Learn to organize and manage environmentally sound technology-based businesses: you’ll do that here.

We will help you understand how equipment and buildings are used with plants and animals to make sure you can make clear and direct decisions focusing on modern agricultural systems, including equipment, buildings, materials handling, and natural resources.

You’ll learn to plan and manage machinery systems, building infrastructure, and soil and water resources used in the sustainable production of food, fiber and energy incorporating appropriate safety, environmental, legal and economic constraints.

You’ll also gain knowledge to implement the business principles and ethical practices necessary to build and maintain a viable farm or agribusiness and become an accomplished professional in agriculture.

What You’ll Do

As an agribusiness: agriculture systems management major at Southeast, you’ll gain real-world learning experience including many opportunities outside the classroom, including:

  • Practical management with the supervision of people and equipment.
  • Optimize safety and budgets.
  • Work closely with dedicated faculty with experience in various agribusiness areas.
  • Gain valuable real-world experience through a required internship or research project and at the many departmental facilities.

What Can You Do with an Agriculture Systems Management Degree?

Your education is just one piece to launching an extraordinary career. Once you’ve mastered the material, you still have to find the job you want, make the right connections, sell your knowledge and experience—and if all this is giving you anxiety, don’t panic. SEMO’s Career Services office is here to help you with the next step. They’ll provide the expertise and support you need, so you’re landing your dream job in no time. 

Career Options for Graduates

  • Product Education – Use and Value
  • Technical Assistance and Troubleshooting
  • Technical Product Development, Testing, Application, and Sales
  • Farm & Agribusiness Management
  • Coordinating, Directing and Supervising Manufacturing and Processing Operations
  • Building and Equipment Layout, Use (Materials Handling, Flow, Processing)
  • Operations Manager and/or Supervisor
  • Production Manager and/or Supervisor
  • Product Quality Control Manager
  • Financial Analyst and/or Advisor
  • Research Analyst
  • Insurance Agent
  • Loan Officer
  • GIS Specialist
  • Water Resource Specialist
  • Engineering Technician

Outcomes & Careers

  • 96%

    Successful Outcomes Rate

    Students graduating with degrees from the Department of Agriculture report being employed or furthering their education six months after graduation.

  • $68k  


    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for a farmer, rancher, and other agricultural manager is $68,090.   

  • $84k  


    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for a hydrologist is $84,040.

  • $84k  

    Agricultural Engineer

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for an agricultural engineer is $84,410.

Agribusiness: Agriculture Systems Management (BS) Degree Map

Explore the courses you'll need to complete your degree.

What You'll Study

An agribusiness: agriculture systems management degree prepares you for positions in agricultural facilities management and operations for grain facilities and terminals, farm services, food processing facilities and precision production agriculture. You’ll complete a minimum of 120 credit hours, the General Education program, and 39 senior division hours (300-599).

Agribusiness Core – 71 hours – No Minor Required

  • AG111 Agribusiness Orientation (1)
  • AG140 Communicating in Agriculture (3)
  • AG208 Agriculture Bus Data Analysis (3)
  • AG245 Agricultural Economics (3)
  • AG250 Agribusiness Management (3)
  • AG334 Agribusiness Finance (3)
  • AG340 Agriculture Safety (3)
  • AG355 Agriculture Seminar (2)
  • AG447 Marketing of Agricultural Products (3)
  • AG470 Agribusiness Sales (3)
  • AO120 Plant Science (3)
  • AO125 Plant Science Lab (1)
  • AY101 Animal Science (3)
  • HO110 Intro to Horticulture (3)

Choose 3 hours:

  • AG381 Agribusiness Management II (3)
  • AC221 Principles of Accounting I (3)

Choose 3 hours:

  • AG465 Agriculture Internship (3-6)
  • AG469 Undergrad Research (3) 

Agriculture Systems Management

  • AG303 Agriculture Mechanization (3)
  • AO215 Soils (3)
  • MA223 Elementary Probability and Statistics (3)
  • MI375 Management Information Systems (3)
  • PH120 Introductory Physics (5)
Choose one course:
  • AO327 Sustainable Agriculture (3)
  • AG440 Precision Agriculture (3)
  • AO401 Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (3)
    Choose one course:
  • AG444 Spatial Analysis in GIS (3)
  • AG551 Water Management (3)
    Choose 9 hours of ET prefix courses OR 9 hours of FM prefix courses:
  • ET160 Basic Electricity & Electronics (3)
  • ET365 Industrial Electrical Power (3)
  • ET470 Energy Management
  • FM504 Facilities Management (3)
  • FM554 Facilities Operations and Supervision (3)
  • FM565 Building Automation and Technology (3)


Additional Requirements:

Some courses may fulfill General Education requirements.
  • CH181 Basic Principles of Chemistry (5)
  • CH184/185 General Chemistry I and Lab (4)
  • MA116 Precalculus A (3)
  • MA155 Statistical Reasoning (3)

Some requirements may be fulfilled by coursework in major program.

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences – 6 hours
  • Constitution Requirement – 3 hours
  • Written Communication – 6 hours
  • Oral Communication – 3 hours
  • Natural Sciences – 7 hours (from two disciplines, one to include a lab)
  • Mathematics – 3 hours
  • Humanities & Fine Arts – 9 hours (from at least two disciplines)
  • Additional requirements – 5 hours (to include UI100 for native students)
  • Civics examination

Freshman Year    

Fall Semester (17 Hours)     

  • UI100 (1) 
  • EN100 (3) 
  • AO120/125 (4) 
  • AY101 (3) 
  • MA116/155 (3)
  • General Education (3) 

Spring Semester (16 Hours)     

  • AG111 (1)
  • AG208 (3) 
  • AG245 (3) 
  • HO110 (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Sophomore Year    

Fall Semester (13-14 Hours)  

  • AG208 or MI101 (3) 
  • CH181/184/185 (4-5) 
  • ETxxx or FMxxx (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Spring Semester (14 Hours)    

  • AG250 (3) 
  • ETxxx or FMxxx (3) 
  • PH120/020 (5) 
  • General Education (3) 

Junior Year    

Fall Semester (15 Hours)    

  • AC221 or AG381 (3) 
  • AG303 (3) 
  • AG334 (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • Elective* (3) 

Spring Semester (15 Hours)     

  • AG140 (3) 
  • AO215/015 (3) 
  • MI375 (3) 
  • ETxxx or FMxxx (3) 
  • General Education (3)

Senior Year    

Fall Semester (15 Hours)     

  • AG327/AG444/AO401 (3) 
  • AG440/551 (3) 
  • AG447 (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Spring Semester (12-13 Hours)  

  • AG340 (3)
  • AG355 (2)
  • AG470 (1)
  • Elective** (3)
  • Elective (3-4) 

Summer Session (3 hours)

  • AG465/469 (3)

*ET381 recommended

**AY320 recommended

Get Funding for Your Education

Missouri’s opened the door to a more educated workforce. We want to help you walk through it. If you’re an adult learner and a Missouri resident returning to college, learn about the Fast Track Workforce Incentive Grant. It’s a statewide financial aid program that can be used to pursue a certificate, degree or industry-recognized credential in a high need area in Missouri. This major is eligible for the Fast Track grant.

Become a Redhawk.

Do more than dream about the future. Take the first steps to make it all happen.

Paying for College

Your hard work can pay off big because the Department of Agriculture offers about $650,000 in scholarships to students.

Hands-on Learning

There’s no better way to learn than by getting your hands dirty, and you’ll do just that at SEMO. From digging in the dirt at our greenhouse to working with animals at the Agriculture Research Center, you’ll get real-world experience from day one.

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