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Agricultural Systems Management

The agricultural systems management (ASM) program combines an understanding of the agricultural, biological and physical sciences with economics, managerial and technical skills.  This understanding of science, systems management and applications of engineering can be applied to a career in the production and processing of food, feed, fiber and fuel, and the marketing, sales and distribution of agricultural products and services.
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The Program

The ASM major in the College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources is administered by the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering. The ASM program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree and includes core requirements in mathematics, communications, sciences, humanities and social sciences. In the major, students complete technical systems courses in machine principles, power systems, computer applications, materials handling, site specific agriculture, environmental resources management, electrical systems and electronics, and information/decision support technology. The curriculum balances hands-on knowledge of technology with instruction in agricultural sciences and agribusiness principles. A degree is awarded after completion of a minimum of 128 credits.

The ASM curriculum has the flexibility to permit individuals from both rural and urban backgrounds to develop a program to meet personal career objectives. Minors may be developed in related fields of production agriculture, agribusiness or in fields that add curriculum diversity, e.g., international studies, communication, natural resources management, business administration, accounting, or industrial management.

ASM students are encouraged to consider practical work experience during their college program. Cooperative Education provides opportunities for students to gain valuable career related experience.

Career Opportunities

The opportunities for ASM graduates are many and diverse. Graduates may, for example:

1.   Be employed by companies and agencies providing inputs and technical services for agricultural production:

  • Business Manager, Titan Machinery
  • Loan Officer, National Bank of Harvey
  • Territory After Market Manager, Deere and Company
  • Irrigation Sales and Service, Reinke Manufacturing Co.
  • Parts Manager, RDO Equipment
  • Precision Ag Specialist, Precision Partners
  • District Sales Manager, Interstate Seed Co.

2.   Work with agribusiness companies and agencies that handle, store, process and distribute agricultural products and foods:

  • Station Manager, Pioneer Hi-Bred International
  • Petroleum Sales Specialist, Cenex/Land O'Lakes
  • Elevator Manager, ADM
  • Production Management, Black Gold Farms
  • Crop Consultant, Triangle Agronomy

3.    Work with companies and agencies providing inputs and technical services to rural and urban communities and the general society:

  • CEO, Cass County Electric
  • Ag Science Teacher, North Central Schools
  • Soil Conservationist, USDA or
  • Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Farm Appraiser, Farm Credit Services
  • Energy Use Advisor, Verendrye Electric Cooperative
  • Water Quality Specialist, USDA or Extension Service

4.    Be self-employed, performing services as consultants, or as owners or operators of businesses:

  • Owner, Credit Management Consulting
  • Owner, Lynnes Bison Farms
  • Owner, Hoffman Irrigation
  • Owner, Rust Sales


Several scholarships are available through the department. These scholarships range from $300 to $3,000. Students also may be eligible for scholarships from the College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources.

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

The ASM Club offers students opportunities to participate in professional and social activities with other students at the local, regional and national levels. ASM Club members take an active part in the annual Agricultural Technology Expo, go on field trips and are involved in public service activities.  Being an active participant in student organizations helps students develop leadership, teamwork, organization and communication skills.  These skills are highly sought by those industries that hire ASM graduates.

A Well-Equipped Teaching Facility

The ASM degree program is housed in the Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering building which includes offices, classrooms and laboratories. Laboratories are furnished with equipment typical of that used in industry and research, such as personal computers that are networked to the University’s computer facilities, tractors, engines, surveying equipment, etc. Department faculty have received recognition for outstanding teaching and research on the state and national levels. Faculty expertise varies across a wide and diverse range of specialties related to agricultural and biological systems.

Sample Curriculum


General Education Requirements                     





       COMM 110 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking


       ENGL 110 - College Composition I


       ENGL 120 - College Composition II


       Upper Division Writing


Quantitative Reasoning


       STAT 330 - Introductory Statistics


Science & Technology


       CHEM 121 - General Chemistry I


       CHEM 122 - General Chemistry II


       PHYS 211, 211L - College Physics I and Lab


Humanities & Fine Arts


Social & Behavioral Sciences


       ECON 201 - Principles of Microeconomics


       ECON 202 - Principles of Macroeconomics




Cultural Diversity


Global Perspective




Major Requirements



ASM 115 - Fundamentals of Agricultural

      Systems Management


ASM 125 - Fabrication and Construction Technology


ASM 225 - Computer Application in Agricultural

      Systems Management


ASM 264 - Natural Resource Management Systems


ASM 264L - Natural Resource Management

      Systems Lab


ASM 323 - Post-Harvest Technology


ASM 354 - Electricity and Electronic Applications


ASM 373 - Tractors and Power Units


ASM 374 - Power Units Lab


ASM 378 - Machinery Principles and Management


ASM 429 - Hydraulic Power Principles and



ASM 454 - Principles and Application of Precision



ASM 475 - Management of Agricultural Systems                        

      (Capstone Course)


ASM 491 - Seminar


ASM 496 - Field Experience (Expo)




Related Requirements

3 or 6

ACCT 102 - Fundamentals of Accounting or

ACCT 200, 201 - Elements of Accounting I, II


AGRI 150 - Agriculture Orientation

3 or 4

CSCI 114 - Microcomputer Packages or

CSCI 116 - Business Use of Computers


MATH 103 - College Algebra


MATH 105 - Trigonometry


PSYC 111 - Introduction to Psychology


Specialized Option




Minimum Degree Credits to Graduate

Applied Business Option (Standard Option)                 27

Students select courses to enhance curriculum diversity in their areas of interest, such as communication, international studies, industrial management, construction management or food processing.

Production Agriculture                                              27

Students select courses in agricultural sciences and supporting areas to enhance individual career goals in the technical and management aspects of production agriculture.

Dealership Management Option                              28-35

Students select courses in economics, business and related areas to enhance career goals in agribusiness and applied economics, business administration, or related industries.  Two paid internships with equipment dealerships are required.  Several industry scholarships are available to students in this specialization.

This sample curriculum is not intended to serve as a curriculum guide for current students, but rather an example of course offerings for prospective students. For the curriculum requirements in effect at the time of entrance into a program, consult with an academic advisor or with the Office of Registration and Records.

Transferring Credits

View NDSU equivalencies of transfer courses at:

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
Room 100

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering is located near the center of campus on Albrecht Boulevard, just west of the Memorial Union (Campus Map)

Contact Information

Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
North Dakota State University
Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering 100
Dept #7620, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231-7261 /Fax: (701) 231-1008
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