BS Agricultural Systems Management (ASM)


The mission of the Agriculture Systems Management program is to provide a "learn by doing" undergraduate education that will prepare students for systems management practice in support of agriculture and related industries throughout the West. The main program objectives include the creation of graduates who meet the following criteria:

  1. an ability to select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to broadly-defined engineering technology activities;
  2. an ability to select and apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require the application of principles and applied procedures or methodologies;
  3. an ability to conduct standard tests and measurements; to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments; and to apply experimental results to improve processes;
  4. an ability to design systems, components, or processes for broadly-defined engineering technology problems appropriate to program educational objectives;
  5. an ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team;
  6. an ability to identify, analyze, and solve broadly-defined engineering technology problems;
  7. an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature;
  8. an understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development;
  9. an understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity;
  10. a knowledge of the impact of engineering technology solutions in a societal and global context; 
  11. a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement; and
  12. an understanding and demonstration of basic agricultural technologies and agribusiness principles necessary for technical operations and business management careers in agriculture and related industries.

Students receive broad agricultural training with a business and management emphasis in one of the following areas: plant production, livestock production, food and fiber processing, environmental information management, water/irrigation, and processing and manufacturing. Students have the opportunity to develop management expertise through interdisciplinary experiences in agriculture technology and business oriented coursework.

Program Learning Objectives

The objectives of the Agriculture Systems Management program are to produce graduates who, in 3-5 years after graduation, are successful as one of the following:

  1. Individuals of professional responsibility and leadership in technical, business, or management positions within agriculture or related industries.
  2. Applying unique engineering problem-solving skills and principles so that they are "industry ready" to undertake technological, business, or management projects and make significant contributions from day one on the job.
  3. Actively pursuing professional development such as a degree in an advanced degree program or technical certification.

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