A.A.S. Agriculture Production
Why Agriculture Production?This two-year plan of study prepares students to work in the agriculture industry in production livestock, farm and ranch management or agri-sales. It offers more in-depth learning in the areas of agriculture and business management than those covered in the one-year agriculture certificate. This degree is designed for those students who want to enter the job market with a two-year degree, and who do not plan to transfer to a four-year institution. Students should consult the catalog of the institution to which they expect to transfer and select appropriate courses in consultation with their advisor.
Graduates of this program will have knowledge in:
|First Year - Fall Semester     16(15) Credits||Credits|
|Intro to Ag & Env Resources||1|
|Introduction to Animal Science||3|
NRSM 101NRSM 101 - Natural Resource Conservation
This course is designed to introduce students to the benefits of range management and illustrate how the science of range management can be used on the farm or ranch. Range economics, range management plans, improvement and repair of rangeland and ecosystems will be covered. Co-requisite: NRSM 102.
|Natural Resource Conservation||3|
|Montana Range Plants||1|
BIOB 101/102BIOB 101/102 - Discover Biology & Lab
This course is a review of the fundamental principles concerning plant and animal life. Covering topics on the structure and physiology of cells, genetics, reproduction and the diversity of life found in plants, animals, and microorganisms, including their ecological relationships. Co-requisite: BIOB 102.
|Discover Biology & Lab||4|
|Science Core Elective||(4)|
EQUS 101EQUS 101 - Introduction to Equine Studies
The horse has served humanity for centuries in many different ways. Today, the horse serves primarily as a source of pleasure in technologically advanced nations, but it still serves as a beast of burden and for draft power in underdeveloped countries. This course will give the student an overview of equine health that will provide a basis for subsequent more practical and scientifically based courses. In this class, we will look at the evolution and behavior of the horse, the history of horsemanship, contemporary breeds and their uses, selection of an appropriate horse (including conformation and pre-purchase examinations), and insights into career avenues within the equine industry.
|Introduction to Equine Studies||4|
|Directed Elective||Electives||(3)||First Year - Spring Semester     15 Credits||Credits|
|Applied Agriculture Science & Lab||3|
|Ag Issues Forum||1|
ANSC 222ANSC 222 - Livestock in Sustainable Systems
The role of livestock in balanced sustainable and organic systems will be explored with a focus on incorporating targeted grazing systems. The principles of sustainable animal production and the regulations associated with organic animal production will be presented. Pre-requisite: ANSC 100.
|Livestock in Sustainable Systems||3|
WILD 180WILD 180 - Careers in Wildlife Biology
This class will provide an introduction to wildlife management to wildlife majors as well as an understanding of wildlife management to the Ag Production students. Students will learn to appreciate and better understand the role wildlife play on the landscape. The class will discuss the importance of livestock and wildlife interactions and provide a basic understanding in how to manage wildlife. Wildlife management and its understanding is and will continue to be an important part of culture in Montana. Pre-requisite: BIOB 101/102 or BIOB 160/161.
|Careers in Wildlife Biology||2|
M 108M 108 - Business Mathematics
This course is a study of math and terminology used by business and industry. The course will begin with a review of the fundamental principles of arithmetic and percentages. Payroll, bank records, interest, notes, discounts, markup, inventory, depreciation, and stocks and bonds will be covered. This course does not fulfill General Education requirements for the AA/AS degree. Pre-requisite: appropriate placement score or concurrent enrollment in NC 021 Supplemental Instruction/Academic Support for Mathematics. For those in NC 021, attendance and participation in NC 021 will be reported to your M 108 instructor for consideration in your M 108 grade.
|Mathematics Core Elective||(3)|
WRIT 121WRIT 121 - Intro to Technical Writing
This course is designed to prepare students for job-related writing. Students learn to communicate information in order to do a job or make a decision. Topics covered include adapting messages to audiences, organizing paragraphs, revising for style, summarizing information, using definitions in reports, outlining, explaining a process, and researching. Specific applications are individualized according to students' career plans and are chosen from several categories, including effective letter writing, short report writing, proposal writing, research writing, and formal report writing from analyzed data. Pre-requisite: appropriate placement.
|Intro to Technical Writing||3|
|Written Communication Elective||(3)||Second Year - Fall Semester     16(17) Credits||Credits|
ACTG 201ACTG 201 - Principles of Financial Accounting
Principles of Financial Accounting. This is an intensive course sequence in the fundamental principles of accounting emphasizing the accounting cycle, journalizing, posting, trial balance, financial statements, plant and intangible assets, depreciation, inventories, accounting systems, payroll, and taxes. Pre-requisite: CAPP 120/120A, M 090, or M 108. is an intensive course sequence in the fundamental principles of accounting emphasizing the accounting cycle, journalizing, posting, trial balance, financial statements, plant and intangible assets, depreciation, inventories, accounting systems, payroll, and taxes. Pre-requisite: CAPP 120/120A, M 090, or M 108.
|Principles of Financial Accounting||4|
CAPP 120CAPP 120 - Introduction to Computers
This course emphasizes the practical aspects of today's computing environment. Instruction includes the basic computer architecture and operation, hardware, operating systems, network communication, ethical issues associated with computers, and aspects of integrated software with an emphasis on business applications.
|Introduction to Computers||3|
NRSM 235NRSM 235 - Range and Pasture Monitoring
This course covers methods which can be used by private operators as well as state and federal land managers to identify site potential, inventory forage resources, evaluate range and pasture condition, estimate stocking rates, and measure forage utilization by wildlife and livestock. Pre-requisites: ANSC 100 and NRSM 101/102.
|Range and Pasture Monitoring||1|
NRGY 201NRGY 201 - Energy Mechanics Lab
The lab provides hands-on training on proper safety and procedures for these mechanical systems. Startup, shutdown and operation is addressed as well as troubleshooting of common problems. This class introduces hands-on skills needed in many occupations. Co-requisite: NRGY 200.
|Energy Mechanics Lab||1|
|Introduction to Public Speaking||3|
COMX 115COMX 115 - Interpersonal Communication
The objectives of this introductory-level course are to help students develop an understanding of the fundamentals of interpersonal communication theory and to learn useful skills that will enable them to be more effective in establishing healthy interpersonal relationships in their personal lives and professions.
AGED 298AGED 298 - Agricultural Internship
Agriculture Internships provide highly valuable work experience to students who desire careers in agriculture and related industries. The internships are collaborations between the College and business partners, to develop the future workforce. Students will work a minimum of 135 hours during the unpaid or paid internship. Internships are designed to help provide “real world” experience in the agricultural industry.
|Directed Elective||Electives||(3)||Second Year - Spring Semester     15 Credits||Credits|
ACTG 205ACTG 205 - Computerized Accounting
This course provides students with a realistic approach to computerized accounting principles. Financial statements and other financial reports will be created. Accounting concepts will be reinforced, and software will be utilized to make business decisions. Pre-requisites: ACTG 201 and CAPP 120/120A.
|Livestock Feeding & Nutrition||3|
|Introduction to Plant Biology||3|
AGED 140AGED 140 - Leadership Development for Agriculture
Process of developing and managing individuals by providing leadership and guidance at all levels of personal development. Self-concepts developed through situational leadership and management, principles of people management, goal setting, and belief systems. Collaborative learning and field experience utilized.
|Leadership Development for Agriculture||3|
Please refer to the the Current Catalog for specific program details.