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Agricultural Technology Management

Faculty—Clark, Hutchinson, Koelliker, Maghirang, Mankin, Schrock, Slocombe, Steichen, and Zhang.


Agricultural technology management

Bachelor of science in agriculture

127 semester hours

Agricultural technology management emphasizes the application and integration of agricultural/biological sciences, agricultural engineered systems, and business to manage human and natural resources in the production and processing of food and agricultural products. It prepares men and women for technical management positions in food and agricultural industries that require an understanding of both technology and management. Agricultural technology management graduates are typically employed in technical sales, service, and management in agricultural production operations, agribusiness and food and feed processing industries, government agencies, and companies.

Courses are designed to apply physical science concepts and problem solving to food and agricultural systems. Supporting courses provide a foundation of mathematics, chemistry, business, and computer and communication skills. Technical electives are available to develop a degree program that meets personal career objectives.

The curriculum is administered by the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering and leads to the bachelor of science degree in agriculture with a major in agricultural technology management.

Students must complete the university general education requirements specified by the College of Agriculture. See the College of Agriculture General Requirements section.

Engineering equipment fee

Students enrolling in ATM courses will be assessed the engineering fee plus any universitywide technology fee.

John Deere Dealership Management Program

John Deere Company and the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering have teamed to develop and offer a program that results in a degree in agricultural technology management with a business management emphasis. In addition to a formal education at K-State, students in this program receive hands-on experiences in approved John Deere dealerships.

Agricultural technology management curriculum
General requirements42
ENGL 100Expository Writing I3
ENGL 200Expository Writing II3
SPCH 105Public Speaking IA2
GENAG 101Ag Orientation (freshmen only)1
MATH 150Plane Trigonometry3
**MATH 205General Calculus and Linear Algebra3
University General Education courseCHM 210Chemistry I4
University General Education courseBIOL 198Principles of Biology4
PHYS 113General Physics I4
Communication electives (List 2)6
Humanities and/or social sciences electives (List 3)9
ATM / BAE courses29
BAE 200Introduction to Biological and Agricultural Engineering Technology2
BAE 350Agricultural Machinery Systems2
BAE 351Agricultural Machinery Systems Lab1
ATM 160Engineered Systems and Technology in Agriculture3
ATM 450Sensors and Controls of Agricultural and Biological Systems3
ATM 511Agricultural Building Systems3
ATM 558Soil Erosion and Sediment Pollution Control3
ATM/BAEElectives (minimum of 12 hrs from List 4; 9 of the hours must be ATM or BAE courses)12
Agricultural science courses10
AGRON 305Soils4
Agricultural science electives6
(minimum of 6 hrs. from List 6, 7, or 8; all 6 hrs. must be College of Agriculture courses)
Restricted electives12
(Choose a minimum of 12 hours all from the same list; 6 of the 12 hours must be 400 level or higher; may use Lists 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, or 8)
Business and management courses18
University General Education courseECON 110Principles of Macroeconomics3
University General Education courseACCTG 231Accounting for Business Operations3
Statistics requirement3
Choose one of the following courses:
STAT 320Elements of Statistics
STAT 340Biometrics I
STAT 350Business and Economic Statistics I

Management requirement  3

IMSE 501Industrial Management
MANGT 421Introduction to Management Operations
Business and management elective6
(choose a minimum of 6 hrs from List 5)
Technical courses10-11
ME 212Engineering Graphics2
IMSE 250Production Processes2
IMSE 251Production Processes Lab1
Computer technical elective2-3
(2-3 hours from List 1)
General technical elective3
(any course from the College of Engineering)
Free electives5-6

Total credits for graduation  127

University General Education courseApproved UGE course.
**MATH 220 with a grade of C or better may be substituted for MATH 150 and MATH 205. Remaining two math credit hours shall be used as technical or restricted electives.
Lists of recommended courses

