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Agricultural Systems Management

Agricultural Systems Management

The Agricultural Systems Management (ASM) program combines an understanding of the agricultural, biological, and physical sciences with economics, managerial, and technical skills. This understanding of science, systems management, and applications engineering can be applied to a career in the production and processing of food, feed, fiber, and fuel, and the marketing, sales, and distribution of agricultural products and services. Students focus on the application of engineering designs, the study of technology used in agriculture, and the integration of business management concepts in the agricultural, food, and closely related industries. Students complete courses in machinery principles, off-road power systems, precision agriculture, commodity handling and processing, natural resources management, electrical and electronic systems, and information and decision support technology.

Taking courses in accounting, economics, marketing, management, business law, sales, and finance develops a strong business background. Personal career objectives may be pursued through specialization in areas such as agribusiness and production agriculture. Students are encouraged to minor in agribusiness, business administration, communication, or another agricultural discipline.

Agricultural Systems Management graduates are often self-employed as owners/operators of commercial farms, ranches, and businesses. Others are employed in positions that provide the link between the consumer and people in fields such as research design, engineering, or manufacturing. They are often also employed as crop consultants or production specialists. Employers include:

  1. companies and agencies that provide inputs, products, and services for agricultural production;
  2. companies or agencies in the business of handling, storing, processing, and distributing agricultural products/commodities and processed food or non-food products; and
  3. companies and agencies that supply physical and business services to rural and urban communities.

This degree is ideal for those interested in careers in technical sales or management of an agriculture-related business involved in production, processing, or manufacturing. The flexibility of the program allows students the opportunity to tailor the curriculum to complement their career goals.

Students interested in the design, testing, manufacturing, and development aspects of products, processes, or systems for agricultural production, food, and value-added processing of commodities, or sustainable management of environmental resources should consider the Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering curriculum in the College of Engineering .

Curriculum Options

  • Production Agriculture: Students select courses in agricultural sciences and supporting areas to achieve career goals in the technical and management aspects of production agriculture systems.
  • Applied Business: Students select courses in agribusiness, business, and related areas to achieve career goals in agricultural and related areas to achieve career goals in agricultural and related business areas.
  • Dealership Management: This option is designed for students who want careers as equipment dealership managers or with equipment manufacturers. Technology, agribusiness, and communication are emphasized. Requirements include a minor in business administration or agribusiness, two paid internships with equipment dealerships, and an additional communication course.

Agricultural Systems Management Minor

A minor in Agricultural Systems Management is available to students from other majors by working with department faculty to select 16-21 credits in Agricultural Systems Management. A minimum of eight credits must be completed at NDSU.

Major Requirements

Major: Agricultural Systems Management

Degree Type: B.S.
Required Degree Credits to Graduate: 128

General Education Requirements

First Year Experience (F):
AGRI 189Skills for Academic Success (Students transferring in 24 or more credits do not need to take ABEN 189.)1
Communication (C):
ENGL 110College Composition I3
ENGL 120College Composition II3
One Course in Upper Level Writing. Select one of the following:3
Business and Professional Writing
Writing in the Technical Professions
Writing and the Creative Process
Writing in the Sciences
Researching and Writing Grants and Proposal
COMM 110Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
Quantitative Reasoning (R):
STAT 330Introductory Statistics3
Science & Technology (S):
CHEM 121General Chemistry I3
CHEM 122General Chemistry II3
PHYS 211
College Physics I
and College Physics I Laboratory
Humanities & Fine Arts (A): Select from current general education list6
Social & Behavioral Sciences (B):
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics3
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics3
Wellness (W): Select from current general education list2
Cultural Diversity (D): Select from current general education list
Global Perspective (G):
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics3
Total Credits40

Major Requirements

Students must maintain a 2.25 GPA in ASM prefix courses.

