College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

Agricultural and Food Systems

Major in Agricultural Technology and Production Management

Students in this hands-on major gain a science-based overview of agriculture and food systems, with an emphasis on the practical application of technology to agricultural production systems. The program combines students’ inherent creativity and interest in physical and biological sciences, technology, mathematics, business, and related subjects with their desire to develop innovative solutions to a variety of agricultural problems. Student’s are encouraged to further develop their knowledge of the agricultural industry by participating in the Agricultural & Technology Management Club.

Areas of application include precision agricultural operations and services, management of agricultural businesses, production operations, sales, and promotional work in domestic and international agricultural communities. Graduates are prepared to own, operate, and manage their own enterprises or to provide services for private or governmental entities.

Employment and Career Possibilities within this major

  • Precision Agriculture Specialist
  • Manager
  • Agriculture Technology or Production Consultant
  • Forest Science Specialist
  • Seed Producer
  • Farm Manager
  • Feedlot Manager
  • Landscape Plant Growers
  • Nursery Operator
  • Food Quality Assurance Executive
  • Farmer/Rancher
  • Plant and Animal Breeding Specialist

Examples of Required/Preferred Classes for Freshmen

  • AS 101: Introductory Animal Science
  • CropS/Hort 102: Cultivated Plants
  • Stat 212: Introduction to Statistics [N]
  • Chem 101: Introduction to Chemistry [P]
  • Chem 102: Chemistry Related to Life Sciences [P]
  • AFS 101: Introduction to Agricultural and Food Systems

Preparation/Prerequisite Courses for Transfer Students

  • Chem 101 and 102
  • Biol 106 and 107
  • EconS 101
  • Stat 212

Please see the WSU Transfer Equivalencies Menu to find equivalent courses at community colleges or other institutions. It is recommended that transfer students work with an advisor at WSU to ensure that the correct community college courses are taken to fulfill requirements.

Required Math

  • Stat 212: Introduction to Statistical Methods [N]

Student Organizations/Clubs Associated with this Major

  • Agricultural & Technology Management Club

Information for New Students

  • This is a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural and Food Systems with a major in Agricultural Technology and Production Management. A professional internship is required for graduation. Many students in this major pursue a minor in Business, which requires a different math series. Students interested in the business minor should talk with an academic advisor. This major is advised by the Department of Crop & Soil Sciences.
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