List 1: Computer technology electives

Any CIS course
AGEC 490Computer Application in Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness2
*AGRON 655GIS and Site Specific Agriculture3
CIS 101, 102, and 104 are recommended for students with limited proficiency in computer applications. Other computer technology courses may be selected with advisor consent.
List 2: Communications electives
*AGCOM 400Agricultural Business Communications3
AGCOM 410Agricultural Student Magazine2
ENGL 300Expository Writing III3
*ENGL 516Written Communications for the Sciences3
*SPCH 311Business and Professional Speaking3
*SPCH 321Public Speaking II2
SPCH 325Argumentation and Debate3
SPCH 326Small Group Discussion Methods3
SPCH 726Seminar in Persuasion3
MC400News and Feature Writing3
*MKTG 542Professional Selling and Sales Management3
EDSEC 503Teaching Adults in Agriculture3
GENAG 450Citizenship and Ethics in Agriculture3
List 3: Humanities and/or social science electives
American ethnic studies—any course
Architecture, planning, and design—any course in history or appreciation of architecture or environmental design
Anthropology—any course
Art—course in appreciation and theory
Dance—any course
Economics—above ECON 110 Principles of Macroeconomics
English—any except courses in composition
Geography—any except GEOG220 Environmental Geography I and GEOG 221 Environmental Geography II
History—any course
Family studies and human services—any course
Modern languages—any course
Music—any course in theory or appreciation of music
Philosophy—any course
Political science—any course
Psychology—any course
Sociology, anthropology, and social work—any course
Theatre—any course
Women's studies—any course
*PSYCH 560Industrial Psychology3
*DEN275Introduction to Personal and Professional Development1
List 4: ATM electives
*ATM 460Internship in Agricultural Technology Management1-3
*ATM 500Chemical Application Systems3
ATM 540Introduction to Food Engineering3
ATM 541Introduction to Food Engineering Laboratory Exercises1
*ATM 550Precision Agriculture Technologies3
*ATM 571Mechanisms for Power Transfer and Material Handling3
ATM 651Grain and Forage Handling Systems3
*ATM 653Water Management and Irrigation Systems2
*ATM 654Water Management and Irrigation Systems Lab1
ATM 661Water and Waste in the Environment3
BAE 533Applied Hydrology3
Any College of Engineering course
List 5: Agribusiness and management electives
University General Education course*ACCTG 241Accounting for Investment and Financing3
University General Education course*AGEC 120Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness3
University General Education courseAGEC 525Natural Resource and Environmental Economics3
Any other agricultural economics course(s)
ECON 520Intermediate Macroeconomics3
ECON 530Money and Banking3
ECON 681International Trade3
*FINAN 450Introduction to Finance3
IMSE 501Industrial Management3
*MANGT 390Business Law I3
*MANGT 420Management Concepts3
*MANGT 421Introduction to Operations Management3
University General Education course*MKTG 400Marketing3
*MKTG 450Consumer Behavior3
GRSC 630Management Applications in the Grain Processing Industries3
List 6: Biological, natural resource, and environmental sciences electives
*AGRON 220Crop Science4
AGRON 330Weed Science3
University General Education courseAGRON 335Environmental Quality3
