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

Course requirements in the first semester for the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Farm & Ranch Management.
FIRST SEMESTER
COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE CREDIT HOURS LECTURE HOURS LAB HOURS TOTAL CONTACT HOURS
AGRI 1131 Agriculture Industry 1 32 0 32
AGRI 1325 Marketing of Ag Products 3 48 0 48
AGMG 2301 Livestock Business Management 3 48 0 48
AGME 1315 Farm and Ranch Shop Skills I 3 48 16 64
AGAH 1353 Beef Cattle Production 3 48 0 48
OR
AGRI 2330 Wildlife Conservation & Management 3 48 0 48
AGCR 1371 Sustainable Agriculture 3 48 16 64
TOTAL HOURS 16 272 32 304
Course requirements in the second semester for the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Farm & Ranch Management.
SECOND SEMESTER
COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE CREDIT HOURS LECTURE HOURS LAB HOURS TOTAL CONTACT HOURS
AGRI 1407 Agronomy 4 48 32 80
AGRI 2321 Livestock Evaluation 3 48 0 48
AGCR 1341 Forage & Pasture Management 3 32 48 80
AGAH 1343 Animal Health 3 48 0 48
OR
AGCR 1307 Range Management 3 48 0 48
OR
AGCR 2313 Soil & Water Conservation 3 48 0 48
AGCR 1393 Special Topics in Integrated Pest Mgmt. 3 48 0 48
OR
AGAH 1347 Animal Reproduction 3 48 0 48
TOTAL HOURS 16 224 80 304
DEGREE TOTAL HOURS 32 496 112 608
Course requirements in the third semester for the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Farm & Ranch Management.
THIRD SEMESTER
COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE CREDIT HOURS LECTURE HOURS LAB HOURS TOTAL CONTACT HOURS
EDUC 1300 Learning Frameworks 3 48 0 48
ENGL 1301, 1302, or 2311 Composition I, Composition II, or Technical & Business Writing 3 48 0 48
BIOL 1411, 1413, or 2406 General Botany, General Zoology, or Environmental Biology 4 48 32 48
AGRI 1419 Animal Science 4 48 32 80
TOTAL HOURS 14 192 64 256
Course requirements in the fourth semester for the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Farm & Ranch Management.
FOURTH SEMESTER
COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE CREDIT HOURS LECTURE HOURS LAB HOURS TOTAL CONTACT HOURS
AGMG 2316 Agricultural Finance 3 48 0 48
Core Social/Behavioral 3 48 0 48
SPCH 1311 Intro to Human Communication or Public Speaking  3 48 0 48
1315 or 1321 or Business & Professional Communication 3 48 0 48
AGRI 2303 Agriculture Construction 3 48 0 48
AGAH 2312 Principles of Feeds and Feeding 3 48 0 48
AGMG 2280 Cooperative Education- Agriculture Business & Management, General 3 16 240 240
TOTAL HOURS 14 208 128 336
DEGREE TOTAL HOURS 60 896 304 1200
AWARD OF FARM & RANCH ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE DEGREE

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.