Program Description Core courses are provided for students planning to continue their education at a four-year agriculture college in areas such as:
Agricultural systems management
Natural resources management
Faculty advise students on classes needed toward a bachelor's degree, including agriculture courses and general education requirements for BSC's Associate in Science and the chosen four-year Institution. Students take required agriculture courses that pertain to their degree program. Agriculture classes offered at BSC that are articulated within the North Dakota University System and required for various majors at four-year universities are:
Agriculture Accounting (AGEC 142) Introduction to Agriculture Management (AGEC 242) Introduction to Agriculture Marketing (AGEC 244) Introduction to Agriculture Finance (AGEC 246) Introduction to Animal Science (ANSC 114) Feeds and Feeding (ANSC 123) Livestock Production (ANSC 220) Leadership and Presentation Techniques (H&CE 241) World Food Crops (PLSC 110) Principles of Crop Production (PLSC 225) Introduction to Range Science (RNG 236) Introduction to Soil Science (SOIL 210) Soil Fertility and Fertilizers (SOIL 222) Animal Health (VETS 239)
Technology instruction is infused throughout the curriculum. Students are exposed to various applications of technology related to business management, crop production, livestock production and soil science. Precision farming technology instruction includes guidance systems, handheld GPS systems, GIS software, variable rate fertilizer application and remote sensing. Internship is optional. BSC offers dual admission for students planning to pursue a bachelor's degree in agriculture at North Dakota State University or Dickinson State University.
Preparation Students interested in agriculture should be resourceful, flexible, creative problem solvers, interested in technology, and enjoy continuous learning. The following background is helpful: high school or college courses in agriculture, science and math, and experience working on a farm or for an agriculture-related business.
Program Requirements Students who complete the curriculum requirements earn an Associate in Science degree. Required minimum placement scores: ACT Math - 15 or higher ACT Reading - 15 or higher ACT English - 15 or higher COMPASS Math - Pre-algebra 33 or higher COMPASS Reading - 70 or higher COMPASS English - 59 or higher
Career Opportunities It's a great time to enter the agriculture industry where studies show strong hiring numbers, healthy salaries and a variety of opportunities for graduates. Sales/marketing and management positions are the leading career choices posted on AgCareers.com, the leading online job board for agriculture, food, biotechnology and natural resources.
Students can choose from a vast variety of new careers, such as precision agriculture or natural resources, as well as the more traditional careers in animal husbandry or agribusiness. Common agriculture positions are in agronomy, crop protection, pest management, precision agriculture, animal health, animal nutrition, veterinary services, extension/education, equipment/machinery, finance/banking, natural resources, and environmental services. As the agriculture industry evolves and changes, the career opportunities are infinite.
More than 90 percent of BSC's Agriculture Technology and Natural Resources graduates find employment in their field with the majority of those jobs in North Dakota.