AGRON 360Crop Growth and Development3
AGRON 375Soil Fertility3
AGRON 385Soil Fertility Laboratory2
AGRON 501Range Management3
AGRON 550Forage Management and Utilization3
AGRON 551Forage Management and Utilization Laboratory1
AGRON 630Crop Improvement and Biotechnology3
*AGRON 635Soil Conservation and Management3
*AGRON 655Site Specific Agriculture3
ASI 500Genetics3
BIOL 455General Microbiology4
BIOL 500Plant Physiology4
BIOL 529Fundamentals of Ecology3
BIOL 513Physiological Adaptations of Animals3
BIOL 612Introductory Limnology4
BIOL 303Ecology of Environmental Problems3
BIOL 330Public Health Biology3
University General Education courseCHM215Environmental Science: A Chemistry Perspective3
ENTOM 300Economic Entomology3
ENTOM 301Insects and People3
GEOG 100World Regional Geography3
University General Education courseGEOG220Environmental Geography I4
GEOG 508Geographic Information Systems I3
GEOL 115Environmental Geology3
GEOL 305Earth Resources3
University General Education courseGEOL 506Geology and Environment3
HORT 201Principles of Horticultural Science4
University General Education coursePLPTH 300Microbes, Plants, and the Human Perspective3
PLPTH 500Principles of Plant Pathology3
GENAG 582NRES Capstone3
Horticulture, forestry, and recreation resources courses with consent of advisor.
List 7: Animal sciences electives
ASI 102Principles of Animal Science3
ASI 300Principles of Livestock Feeding3
ASI 315Livestock and Meat Evaluation3
ASI 318Fundamentals of Nutrition3
ASI 320Principles of Feeding3
(cannot take 300 and 320)
ASI 400Farm Animal Reproduction
ASI 422Livestock Sales Management1
ASI 450Principles of Livestock Selection2
ASI 470Form and Function in Livestock2
ASI 510Animal Breeding Principles3
ASI 512Bovine Reproductive Technologies2
ASI 515Beef Science3
ASI 521Horse Science3
ASI 524Sheep Science3
ASI 533Anatomy and Physiology4
ASI 534Introduction to Pharmacology of Farm Animals2
ASI 535Swine Science3
ASI 620Livestock Production and Management2
ASI 655Behavior of Domestic Animals3
AGRON 501Range Management3
AGRON 550Forage Management and Utilization3
AGRON 551Forage Management and Utilization Laboratory1
BIOCH 265Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry5
ENTOM 305Livestock Entomology2
ENTOM 306Livestock Entomology Laboratory1
List 8: Food and feed processing electives
ASI 350Meat Science3
ASI 361Meat Animal Processing2
ASI 370Principles of Meat Evaluation2
ASI 395Meat Grading, Specifications, and Evaluation2
ASI 405Fundamentals of Milk Processing3
ASI605Fresh Meat Operations2
ASI606Inst. Anal. Food and Agricultural Products2
ASI 608Dairy Food Processing and Technology3
ASI 610Processed Meat Operations2
FDSCI 302Introduction to Food Science3
FDSCI 305Fundamentals of Food Processing3
FDSCI 430Food Products Evaluation3
FDSCI 607Food Microbiology4
FDSCI 694Food Plant Management2
FDSCI 695Quality Assurance of Food Products3
GRSC 110Flow Sheets2
GRSC 150Principles of Milling3
GRSC 500Milling Science I4
GRSC 510Feed Technology I4
GRSC 602Cereal Science3
GRSC 610Electricity and its Control for the Grain Process Industry3
GRSC 651Food and Feed Production Protection4
GRSC 655Cereal Food Plant Design and Construction3
*Recommended for students in the John Deere Dealership Management Program (advisor approval needed for other courses).
University General Education courseDenotes UGE courses

