Agricultural Systems Technology: BS
USU is the only university in the state with a degree program in agricultural systems technology. The program combines an understanding of agricultural, biological, and physical sciences with technical and business managerial skills. Graduates may pursue numerous agricultural careers, such as working for an agricultural equipment corporation, managing a machinery dealership, serving as a sales representative for an equipment company, or serving as a farm or ranch manager. The department ensures students are well prepared to enter their careers by working closely with agricultural agencies each year to make sure courses cover relevant and up-to-date material. Students focus on the hands-on application of agricultural engineering principles, the function and use of agricultural technology, and the integration of technology management concepts for the food, fiber, and natural resources industries. 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 are encouraged to incorporate business and management electives to develop a focus area of their choosing.
- Agribusiness: This 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.
- Agricultural Mechanization: This 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.
- Farm and Ranch Operations: This emphasis provides a clear degree path for students who wish to efficiently operate a crop or livestock production operation. In addition to the core requirements of this major, which include classes in agribusiness and technology, students choose from classes in animal science and plant science. This 8-course emphasis will strengthen knowledge and abilities in those areas to meet the variety of challenges in agriculture today.
With a degree in agricultural systems technology, students may be qualified for careers in the following areas:
- Production operations for service-oriented businesses and agencies, corporate farms or ranches, etc.
- Director or supervisor of manufacturing and processing operations
- Production farm or ranch managers
Agricultural Mechanization Emphasis
Graduates work in the following careers at agricultural machinery dealerships, independent farms or ranches, etc.
- Agricultural equipment mechanic
- Sales agent
- Technical support
Career Services provides counseling and information on hundreds of job and internship opportunities and even helps students apply and interview.
In addition to Utah State University’s admissions requirements, the agricultural systems technology program has additional requirements:
- Freshmen: New freshmen admitted to USU in good standing qualify for admission to this major.
- Transfer Students: Transfer students from other institutions need a 2.2 total GPA for admission to this major. Students transferring from other USU majors need a 2.0 total GPA for admission to this major.
International students have additional admissions requirements.
Professional Organizations, Honor Societies, and Clubs
International Food and Agribusiness Management Association: This is an international management organization that brings together current and future business, academic, and government leaders along with other industry stakeholders to improve the strategic focus, transparency, sustainability, and responsiveness of the global food and agribusiness system.
Agribusiness Club: The agribusiness club is designed for students interested in agribusiness. It sponsors activities and holds meetings to help students get to know each other and to learn about career options.
Agricultural Technology Club: Student membership is generally made of agricultural machinery or agricultural systems technology majors. Students participate in activities designed to develop skills and knowledge specific to agricultural systems technology. The club also participates in numerous service projects for the community.
Collegiate FFA: Collegiate FFA is the service arm to the national FFA organization. USU Collegiate FFA members serve the agricultural industry, the agricultural education profession, and the FFA at the local, state, and national levels. Students from all majors interested in agriculture are encouraged to join.
Collegiate Young Farmers and Ranchers: The USU Collegiate Young Farmers and Ranchers chapter is associated with the Utah Farm Bureau Federation and is open to all USU students with an interest in agriculture regardless of major.
Labs, Centers, Research
With the second oldest undergraduate research program in the nation, USU offers students a wide range of opportunities to gain hands-on research experience. USU’s Honors Program prepares students for excellent graduate programs by helping them build relationships with professors, participate in research projects, take smaller, more intensive classes, and develop leadership skills.
ASTE Teaching Laboratory: The department’s teaching lab features a classroom, a woodworking shop, and a large work area where students have hands-on access to tractors and other agricultural equipment where they learn operation and maintenance.