Program Description The two-year Agriculture Industry and Technology program at BSC prepares students for multiple positions within the agronomy industry. Coursework is concentrated in crop science and agribusiness skills. Technology instruction is infused throughout the curriculum. Students are exposed to various applications of technology related to business management, crop production and soil science. Precision farming technology instruction includes guidance systems, handheld GPS systems, GIS software, variable rate fertilizer application, and remote sensing. Students will graduate prepared to pursue a commercial driver's license, a commercial pesticide applicator's license and North Dakota certified crop advisor certification.
The program requires a cooperative education internship with on-the-job training at an agricultural business. Training consists of a minimum of 400 hours completed during the summer session in the first year of the program.
Preparation Students interested in agriculture should be resourceful, flexible, creative problem solvers, interested in technology and enjoy continuous learning. Communication skills and interpersonal skills are an important part of successfully translating sound business, science and technology-based solutions in the field.
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. Interested students are encouraged to apply early as openings are limited.
Program Requirements Students who complete the curriculum requirements earn an Associate in Applied Science degree.
Required minimum placement scores: ACT Math - 15 ACT Reading - 15 ACT English - 15 COMPASS Math - 33 (pre-algebra) COMPASS Reading - 70 COMPASS English - 59
Special Costs A $100 deposit, required upon acceptance into the program, is applied toward tuition. Fee is non-refundable if you decide not to attend BSC.
Career Opportunities Today's agronomy graduate needs specialized skills to fill the need for qualified workers. Industry has high demand for graduates skilled in agronomy-related disciplines such as crop science, soil science, precision technology, management and sales. Farms are getting larger and farm managers are turning to service providers to take care of their agronomy needs. Crop consultants, crop scouts, crop protection applicators, fertilizer applicators, and retail/wholesale product sales professionals are the most popular agronomy service positions open in our region.
Specialized training in crop growth and development, seed genetics, pest management, plant nutrition, as well as precision technology, soil and water resource management are necessary to excel as an agronomy professional. This business-savvy industry has many opportunities for candidates skilled at streamlining processes and creating value-added solutions for promoting agricultural goods.
Current placement rate of students in this program is 100 percent.
Agriculture, Technology And Natural Resources (ATNR) Club The Post-secondary Agriculture Student Organization provides opportunities for individual growth, leadership and career preparation at state, regional and national events.
ATNR Scholarships BSC Foundation provides the Leonard Larshus Memorial Scholarship and eight Ervin and Dorothy Bourgois Memorial Scholarships for students enrolled in the ATNR program. Nine first-year students will receive a $500 scholarship, payable at $250