General Education Requirements40
Agricultural Systems Management Core Requirements
ASM 115Fundamentals of Agricultural Systems Management (Students transferring in 32 or more credits do not need to take ASM 115)3
ASM 125Fabrication & Construction Technology (Students transferring in more than 32 credits do not need to take ASM 125)3
ASM 225Computer Applications in Agricultural Systems Management3
ASM 264Natural Resource Management Systems3
ASM 264LNatural Resource Management Systems Laboratory1
ASM 323Post-Harvest Technology3
ASM 354Electricity and Electronic Applications3
ASM 373Tractors & Power Units3
ASM 374Power Units Laboratory1
ASM 378Machinery Principles and Management3
ASM 429Hydraulic Power Principles and Applications3
ASM 454Principles and Application of Precision Agriculture3
ASM 475Management of Agricultural Systems (Capstone Course)2
ASM 491Seminar1
ASM 496Field Experience (Expo)1
Supporting Courses
Select one of the following:3-6
Fundamentals of Accounting
Elements of Accounting I
and Elements of Accounting II
AGRI 150Agriculture Orientation (Students transferring in 24 or more credits do not need to take AGRI 150.)1
CSCI 114Microcomputer Packages3-4
or CSCI 116 Business Use of Computers
MATH 103College Algebra (or higher - May not be required based on math placement.)3
MATH 105Trigonometry (or higher)3
PSYC 111Introduction to Psychology3
Specialized Options - Select from one of the specialized options listed below. A minor program of study may be completed in place of an option.27-35
Degree Electives: Potential of 9 credits to reach 1289
Total Credits128-140

specialized options

Applied Business Option: Minimum 27 Credits
This is the standard option for this major; students can declare another option or the minor option with the Office of Registration and Records.
Complete any course from the College of Ag, including Ag Econ as well as the BIO dept, and those listed under Program/Option Electives.
Select courses in agriculture science or supporting areas to enhance careers in Agribusiness. Select courses in consultation with an advisor. Courses not on the list will require a substitution form to be submitted to the Office of Registration and Records.
Production Agriculture Option: Minimum of 27 Credits
Complete any course from the College of Ag, including Ag Econ as well as the BIO dept, and those listed under Program/Option Electives
Select courses in consultation with an advisor. Courses not on the list will require substiution form to be submitted to the Office of Registration and Records.
Dealership Management Option: Minimum 28-35
Minor in either Business Administration (24 credits) or Agribusiness (17 or 21 credits) required.17-24
ACCT 200
ACCT 201
Elements of Accounting I
and Elements of Accounting II
ASM 496Field Experience2
Select one of the following:3
Persuasive Speaking
Listening and Nonverbal Communication
Business and Professional Speaking
Small Group Communication

Degree Requirements and Notes:                                                                                       

  • Students must register for an ASM internship in the semester it is be completed.  This includes internships arranged with the NDSU Career Center.
  • Transfer grades must be ‘C’ or higher to count towards major requirements.
  • The completion of a minor program of study is suggested but not required.
  • Option suggestions are:  Accounting, Agribusiness, Animal Sciences, Business Administration, Construction Management, Crop & Weed Sciences, Industrial Engineering & Management, Public Relations & Advertising, or Range Science.

Minor Requirements

Agricultural Systems Management

Minor Requirements

Required Credits: 16

Required Courses
ASM 264Natural Resource Management Systems3
ASM 354Electricity and Electronic Applications3
ASM 373Tractors & Power Units3
or ASM 378 Machinery Principles and Management
Remaining Credits: Select 7 credits from the following:7
Computer Applications in Agricultural Systems Management
Post-Harvest Technology
Power Units Laboratory
Hydraulic Power Principles and Applications
Principles and Application of Precision Agriculture
Management of Agricultural Systems (Capstone)
Field Experience (Expo)
Field Experience
Total Credits16

Minor Requirements and Notes:                                                                   

  • A minimum of 8 credits must be taken at NDSU.
  • Students must earn a minimum 2.00 GPA for the minor requirements.
ACCT 201Elements of Accounting II3
BUSN 340International Business3
BUSN 487Managerial Economics4
COMM 114Human Communication3
COMM 212Interpersonal Communication3
COMM 216Intercultural Communication3
COMM 260Introduction to Web Design3
COMM 308Business and Professional Speaking3
COMM 313Editorial Processes3
COMM 362Principles of Design For Print3
COMM 434Communication Law3
COMM 4823
COMM 484Organizational Advocacy and Issue Management3
COMM 485Risk and Crisis Communication3
ECON 105Elements of Economics3
ECON 341Intermediate Microeconomics3
ECON 343Intermediate Macroeconomics3
FIN 320Principles of Finance (FIN 3XX/4XX)3
GEOG 455Introduction to Geographic Information Systems4
GEOG 456Advanced Geographic Information Systems3
GEOG 470Remote Sensing3
GEOG 480Geographic Information Systems Pattern Analysis and Modeling3
IME 335Welding Technology3
MGMT 320Foundations of Management3
MRKT 320Foundations of Marketing3
ME 311Introduction To Aviation3
ME 312Introduction to Flight2
ME 313Commercial Instrument Ground School3
RNG 336Introduction to Range Management3