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

AGR 2983 CAPSTONE
 

This course is designed to culminate the student’s experience in their APS or AMS program and will focus on tying together functional aspects of a farm, ranch, or entrepreneurial venture. The class will culminate with a workable business plan, understand the legal and regulatory environment of their proposed enterprise, and be ready to move into formation. Included in this plan will include facility design, applicable management plans, and a complete financial package for the proposed operation that will include a cash flow, net worth, one year and three year budget, and what-if analysis.

This course allows students an opportunity to integrate tools learned in their respective program.

Agribusiness Management Systems -Associate of Applied science degree

Associate of Applied Science Core
Complete requirements17
Credit Hours Subtotal: 17
Agribusiness Management Systems Core
ABM 1201AG BUSINESS FOUNDATIONS1
ABM 2013INTERNSHIP3
ABM 2403AG FINANCE3
ABM 2603AG LAW3
ABM 2911SEMINAR1
ACT 1103ACCOUNTING I3
ECN 1103INTRODUCTION TO AG ECONOMICS3
or ECN 1203 MICROECONOMICS
ECN 1803STATISTICS3
MGT 2103MGT CONCEPTS3
MKT 2203AG MARKETING3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 26
Management Required Courses
ABM 2854FARM & RANCH MANAGEMENT4
ACT 1203ACCOUNTING II3
AIT 1003SOFTWARE PRODUCTIVITY3
ECN 1303MACROECONOMICS3
AGR 2983CAPSTONE3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 16
Electives
Select nine credit hours of the following courses. Six of those hours must be AMS courses. 9
PERSONAL FINANCE
ENTREPRENEURSHIP
NATURAL RES MNGT
CROP MANAGEMENT
NUTRITION
ANIMAL MANAGEMENT
SMALL ENGINES
ADVANCED REPRODUCTIVE PHYSIOLOGY
FEEDS & FEEDING
SMALL ENGINES
WELDING
INTRODUCTION TO ELECTRIC CODE
RETAIL MARKETING
RADIATION SAFETY
Credit Hours Subtotal: 9
Total Credit Hours68


Agribusiness Management Systems - Associate of science degree (transfer)

Associate of Science Core
Complete requirements26
Credit Hours Subtotal: 26
AMS Required Courses
ABM 2403AG FINANCE3
ECN 1803STATISTICS3
ACT 1103ACCOUNTING I3
ACT 1203ACCOUNTING II3
ABM 2903ENTREPRENEURSHIP3
or AGR 2983 CAPSTONE
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
ANIMAL MANAGEMENT
RANGE MANAGEMENT
MEAT SCIENCE
HUMAN RESOURCES MGT
RETAIL MARKETING
INDEPENDENT STUDY (requires approval of division chair)
Credit Hours Subtotal: 12
Total Credit Hours65

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
INTERNSHIP
ACCOUNTING II
MACROECONOMICS
ECONOMICS OF WORLD FOOD AND AGRICULTURE
HUMAN RESOURCES MGT
RETAIL MARKETING
AG MARKETING
SALES COMM
INDEPENDENT STUDY (requires approval of division chair)
Credit Hours Subtotal: 12
Total Credit Hours24

Agribusiness Management Systems, Certificate

AMS Certifcate Foundation Courses
ABM 1201AG BUSINESS FOUNDATIONS1
AIT 1003SOFTWARE PRODUCTIVITY3
ABM 2603AG LAW3
ABM 2854FARM & RANCH MANAGEMENT4
ACT 1103ACCOUNTING I3
ECN 1203MICROECONOMICS3
or ECN 1103 INTRODUCTION TO AG ECONOMICS
ECN 1803STATISTICS3
SPC 1103SALES COMM3
MKT 2203AG MARKETING3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 26
Electives
Select six hours of the following; 6 hours must be AMS Courses from the approved list below: 6
PERSONAL FINANCE
AG FINANCE
AGRICULTURAL DECISION ANALYSIS
ENTREPRENEURSHIP
ACCOUNTING II
NATURAL RES MNGT
CROP MANAGEMENT
CAPSTONE
NUTRITION
ANIMAL MANAGEMENT
FEEDS & FEEDING
ADVANCED REPRODUCTIVE PHYSIOLOGY
SMALL ENGINES
WELDING
INTRODUCTION TO ELECTRIC CODE
MACROECONOMICS
MGT CONCEPTS
RETAIL MARKETING
RADIATION SAFETY
Credit Hours Subtotal: 6
Total Credit Hours32
ABM1201
AG BUSINESS FOUNDATIONS

