About the Program
Agricultural Systems Management (ASM) prepares individuals to organize and manage environmentally sound, technology-based businesses. The program’s emphasis is on planning and directing an industry or business project with responsibility for results. ASM is based on an understanding of how equipment and buildings are used with plants and animals and their products. These processes require an understanding of the biological sciences to produce and maintain top product quality.
Computer skills are taught and used throughout the curriculum. Computers are used to collect and analyze data, and then using that information, to control machines and processes. Other uses involve planning layouts of equipment and buildings, creating graphics for reports, etc. Agricultural Systems Management students also take several of courses in communications, business management and agricultural sciences, in addition to their specialty courses based in the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department. The program provides an in-depth technical knowledge for selecting and applying advanced technologies in the food, feed, fiber, and fuel system. Graduates are prepared to solve a wide variety of business and technical problems in a job field that continues to grow.
Agricultural Systems Management students also take several of courses in communications, business management and agricultural sciences, in addition to their specialty courses based in the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department. The program provides an in-depth technical knowledge for selecting and applying advanced technologies in the food, feed, fiber, and fuel system. Graduates are prepared to solve a wide variety of business and technical problems in a job field that continues to grow.
The Data and Information Systems concentration supports the growing data and information need in agriculture and is structured so that students can readily obtain the Computer and Information Systems minor. Industry is seeking graduates who understand cropping and animal agriculture; they also wish they had stronger information technology skills such as programming, app development, and data handling. This concentration addresses this need and complements the facility and equipment technology focus of the ASM major. Students will still also get the Food and Agribusiness Management Minor.
Some of the factors that contribute to Agricultural & Biological Engineering at Purdue University being a top ranked program:
- Multiple opportunities for interaction with faculty in laboratories and in classes
- Student Competitions, Clubs, Global Experiences
- Personalized advising and attention from faculty
- Practical curriculum for industrial careers
- Great opportunities for scholarships and internships
- Excellent placement record and starting salaries
Watch a video and take a look at some senior projects. We hope to see you in ABE soon!
120 Credits Required
Departmental/Program Major Courses (34 credits)
Required Major Courses (25 credits)
Major Selectives (9 credits)
Other Departmental /Program Course Requirements (82-85 credits)
Electives (1-4 credits)
- Electives - Credit Hours: 1.00-4.00
College of Agriculture & University Level Requirements
- 2.00 GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree.
- 32 Upper division credits taken from Purdue
- International Understanding Selective - Credit Hours: 6.00
- Multicultural Awareness Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
- 6 Credits: Written/Oral Communication or Social Science and Humanities categories must come from 30000+ courses or above - Credit Hours: 3.00 AND Written/Oral Communication or Social Science and Humanities categories must come from 30000+ or above or from a course with a required pre-requisite in the same department - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Humanities and/or Social Sciences outside the College of Agriculture - Credit Hours: 9.00
University Core Requirements
- Human Cultures Humanities
- Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
- Information Literacy
- Science #1
- Science #2
- Science, Technology, and Society
- Written Communication
- Oral Communication
- Quantitative Reasoning
For a complete listing of course selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.
For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.
- 2.0 GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree.
- Consultation with an advisor may result in an altered plan customized for an individual student.
Foreign Language Courses
Foreign Language proficiency requirements vary by program.
For acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor: American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, (ancient) Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
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