Why Agriculture?This program will provide students with the skills necessary for entry level employment or enhancement of present employment in the agriculture industry. It provides an overview of agricultural careers, as well as opportunities to meet and work with agricultural professionals in the area. Upon completion of the program, students will be qualified for entry-level work with agricultural businesses, including farm, ranch and entrepreneurial opportunities. Should students choose to do so, the required certificate classes and electives will transfer into the two-year Associate of Applied Science degree in Agriculture. 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     14(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|
WRIT 108WRIT 108 - Elementary Technical Writing
Technical Writing for the Trades is designed to prepare the student for job-related writing. The student will learn to communicate information that is new to someone who needs to know the information in order to do a job or make a decision. Topics include adapting messages to audiences, organizing paragraphs, revising for style, summarizing information, weighing ethical issues, creating appropriate page layout for everyday communications situations, and explaining a process. Specific applications are individualized according to students' career plans and are chosen from several categories including effective memo/letter writing, short report writing, and proposal writing. This course does not fulfill General Education requirements for transfer. Pre-requisite: appropriate placement.
|Elementary Technical Writing||2|
|Written Communication Elective||(3)|
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||(4)||First Year - Spring Semester     16 Credits||Credits|
|Applied Agriculture Science & Lab||3|
|Ag Issues Forum||1|
ACTG 101ACTG 101 - Accounting Procedures
This course provides fundamental instruction on financial record keeping and basic bookkeeping methods. Topics include implementing the basic accounting equation; using T accounts; preparing and posting journal entries, reversing entries, and closing entries; payroll reporting; compiling income statements, balance sheets, and statements of owner's equity. This course satisfies a core requirement for the AAS degree in Auto Mechanics or Building Technology. In addition, it is an excellent class to prepare students for the Principles of Accounting courses.
|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.
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.
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|
Please refer to the the Current Catalog for specific program details.