Printed on 4/17/2021

Agribusiness/Science Technology

10-006-2 Associate Degree (AAS) Part Time and Full Time 60 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Time of Day: Day Location*: Appleton

*If general education courses are required, they may be available at multiple locations.

Whether you want to run your own agribusiness operation or help other agriculture producers become more successful, this program gives you the skills you need. Learn how to merge business and science to produce a product and make a profit. Through hands-on learning and on-the-job experience, you’ll gain skills in animal science and nutrition, integrated pest management, soil science, crop production and precision agriculture. You’ll be able to develop crop management, livestock management and business plans. You’ll also learn how to enhance your success through sales, marketing and business management. This program will open doors to a variety of agribusiness career pathways.

COURSE LIST

Course list for reference only. Current students please refer to your individualized program plan or see your advisor.
**Outside effort hours are an estimate based on state standards, and may vary from person to person.

    Technical Studies (42 Credits)

    Course Title
    Course Number
    Credits
    Instructional Hours
    Outside Effort Hours**
    Prior Learning Credit Eligibility
  • Agricultural Crop Production
    10-006-119
    3Credit
    72
    90
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 90
    • Course Number: 10006119
    • Credits: 3.00

    Prepares students to recognize and implement basic crop production management techniques for corn, soybeans, alfalfa, small grains and general forages used on Wisconsin farms. Field preparation, fertility, seed selection, planting and in-season management of specific crops will be emphasized.

  • Introduction to Agribusiness
    10-006-133
    3Credit
    72
    90
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 90
    • Course Number: 10006133
    • Credits: 3.00

    Provides an overview of, and exploration into career pathways and employment opportunities, in the agricultural industry. Key issues discussed include trends and economic concepts of production, marketing and consumption of agriculture products, principles of management, and financial management.

  • Animal Science Fundamentals
    10-006-140
    3Credit
    72
    90
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 90
    • Course Number: 10006140
    • Credits: 3.00

    Provides fundamental knowledge of the animal science field. Topics include animal health, animal environments, anatomy and physiology, genetics and reproduction, animal feedstuffs, and job-related safety. Students will experience animal concepts through the completion of hands-on activities.

  • Agricultural Marketing
    10-006-103
    3Credit
    72
    90
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 90
    • Course Number: 10006103
    • Credits: 3.00

    Explores and gives the student an understanding of the basic principles of marketing and the ability to apply these principles to the distribution of farm products.

  • Dairy/Livestock Nutrition
    10-006-113
    3Credit
    72
    90
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 90
    • Course Number: 10006113
    • Credits: 3.00

    Acquaints the students with the nutrients essential for livestock growth, production and reproduction. The anatomy and physiology of digestion and nutrient absorption will be discussed for the single stomach and ruminant animal. Proper feed sampling techniques, feed analysis and other nutritional information will be covered in preparing the student for Dairy/Livestock Ration Balancing.

  • Ag Production Systems
    10-006-104
    3Credit
    72
    90
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 90
    • Course Number: 10006104
    • Credits: 3.00

    Introduces the student to methods and equipment used on farms and agribusiness for facilities, dairy equipment, feed, grain, animal waste storage, and handling systems. Covers the collection, storage, treatment, application and equipment used in nutrient management. Modern robotic milking systems will be covered in the class.

  • Agribusiness Work Experience
    10-006-116
    3Credit
    162
    36
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 162
    • Outside Effort Hours: 36
    • Course Number: 10006116
    • Credits: 3.00

    Provides independent agribusiness work experience in cooperation with an employer and FVTC. Students are evaluated by the employer and supervised during the work experience by a FVTC instructor. Department consent required.

  • Agribusiness Sales
    10-006-134
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10006134
    • Credits: 3.00

    Covers the basic principles of agribusiness sales. Topics include recognizing potential customers, building a positive customer relationship, designing sales plans, and using market and sales databases. The concepts will be presented using hands-on activities. Students will complete a sales project and presentation.

  • Agribusiness Management
    10-006-151
    3Credit
    72
    90
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 90
    • Course Number: 10006151
    • Credits: 3.00

    Focuses on developing management skills and concepts that beginning agri-business professionals’ need in today’s changing workplace. Emphasis is given to designing and interpreting agriculture production spreadsheets, interpreting agri-business records, and preparing business and family goals. Complete business management plans will be created.

