Mechanized Agriculture

Associate of Applied Science Degree

2013-2014 academic year

You can earn an associate of applied science degree in agriculture with an concentration in mechanized agriculture. Note that not all courses for each program can be offered every semester.

You will need to successfully complete a minimum of 76.5 Credit Hours.

Required Core Courses

Core 62.5 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
AGRI 1020 Introduction to Farm Management Records
Basic course in farm accounts, inventories, production records, machinery costs, and financial records. Includes depreciation, feed check, monthly inventory, and household expense.
AGRI 1030 Introduction to Soil Science
The development, physics, chemistry, biology, and classification of soils with emphasis on the role of soils in the growth of plants.
AGRI 1040 Introduction to Soil Science Lab
Lab for AGRI 1030, including soil samples, texture, soil surveys, nutrient deficiency, lime recommendations, cation exchange capacity, texture triangle, and acre furrow slice.
AGRI 1050 Farm Welding
Basics of the metallurgy of welding and making mechanically sound welds with shielded metal arc welding-SMAW and oxyacetylene welding-OAW.
AGRI 1060 Farm Welding Lab
Lab experience for AGRI 1050.
AGRI 1131 Plant Science
Study and evaluation of cultural practices, varieties, plant growth and development, planting rates, pests, and diseases, fertility and weather influences throughout the growing season.
AGRI 1132 Plant Science Lab
Plant growth and development of Monocot and Dicot plants; basic plant anatomy and growth stages; methods of plant reproduction and seed production; basic plant genetics and plant physiology; identification of uses of crops grown in the Midwest.
AGRI 1150 Introduction to Entomology
Basic course in entomology and pest management to include: life processes of insects, classification, life cycle, ecology, sampling, populations, and management theory as they relate to man, plants, and animals.
AGRI 1240 Advanced Farm Welding
Mechanically sound welds in the overhead position with shielded metal arc welding and oxyacetylene, including bronze and braze welding, hard facing, basic engine lathe, and milling machine operations.
AGRI 1250 Advanced Farm Welding Lab
Lab experience for AGRI 1240.
AGRI 1280 Crop Chemicals
Use of herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, and nematocides, identification of pests, types of pesticide materials and selection, handling and use of pesticides, and application equipment.
AGRI 1290 International Agriculture and Agribusiness
An overview of agriculture worldwide and its impact on production agriculture in the United States. An examination of production agriculture and agribusiness from a global perspective.
AGRI 1310 Agribusiness Management
This course will provide and introduction to agribusiness and food products marketing in the U.S. This course includes a background on the workings of the U.S. food marketing system and how this system affects farm producers, consumers, and middlemen such as processors, wholesalers, retailers, and food services. Students will gain an understanding of how food products move through a food marketing channel to the final point of consumption and how consumer demand, marketing, and information technology as well as political forces have shaped the agricultural food marketing industry over time.
AGRI 1350 Tillage, Planting and Spraying Equipment
Study of the fundamentals of setting and maintaining tillage, planting, and spraying equipment. Emphasizes the evaluation of different farming practices and methods used today to assist students in developing management tools leading to increased profitability and better soil and water conservation.
AGRI 1360 Tillage, Planting and Spraying Equipment Lab
Lab for AGRI 1350.
AGRI 1400 Farm and Environmental Safety
Study of agriculture safety including farm and ranch safety, chemical safety, OSHA and Hazardous Occupation Laws, and safe materials handling.
AGRI 2000 Integrated Spreadsheet Applications
A course that includes introductory through advanced spreadsheet applications, advanced word processing tools, and integrated software applications for agricultural business situations.
AGRI 2010 Irrigation and Equipment
Introduction to the management of irrigation systems. Includes water requirements, water resources, application methods, types and selection of irrigation equipment, application time and rates, irrigation well principles and operation, water rights and legal aspects, costs and returns.
AGRI 2100 Farm Electricity and Wiring
Basics of electricity with emphasis on safety.
AGRI 2110 Farm Electricity and Wiring Lab
Supplement to AGRI 2100. Includes exercises for wiring skills needed in most farm shops and outbuildings.
AGRI 2140 Advanced Farm Welding Projects
Advanced study including gas metal arc welding and gas tungsten arc welding.
AGRI 2150 Advanced Farm Welding Projects Lab
Lab experience for AGRI 2140.
AGRI 2200 Advanced Fertilizers
Study of advanced formulations of fertilizers based on soil tests. Review of soils testing and evaluation, nutrient requirements. Includes use of programmable calculators where applicable.
AGRI 2250 Grain Harvesting and Handling Systems
Harvesting techniques, new and different methods of crop production, new grain varieties, and methods of storing and drying of crops.
AGRI 2290 Agricultural Commodities Marketing
Marketing plans and charting to develop more detailed knowledge of agricultural marketing.
AGRI 2880 Principles of Agricultural Selling
A study of fundamental concepts and methods involving a combination of technical solutions to complex problems using sales and marketing tools to achieve mutual benefit of both the customer and the agribusiness.

