College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences
School of Applied Sciences, Technology and Education
A degree in Agricultural Systems Technology prepares individuals to manage agricultural systems and agribusinesses with the application of sound technical, economical, and environmental practices. The focal point of the program is on the management, use, and troubleshooting of agricultural technology.
Students’ coursework typically involves a broad foundation through real-world instruction in power and machine systems, natural resources conservation, electricity and electronics, precision agriculture technologies, and agricultural structural systems.
Students have the option to take electives to focus their studies in one of two emphases: Agribusiness or Agricultural Mechanization.
An Agribusiness emphasis provides in-depth, technical education in agricultural economics and business management. It is designed to provide basic knowledge of business concepts and approaches, as well as an understanding of current agricultural changes. This emphasis is for students who wish to become managers in the ag industry. Students take courses in agricultural economics, agricultural business, and agricultural mechanics.
An Agricultural Mechanization emphasis provides a broad understanding of the production processes in agriculture, with a depth of understanding related to using machinery. Students take courses in agricultural mechanics, animal science, natural resources, plant science, and soil science.
Note: alternatively, competency requirements may be fulfilled though testing. See General Education Requirements for further information.
Students must complete a minimum of 18 credits in breadth courses, including one course from each of the six categories (BAI, BCA, BHU, BLS, BPS, and BSS). At least two of these six courses must have a USU prefix.
- (fulfills Breadth American Institutions) (BAI)
- (fulfills Breadth Life Sciences) (BLS)
- (fulfills Breadth Physical Sciences) (BPS)
- USU 1320 (fulfills Breadth Humanities) (BHU)
- (fulfills Breadth Social Sciences) (BSS)
Two Communications Intensive (CI) courses and one Quantitative Intensive (QI) course are required.
- and (required for the Agricultural Systems Technology major) will fulfill the Communication Intensive (CI)
- One course having QI designation (such as or ) fulfills the Quantitative Intensive (QI)
Students in the major must also take one Depth Humanities and Creative Arts (DHA) course and one Depth Social Sciences (DSS) course.
The Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Systems Technology includes the following courses: