ASM - Agricultural Systems Management

ASM - Agricultural Systems Management

Agricultural Systems Management - Yuma Based


The Agricultural Systems Management (ASM) option is a unique academic program designed to meet the educational needs of a specialized agricultural economy in Yuma County. The ASM option is delivered through a 2-way academic partnership between Arizona Western College (AWC), and the University of Arizona, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

The curriculum consists of completion of an Associate of Arts degree and AGEC-A at AWC with an emphasis in Agriculture. AWC provides an excellent opportunity to meet the general education requirements in smaller classes with more individualized attention than is often available at a larger school. The remainder of the course schedule is composed of business and management related classes and agricultural systems and plant sciences courses taught by faculty in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at University of Arizona- Yuma. This degree is designed so that once completed, students will have a minor in Plant Sciences.

Some people understand the basics of business and management, but few understand the complexities of the agricultural systems involved in modern agricultural businesses. It is these complexities and the opportunities that have actually brought about the need for and design of the ASM curriculum. The objective of the ASM program is to prepare students for careers requiring integration and application of agricultural, bio-systems engineering technology, biological sciences and business. While attracting many traditional undergraduate students, the program attracts an especially high number of older non-traditional students who are working full time.


An emphasis in agriculture systems drives the professional coursework that includes qualitative business management, technical sales, personnel supervision, agricultural law, agricultural leadership and communication, advanced agricultural technology and case studies. Additionally students will take their minor course work in plant sciences including entomology, crop production, plant pathology, fertility, citrus and date production and irrigation.

Internships and Field Experiences

Students enrich their professional and technical preparation by participating in one or more internship experiences and/or defined field experiences during their junior/senior years. Internships provide students opportunities to link theory with practice and serve as a temporary labor pool for those agencies and companies that have agreed to participate in these internship programs. Internships focus on experiences in the field of choice by the student. Students gain valuable experiences and training working for industry professionals.

Selected Course Requirements:

ASM 301   Agriculture Systems Management
ASM 311   Qualitative Business Analysis
ASM 321   Personnel Supervision
ASM 380   Agriculture Leadership
ASM 404   Irrigation
ASM 409   Systems and Advanced Technologies in Agriculture
ASM 470   Agriculture and Technical Sales
ASM 481   Simulation
ASM 490   Case Studies
ASM 493   Internship

Possible Entry Career Areas for Graduates

  • Production managers and marketing representatives for farms and agriculture companies
  • Food safety inspectors
  • Operations manager and production supervisor
  • Agricultural processing plants
  • Natural resources
  • Agricultural inspectors and customs representatives
  • USDA plant protection agency
  • Agribusiness or related industry