Required Core Option Courses

Agriculture I 3-4 Credit Hours

Select AGRI 2450 or AGRI 2400 and AGRI 2410
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
AGRI 2400 Forage, Pasture and Grassland Production
Economical management and cultural practices used in hay, haylage, silage, pasture and range production. Theories and practices relating to variety selection, seeding rates, fertilization, establishment, weed control and harvesting of forages.
AGRI 2410 Forage, Pasture and Grassland Production Lab
Lab for AGRI 2400, including a hands-on approach to grass and legume morphology. Identification of forage seeds and plants. Adaption, use and special management practices for various forage species.
AGRI 2450 Modern Technologies in Agriculture
A study of the principles and concepts involved with site specific management and the evaluation of geographic information systems for crop product practices. The course will focus on hands-on experience with the hardware and software necessary for successful application of the information affecting crop management.

Agriculture II 4.5-8 Credit Hours

Select a minimum of 4.5 credits from the following
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
AGRI 1300 Cooperative Internship I
Work-study program for in-depth instruction on the job. The college gives both related and vocational instruction before and-or during this period, including seminars directly related to the work experience. These experiences are planned and supervised by the college and employers so that each contributes to the student’s education and employability.
AGRI 2020 Crops and Irrigation
Weed identification and control, cultivation and fertilization, tissue testing, monitoring pests and weeds, and record keeping for crops. Introduction to irrigation, crop water requirements, water resources, supply irrigation methods, surface sprinkler irrigation, water rights and legal aspects of irrigation combining irrigation scheduling with field scouting.
AGRI 2030 Crops and Irrigation Lab
Monitoring insect and weed problems, pasture rotation, collection of insects and weeds, cultivation and fertilization, nitrate testing, and fertilizer implement calibration. Infield application of irrigation practices, setting moisture blocks, tension meter, irrigation scheduling, as well as designing an irrigation system and keeping irrigation records.

Required General Education Courses

Behavioral Science 3 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
AGRI 1420 Interpersonal Skills
Designed to help students understand positive interpersonal relationships and their contribution to the process of potentiality development.

Combination of Oral and Written Communication 3 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
ENGL 1050 Career Composition
Development of both oral and written communicative skills essential to career areas. Includes business letters, job applications, and analyzing and writing of technical reports.

Mathematics 3 Credit Hours

must meet math requirement for program of study
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
MATH 1040 Applied Mathematics I
Begins to develop pre-algebra skills for success in occupations that will later require algebra skills, such as agriculture and fire science. The topics include numeration, measurement, ratio and proportion, percent, signed numbers, and an introduction to algebra.

Science or Technology 2 Credit Hours

select from list or any other Natural Science course
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
AGRI 1000 Microcomputer Applications
An introductory course covering the Windows environment, file management, word processing software, the Internet and their application to actual agricultural business situations. Students learn how to use common word processing software tools, computer file management, and the world wide web.

Social Science 3 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
AGRI 1410 Introduction to the Economics of Agriculture
Introductory course to help students develop a basic understanding and appreciation for the role of economics in agriculture at the farm, national, and international levels. Students will learn to apply various economic principles and concepts relating to production agriculture, business management, consumer behavior, market price analysis and equilibrium, and policy information.

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