Description: The goal of this course is to help the student make a successful transition from high school to the College by providing the opportunity to explore the various Ag Business disciplines and associated campus and career opportunities. The student will be asked to take an active involvement in academic issues and topics such as the facilities and offerings provided by AMS and NCTA, requirements for successful course and program completion, and the values and skills that lead to professional and personal success. Students will be given the opportunity to develop their "intercultural knowledge and competence" and "information literacy" skills and abilities.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Grading Option:Graded

Credit Hours:1

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
Grading Option:Graded

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

ABM2013
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:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Pass No Pass

Credit Hours:3

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
Grading Option:Graded

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
Grading Option:Graded

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
Grading Option:Graded

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

ABM2603
AG LAW

Description: The study of law that governs agriculture. To include estate planning, contracts, leasing, water rights, fencing rights, tortes, personal and liability for the producer and agribusiness. This course will include guest lectures from regional attorneys.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

ABM2854
FARM & RANCH MANAGEMENT

Description: (Pre req: ECN 1203 or 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
Grading Option:Graded

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
Grading Option:Graded

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
Grading Option:Graded

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 small 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
Grading Option:Graded

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
Grading Option:Graded

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
Grading Option:Graded

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
Grading Option:Graded

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.

Agribusiness Management Systems with Management Option, AAS

Suggested Sequence of Study

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredit Hours
ACT 1103 ACCOUNTING I 3
AIT 1003 SOFTWARE PRODUCTIVITY 3
ECN 1803 STATISTICS 3
ABM 1201 AG BUSINESS FOUNDATIONS 1
ECN 1103
INTRODUCTION TO AG ECONOMICS
or MICROECONOMICS
3
SPC 1103 SALES COMM 3
 Credit Hours16
Spring
MKT 2203 AG MARKETING 3
ABM 2603 AG LAW 3
ABM 2403 AG FINANCE 3
Adviser Guided Electives 6
 Credit Hours15
Summer
ABM 2013 INTERNSHIP 3
 Credit Hours3
Second Year
Fall
ENG 1503 TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION I 3
ABM 2854 FARM & RANCH MANAGEMENT 4
MGT 2103 MGT CONCEPTS 3
ABM 2911 SEMINAR 1
Choose from the following science course 4
FUND OF ANIMAL BIO  
GENERAL BIOLOGY & LAB  
PLANT SCIENCE  
CHEMISTRY IN CONTEXT I  
CHEMISTRY IN CONTEXT II  
GENERAL CHEM I  
GENERAL CHEM II  
TECHNICAL SCIENCE  
INTRODUCTION TO LABORATORY SCIENCE  
Advisor Guided Electives 3
 Credit Hours18
Spring
ACT 1203 ACCOUNTING II 3
ECN 1303 MACROECONOMICS 3
AGR 2983 CAPSTONE 3
AED 1023 INTERPERSONAL SKILLS FOR LEADERSHIP 3
Adviser Guided Electives 6
 Credit Hours18
 Total Credit Hours70

Agribusiness Management Systems with Transfer Option, AS

Suggested Sequence of Study

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredit Hours
ABM 1201 AG BUSINESS FOUNDATIONS 1
ACT 1103 ACCOUNTING I 3
ECN 1803 STATISTICS 3
ECN 1203 MICROECONOMICS 3
SPC 1113 PUBLIC SPEAKING 3
AED 1023 INTERPERSONAL SKILLS FOR LEADERSHIP 3
 Credit Hours16
Spring
MKT 2203 AG MARKETING 3
ACT 1203 ACCOUNTING II 3
ABM 2403 AG FINANCE 3
MTH 1503 COLLEGE ALGEBRA 3
ECN 1303 MACROECONOMICS 3
Adviser Guided Electives 2
 Credit Hours17
Second Year
Fall
Choose three credit hours in English 3
TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION I  
WRITING & INQUIRY  
WRITING & ARGUMENT  
Choose four credit hours in Science 4
FUND OF ANIMAL BIO  
GENERAL BIOLOGY & LAB  
PLANT SCIENCE  
AGRONOMIC PLANT SCIENCE LABORATORY  
CHEMISTRY IN CONTEXT I  
GENERAL CHEM I  
CHEMISTRY IN CONTEXT II  
GENERAL CHEM II  
MGT 2103 MGT CONCEPTS 3
Advisor Guided Electives 6
 Credit Hours16
Spring
HTY 1303 AMERICAN HISTORY AFTER 1877 3
ABM 2903
ENTREPRENEURSHIP
or INTERNSHIP
3
Science Course 4
Advisor Guided Electives 6
 Credit Hours16
 Total Credit Hours65