Farm & Ranch Management AAS

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Lisa Bellows
Science and Agriculture Division Chair
(940) 668-4252
lbellows@nctc.edu

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.
  • Ccorrectly 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.
  • Rrecommend modern feeding practices and nutritional principles to livestock feeding programs.

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

First semester courses and credits required to earn the Farm & Ranch Management AAS
RUBRIC NUMBER COURSE TITLE SEMESTER
CREDIT HOURS
AGRI 1131 AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY 1
AGRI 1325 MARKETING OF AG PRODUCTS 3
AGMG 2301 LIVESTOCK BUSINESS MANAGEMENT 3
AGME 1315 FARM AND RANCH SHOP SKILLS I 3
AGAH 1353 BEEF CATTLE PRODUCTION 3
OR
AGRI 2330 WILDLIFE CONSERVATION & MANAGEMENT 3
AGCR 1371 INTRODUCTION TO SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE 3
Total credit hours for this semester
TOTAL HOURS 16

Second Semester

Second semester courses and credits required to earn the Farm & Ranch Management AAS
RUBRIC NUMBER COURSE TITLE SEMESTER
CREDIT HOURS
AGRI 1407 AGRONOMY 4
AGRI 2321 LIVESTOCK EVALUATION 3
AGCR 1341 FORAGE & PASTURE MANAGEMENT 3
AGAH 1343 OR
AGCR 1307 OR
AGCR 2313
ANIMAL HEALTH OR
RANGE MANAGEMENT OR
SOIL & WATER CONSERVATION
3
AGCR 2305 ENTOMOLOGY 3
OR
AGAH 1347 ANIMAL REPRODUCTION 3
Total credit hours for this semester
TOTAL HOURS 16

Third Semester

Third semester courses and credits required to earn the Farm & Ranch Management AAS
RUBRIC NUMBER COURSE TITLE SEMESTER
CREDIT HOURS
EDUC 1300 LEARNING FRAMEWORKS 3
ENGL 1301 OR
ENGL 1302 OR
ENGL 2311
COMPOSITION I OR
COMPOSITION II OR
TECHNICAL & BUSINESS WRITING
3
AGMG 2316 AGRICULTURAL FINANCE 3
AGRI 1419 INTRODUCTORY ANIMAL SCIENCE 4
Total credit hours for this semester
TOTAL HOURS 13

Fourth Semester

Fourth semester courses and credits required to earn the Farm & Ranch Management AAS
RUBRIC NUMBER COURSE TITLE SEMESTER
CREDIT HOURS
CORE CORE LAB SCIENCE 4
AGRI 2317 AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS 3
SPCH 1311 OR
SPCH1315 OR
SPCH1321
INTRO TO HUMAN COMMUNICATION  OR
PUBLIC SPEAKING OR
BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION
3
AGAH 2313 PRINCIPLES OF FEEDS AND FEEDING 3
OR
AGEQ 2373 INTRODUCTION TO VETERINARY TECH 3
AGMG 2280 COOPERATIVE EDUCATION- AGRICULTURE BUSINESS & MANAGEMENT, GENERAL 2
Total credit hours for this semester
TOTAL HOURS 15

Degree Total Hours: 60

Capstone Requirement: AGMG 2280 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.