The Agribusiness Management Systems major supports the college mission by striving to develop students into competent citizens through general education and promoting involvement, innovation, and individuality in the agribusiness industry.

Division Chair

Mary Rittenhouse, Associate Professor

Faculty

Jeremy Sievers, Associate Professor

Career Opportunities

Agribusiness Management graduates are pursuing careers in agricultural management, marketing and finance in relevant industries.

INTERNSHIP

Connecting the classroom to the student's career, internships are required for the Agribusiness Management Systems Program. The internship will be a four (4) credit hour course and includes an eight (8) week, 320 hours, on-site training in an area of Agribusiness management of interest to the student.

CAPSTONE

ABM 2903 ENTREPRENEURSHIP serves as the AMS capstone course. Taken during the final semester, students will be required to complete a project and presentation that assesses interdisciplinary skills (qualitative and quantitative, hard and soft) and allows students an opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge and skills gained in their college courses.

AGRIBUSINESS MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS CORE COURSES

The following courses are required for all Associate of Applied Science degree options of the Agribusiness Management Systems major.

ABM 1803BUSINESS STATISTICS3
or MTH 1503 COLLEGE ALGEBRA
ABM 2003CRITICAL THINKING3
ABM 2004INTERNSHIP4
ABM 2911SEMINAR1
ACT 1103ACCOUNTING I3
ECN 1203MICROECONOMICS3
or ECN 1103 INTRODUCTION TO AG ECONOMICS
MGT 2103MGT CONCEPTS3
Total Credit Hours20

 

 

Majors

Agribusiness Management Systems with Management Option, AAS

Associate of Applied Science Core
Complete requirements20-22
Credit Hours Subtotal: 20-22
Agribusiness Management Systems Core
Complete requirements20
Credit Hours Subtotal: 20
Management Option Courses
ABM 2403AG FINANCE3
ABM 2503AGRICULTURAL DECISION ANALYSIS3
ABM 2854FARM & RANCH MANAGEMENT4
ABM 2903ENTREPRENEURSHIP3
ACT 1203ACCOUNTING II3
AIT 1073INTRODUCTION TO DATABASES3
ECN 1303MACROECONOMICS3
MGT 2503HUMAN RESOURCES MGT3
MKT 2203AG MARKETING3
Electives
Select one of the following (not already taken):3
PERSONAL FINANCE
Farm, Ranch, and Small Business Record Keeping
DESKTOP PUBLISHING & WEB DESIGN BASICS
RETAIL MARKETING
Credit Hours Subtotal: 31
Total Credit Hours71-73


Agribusiness Management Systems with Transfer Option, AS

Associate of Applied Science Core
Complete requirements27-29
Credit Hours Subtotal: 27-29
AMS Required Courses
ABM 1803BUSINESS STATISTICS3
ABM 2403AG FINANCE3
ABM 2903ENTREPRENEURSHIP3
ACT 1103ACCOUNTING I3
ACT 1203ACCOUNTING II3
ECN 1203MICROECONOMICS3
ECN 1303MACROECONOMICS3
MGT 2103MGT CONCEPTS3
MKT 2203AG MARKETING3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 27
Electives
Select 12 hours of the following or by advisor approval (at least six must be AMS courses):12
INTERNSHIP
FARM & RANCH MANAGEMENT
CROP SCIENCE
AGR 2404
ANIMAL MANAGEMENT
RANGE MANAGEMENT
MEAT SCIENCE
HUMAN RESOURCES MGT
RETAIL MARKETING
Credit Hours Subtotal: 12
Total Credit Hours66-68

Agribusiness Management Systems, Minor

Required AMS Minor Courses
ABM 2103PERSONAL FINANCE3
ABM 2963Farm, Ranch, and Small Business Record Keeping3
or ACT 1103 ACCOUNTING I
ECN 1203MICROECONOMICS3
MGT 2103MGT CONCEPTS3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 12
Agribusiness Management Courses
Select 12 hours of the following (nine must be 2000 level courses):12
CRITICAL THINKING
AG FINANCE
AGRICULTURAL DECISION ANALYSIS
FARM & RANCH MANAGEMENT
ENTREPRENEURSHIP
ACCOUNTING II
MACROECONOMICS
ECONOMICS OF WORLD FOOD AND AGRICULTURE
HUMAN RESOURCES MGT
RETAIL MARKETING
AG MARKETING
SALES COMM
Credit Hours Subtotal: 12
Total Credit Hours24

