Agriculture Industry and Technology (Agronomy)

LIMITED ENROLLMENT
Delivery Method: On Campus
Program Begins: Fall only

Program Description

The two-year Agriculture Industry and Technology program at BSC prepares students for multiple positions within the agronomy industry. Coursework is concentrated in crop science and agribusiness skills. Technology instruction is infused throughout the curriculum. Students are exposed to various applications of technology related to business management, crop production and soil science. Precision farming technology instruction includes guidance systems, mobile software, GIS software, variable rate technologies, and remote sensing. Students will graduate with a North Dakota Commercial Pesticide Applicator license and will be prepared to pursue a commercial driver’s license and North Dakota certified crop advisor certification.  The program requires a cooperative education internship with on-the-job training at an agricultural business. Training consists of a minimum of 400 hours completed during the summer session in the first year of the program.

Preparation

Students interested in agriculture should be resourceful, flexible, creative problem solvers, interested in technology and enjoy continuous learning. Communication skills and interpersonal skills are an important part of successfully translating sound business, science and technology-based solutions in the field. The following background is helpful: high school or college courses in agriculture, science and math, and experience working on a farm or for an agriculture-related business. Interested students are encouraged to apply early as openings are limited.

Program Requirements

Students who complete the curriculum requirements earn an Associate in Applied Science degree.

Required program entrance scores:

  • ACT:  Math - 15, Reading - 15, English - 15
  • ACCUPLACER:  Math - 40 (elementary algebra), Writeplacer - 3, Reading - 61
  • COMPASS:  Math - 33 (pre-algebra), Reading - 70, English - 59

Special Costs

A $100 deposit, required upon acceptance into the program, is applied toward tuition. Fee is non-refundable if you decide not to attend BSC.

Career Opportunities

Today’s agronomy graduate needs specialized skills to fill the need for qualified workers. Industry has high demand for graduates skilled in agronomy-related disciplines such as crop science, soil science, precision technology, management and sales. Farms are getting larger and farm managers are turning to service providers to take care of their agronomy needs. Crop consultants, crop scouts, crop protection applicators, fertilizer applicators, and retail/wholesale product sales professionals are the most popular agronomy service positions open in our region.

Specialized training in crop growth and development, seed genetics, pest management, plant nutrition, as well as precision technology, soil and water resource management are necessary to excel as an agronomy professional. This business-savvy industry has many opportunities for candidates skilled at streamlining processes and creating value-added solutions for promoting agricultural goods. Current placement rate of students in this program is 100 percent.

Additional Information

Agriculture Club

The Agriculture Club provides opportunities for individual growth, leadership and career preparation at state, regional and national events.

ATNR Scholarships

Students are eligible for a variety of scholarships.  The BSC Foundation provides two ND Ag Association scholarships, four Ervin and Dorothy Bourgois Memorial Scholarships along with assorted academic scholarships.  Five scholarships are also available through the CHS Foundation. 

Contact

Lindsey Novak • Career Academy 107
701-224-2628
Lindsey.Novak@bismarckstate.edu

AGRI 115. Agriculture Math

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FALL
Student will apply practical math skills to master mathematical concepts intrinsic to producing, processing and marketing agricultural products.

AGRI 191. First Year Seminar

Credits: 2
Typically Offered: FALL
This course is designed to address selected topics in agriculture.

AGRI 192. Experimental Course

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An experimental course is one that is being tested to determine its suitability for inclusion in the course catalog. Testing may continue for two semesters, after which the course should be discontinued or approved through the established college procedures, assigned a permanent course number and title, and included in the master catalog.

AGRI 194. Independent Study

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An independent study course is one designed jointly by the student and faculty member to address an advanced topic of particular interest to the student and in the instructor's field of expertise. The course, when developed, must be approved by the department chair as being relevant to the discipline and of sufficient rigor for the credits to be awarded.

AGRI 195. Service Learning

Credits: 1
Repeat Status: Repeatable up to 6.00 credits.
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Designed to increase off-campus community involvement and awareness of civic responsibility, Service Learning gives students the opportunity to earn up to six semester hours of college credit while pursuing volunteer activities that have positive impact in the community. Some examples of activities that may serve as vehicles for Service Learning include: volunteer work at non-profit organizations (e.g., Kiwanis, Lions, etc.); serving as unpaid interns in local and state government; and organizing and participating in activities that are beneficial to the community as a whole (e.g. spring clean-up drives, neighborhood watch programs, meals-on-wheels, etc.). Students interested in Service Learning should discuss options with their academic advisors and/or faculty in areas related to the proposed activity.

