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Agricultural Systems Management

Agricultural Systems Management

The Agricultural Systems Management (ASM) program combines an understanding of the agricultural, biological, and physical sciences with economics, managerial, and technical skills. This understanding of science, systems management, and applications engineering can be applied to a career in the production and processing of food, feed, fiber, and fuel, and the marketing, sales, and distribution of agricultural products and services. Students focus on the application of engineering designs, the study of technology used in agriculture, and the integration of business management concepts in the agricultural, food, and closely related industries. Students complete courses in machinery principles, off-road power systems, precision agriculture, commodity handling and processing, natural resources management, electrical and electronic systems, and information and decision support technology.

Taking courses in accounting, economics, marketing, management, business law, sales, and finance develops a strong business background. Personal career objectives may be pursued through specialization in areas such as agribusiness and production agriculture. Students are encouraged to minor in agribusiness, business administration, communication, or another agricultural discipline.

Agricultural Systems Management graduates are often self-employed as owners/operators of commercial farms, ranches, and businesses. Others are employed in positions that provide the link between the consumer and people in fields such as research design, engineering, or manufacturing. They are often also employed as crop consultants or production specialists. Employers include:

  1. companies and agencies that provide inputs, products, and services for agricultural production;
  2. companies or agencies in the business of handling, storing, processing, and distributing agricultural products/commodities and processed food or non-food products; and
  3. companies and agencies that supply physical and business services to rural and urban communities.

This degree is ideal for those interested in careers in technical sales or management of an agriculture-related business involved in production, processing, or manufacturing. The flexibility of the program allows students the opportunity to tailor the curriculum to complement their career goals.

Students interested in the design, testing, manufacturing, and development aspects of products, processes, or systems for agricultural production, food, and value-added processing of commodities, or sustainable management of environmental resources should consider the Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering curriculum.

Curriculum Options

  • Production Agriculture: Students select courses in agricultural sciences and supporting areas to achieve career goals in the technical and management aspects of production agriculture systems.
  • Applied Business: Students select courses in agribusiness, business, and related areas to achieve career goals in agricultural and related areas to achieve career goals in agricultural and related business areas.
  • Dealership Management: This option is designed for students who want careers as equipment dealership managers or with equipment manufacturers. Technology, agribusiness, and communication are emphasized. Requirements include a minor in business administration or agribusiness, two paid internships with equipment dealerships, and an additional communication course.

Agricultural Systems Management Minor

A minor in Agricultural Systems Management is available to students from other majors by working with department faculty to select 16-21 credits in Agricultural Systems Management. A minimum of eight credits must be completed at NDSU.

Major Requirements

Major: Agricultural Systems Management

Degree Type: B.S.
Minimum Degree Credits to Graduate: 129

General Education Requirements for Baccalaureate Degree

  • A list of approved general education courses is available here .
  • General education courses may be used to satisfy requirements for both general education and the major, minor, and program emphases, where applicable. Students should carefully review the major, minor, and program emphases requirements for minimum grade restrictions, should they apply.
Communication (C)12
College Composition I
College Composition II
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Upper Division Writing
Quantitative Reasoning (R) 3
Science and Technology (S) 10
Humanities and Fine Arts (A) 6
Social and Behavioral Sciences (B) 6
Wellness (W) 2
Cultural Diversity (D) *†
Global Perspectives (G) *†
Total Credits39

 May be satisfied by completing courses in another General Education category.

 May be satisfied with courses required in the major. Review major requirements to determine if a specific upper division writing course is required.

ASM Major Requirements

Students must maintain a 2.25 GPA in ASM prefix courses.

Agricultural Systems Management Core Requirements
ASM 115Fundamentals of Agricultural Systems Management (Students transferring in or changing major to ASM with 32+ credits do not need to take ASM 115)3
ASM 125Fabrication & Construction Technology (Students transferring in or changing major to ASM with 32+ credits do not need to take ASM 125)3
ASM 225Computer Applications in Agricultural Systems Management3
ASM 264Natural Resource Management Systems3
ASM 264LNatural Resource Management Systems Laboratory1
ASM 323Post-Harvest Technology3
ASM 354Electricity and Electronic Applications3
ASM 373Tractors & Power Units3
ASM 374Power Units Laboratory1
ASM 378Machinery Principles and Management3
ASM 429Hydraulic Power Principles and Applications3
ASM 454Principles and Application of Precision Agriculture3
ASM 475Management of Agricultural Systems (Capstone Course)2
ASM 491Seminar1
ASM 496Field Experience (Expo)1
Supporting Courses
ABEN 189Skills for Academic Success 11
AGRI 150Agriculture Orientation (Students transferring in 24 or more credits do not need to take AGRI 150.)1
CHEM 121General Chemistry I (May satisfy general education category S)3
CHEM 122General Chemistry II (May satisfy general education category S)3
CSCI 114Microcomputer Packages (May satisfy general education category S)3
or MIS 116 Business Use of Computers
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics (May satisfy general education category B)3
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics (May satisfy general education category B)3
MATH 103College Algebra (or higher - May not be required based on math placement.)3
MATH 105Trigonometry (or higher)3
PHYS 211College Physics I (May satisfy general education category S)3
PHYS 211LCollege Physics I Laboratory (Either course may satisfy general education category S)1
or CHEM 121L General Chemistry I Laboratory
STAT 330Introductory Statistics (May satisfy general education category R)3
Select one of the following:3 or 6
Fundamentals of Accounting
Elements of Accounting I
and Elements of Accounting II
Specialized Options - Select from one of the specialized options listed below. A minor program of study may be completed in place of an option.30-38
Total Credits96-107

