Agricultural Systems Management

Looking for a career where you can combine your interests in machines and business?

A career where you're just as likely to spend time pitching project proposals in the conference room as you are getting your hands dirty tightening lug nuts and building engines in the shop?

A career that puts you at the forefront of technological innovation in agriculture, environmental protection and other related industries? Then agricultural systems management (ASM) is for you.

Agricultural Systems Management

Career Opportunities

A bachelor's of science degree in agricultural systems management from the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) will provide you with all the skills you will need to succeed in a wide variety of careers.

You can individualize your degree program to fit the career field that most interests you. The business and technical skills you'll acquire while earning your ASM degree will prepare you for any number of careers in many industries, including:

Research/Internship Opportunities

As an agricultural systems management student, your chances to gain real world experience through internships are almost limitless. Opportunities exist with some of the nation's largest and most respected companies and agencies.

Dealership Management Program

The Dealership Management Program (DMP) combines courses in business management with technical courses to produce well-rounded dealership personnel. Students who participate in the DMP will take a comprehensive sequence of courses in agricultural systems management and agricultural business management. Each student is expected to plan and complete an internship with a sponsoring dealer. Up to five hours of credit may be earned for this internship.

Get Involved on Campus

Want to have fun and develop your leadership skills and professional contacts at the same time? Then join one or more of the College's student clubs and organizations. There are more than 30 to choose from, and each gives you the opportunity to apply what you're learning in the classroom while making lifelong friends.

Agricultural Systems Management Club is a group of ASM majors and other CAFNR students that meets the first Wednesday of every month to discuss club business such as upcoming events and group trips. Most meetings begin with a meal and a chance to mingle with other members. Members take part in events such as: international study abroad trips, Spring Lawn Mower Clinic, and Spring Trip just to name a few. In the past, students have had the opportunity to engage in two-week international experiences to Germany, Brazil and Costa Rica to study agriculture and see some extraordinary sites. The Spring Lawn Mower Clinic allows members to put their mechanical, business and people skills to use when they take on the task of servicing more than 200 mowers for the public each spring. Spring Trips to Midwestern companies such as John Deere, Vermeer and Kinze reward members for their participation and hard work.

Agricultural Systems Management Department
207 Agriculture Engineering, 573-882-2126

Alpha MU, the agricultural systems management honor society, is comprised of selected students who demonstrate high scholarship and outstanding leadership in the ASM program. The objective is to develop skilled, motivated leaders capable of contributing to the agriculture industry.

"Torque-N-Tigers" is a club that designs and builds a quarter-scale tractor to participate in the American Society of Agricultural Engineers' national design and tractor pull competition. The club gives students the opportunity to gain practical experience while developing communication, leadership and teamwork skills.

Web site: Torq'N Tigers

Agricultural Systems Management Department
254 Agriculture Engineering, 573-882-7549

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Agricultural Systems Management Dept.

208 Agricultural Engineering Bldg.
Columbia, MO 65211
Phone: 573-882-2126
Fax: 573-884-5650
Academic Major Sheet (PDF)
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