Agriculture, Technology, Food and Natural Resources

Program Description

Core courses are provided for students planning to continue their education at a four-year agriculture college in areas such as: agribusiness, agricultural economics, agricultural education, agricultural systems management, animal/range sciences, biotechnology, crop/weed sciences, equine studies, extension, food safety, food science, horticulture, microbiology, natural resources management, pre-veterinary medicine, soil science, and veterinary technology.

Faculty advise students on classes needed toward a bachelor’s degree, including agriculture courses and general education requirements for BSC’s Associate in Science and the chosen four-year institution. Students take required agriculture courses that pertain to their degree program. Agriculture classes offered at BSC that are articulated within the North Dakota University System and required for various majors at four-year universities are:

AGEC 242Introduction to Agricultural Management4
AGEC 244Introduction to Agricultural Marketing3
AGEC 246Introduction to Agricultural Finance3
AGEC 250AgriSales3
AGRI 275Introduction to Precision Farming3
ANSC 114Introduction to Animal Sciences2
ANSC 123Feeds and Feeding2
ANSC 220Livestock Production2
H&CE 241Leadership and Presentation Techniques2
PLSC 110World Food Crops2
PLSC 225Principles of Crop Production3
RNG 236Introduction to Range Management3
SOIL 210Introduction to Soil Science2
SOIL 222Soil Fertility and Fertilizers2
VETS 239Animal Health3

Technology instruction is infused throughout the curriculum. Students are exposed to various applications of technology related to business management, crop production, livestock production and soil science. Precision farming technology instruction includes guidance systems, mobile software, GIS software, variable rate technologies and remote sensing. Internship is optional. BSC offers dual admission for students planning to pursue a bachelor’s degree in agriculture at North Dakota State University or Dickinson State University.

Preparation

Students interested in agriculture should be resourceful, flexible, creative problem solvers, interested in technology, and enjoy continuous learning. 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.

Program Requirements

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

Prior to taking classes in Agriculture, Technology and Natural Resources, students must meet the following placement scores (ACT, ACCUPLACER or COMPASS) or have successfully completed 12 college credits: 

  • ACT:  Math - 15, Reading - 15, English - 15
  • ACCUPLACER:  Math - 59 (Elementary Algebra), Reading - 61, Writeplacer - 3
  • COMPASS:  Math - 33 (pre-algebra), Reading - 73, English - 59

Career Opportunities

It’s a great time to enter the agriculture industry where studies show strong hiring numbers, healthy salaries and a variety of opportunities for graduates. Sales/marketing and management positions are the leading career choices posted on AgCareers.com, the leading online job board for agriculture, food, biotechnology and natural resources.

Students can choose from a vast variety of new careers, such as precision agriculture or natural resources, as well as the more traditional careers in animal husbandry or agribusiness. Common agriculture positions are in agronomy, crop protection, pest management, precision agriculture, animal health, animal nutrition, veterinary services, extension/education, equipment/machinery, finance/banking, natural resources, and environmental services. As the agriculture industry evolves and changes, the career opportunities are infinite.

More than 90 percent of BSC’s Agriculture, Technology and Natural Resources graduates find employment in their field with the majority of those jobs in North Dakota.

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.

 

Contacts

Carmel Miller • Career Academy 109
701-224-5557
Carmel.Miller@bismarckstate.edu

Associate in Science

College Degree Requirements

Note: Courses listed on degree plan are suggested. Students should consult with their advisor concerning their unique transfer decisions.

Total Degree Credits60
Arts & Humanities
General Education Matrix (Arts & Humanities)3
General Education Matrix (Arts & Humanities)3
Communications I
ENGL 110College Composition I3
Communications II
ENGL 120College Composition II3
Communications III
COMM 110Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
Enrichment
Enrichment Course Matrix2
Math, Science & Technology
MATH 103College Algebra (or higher, except MATH 137)4
General Education Matrix (Lab Science Elective)4
General Education Matrix (Lab Science Elective)4
General Education Matrix (Math, Science & Technology Course)3
Math, Science & Technology Electives
General Education Matrix (Math, Science & Technology Electives)10
Social & Behavioral Sciences
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics3
General Education Matrix (Social & Behavioral Sciences Course)3
Agriculture Electives
Select four of the following:12
Introduction to Agricultural Management
Introduction to Agricultural Marketing
Introduction to Agricultural Finance
AgriSales
Introduction to Precision Farming
Introduction to Animal Sciences
Introduction to Animal Sciences Lab
Feeds and Feeding
Feeds and Feeding Lab
Livestock Production
Livestock Production Lab
World Food Crops
World Food Crops Lab
Principles of Crop Production
Introduction to Range Management
Introduction to Soil Science
Introduction to Soil Science Lab
Soil Fertility and Fertilizers
Soil Fertility and Fertilizers Lab
Total Credit60

This degree is for students who plan to transfer to a four year university in any agriculture major. The curriculum guide should be used in combination with the course requirements at the transfer university. See web links below:

Dickinson State University

North Dakota State University

General Education & Diversity Course Matrix Requirements