Agricultural Industries

The Agricultural industries program trains students to work in agribusinesses in Michigan, including the feed, grain, and crop production industries. Students take courses in agronomy and business and complete an internship in their area of interest. This 18 month technical training program consists of two 15-week semesters and one 10-week semester, for a total of 48 credits. A certificate is granted at the completion of the program requirements.


Requirements for Agricultural Industries

  1. All of the following courses (30 to 33 credits):
    • ABM 100 Decision-making in the Agri-Food System - 3 credits
    • ABM 130 Farm Management I - 3 credits
    • AT 45 Agricultural Communications - 2 credits
    • AT 55 Agricultural Finance - 3 credits
    • AT 71 Technical Mathematics - 2 credits
    • AT 291 Selected Topics in Agricultural Technology - 2 credits
    • AT 293 Professional Internship in Agricultural Technology - 3 to 6 credits
    • CSS 101 Introduction to Crop Science - 3 credits
    • CSS 105 Agricultural Industries Seminar - 1 credit
    • CSS 120 Agricultural Industry Issues - 3 credits
    • CSS 302 Principles of Weed Management - 3 credits
  2. One of the following courses (3 credits):

    • ABM 222 Agribusiness and Food Industry Sales (W) - 3 credits
    • ABM 225 Commodity Marketing I - 3 credits
  3. Complete 12 to 15 credits from the following:

    • AE 150 Metal Fabrication Technology - 2 credits
    • AE 252 Gasoline and Diesel Engine Technology - 3 credits
    • AE 261 Principles of Animal Environments - 2 credits
    • ANS 110 Introductory Animal Agriculture - 4 credits
    • ANS 141 Draft Horse Basics - 2 credits
    • ANS 200A Introductory Judging of Livestock or Carcass - 1 or 2 credits
    • ANS 203 Principles of Livestock Feeding - 2 credits
    • ANS 205 Reproduction in Livestock - 2 credits
    • ANS 211 Animal and Product Evaluation - 3 credits
    • ANS 222 Introductory Beef Cattle Management - 3 credits
    • ANS 232 Introductory Dairy Cattle Management - 3 credits
    • ANS 272 Introductory Swine Management - 3 credits
    • AT 291 Selected Topics in Agricultural Technology - 2 to 6 credits
    • CSS 124 Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems - 1 credit
    • CSS 135 Crop Scouting and Investigation - 2 credits
    • CSS 151 Seed and Grain Quality - 2 credits
    • CSS 201 Forage Crops - 3 credits
    • CSS 210 Fundamentals of Soil Science - 3 credits
    • CSS 212 Advanced Crop Production - 2 credits
    • CSS 222 New Horizons in Biotechnology - 2 credits
    • CSS 251 Organic Farming Principles and Practices - 3 credits
    • CSS 294 Issues in International Agriculture - 1 credit
    • ENT 111 Basics of Applied Entomology - 2 credits
    • HRT 203 Principles of Horticulture - 3 credits
    • HRT 205 Plant Mineral Nutrition - 1 credit
    • HRT 206 Training and Pruning Plants - 1 credit
    • HRT 335 Berry Crop Production and Management - 1 credit
    • HRT 341 Vegetable Production and Management - 3 credits
    • PLP 105 Fundamentals of Applied Plant Pathology - 2 credits
    • TSM 343 Principles of Precision Agriculture - 3 credits

Academic Advising

For more information or questions regarding course requirements, substituting or waiving required courses, independent study courses, and planning your semester schedule of courses, contact the Agricultural Industries academic advisor:

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Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences
Plant and Soil Sciences Building
1066 Bogue Street, Room 280
East Lansing, Michigan 48824-1325
phone: (517) 355-0271 ext. 1160