AGRI 196. Study Tour

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Study Tour courses provide students with unique learning opportunities in locations, either foreign or domestic. These learning opportunities should be directly related to the academic field of study under which credits are to be awarded. Some students may not qualify for study tours if their travel abroad is restricted for legal reasons.

AGRI 197. Cooperative Education/Internship

Credits: 1-3
Repeat Status: Repeatable up to 12.00 credits.
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Cooperative education and internships provide students with real-world experience in business and industry as they explore careers or gain experience in chosen fields of study. The work experiences must be directly related to the discipline under which the credits are to be awarded.

AGRI 199. Special Topics

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Special topics courses are developed by the faculty member to take advantage of unique learning opportunities that either are not repeatable (such as a presidential election) or address advanced topics not normally covered in the curriculum. Topics covered must be directly related to the discipline under which credits are to be awarded.

AGRI 241. Farm Management Education

Credits: 1-6
Repeat Status: Repeatable up to 200.00 credits.
Typically Offered: FALLSPR
The Farm Management Education program provides a practical study of the farming business for farm families currently engaged in managing their farms or ranches.

AGRI 242. Advanced Farm Management Education

Credits: 1-4
Prerequisite: AGRI 241 or department approval.
Repeat Status: Repeatable up to 200.00 credits.
Typically Offered: FALLSPR
This course continues the application of farm management principles for decision making.

AGRI 275. Introduction to Precision Farming

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FALL
This course is designed to introduce the student to precision farming applications. Students will receive hands on training using handheld global positioning systems, differential global positioning systems and GIS software.

AGRI 276. Data Collection and Management

Credits: 2
Prerequisite: AGRI 275.
Typically Offered: FALL
This course will experiment with types and methods of data collection of spatial data. The majority of the course will concentrate on datalogging using GPS receivers (various monitors, rugged handheld units, and iPads), utilizing mobile software and geospatial apps. The course also will include downloading data from the Internet and evaluation and purchase of data from commercial sources. Students will learn data collection processes based on a real world project. They will be responsible for identifying a study area, a question or management issue, and the data needed to answer the question.

AGRI 285. Precision Agriculture - Systems Software

Credits: 2
Prerequisite: AGRI 275
Typically Offered: SPRING
This course introduces various precision farming software in real-world applications. Discussion of how Geographic Information Systems (GIS) can be used to input and store data, assist in the analysis of data and create interpretive maps. It focuses on initial setup of software, data management and evaluation, saving and unloading data cards, processing field data, and compiling prescription application maps.

AGRI 286. Advanced Mapping

Credits: 2
Prerequisite: AGRI 285.
Typically Offered: SPRING
This course covers the use of spatial data for recordkeeping, analytical decision making and modeling prescription maps for variable rate applications. Student will use various data sets and apply GIS functions to answer management questions. A major component of this course will be determining relationships and establishing patterns in yield and other cropping factors and interpretation of these patterns and relationships.

AGRI 289. Agriculture Industry Training

Credits: 1-3
Repeat Status: Repeatable up to 6.00 credits.
Typically Offered: FALL
Agriculture Industry Training topics are developed by faculty to take advantage of learning opportunities that are available through industry professionals to prepare for required internships and potential careers. Topics covered must be directly related to the discipline under which credits are to be awarded.

AGRI 291. Second Year Seminar

Credits: 2
Typically Offered: FALL
This course is designed to address selected topics in agriculture.

AGRI 292. Experimental Course

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An experimental course is one that is being tested to determine its suitability for inclusion in the course catalog. Testing may continue for two semesters, after which the course should be discontinued or approved through the established college procedures, assigned a permanent course number and title, and included in the master catalog.

AGRI 294. Independent Study

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An independent study course is one designed jointly by the student and faculty member to address an advanced topic of particular interest to the student and in the instructor's field of expertise. The course, when developed, must be approved by the department chair as being relevant to the discipline and of sufficient rigor for the credits to be awarded.

AGRI 296. Study Tour

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Study Tour courses provide students with unique learning opportunities in locations, either foreign or domestic. These learning opportunities should be directly related to the academic field of study under which credits are to be awarded. Some students may not qualify for study tours if their travel abroad is restricted for legal reasons.

AGRI 297. Cooperative Education/Internship

Credits: 1-3
Repeat Status: Repeatable up to 12.00 credits.
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Cooperative education and internships provide students with real-world experience in business and industry as they explore careers or gain experience in chosen fields of study. The work experiences must be directly related to the discipline under which the credits are to be awarded.

AGRI 299. Special Topics

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Special topics courses are developed by the faculty member to take advantage of unique learning opportunities that either are not repeatable (such as a presidential election) or address advanced topics not normally covered in the curriculum. Topics covered must be directly related to the discipline under which credits are to be awarded.