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Farm & Ranch Management AAS

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Steve Keith
Chair Agriculture Department
(940) 668-4217
skeith@nctc.edu

The Farm and Ranch Management curriculum provides a combination of agriculture, business, technology, and general education to prepare men and women for their agricultural occupations. To meet the varying needs of students the Farm and Ranch Management Degree and the Agriculture Management Certificate are both offered.

The program is designed for students who plan to pursue a career in the farming and ranching industry. The program provides practical and educational experiences in animal science, beef cattle production, pasture management, livestock business, animal nutrition, and computer applications specific to agriculture. Farm and Ranch Management majors learn skills and practices applicable to the management of farms, ranches, and other agricultural businesses. Through laboratory experience students will utilize their expanding knowledge base to apply to real-world examples at our Experimental Farm / Beef Center.

Upon completion of this Associate of Applied Science Degree, students will be able to:

  • Identify plants and pests which are of economic importance to forage and livestock production.
  • Graduates will be able to correctly perform applicable animal husbandry practices such as castration, tattooing, and injections.
  • Graduates will be able to utilize equipment owners' manual to properly set-up and maintain farm equipment.
  • Graduates will be able to restate the fundamental concepts of planting small grains either through preparing a seed bed or no-till method.
  • Graduates will be able to recommend modern feeding practices and nutritional principles to livestock feeding programs.

This degree is completed completely face-to-face except for some of the core curriculum requirements which may be completed online. The program is designed to take two years to complete and is comprised of the following suggested pathway or course of study.

Degree Requirements

First Semester
AGRI 1131 THE AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY 1 credit hour
ENGL 1301 COMPOSITION I 3 credit hours
AGRI 1309 COMPUTERS IN AGRICULTURE 3 credit hours
AGRI 1407 AGRONOMY 4 credit hours
AGRI 2317 INTRODUCTION TO AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS 3 credit hours
OR
AGRI 1325 MARKETING OF AGRICULTURE PRODUCTS 3 credit hours
Total Credit Hours: 14
Second Semester
MATH 1314 COLLEGE ALGEBRA 3 credit hours
OR
MATH 1342 ELEMENTARY STATISTICAL METHODS 3 credit hours
OR
MATH 1332 CONTEMPORARY MATHEMATICS I 3 credit hours
SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES CORE 3 credit hours
SPCH 1318 INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION 3 credit hours
OR
SPCH 1321 BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION 3 credit hours
AGRI 1419 INTRODUCTORY ANIMAL SCIENCE 4 credit hours
AGMG 2301 LIVESTOCK BUSINESS MANAGEMENT 3 credit hours
Total Credit Hours: 16
Third Semester
LANGUAGE,PHILOSOPHY AND CULTURE, OR CREATIVE ARTS ELECTIVE 3 credit hours
AGAH 1372 AGRICULTURAL SPANISH 3 credit hours
AGRI 2303 AGRICULTURAL CONSTRUCTION I 3 credit hours
OR
AGRI 2301 AGRICULTURAL POWER UNITS 3 credit hours
OR
AGAH 1453 BEEF CATTLE PRODUCTION 4 credit hours
AGAH 2270 ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION 2 credit hours
OR
AGAH 2271 CATTLE REPRODUCTION 2 credit hours
Total Credit Hours: 15
Fourth Semester
AGCR 2405 ENTOMOLOGY 4 credit hours
AGCR 1441 FORAGE AND PASTURE MANAGEMENT 4 credit hours
AGAH 2313 PRINCIPLES OF FEEDS AND FEEDING 3 credit hours
AGMG 2480 COOPERATIVE EDUCATION-AGRICULTURAL BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT, GENERAL 4 credit hours
Total Credit Hours: 15

Total Credit Hours: 60

Capstone Requirement: AGMG 2480 Cooperative Education - Agricultural Business and Management, General is the capstone requirement and may not be substituted. It should be taken the last semester before graduation.