  • Nutrient Management Principles
    10-006-155
    3Credit
    72
    90
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 90
    • Course Number: 10006155
    • Credits: 3.00

    Focuses on balancing commercial crop nutrient products and on farm nutrient credits to formulate economical and environmentally safe crop nutrient recommendations. Students will learn how to complete a nutrient management plan utilizing real farm data.

    Prereq: Agricultural Crop Production 10006119
    Select a total of 12 credits from these options
  • Integrated Pest Mgmt & Weed Identification
    10-006-102
    3Credit
    72
    90
    N/A
    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 90
    • Course Number: 10006102
    • Credits: 3.00
    Acquaints students with the general use, safety, laws and regulations for chemical application in Wisconsin. Completion of the Wisconsin Commercial Applicators Certification is an optional portion of the course. Identification of the major weeds found in Wisconsin crop lands is emphasized.
  • Crop Science
    10-006-141
    3Credit
    72
    90
    N/A
    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 90
    • Course Number: 10006141
    • Credits: 3.00
    Provides fundamental knowledge of the major crops grown in Wisconsin. Topics include crop growth and development, physiology, and nutrition; seed germination and selection; environmental factors and agronomic problems that affect crop development.
  • Dairy/Livestock Ration Balance
    10-006-114
    3Credit
    72
    90
    N/A
    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 90
    • Course Number: 10006114
    • Credits: 3.00
    Teaches students the mechanics of balancing livestock rations using the National Research recommendations and other information. Computers will be used to develop rations. The makeup and functions of the nutrients essential for livestock will be discussed in the preparation of dairy and beef rations. The student will complete a cost analysis of all rations.
  • Introduction to Soils
    10-006-143
    3Credit
    72
    90
    N/A
    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 90
    • Course Number: 10006143
    • Credits: 3.00
    Provides fundamental knowledge of soils and growth media. Course topics include soil formation and development, soil components, soil profile, soil classification and soil conservation. Students will experience soils concepts through the completion of hands-on activities.
  • Agronomy Equipment
    10-006-150
    3Credit
    72
    90
    N/A
    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 90
    • Course Number: 10006150
    • Credits: 3.00
    Provides students with an overview of various types of agronomy-related equipment including chemical and fertilizer applicators, planters and grain drills. Equipment operation, maintenance, calibration and safety will be emphasized. Both large and small equipment will be operated during the class.
  • Dairy/Livestock Herd Management
    10-006-145
    3Credit
    72
    90
    N/A
    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 90
    • Course Number: 10006145
    • Credits: 3.00
    Covers the herd health and reproductive systems of the dairy and livestock animals. The class will cover various herd health problems, including mastitis, milk fever and similar common livestock health problems. A herd health and reproductive management program will be developed.
  • Dairy Genetics and Reproduction
    10-006-148
    3Credit
    72
    90
    N/A
    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 90
    • Course Number: 10006148
    • Credits: 3.00
    Designed for the student who needs a comprehensive knowledge of dairy genetics and reproduction. Emphasis is on basic genetic principles and sire selection. Students will learn the anatomy and physiology of the bovine female reproductive tract and the management of the estrous cycle in cattle.
  • Dairy/Livestock Records Management
    10-006-149
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A
    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10006149
    • Credits: 3.00
    Acquaints the students with herd management programs using traditional and computerized herd record keeping systems. Students will have hands-on experience with the latest available programs used in dairy record keeping.
  • Precision Ag Overview
    10-006-154
    3Credit
    72
    90
    N/A
    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 90
    • Course Number: 10006154
    • Credits: 3.00
    Provides an overview of precision farming concepts and the tools of precision farming (GPS, GIS and VRT). Covers the introductory use of each of these tools in the processes of a precision farming system. Hands-on activities with real farm data will provide an initial experience in the use of these tools. Economic and environmental benefits will also be discussed.

    General Studies (15 Credits)

    Course Title
    Course Number
    Credits
    Instructional Hours
    Outside Effort Hours**
    Prior Learning Credit Eligibility
  • Written Communication
    10-801-195
    3Credit
    54
    108

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10801195
    • Credits: 3.00

    Teaches the writing process which includes prewriting, drafting and revising. Through writing assignments, students analyze audience and purpose, research and organize ideas, and format and design documents based on subject matter and content. Class sessions and assignments involve giving oral presentations and using computers.

