in occupations that relate to farming, nursery production, landscape design, landscape maintenance, the production of organic fruits and vegetables, and similar agricultural endeavors.

Students interested in operating their own agricultural businesses need some knowledge of standard business practices, business planning, marketing, and supervision in addition to technical skills such as plant propagation, production at scale, greenhouse management, pest control, and related issues.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in written and oral skills when communicating about agricultural business topics.
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyze agribusiness data in the free market and global economies.
  • Demonstrate the ability to retrieve and critically evaluate information from a variety of agribusiness sources.
  • Research, develop, organize, and write a business/marketing plan for an agribusiness enterprise.
  • Demonstrate readiness for employment in the field of agribusiness.

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Courses for this program

This is a recommended program course sequence for students who wish to complete their associate degree in two years. Part-time students and students starting in the spring or summer semesters can meet with an Advisor to customize their own plan.

Code Course Name Credits
Fall - First Year
COLL101 Foundations for Success 3
ENGL101 English Composition I 3
MATH104 Contemporary Math 3
AGSC101 Introduction to Agricultural Science 4
BIOS101 General Biology 3
Total Semester Credits
Spring - First Year
ENGL125 Technical Writing and Communications I 3
CHEM100 Introductory Chemistry 4
BUSA101 Introduction to Business 3
COMS110 Computer Concepts and Applications 3
GHMN000 Humanities Gen Ed Requirement* 3
Total Semester Credits
Fall - Second Year
AGSC107 Agricultural Pest Control and Management** 4
BUSA211 Management and Organizational Behavior 3
COMS120 Computer Software Applications 3
ECON102 Microeconomics 3
AGBS000 Option Elective* 3
Total Semester Credits
Spring - Second Year
AGSC201 Agricultural Marketing*** 3
AGSC240 Agricultural Science Internship 3
BUSA205 Business Law I 3
AGBS000 Option Elective* 3
Total Semester Credits

*General Education & Elective courses: Choose from the list of approved courses in the College Catalog.

**Course only offered in fall

***Course only offered in spring

Students may choose to first take some developmental courses that are designed to prepare students for the college-level coursework in their academic plan. This may add to the students’ completion time.

The number of credits students take each semester will determine when the student will complete his/her program of study.