 AGRI189 is only required for first-time, first-year students--A first-time, first-year student is defined as a student who has not yet completed a college course as a college student.  Students that are not first-time, first-year students that either transfer into the university or change their major are not required to take AGRI 189.

specialized options

Applied Business Option: Minimum 30 Credits
This is the standard option for this major; students can declare another option or the minor option with the Office of Registration and Records.
Complete any course from the College of Ag, including Ag Econ as well as the BIO dept, and those listed under Program/Option Electives.
Select courses in agriculture science or supporting areas to enhance careers in Agribusiness. Select courses in consultation with an advisor. Courses not on the list will require a substitution form to be submitted to the Office of Registration and Records.
Production Agriculture Option: Minimum of 30 Credits
Complete any course from the College of Ag, including Ag Econ as well as the BIO dept, and those listed under Program/Option Electives
Select courses in consultation with an advisor. Courses not on the list will require substitution form to be submitted to the Office of Registration and Records.
Dealership Management Option: Minimum 32-38
Minor in either Business Administration (24 credits) or Agribusiness (18 credits) required.18-24
ACCT 200
ACCT 201
Elements of Accounting I
and Elements of Accounting II
ASM 496Field Experience2
ElectiveComplete any course from the College of Ag, including Ag Econ as well as the BIO dept, and those listed under Program/Option Electives3
Select one of the following:3
Persuasive Speaking
Listening and Nonverbal Communication
Business and Professional Speaking
Small Group Communication

Degree Requirements and Notes:                                                                                       

  • Students must register for an ASM internship in the semester it is be completed.  This includes internships arranged with the NDSU Career Center.
  • Transfer grades must be ‘C’ or higher to count towards major requirements.
  • The completion of a minor program of study is suggested but not required.
  • Option suggestions are:  Accounting, Agribusiness, Animal Sciences, Business Administration, Construction Management, Crop & Weed Sciences, Industrial Engineering & Management, Public Relations & Advertising, or Range Science.

Minor Requirements

Agricultural Systems Management

Minor Requirements

Required Credits: 16

Required Courses
ASM 264Natural Resource Management Systems3
ASM 354Electricity and Electronic Applications3
ASM 373Tractors & Power Units3
or ASM 378 Machinery Principles and Management
Remaining Credits: Select 7 credits from the following:7
Computer Applications in Agricultural Systems Management
Post-Harvest Technology
Power Units Laboratory
Hydraulic Power Principles and Applications
Principles and Application of Precision Agriculture
Management of Agricultural Systems (Capstone)
Field Experience (Expo)
Field Experience
Total Credits16

Minor Requirements and Notes:                                                                   

  • A minimum of 8 credits must be taken at NDSU.
  • Students must earn a minimum 2.00 GPA for the minor requirements.
Option Electives
May select any courses offered in the College of Ag, including Ag Econ, as well as the Biology department, and those curses listed here.
ASM 496 – Ag Tech Expo (1 add’l cr.) may be used as an Option Elective for all Specialized Options. ASM 496 – Field Exp/Internship, 1cr., may also be used as an Option Elective (maximum two credits) in the Applied Business and Production Agriculture Specialized Options only.
Elements of Accounting II
International Business
Managerial Economics
Human Communication
Interpersonal Communication
Intercultural Communication
Introduction to Web Design
Business and Professional Speaking
Editorial Processes
Principles of Design For Print
Communication Law
Organizational Advocacy and Issue Management
Risk and Crisis Communication
Elements of Economics
Intermediate Microeconomics
Intermediate Macroeconomics
Principles of Finance
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Advanced Geographic Information Systems
Remote Sensing
Geographic Information Systems Pattern Analysis and Modeling
Welding Technology
Foundations of Management
Foundations of Marketing
Introduction To Aviation
Introduction to Flight
Commercial Instrument Ground School
ASM 1153ASM 496 (Field Exp./Ag Tech Expo)1
ASM 1253COMM 1103
ABEN 1891CSCI 114 or MIS 1163
AGRI 1501ENGL 1203
ENGL 1104MATH 1053
 15 16
ASM 2253ASM 2643
ACCT 1023ASM 264L1
ECON 2013ECON 2023
PHYS 2113PSYC 1113
PHYS 211L1Elective (Option)3
Elective (Free)3Elective (Free)3
 16 16
ASM 3233ASM 3733
CHEM 1213ASM 3741
STAT 3303CHEM 1223
WELLNESS2ENGL 320, 321, 324, or 4593
Elective (Option)6Elective (Option)3
 Elective (Free)3
 17 16
ASM 3543ASM 4293
ASM 3783ASM 4752
ASM 4911ASM 4543
HUM/FINE ARTS3Elective (Option)9
Elective (Option)6 
 16 17
Total Credits: 129