Agricultural Sciences

Agricultural Sciences

Associates of Applied Sciences Agribusiness 
Associates of Applied Sciences Agribusiness Management

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Agricultural science is the study of the science and management of biological systems for the sustainable production of food and fiber. Biology, chemistry, and mathematics underpin this major, with a choice of specializations in Agricultural Science, Crop Science, Food Science and Animal Production. You can choose to integrate this major with areas such as economics, business, social sciences and natural resource management.

Agribusiness management is the application of business skills in areas such as marketing, finance, economics and management to the agricultural industry. Students who earn degrees in agribusiness management focus on areas of input supply, agricultural production, commodity assembly and processing, and agricultural marketing. Resource: National Association of State Departments of Agriculture.

Our Agribusiness Management program prepares students for management positions in agri-business areas in production agriculture and to the related product service areas.  Mid-management work requires that a person have the managerial skills necessary to organize and operate a business, with attention given to accounting, selling and management principles.

Program Goals

  • Students will be capable of understanding the present and emerging technology used in the agricultural industry. Students will be competent in the use of Smart Technology, phones, tablets, personal computers and wireless presentation hardware.
  • Students will develop critical thinking skills applicable to the agricultural environment.
  • Students will understand the relevance of science in maintaining a sustainable agricultural environment.
  • Students will develop communication and leadership skills based on responsible, ethical and pertinent information.
  • Content specific outcomes can be found in the course syllabus for each course.

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