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2022-2023 University Catalog 
2022-2023 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Agricultural Systems Management: Data and Information Systems, BS

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About the Program

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. 

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. 

 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 internships and undergraduate research. 
  • Numerous departmental scholarships 
  • Excellent placement record and starting salaries 

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Agricultural Systems Management Major Change (CODO) Requirements   

Degree Requirements

120 Credits Required

Departmental/Program Major Courses (49 credits)

Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (67-70 credits)

Supplemental Information

Selective Courses: Agricultural Systems Management Supplemental Information  

Electives (1-4 credits)

  • Electives - Credit Hours: 2.00-4.00

College of Agriculture & University Level Requirements

Courses Not Applicable in Undergraduate Plans of Study - The following courses are not applicable as credit toward graduation in any College of Agriculture baccalaureate degree program: CHM 10000; ENGL 10000, 10900, 11100; ENGR 19100, 19200, 19300; MA 11100, 12300, 13300, 13400, 15100; 15555, PHYS 14900; STAT 11300, 11400; and all General Studies courses except GS 49000 - Discovery Park Undergraduate Research.  Credits earned in one of the following course - MA 15200, 15300, 15400 or MA 15800 - may be used as an unrestricted elective in the College of Agriculture undergraduate plans of study, but may not be used as a Mathematics and Sciences elective.

University Requirements

University Core Requirements

For a complete listing of University Core Course Selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.
  • Human Cultures: Behavioral/Social Science (BSS)
  • Human Cultures: Humanities (HUM)
  • Information Literacy (IL)
  • Oral Communication (OC)
  • Quantitative Reasoning (QR)
  • Science #1 (SCI)
  • Science #2 (SCI)
  • Science, Technology, and Society (STS)
  • Written Communication (WC)

Civics Literacy Proficiency Requirement:

The Civics Literacy Proficiency activities are designed to develop civic knowledge of Purdue students in an effort to graduate a more informed citizenry.

Students will complete the Proficiency by passing a test of civic knowledge, and completing one of three paths:

  • Attending six approved civics-related events and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Completing 12 podcasts created by the Purdue Center for C-SPAN Scholarship and Engagement that use C-SPAN material and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Earning a passing grade for one of these approved courses (or transferring in approved AP or departmental credit in lieu of taking a course)

For more information visit the Civics Literacy Proficiency website.

Prerequisite Information:

For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.

Program Requirements

16 Credits

Spring 1st Year

15-16 Credits

14 Credits

Spring 2nd Year

16 Credits

15 Credits

Spring 3rd Year

16 Credits

12-14 Credits

Spring 4th Year

14-16 Credits


  • 2.0 GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree.
  • Consultation with an advisor may result in an altered plan customized for an individual student.

World Language Courses

World Language proficiency requirements vary by program. The following list is inclusive of all world languages PWL offers for credit; for acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor.

ASL-American Sign Language ARAB-Arabic CHNS-Chinese FR-French
GER-German GREK-Greek (Ancient) HEBR-Hebrew (Biblical) HEBR-Hebrew (modern)
ITAL-Italian JPNS-Japanese KOR-Korean LATN-Latin
PTGS-Portuguese RUSS-Russian SPAN-Spanish  





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