Agricultural Technology (AAS)

Application Code: 
0510
Degree Received: 
Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Academic Department Info: 
Program Coordinator: 
Dr. Philip Schroeder
Coordinator Email: 
schroepd@alfredstate.edu
Description: 

360 Virtual TourThe agricultural technology program provides students the flexibility to select elective courses to fit their career goals. Students can choose concentrations of courses in animal science or plant science.

  • Animal science concentration ‑ students can elect courses to enhance their knowledge in animal agriculture and/or dairy science.
  • Plant science concentration ‑ students can elect courses to enhance their knowledge in crops and plant sciences, including fruit and vegetable production.

The careers related to agriculture are diverse and constantly changing. The agricultural technology program has been designed to allow students the freedom to select courses which will allow specialization in specific areas of agriculture. Options and opportunities for both conventional and organic farming practices will be offered on the college's production agriculture farms.

Animal/Dairy Science Concentration

The animal science concentration is a progressive practical program emphasizing dairy cattle management. The program offers both managerial and hands-on experiences. This concentration's courses provide a science and business background. A strong emphasis is placed on application of these principles, with our 65 cow tie-stall dairy herd of registered Holsteins. The dairy complex features a milking parlor with integrated dairy cattle management software. The herd produces nearly 28,000 pounds of milk, more than 1,100 pounds of fat with a B.A.A. of more than 108.7 percent. The Alfred State cows have the highest B.A.A. of any publicly-owned herd in the nation. Alternative species, including horses, pigs, alpacas, poultry, and sheep are also housed at the College Farm for instructional purposes.

Plant/Crops/Fruit/Vegetable Concentration

This curriculum emphasizes the management of the soil in order to increase production of food crops for both human and livestock consumption. Students are usually interested in crop farming or market gardening careers. Students will be taught conventional, natural, and organic food production systems. This concentration's courses that provide a science and business background. A strong emphasis is placed on application of sustainability principles on our farm, research plots, gardens, hydroponic systems, greenhouses, and high tunnels.

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, Spring Fling Consignment Sale, Community Supported Agriculture projects, local foods projects, showmanship contests, and Sustainability Club.

Expenses

Textbooks are the primary expense with cost averaging $500 per year. Boots and coveralls are required for all farm-related activities.

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: 

Required: Algebra
Recommended: Geometry, Algebra 2/Trigonometry, Biology, Chemistry

Features & Facilities: 
  • Students can take courses in any agriculture program as well as other programs at Alfred State & Alfred University
  • Individual programs designed for each student based on needs/interests
  • Utilizes all facilities in the Ag Science building and college farm
  • Students may remain in agricultural technology or transfer to another agricultural program
Articulation Agreements: 

Graduates of the agricultural technology program have transferred to many four-year colleges and universities to continue their education. In recent years, this list of four year institutions has included Cornell University, Penn State University, University of Georgia, Delaware Valley College, Ohio State University, and the University of Wisconsin. Usually, an agricultural technology graduate can obtain a bachelor's degree with only two additional years of study. Students can also remain at Alfred State to transfer into the technology management BBA degree program.

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: 
  • Owners, Operators, Managers, and Herdsmen for Dairy Cattle, and Meat Animal Farms
  • Salespeople and Consultants for Feed, Fertilizer, Agricultural, and Veterinary Supply Companies
  • Laboratory and Field Technicians for Artificial Insemination and Veterinary Supply Companies
  • Programs that can lead to green careersInspectors of Agricultural Products
  • Fruit, Vegetable, and Field Crop Production
  • Food Industry
  • Agricultural Banking and Lending
  • Dairy Farm Inspectors
Direct Entry Into Baccalaureate Degree Program: 

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

Collaborations

  • Wyoming County Dairy Institute (WDCI) Dairy Herdsmanship Training modules can be completed and applied toward college credit for the agricultural technology degree at Alfred State.
  • Scholarship money is available to students in the agricultural programs at Alfred State.
Typical Semester Layout: 

A typical first semester would consist of 16 academic hours which translates into approximately 24 class hours per week, 10 of which are in a laboratory situation and 14 in a lecture format. Subsequent semesters are comparable. For each hour spent in class, an additional two hours outside of class is usually required. The total academic week, therefore, may require as much as 60 hours in order to excel. Class sizes are small, ranging from 15 to no more than 30 in lectures and fewer than 15 in laboratories. All students are assigned an adviser who meets regularly with each advisee to plan the student's academic career, semester schedules, and to address any other counseling needs.

Animal Science Concentration

First Semestercredits
AGRI3351Live Animal Evaluation1
ANSC1204Intro to Animal Sciece4
AGRI1002Intro to Agriculture2
BIOL1304Botany4
 xxx3English as advised3
 xxx3Gen Education Elective3
   17
Second Semestercredits
AGPS1103Soils3
ANSC2114Domestic Animal A & P4
ANSC3203Dairy Cattle Production I OR 
 xxxxAnimal Elective3-4
 xxxxAgriculture elective(s)3
 xxx3Gen Education Elective3
   16-17
Third Semestercredits
ANSC3013Animal Disease Control3
AGEC3213Farm & Rural Management3
AGPS2113Field & Forage Crops3
 xxx3Animal or Plant Agriculture elective3
 xxx3Gen Education Elective3
   15
Fourth Semestercredits
 xxxxAgriculture or Transfer-related Elective2-4
 xxxxAgriculture or Transfer-related Elective3-4
 xxx3Gen Education Elective3
AGRI4002Seminar/Capstone Project2
AGEC4303Rural Business Finance3
   13-16

Suggested Agriculture or Transfer-related Electives:

Also required - One unit of Physical Education.

Plant Science Concentration

First Semestercredits
AGRI1002Introduction to Agriculture2
ANSC1204Intro to Animal Sciece4
BIOL1304Botany4
 xxx3English Elective as advised3
 xxx3Gen Education Elective (Math recommended)3
   16
Second Semestercredits
AGRI2012Organic and Sustainable Agriculture2
AGPS1103Soils3
BIOL1304Botany4
 xxx3Agriculture Elective3
 xxx3General Education Elective3
 xxx3Business Elective3
   14
Third Semestercredits
AGPS2113Field and Forage Crops3
 xxx3Agriculture Elective3
AGEC3213Farm & Rural Management3
AGPS5103Sustainable Vegetable Production2
 xxx3Agriculture Elective3
 xxx3General Education Elective3
   17
Fourth Semestercredits
 xxxxAgriculture or Transfer-related Elective3-4
 xxxxAgriculture or Transfer-related Elective3-4
 xxx3General Education Elective3
AGRI4002Seminar/Capstone Project2
AGEC4303Rural Business Finance3
   14-16

Suggested Agriculture or Transfer-related Electives:

Also required - One unit of physical education.

Employment and Transfer Rate: 
100%
Employment and Transfer Survey Details: 
Survey Details201020112012
Receiving Degrees13819
Responding to Survey10 (77%)8 (100%)17 (89%)
Employed8 (80%)3 (38%)10 (59%)
Employed in Field8 (100%)3 (100%)8 (80%)
Transferred2 (20%)5 (62%)7 (41%)
Unemployed & Seeking Employment------
Unemployed & Not Seeking Employment------
Employment and Transfer Salary Information: 

$20,000 - $29,999 (1)
Prefer not to disclose (9)