BS Agricultural Systems Management (ASM)

Outcomes

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 apply knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to solve broadly defined engineering problems appropriate to the discipline;
  2. an ability to design systems, components, or processes meeting specified needs for broadly defined engineering problems appropriate to the discipline;
  3. an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in broadly defined technical and non-technical environments;and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature;
  4. an ability to conduct standard tests, measurements, and experiments and to analyze and interpret the results to improve processes; and 
  5. an ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team. 
  6. an understanding 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:

  • Individuals of professional responsibility and leadership in technical, business, or management positions within agriculture or related industries.
  • 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.
  • Actively pursuing professional development such as a degree in an advanced degree program or technical certification.

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