Agriculture Industry and Technology (Agronomy)
Delivery Method: On Campus
Program Begins: Fall only
The two-year Agriculture Industry and Technology program 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.
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.
Students who complete the curriculum requirements earn an Associate in Applied Science degree. This program offers a two- or three-year degree plan as determined by placement scores.
Required Program Entrance Scores
- ACT: English 16, Math 15, Reading 15
- CLASSIC ACCUPLACER: Math 40 (Elementary Algebra), Reading 61, Writeplacer 4
- NEXT GEN ACCUPLACER: Math 236 (QR, Algebra, and Statistics), Reading 240, Writing 250
- ACT: English 12, Math 12, Reading 12
- CLASSIC ACCUPLACER: Math 25 (Elementary Algebra), Reading 40, Writeplacer 2
- NEXT GEN ACCUPLACER: Math 224 (QR, Algebra, and Statistics), Reading 228, Writing 237
A $100 deposit, required upon acceptance into the program, is applied toward tuition. Fee is non-refundable if you decide not to attend BSC.
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.
The BSC Ag Club is dedicated to helping the students of BSC ATNR through career development, service opportunities, professional networking, and education enhancement. BSC Ag Club also promotes interest in agriculture, educates the general public about the importance of agriculture, inspires interpersonal interactions, and enhances students' understanding of local and global agricultural industries.
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.