    Prereq: HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+, Next Gen Read 250+/Sent 250+, ACT Read 18+/Engl 18+ OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 10831103 OR Not pursuing a degree
  • Math w Business Apps
    10-804-123
    3Credit
    54
    108

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10804123
    • Credits: 3.00

    Covers real numbers, basic operations, linear equations, proportions with one variable, percents, simple interest, compound interest, annuities, applying math concepts to the purchasing/buying process, applying math concepts to the selling process, and basic statistics with business/consumer applications.

    Prereq: Arith – HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL 46+, Next Gen 250+, ACT Math 16+ OR Arith Prep 10834109 OR Not pursuing a degree
  • Economics
    10-809-195
    3Credit
    54
    108

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10809195
    • Credits: 3.00

    Provides a foundation of economic concepts and institutions so that students can apply economic thinking to their own decisions as consumers, employees and citizens in a market-oriented economic system. Topics include supply and demand, employment, prices and production, fiscal policy, monetary policy, market structures, and international trade and finance.

    Prereq: HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+, Next Gen Read 250+/Sent 237+, ACT Read 18+/Engl 15+ OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 74851745 OR not pursuing a degree
  • Oral/Interpersonal Comm
    10-801-196
    3Credit
    54
    108

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10801196
    • Credits: 3.00

    Focuses on developing effective listening techniques and verbal and nonverbal communication skills through oral presentation, group activity, and other projects. The study of self, conflict, and cultural contexts will be explored, as well as their impact on communication.

    Prereq: HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+, Next Gen Read 250+/Sent 237+, ACT Read 18+/Engl 15+ OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 74851745 OR not pursuing a degree
  • Psychology of Human Relations
    10-809-199
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10809199
    • Credits: 3.00

    Explores the relationship between the general principles of psychology and people's everyday lives. Students seek a deepened sense of awareness of themselves and others, and to improve their relationships at work, in the family and in society.

    Prereq: HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+, Next Gen Read 250+/Sent 237+, ACT Read 18+/Engl 15+ OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 74851745 OR not pursuing a degree

    Suggested Electives (3 Credits)

    Course Title
    Course Number
    Credits
    Instructional Hours
    Outside Effort Hours**
    Prior Learning Credit Eligibility
  • Crop Scouting Training
    10-006-109
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10006109
    • Credits: 3.00

    Includes hands-on identification and management of insects, diseases and seedling weeds found in Wisconsin crops. Crop development and herbicide damage issues will also be covered.

  • Commercial Vegetable Production
    10-006-146
    3Credit
    72
    90
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 90
    • Course Number: 10006146
    • Credits: 3.00

    Explore planting technology, variety selection, soil fertility, cultural practices, harvest of commercial vegetables, and pest management including disease, insects, and weeds. Common Wisconsin vegetables discussed will include potato, snap beans, canning peas, sweet corn, and smaller volume vegetable crops.

  • GIS Applications
    10-006-163
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10006163
    • Credits: 3.00

    Prepares students in the use of various Geographic Information Systems utilized in precision farming. Students will learn how to install and set up GIS software, transfer data, process field data, and create reports and/or prescription maps. Students will utilize hands-on computer exercises with real farm data to provide a practical experience.

  • Animal Health
    10-006-170
    3Credit
    72
    90
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 90
    • Course Number: 10006170
    • Credits: 3.00

    Examines animal health by studying disease etiology, symptoms, transmission, diagnosis, prevention and control. Learners will focus on a variety of species while using proper veterinary terminology as it relates to disease. Additionally, learners will develop a comprehensive preventative medicine plan for a species of interest.

    Prereq: Animal Science Fundamentals 10006140; Coreq: Written Communication 10801195
  • Dairy/Livestock Artificial Insemination Records & Management
    10-006-169
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10006169
    • Credits: 3.00

    Teaches students about the anatomy and physiology of cattle reproduction and artificial insemination of the bovine species. Topics include estrous cycle and reproductive records management, nutrition, animal fertility, herd health and sire selection. Site visits will be used to practice estrous detection, insemination techniques and computer analysis. Hands-on computer training with Dairy Comp 305 and PCDART will focus on development of herd protocols and their analysis.

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