Farm & Ranch Management AAS

Associate of Applied Science Degree

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

The Farm and Ranch Management curriculum provides a combination of agriculture, business, technology, and general education to prepare students for agricultural occupations.

The Farm and Ranch AAS 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. Students learn skills and practices applicable to the management of farms, ranches, and other agricultural businesses.

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

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

This degree is offered face-to-face; however, some core curriculum requirements may be completed online if the student chooses. 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 3 credit hours
CORE Core Social/Behavioral Science 3 credit hours
SPCH 1315 PUBLIC SPEAKING 3 credit hours
OR
SPCH 1318 INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION 3 credit hours
OR
SPCH 1312 BUSINESS & 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
CORE Humanities/Fine Arts 3 credit hours
AGAH 1372 AGRICULTURAL SPANISH 3 credit hours
AGRI 2303 AGRICULTURAL CONSTRUCTION 3 credit hours
OR
AGRI 2301 AGRICULTURAL POWER UNITS 3 credit hours
OR
AGME 1315 FARM AND RANCH SHOP SKILLS I 3 credit hours
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.