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Agricultural Industries

Program Contact:

Erin Bosch
Program Coordinator
Department of Plant, Soil, and Microbial Sciences
1066 Bogue St., room 280
Plant & Soil Sciences
East Lansing, MI 48824
Office 517-355-0271 ext. 1160

The Agricultural Industries Program is for students who are interested in gaining in-depth agricultural industry and business knowledge to apply to their own operation or to launch a career in the industry.  The program allows students the flexibility to focus on agronomy, horticulture, animal science or agricultural business.

This 18-month program integrates a wide range of disciplines including business, leadership, technology and communications through hands-on laboratory learning and classroom formats.  Of the 48 credits required for the Certificate, 30 are for required classes and the remaining 18 credits can vary with area of interest including agronomy, animal science, horticulture, welding and mechanics.  It is possible for students to complete the Agricultural Industries Certificate and transfer on to a four-year degree program.

For more information visit the Department of Plant, Soil, and Microbial Sciences.

You can download MSU_Inst_Ag_Ind_final.pdf to learn more.

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Requirements for Agricultural Industries

The student must   complete 48 credits from the following:  
1. All of the following courses (30 to33 credits):  
  ABM 100 Decision-making in the Agri-Food System 3
  ABM 130 Farm Management I 3
  AT 045 Agricultural Communications 2
  AT 055 Agricultural Finance 3
  AT 071 Technical Mathematics 2
  AT 291 Selected Topics in   Agricultural Technology 2
  AT 293 Professional Internship in Agricultural Technology 3 to 6
  CSS 101 Introduction to Crop Science 3
  CSS 105 Agricultural Industries Seminar 1
  CSS 110 Computer Applications in Agronomy 2
  CSS 120 Agricultural Industry Issues 3
  CSS 302 Principles of Weed Management 3
2. One of the following courses (3 credits):  
  ABM 222 Agribusiness and Food Industry Sales (W) 3
  ABM 225 Commodity Marketing I 3
3. Complete 12 to 15 credits from the following:  
  AE 150 Metal Fabrication   Technology 2
  AE 252 Gasoline and Diesel   Engine Technology 3
  AE 261 Principles of Animal   Environments 2
  ANS 110 Introductory Animal   Agriculture 4
  ANS 141 Draft Horse Basics 2
  ANS 200A Introductory Judging of Livestock or   Carcass 1 or 2
  ANS 203 Principles of Livestock Feeding 2
  ANS 205 Reproduction in Livestock 2
  ANS 211 Animal and Product Evaluation 3
  ANS 222 Introductory Beef Cattle Management 3
  ANS 232 Introductory Dairy Cattle Management 3
  ANS 272 Introductory Swine Management 3
  AT 291 Selected Topics in Agricultural   Technology 2 to 6
  CSS 124 Introduction to Sustainable   Agriculture and Food Systems 1
  CSS 135 Crop Scouting and Investigation 2
  CSS 151 Seed and Grain Quality 2
  CSS 201 Forage Crops 3
  CSS 210 Fundamentals of Soil Science 3
  CSS 212 Advanced Crop Production 2
  CSS 222 New Horizons in Biotechnology 2
  CSS 251 Organic Farming Principles and Practices 3
  CSS 294 Issues in International Agriculture 1
  ENT 111 Basics of Applied Entomology 2
  HRT 203 Principles of Horticulture 3
  HRT 205 Plant Mineral Nutrition 1
  HRT 206 Training and Pruning Plants 1
  HRT 335 Berry Crop Production and Management 1
  HRT 341 Vegetable Production and Management 3
  PLP 105 Fundamentals of Applied Plant Pathology 2
  TSM 343 Principles of Precision Agriculture 3