Agricultural Technology Management
Agricultural Technology Management Option
The Agricultural Technology Management option prepares students for careers within the agricultural industry. The option has five focus areas including: Greenhouse/Controlled Environment Agriculture, Field Crop Production and Management, Ornamental Landscaping/Horticulture Management, Animal Agriculture, and Turf Grass Management. Students pursue a course of study that is multidisciplinary providing them with a strong foundation in agricultural sciences and natural resources. In addition to completing general education requirements, the option allows students to enroll in a breadth of coursework in technical agriculture areas such as agricultural mechanics, agricultural resources and economics, animal science, entomology, plant and soil sciences. Students completing this option gain hands-on experience in developing skills in areas such as welding, plasma cutting, woodworking, electrical wiring, equipment operation, plumbing, irrigation, concrete, surveying, small gas engines, and solar energy technology.
An emphasis on hands-on skill development drives the professional coursework that includes laboratory and shop safety, principles and practices in agricultural mechanics, applications in agricultural mechanics, operations in urban agricultural mechanization, irrigation and turf maintenance, communicating knowledge in agriculture, and technology management. Additionally, students have the flexibility to develop an area of specialization in one of many selected technical agriculture areas.
Internships and Field Experiences
Students enrich their professional and technical preparation by participating in one or more internship experiences and/or a defined field experiences during their junior or senior year. Internships provide students an opportunity to link theory with practice and further serve as a temporary labor pool for those agencies that have committed to participate in the internship program. Internships in agriculture technology management focus on experiences in the field of choice of the student. Students gain valuable experience and training working with industry professionals.
Selected Course Requirements
AGTM 100 Principles and Practices in Agricultural Mechanics
AGTM 330 Turf and Landscape Maintenance
AGTM 350 Applications in Agricultural Mechanics
AGTM 351 Operations in Agricultural Mechanization
A ED 493 Internship
And four courses from one of the following emphasis areas: 1) Turf Grass Management, 2) Ornamental Landscape / Horticulture Management, 3) Field Crop Production and Management, 4) Greenhouse / Controlled Environment Agriculture, and 5) Animal Agriculture.
Possible Career Areas for Graduates
- Greenhouse industry professional
- Turf grass maintenance industry professional
- Landscape industry professional
- Horticulture industry professional
- Production agriculture