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.
Agriculture is vulnerable to a wide range of threats with the potential of disrupting both local and national food security. The Agro-security concentration enables students to acquire a higher level of specialization in the principles and practices needed to pursue employment in areas related to the prevention, preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery related to threats to agricultural resources from field to table. Completion of this concentration will open up opportunities in positions that address loss prevention, risk management, regulatory compliance, and emergency management. 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
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120 Credits Required
Departmental/Program Major Courses (37 credits)
Required Major Courses (31 credits)
Major Selectives (6 credits)
Other Departmental /Program Course Requirements (79-82 credits)
College of Agriculture & University Level Requirements
- 2.0 GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree
- 32 Upper division credits taken from Purdue
- 9 credits International Understanding
- 3 credits Multicultural Awareness
- 9 credits of Hum and/or Social Sciences outside the College of Agriculture
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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