Agribusiness Management Systems, Certificate

AMS Certifcate Foundation Courses
ENG 1503BUSINESS & TECHNICAL WRITING3
SPC 1103SALES COMM3
AED 1023INTERPERSONAL SKILLS FOR LEADERSHIP3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 9
Additional AMS Courses
Select 21 hours of the following:21
CRITICAL THINKING
AG FINANCE
PERSONAL FINANCE
AGRICULTURAL DECISION ANALYSIS
FARM & RANCH MANAGEMENT
ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Farm, Ranch, and Small Business Record Keeping
ACCOUNTING I
ACCOUNTING II
MICROECONOMICS
MICROECONOMICS
MACROECONOMICS
ECONOMICS OF WORLD FOOD AND AGRICULTURE
HUMAN RESOURCES MGT
MGT CONCEPTS
RETAIL MARKETING
AG MARKETING
Credit Hours Subtotal: 21
Total Credit Hours30
ABM1803
BUSINESS STATISTICS

Description: Basic statistical analysis of business and economic data used in the decision making process. Topics include collection and presentation of data, discrete and continuous distributions, probability and sampling theory, statistical inference and hypothesis testing.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

ABM2003
CRITICAL THINKING

Description: Living in the information age, it is imperative to be able to process, sort and analyze information, not just for usefulness but also for accuracy. This course is designed to equip students with the tools necessary to work with the amount of information available today and to make good decisions based on sound solutions in an ever-changing workplace.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

ABM2004
INTERNSHIP

Description: Internship includes a mandatory 8-week job placement experience at an approved work location. Agreements are entered into between the student, the employer and the college. (Pre req: Approval by Division Chair, students are required to have a minimum CGPA of 2.0 before being allowed to go out on internship and must have completed two semesters)

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:FLD

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

ABM2103
PERSONAL FINANCE

Description: Following the Dave Ramsey "Foundations in Personal Finances", College Edition, students will develop practical and relevant personal financial skills.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

ABM2403
AG FINANCE

Description: An in-depth study of financial analysis and the financial institutions which serve agricultural businesses. For each particular type of financial institution, this course will study its sources of capital, its general loan criteria used to evaluate loan requests, and its financial performance. For ag borrowers, this course will also examine their financial condition, their projected cash flow and the importance of risk management. (Pre req: ACT 1103 and MTH 1203 or MTH 1503)

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

ABM2503
AGRICULTURAL DECISION ANALYSIS

Description: Introduction to quantitative decision-making methods for effective agribusiness management, emphasis on problem identification, model formulation and solution, interpretation and presentation of results. (Pre req: AIT 1003)

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

ABM2854
FARM & RANCH MANAGEMENT

Description: (Pre req: ECN 1103 and ACT 1103 or ABM 2963) Business management concepts which are involved in the decision-making process when organizing and operating a farming/ranching operation. Includes production economics, record keeping systems, finanical budgets and analysis, crop and livestock enterprise analysis, depreciation, cash flow planning equity, and production efficiency indicators.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

ABM2903
ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Description: This course includes the skills and attitudes necessary for starting and maintaining a successful business: personal (self) assessment, government regulations, financing and marketing options, and writing a business plan. (Pre req: ACT 1103, MGT 2103, ACT 1203 or enrolled in ACT 1203)

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

ABM2911
SEMINAR

Description: Majors will be required to research, write and report on an agribusiness issue that pertains to their Option, and complete a presentation on their internship.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

ABM2963
Farm, Ranch, and Small Business Record Keeping

Description: Business record systems for farming and ranching. Manual and computerized record keeping techniques to aid farm and ranch managers and saml business owners in making management and production decisions and preparing tax returns.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

ABM2991
INDEPENDENT STUDY

Description: This course consists of elective individual or group projects. Projects may include research, continuing education programs, and group tours. The project is developed under the supervision and evaluation of a department faculty member who is willing and available to contract with the student. This class requires a written paper, and may require a presentation (up to the discretion of the supervising faculty member). Students may enroll in this course a maximum of 3 times, for a total of 3 credit hours. (Pre req: Approval of project by Instructor, Advisor, and Division Chair)

Course details
Credit Hours:1-3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:IND

Credit Hours:1-3

ACE:

ABM2992
INDEPENDENT STUDY
Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Course Format:IND

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

ABM2993
INDEPENDENT STUDY
Course details
Credit Hours:1-3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:IND

Credit Hours:1-3

ACE:

ACT1103
ACCOUNTING I

Description: This course is a study in the fundamentals of accounting concepts and procedures. Concepts include financial reporting and analysis.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

ACT1203
ACCOUNTING II

Description: Continuation of Accounting I with emphasis given to financial statement analysis, costing systems, and the budgeting process. The managerial uses of accounting information for decision making are introduced. (Pre req: ACT 1103)

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

ACT1303
PRODUCTION ACCTING
Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

  1. AMS students will be able to demonstrate computer skills.
  2. AMS students will be able to apply economic information to real world situations.
  3. AMS students will be able to think critically and demonstrate problem-solving skills.
  4. AMS students will be able to read, comprehend, and analyze basic financial statements and demonstrate basic accounting skills.
  5. AMS students will be able to effectively communicate in both an oral and written format.
  6. AMS students will be able to demonstrate skills enabling them to work effectively as individuals and in groups.