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College of Agriculture

Agricultural Systems Management

Agricultural systems management, a Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering program of study, prepares individuals to organize and manage technology-based businesses, with emphasis on planning and directing an industry or business project with responsibility for results. Agricultural systems management students develop skills in communication, business management, computers and agricultural sciences in addition to technical courses. National and international job opportunities include manufacturing and processing operations, technical services and diagnostics, building and equipment systems, materials handling and process flow, product application and sales, product evaluation and education, and production agriculture.

Credit Hours Required: 131 (See Core Graduation Requirements for Additional Information.)

Freshman Year

First Semester
Second Semester
(0.5) AGR 10100 (Introduction to the College of Agriculture and Purdue University) (3) ASM 10500 (Agricultural Systems Computations and Communication)
(0.5) AGR 11100 (Introduction to Agricultural and Biological Engineering Academic Programs) (3) CHM 11200 (General Chemistry)
(3) ASM 10400 (Introduction to Agricultural Systems) (4) ENGL 10600 (First-Year Composition)
(3) CHM 11100 (General Chemistry) (3) OLS 25200 (Human Relations in Organizations) or OLS 27400 (Applied Leadership)
(3) COM 11400 (Fundamentals of Speech Communication) (3) PHYS 21400 (The Nature of Physics)
(3) MA 22000 (Introduction to Calculus)
(3) Humanities selective
(16) (16)


Sophomore Year

Third Semester
Fourth Semester
(3) AGEC 20300 (Introductory Microeconomics for Food and Agribusiness) (3) AGRY 25500 (Soil Science)
(3) ASM 21100 (Technical Graphic Communications) (3) ASM 24500 (Materials Handling and Processing)
(1) ASM 22100 (Career Opportunities Seminar) (4) Biological sciences elective
(3) ASM 22200 (Crop Production Equipment) (3) Mathematics or sciences selective
(3) Agricultural selective (3) Statistics selective
(4) Biological sciences selective
(17) (16)


Junior Year

Fifth Semester
Sixth Semester
(3) AGEC 31100 (Accounting for Farm Business Planning) or MGMT 20000 (Introductory Accounting) (3) AGEC 31000 (Farm Organization) or AGEC 33000 (Management Methods for Agricultural Business)
(3) ASM 33600 (Environmental Systems Management) (3) AGEC 33100 (Principles of Selling in Agricultural Business)
(3) ASM 34500 (Power Units and Power Trains) (3) ASM 33300 (Facilities Planning and Management)
(3) Marketing selective (1) ASM 35000 (Safety in Agriculture)
(3) Written or oral communication selective (3) Social science selective-international understanding
(3) Elective (3) Elective
(18) (16)


Senior Year

Seventh Semester
Eighth Semester
(3) AGEC 45500 (Agricultural Law) or MGMT 45500 (Legal Background for Business I) (3) ASM 49500 (Agricultural Systems Management)
(3) ASM 42000 (Electric Power and Controls) (3) Agricultural selective
(1) ASM 42100 (Senior Seminar) (3) Agricultural systems management selective (40000+ level)
(1) ASM 49400 (Project Planning and Management) (3) Humanities selective
(3) Agricultural selective (3) Social science or humanities selective-international understanding
(3) Social science, humanities or international understanding selective (30000+level)
(3) Elective
(17) (15)