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Award: AAS Degree
Total Credits Required to Graduate: 75.5
|AGT||101||ANIMAL SCIENCE I||3 credits|
|Introduction to the livestock industry including organizations, product value, breeds and methods of individual and sire selection. Also includes production performances, animal environment, marketing strategies and management alternatives.|
|AGT||102||WEEDS & HERBICIDES||3 credits|
|Weeds, their identification, classification and types are studied. Chemical, biological and mechanical controls will be discussed. This section includes an overview of herbicide, fungicide and insecticide selection, rotation and timing of applications. Topics regarding the avoidance of weed resistance issues and methods to deal with resistant weeds will be discussed.|
|AGT||104||AG CHEMICALS||2 credits|
|Study of agricultural chemicals, pesticides and chemical applications. Equipment for liquid and dry chemicals, as well as non-chemical alternatives are studied. Preparation for the state commercial applicator exams. A passing score of 70% on each exam is a requirement for graduation from this program.|
|AGT||120||SOIL SCIENCE I||3 credits|
|The importance of soil, its formation, physical properties and land classifications. Soil sampling procedures will be performed at the land lab and soil test results will be explained.|
|TRAN||100||INDUSTRIAL TRANSPORTATION/CDL||1 credit|
Instruction in commercial transportation. Opportunities are provided for obtaining a Class A commercial drivers license. Arrangements are made for taking the test(s) required by the state. A Class A CDL is a requirement for graduation from several programs. Any student enrolled in this course will be subject to random drug screening as required by the US Department of Transportation. A valid South Dakota driver’s license is required in order to complete the CDL training course. For students enrolling in a two-year program, this course must be completed by the end of their first year. This class is offered for credit as a Pass/No Pass course. Please note: Students are required to show proof of a valid Class A CDL by the end of the 10th day of the semester in which the student is enrolled in order to drop this class.
|CIS||105||INTRO TO COMPUTERS||3 credits|
Overview of computer applications with emphasis on e-mail, word processing, spreadsheets, databases, presentation tools, and Internet-based technology. The student will gain hands-on experience with the Microsoft Office Suite--Outlook, Word, Excel Access, and PowerPoint; Skype for Business; and cloud-based technologies such as GoogleDrive/OneDrive.
|MATH ELECTIVE||3 credits|
|SSS||100||STUDENT SUCCESS||1 credit|
Provides a foundation for gaining the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for college success. Students will learn to make a successful transition to higher education by setting up a pattern of success that will last the rest of their lives. Students will define goals and develop thinking skills, learning strategies and personal qualities essential to both academic and career success. Please note: Students who have served active military duty (excluding basic training and AIT) may be exempt from the Student Success course. Student must provide a copy of DD214 or other official military documentation to the Registrar for verification.
Total Semester Credits: 19
|AGT||110||CROP SCIENCE I||3 credits|
|The plant development stages of corn, soybeans, small grains and alfalfa. The importance of planting dates and seeding depths along with environmental factors will be discussed.|
|Study of fertilizer types and elements, soil test results, fertilizer recommendations, blending calculations and costs per acre. Students will study nutrient requirements for major crops and learn to recognize nutrient deficiency symptoms.|
|AGT||160||COMMODITY MARKETING||3 credits|
|The study of the marketing of agricultural products using the CBOT/CME. Students will learn how to hedge grain and livestock using the different marketing choices associated with the cash market, futures market and options market (put and call options). Elevator contracts, as well as crop insurance, will also be studied.|
|AGT||214||AG LAW||3 credits|
|Topics of concern to the agri-business person are emphasized. Areas of study include contracts, trespass, taxes, land use laws, bankruptcy, partnerships, corporations, environmental laws and estate planning.|
|CPR||100||FIRST AID, CPR & AED||0.5 credit|
This course will teach students to recognize an emergency, the appropriate action to take when facing an emergency situation and how to sustain life until professional help arrives. Topics covered include basic life support and AED use; heart attacks and chest pains; serious injuries; poisoning and allergic reactions; rescuing and moving victims and more. Students will also learn techniques for preventing disease transmission. This class is offered for credit as a Pass/No Pass course.
|AGT||190||INTERNSHIP I||6 credits|
|Supervised off-campus employment experience in an agricultural business related to livestock production, feed and animal health, livestock sales, agricultural crop protection products, insecticides, diseases, fertilizers and crop scouting procedures.|
Total Semester Credits: 18.5
|AGT||103||MACHINERY MANAGEMENT||2 credits|
|Students will learn comparison methods and machinery economics to make decisions about purchase vs. lease vs. custom hiring arrangements. Attention will be placed on determining the right size equipment for the job, efficiency of equipment, as well as calculating depreciation costs on equipment.|
|AGT||211||FARM ACCOUNTING||3 credits|
|Study of farm accounting procedures as it relates to agricultural operations. Cash-basis accounting is taught through an accrual-adjusted system which will provide information for measuring the profitability of the farming operation. Ag software is discussed and evaluated to determine benefits of spreadsheet programs, records management and farm accounting programs.|
|AGT||212||AG CHEMICAL EQUIPMENT||2 credits|
Safe handling procedures for pesticides and proper loading and mixing of crop protection products are discussed. Proper use of liquid and dry application equipment and nozzle selection will be studied.
|AGT||220||SOIL SCIENCE II||2 credits|
|Continuation of AGT 120. Soil organic matter and its functions in the soil are discussed. Water conservation, soil management and drainage or irrigation practices are covered.|
|AGT||261||AG SALES & SERVICE||3 credits|
|Development of skills needed by an agricultural salesperson including prospecting, territory management, customer service and communication. An investigation of the agfricultural sales process, marketing and advertising methods are studied.|
|AGT||291||LAND MANAGEMENT||1 credit|
Students are given the task of managing the 80-acre MTI land lab. Decisions regarding ground preparation, planting, cultivating, spraying, harvesting and marketing are all incorporated into the curriculum.
|COMMUNICATIONS ELECTIVE||3 credits|
|BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE||3 credits|
Total Semester Credits: 19
|AGT||158||SMALL ENGINES||3 credits|
Students will examine, diagnose, and repair internal combustion engines utilizing standard industry tools and equipment. They will implement safety techniques with every curricular unit in the most applicable ways to advance themselves towards industry certification. Topics to be explored include: valve train design and component identification, ignition and fuel system identification and design, similarities and differences between 2- and 4-stroke cycle engines, similarities and differences between air cooled and water cooled engines and component failure identification.
|AGT||210||CROP SCIENCE II||3 credits|
|Continuation of AGT 110. Crop improvement practices used to fulfill the growing need of global consumption. Environmental impacts and different cropping systems are analyzed. Plant diseases and their control along with insect identification and economic thresholds are studied. Students will study the uses of cover crops and their primary role in agriculture.|
|AGT||263||FUNDAMENTALS OF INSURANCE||2 credits|
|Course will focus on various types of insurance including life, health, homeowners, auto, property, casualty, liability, crop and livestock insurances.|
|PAT||102||PRINCIPLES OF GPS/GIS||2 credits|
Students will be introduced to basic GPS principles and how they are applied to precision agriculture and GIS applications. Different GPS corrections and constellations and primary industry uses will be introduced as well as different GPS terms and how they are used in the industry. Once an aptitude is gained for the GPS, the course will shift to GIS operations in the agriculture industry.
|SOCIAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE||3 credits|
|AGT||290||INTERNSHIP II||6 credits|
|Supervised employment experience. Work in an agricultural business related to livestock production, feed and animal health sales, livestock buyers, agricultural chemical and fertilizer sales and applications.|
Total Semester Credits: 19