Students who major in Agricultural Systems Management (ASM) balance the study of a wide variety of agriculture-related management areas with practical lab and internship experiences to prepare themselves for future careers. Four areas of emplasis allow students to specialize their degree further in either Soil and Water, Structures and Facilities, Power and Machinery, or Precision Agriculture. ASM students learn the skills necessary to pursue careers in managing farms, working for equipment dealers, grain handling and seed production companies, and local farming co-ops.
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The ASM Experience
The ASM curriculum requires 121 total credit hours of courses. ASM core courses comprise of 43 credit hours in topics such as machinery, precision agriculture, safety and health, engines and power, hydrology, and more. In their final year, ASM majors will complete a two semester Capstone experience sequence working in teams to complete real world problems sponsored by local and national organizations. Students will also also take several business courses and further specialize their degree by choosing from a number of Ag Management and Ag Science electives. See the full ASM Curriculum and sample Four Year Plan.
Students will begin their academic journey in ASM by working with a CFAES College Advisor to determine any applicable transfer credit and discuss general education courses.
Upon enrollment in ASM and after meeting with a College Advisor, students will be assigned to a Department Academic Advisor and a Faculty Advisor. Department Academic Advisors will help new ASM students create their road map to graduation and assists with academic forms and petitions. Faculty Advisors can further help students approve their semester schedules, discuss jobs and internships, and more.
Internships and Co-Ops
Students in Agricultural Systems Management are required to complete at least one 100-hour internship to gain practical, hands-on experience to augment their on-campus course work. Our faculty advisors and instructors help students network with future employers to find internship and co-op opportunities. Learn more about past ASM Internship Experiences.
Students also have the ability to stay involved with ASM outside of the classroom in ASM Club. The ASM Club strives to bring together students to develop leadership skills and network for the purpose of education and career placement. Learn more about ASM Club.