Agricultural technology management minor

Students enrolled in any undergraduate major will be admitted as a candidate for the ATM minor program upon filing a notice of intent with the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering office.

Complete a minimum of 15 credit hours including
ATM 160Engineered Systems and Technology in Agriculture3
ATM electives12
An additional 12 hours of agricultural technology management and/or biological and agricultural engineering courses with at least 6 hours 400 or greater selected by the student in consultation with the ATM advisor.

Agricultural technology management courses

ATM 160. Engineered Systems and Technology in Agriculture. (3) I. An introductory course designed for non-engineering majors. This course introduces engineering principles and problem solving associated with energy resources and power systems for agriculture, machinery systems, natural resources and environmental management, and food and fiber processing and storage. Three hours rec. a week. Not open to seniors. Pr.: MATH 100.

ATM 450. Sensors and Controls for Agricultural and Biological Systems. (3). II. Applications of instrumentation. Sensors used in agricultural machines and processes for measurement of voltage, force, torque, pressure, displacement, velocity, acceleration, flow, temperature, humidity, etc. Analog and digital signal conditioning and processing. Feedback controls concept. Computer interface. Two hours lecture and three hours lab per week. Pr.: PHYS 113 or PHYS 115, ATM 160 or MATH 100.

ATM 460. Internship in Agricultural Technology Management. (1-3) I. Intern programs in agricultural technology management. One hour of credit for each four weeks of supervised and evaluated off-campus work experience with cooperating employers. A maximum of 3 hours may be applied to a BS in agricultural technology management. Pr.: Junior standing.

ATM 500. Chemical Application Systems. (3) I. Operational characteristics of chemical application systems and components used in the agricultural and turf industries. Includes hydraulic principles, pumps, valves, nozzles, drift, homeowner and research plot procedures and technology, calibration principles, aerial technology, commercial agriculture and turf technology, applicator laws and regulations, and safe handling and storage of crop protection products. Two hours lec. and two hours lab a week. Pr.: ATM 160 or MATH 100.

ATM 511. Agricultural Building Systems. (3) II. Concepts and fundamentals related to agricultural building systems including structural materials, beam and column strength, environmental control for plants and animals, farmstead layouts, crop storage, and livestock and plant production facilities. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: ATM 160 or PHYS 113 or 115.

ATM 515. Problems in Agricultural Technology Management. (Var.) I, II, S. Problems in the application of technical principles to agricultural technology management. Pr.: Approval of instructor.

ATM 540. Introduction to Food Engineering. (3 ) I. Material and energy balances with application to food processing. Fluid flow and heat transfer in food processing. Thermodynamic properties and laws. Conc. enrollment in ATM 541 is urged. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: PHYS 113 or 115, BIOCH120 or CHM190, MATH 210 or 205.

ATM 541. Introduction to Food Engineering Laboratory Exercises. (1) I. Laboratory experiments supplementing ATM 540. Three hours lab a week. Pr. or conc.: ATM 540.

ATM 550. Precision Agriculture Technologies. (3) I. Application of precision technologies for gathering information to assist decision making for production systems. Topics will include global positioning systems, vehicle guidance systems, crop yield monitors, variable rate control systems for applicators, and the communication between these devices. Two hours rec. and two hours lab. a week. Pr.: MATH 150 or equiv., PHYS 113 or 115, and STAT 320 or 340 or 350.

ATM 558. Soil Erosion and Sediment Pollution Control. (3) II. Planning and analysis of production systems with respect to regulatory, environmental, and resource management. Water and wind erosion; estimating soil loss; estimating runoff rate and volume; laying out and checking terraces, waterways and farm ponds; agricultural surveying; and conservation planning. Two hours rec. and three hours lab a week. Pr.: AGRON 305.

ATM 571. Mechanisms for Power Transfer and Material Handling. (3) II. Selection, operation, and performance analysis of electric motors, mechanical mechanisms (belt drives, chain drives, gear drives, conveyors), and fluid power components and systems used to transfer power in agricultural and materials handling systems. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: BAE 350.

ATM 651. Grain and Forage Handling Systems. (3) I. Principles of grain and forage conditioning and storage. Structures and equipment for quality preservation. Two hours rec. and three hours lab a week. Pr.: ATM 160 or PHYS 113 or 115 and senior standing.

ATM 653. Water Management and Irrigation Systems. (2) II. Management of water in crop production systems, crop water use, and irrigation scheduling. Fundamentals of water flow in pipe networks, pumping plants, and irrigation systems. Two hours rec.a week. Pr.: ATM 160 or PHYS 113, CIS 102 and CIS 104 or AGRON 455, AGRON 305, and junior standing or higher.

ATM 654. Water Management and Irrigation Systems Lab. (1) II. Laboratory and hands-on activities on soil water balance characteristics, crop water use, water flow in pipe networks, pump hydraulics, sprinkler nozzles, drip irrigation systems, water filtration systems, and chemigation systems. Three hour lab each week. Pr.: Must be taken conc. with ATM 653; and junior standing or higher.

ATM 661. Water and Waste in the Environment. (3). I. Principles and practices surrounding: water sources and quality; wastewater microbiology; animal, food processing plant, and domestic waste handling, treatment, and utilization; surface and groundwater contamination, protection, and treatment. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: CHM 110 or 210 and BIOL 198.

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