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Agricultural Systems Technology - BS

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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. 

University Studies-Competency

Note: alternatively, competency requirements may be fulfilled though testing. See General Education Requirements  for further information. 

University Studies-Breadth

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)

University Studies-Depth

 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:


Agricultural Systems Technology students may elect to concentrate their coursework within one of the two major emphases: Agribusiness or Agricultural Mechanization.

Minimum University Requirements

Total Credits


Grade Point Average (most majors require higher GPA)

2.00 GPA

Credits of C- or better


Credits of upper-division courses (#3000 or above)


USU Credits (30 USU credits, 20 of which must be upper-division courses, 10 of which must be courses required for student's major)

30 USU credits

Completion of approved major program of study

See college advisor

Credits in minor (if required)


Credits in American Institutions (ECN 1500 ;HIST 1700 , HIST 2700  or HIST 2710 ; HONR 1300 POLS 1100 ; or USU 1300 )


General Education Requirements  and University Studies Depth Requirements 




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