Agricultural Business (AAS)

Application Code: 
Degree Received: 
Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Academic Department Info: 
Program Coordinator: 
Dr. Dorothea Fitzsimmons
Coordinator Email:

It is an exciting time to be an agricultural business student. One out of every six jobs in the American economy is related to agriculture and food businesses. The curriculum in agriculture business is designed to provide students with the technical and business skills necessary to be successful in our nation's largest industry. Career opportunities in agribusiness range from managing a farm (dairy, beef, equine, vegetable, fruit, crops) to working in the nurserie, timber, banking, or publishing industries. Ample opportunities are available in the management of farm supply stores or cooperatives, agricultural input sales, insurance, real estate, agricultural processing, and manufacturing industries.

Agricultural business managers also must have enough technical knowledge of crops, growing conditions, and plant diseases to make decisions ensuring the successful operation of their farms. A rudimentary knowledge of veterinary science, as well as animal husbandry, is important for livestock and dairy farmers. The agricultural business curriculum will provide the student with the basic business, crop, and animal skills to make informed business decisions.

Showmanship Day

All students enrolled in agriculture classes truly enjoy participating in the annual showmanship activities each spring. Students can select a species of animal (cattle, horses, swine, alpacas, or sheep) to train, groom, and show in this annual competition. Family, friends, and alumni are invited to enjoy the competition and the awards BBQ following the showmanship contest.

Related Clubs and Activities

Students have the opportunity to participate in the Collegiate Agricultural Leaders (CAL) Club, Collegiate FFA, Equestrian Club, Dairy Judging Team, Agricultural Skills Day, Livestock Club, Spring Fling Consignment Sale, Community-Supported Agriculture projects, local foods projects, showmanship contests, and Sustainability Club.


The department offers various scholarships to students.

Student Learning Outcomes: 
  • Demonstrate essential technical knowledge of animal husbandry methods to make informed agribusiness decisions
  • Demonstrate essential technical knowledge of crops, soils, and growing conditions to make informed agribusiness decisions
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyze information, and compare and contrast agricultural management systems
  • Info Management (computer & research skills appropriate to degree level and type)
  • Written & Oral Communication (appropriate to degree level and type)
  • Critical Thinking (problem solving, reasoning skills appropriate to degree level and type)
Entrance Requirements & Recommendations: 

Recommended: Algebra

Features & Facilities: 
  • Focuses on:
    • Farm business management
    • Agricultural sales
    • Retailing management
    • Agricultural Business transfer
  • Modern, well-equipped labs
  • 750-acre College Farm
Articulation Agreements: 

Students in this program benefit from an articulation agreement with Cornell University. (A formal transfer agreement with Cornell University guarantees admission to Cornell for those who complete certain course work at Alfred State and maintain at least a B average.)

Graduation Requirements: 

Students must:

  • successfully complete the prescribed sequence of courses
  • achieve a minimum index of 2.0 in their core courses
  • achieve a minimum index of 2.0 overall
  • be recommended by the department faculty
Career Opportunities: 
  • Writers of Technical Publications, Radio & TV Scripts, News Items for magazines & newspapers, Education & Public Relations material
  • Warehouse Managers for Farm Chemicals, Feed, Seed, and Fertilizers
  • Agricultural Credit Officers for Banks, Government, Loan Agencies, and Farm Cooperative Loan Agencies
  • Programs that can lead to green careersManagement or Ownership of Commercial Farms
  • Feed, Seed, and Fertilizer Sales Technicians
  • Manager/Assistant Managers of Farm Supply Stores
  • Chain Store and Retail Food Management
  • Agricultural Consulting Services
Direct Entry Into Baccalaureate Degree Program: 

Alfred State agricultural business graduates may enter directly into the technology management BBA degree program.

Transfer Opportunities: 

Many schools, including Cornell University, grant full credit to students wishing to transfer to fouryear programs, usually in agricultural economics or agricultural education.

A formal articulation agreement exists between Alfred State and Cornell University for transfer options.

Typical Semester Layout: 
First Semestercredits
ANSC1204Intro to Animal Science4
AGRI1002Intro to Agriculture2
CISY1003Intro to Microcomputer Applic 3
BIOL 1304 Botany 4
COMP1503Freshman Composition3
 XXXXGen Education Elective3-4
Second Semestercredits
ANSC3202Dairy Management Analysis2
AGRI2012Organic & Sustain Agr Tech2-3
 xxx3Gen Education Elective3
ACCT1124Financial Accounting4
 xxxxAg Elective OR 
 xxx3Business Elective3-4
CISY1003Intro to Microcomputer Appl OR 
CISY1103 Info Technology Mgmt  3
Third Semestercredits
ACCT2224Mangerial Accounting4
AGEC3213Farm & Rural Business3
 xxxxAg. Elective3-4
 xxx3Ag or General Education Elective3
 xxx3Gen Ed or Technical Elective3
Fourth Semestercredits
AGEC4303Rural Business Finance3
 xxxxGen. Education Elective3-4
 xxx3Bus or Marketing Elective3
 xxxxAg Elective2-4
AGRI4002Senior Seminar/Capstone Project2
Agriculture Electives:credits
ANSC2114Domestic Animal A&P4
ANSC3003Feeds and Nutrition3
ANSC3103Livestock Mgmt & Production 3
ANSC3202Dairy Mgmt Analysis2
ANSC3204Dairy Cattle Production III4
ANSC 3222 Dairy Calf Management2
ANSC2102Dairy Cattle Reprod & A. I. Tech2
AGPS2114Field and Forage Crops4
AGPS5103Sustainable Vegetable Production Technology3
AGRI3351Live Animal Evaluation1
Business Electives:credits
BUAD3043Business Law3
MKTG3153Web Design & Marketing3
BUAD4203Intro to Personal Finance3
CISY 3023 Advanced Spreadsheets3
BUAD 3153Fundamentals of Management3
Also Requiredcredits
HPED One Unit of Physical Education1
Employment and Transfer Rate: 
Employment and Transfer Survey Details: 
Survey Details201020112012
Receiving Degrees156
Responding to Survey1 (100%)2 (40%)4 (67%)
Employed0 (0%)1 (50%)2 (50%)
Employed in Field0 (0%)1 (100%)2 (100%) 
Transferred1 (100%)1 (50%)2 (50%)
Unemployed & Seeking Employment------
Unemployed & Not Seeking Employment------
Employment and Transfer Salary Information: 

Prefer not to disclose (2)