Mechanized Agriculture

Associate of Applied Science Degree

You can earn an associate of applied science degree in agriculture with an concentration in mechanized agriculture. Note that not all courses for each program can be offered every semester.

You will need to successfully complete a minimum of 71.5 Credit Hours.


Required Core Courses

Core 53.5 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
AGRI 1005 Introduction to Agriculture Technology
A study of the latest technology available in agriculture and the uses for them. This course will focus on hands-on learning of hardware and software on the college farm, and also discussion on related topics and ideas.
3
AGRI 1030 Introduction to Soil Science
The development, physics, chemistry, biology, and classification of soils with emphasis on the role of soils in the growth of plants.
3
AGRI 1040 Introduction to Soil Science Lab
Lab for AGRI 1030, including soil samples, texture, soil surveys, nutrient deficiency, lime recommendations, cation exchange capacity, texture triangle, and acre furrow slice.
1
AGRI 1050 Farm Welding
Basics of the metallurgy of welding and making mechanically sound welds with shielded metal arc welding-SMAW and oxyacetylene welding-OAW.
1
AGRI 1060 Farm Welding Lab
Lab experience for AGRI 1050.
2
AGRI 1130 Large Engine Maintenance
Fundamentals of preventative maintenance of farm machines, including tune-ups, bearings and seals, belts and chains, tires and tracks, and belts and fasteners.
1
AGRI 1131 Plant Science
Study and evaluation of cultural practices, varieties, plant growth and development, planting rates, pests, and diseases, fertility and weather influences throughout the growing season.
3
AGRI 1132 Plant Science Lab
Plant growth and development of Monocot and Dicot plants; basic plant anatomy and growth stages; methods of plant reproduction and seed production; basic plant genetics and plant physiology; identification of uses of crops grown in the Midwest.
1
AGRI 1140 Large Engine Maintenance Lab
Lab experience for AGRI 1130. Applications of preventative maintenance of farm machines including: tune-ups, bearings and seals, belts and chains, tires and tracks, and belts and fasteners.
2
AGRI 1280 Crop Chemicals
Use of herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, and nematocides, identification of pests, types of pesticide materials and selection, handling and use of pesticides, and application equipment.
2
AGRI 1290 International Agriculture and Agribusiness
An overview of agriculture worldwide and its impact on production agriculture in the United States. An examination of production agriculture and agribusiness from a global perspective.
3
AGRI 1350 Tillage, Planting and Spraying Equipment
Study of the fundamentals of setting and maintaining tillage, planting, and spraying equipment. Emphasizes the evaluation of different farming practices and methods used today to assist students in developing management tools leading to increased profitability and better soil and water conservation.
1
AGRI 1360 Tillage, Planting and Spraying Equipment Lab
Lab for AGRI 1350.
1
AGRI 1400 Farm and Environmental Safety
Study of agriculture safety including farm and ranch safety, chemical safety, OSHA and Hazardous Occupation Laws, and safe materials handling.
2
AGRI 2010 Irrigation and Equipment
Introduction to the management of irrigation systems. Includes water requirements, water resources, application methods, types and selection of irrigation equipment, application time and rates, irrigation well principles and operation, water rights and legal aspects, costs and returns.
3
AGRI 2015 Farm and Ranch Management
This course covers basic applications of word processing, spreadsheet, data management, and online based programs and how they relate to agriculture. Students will utilize a variety of office and online programs to learn how to create, utilize, move, and manage data.
4
AGRI 2100 Farm Electricity and Wiring
Basics of electricity with emphasis on safety.
1
AGRI 2105 Farm Electricity and Wiring Lab
Supplement to AGRI 2100. Includes excercises for wiring skills needed in agricultural production operations. Wiring installations; selection of safe and adequate circuit devices; service equipment and conductors; and electric motors and thir control; and nergy management.
2
AGRI 2140 Advanced Farm Welding Projects
Advanced study including gas metal arc welding and gas tungsten arc welding.
1
AGRI 2150 Advanced Farm Welding Projects Lab
Lab experience for AGRI 2140.
2
AGRI 2200 Advanced Fertilizers
Study of advanced formulations of fertilizers based on soil tests. Review of soils testing and evaluation, nutrient requirements. Includes use of programmable calculators where applicable.
2
AGRI 2250 Grain Harvesting and Handling Systems
Harvesting techniques, new and different methods of crop production, new grain varieties, and methods of storing and drying of crops.
3
AGRI 2290 Agricultural Commodities Marketing
Marketing plans and charting to develop more detailed knowledge of agricultural marketing.
3

Required Core Option Courses

Agriculture I 4-6 Credit Hours

Select a minimum of 4 credit hours from the following
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
AGRI 1300 Cooperative Internship I
Work-study program for in-depth instruction on the job. The college gives both related and vocational instruction before and-or during this period, including seminars directly related to the work experience. These experiences are planned and supervised by the college and employers so that each contributes to the student’s education and employability.
6
AGRI 2020 Crops and Irrigation
Weed identification and control, cultivation and fertilization, tissue testing, monitoring pests and weeds, and record keeping for crops. Introduction to irrigation, crop water requirements, water resources, supply irrigation methods, surface sprinkler irrigation, water rights and legal aspects of irrigation combining irrigation scheduling with field scouting.
3
AGRI 2030 Crops and Irrigation Lab
Monitoring insect and weed problems, pasture rotation, collection of insects and weeds, cultivation and fertilization, nitrate testing, and fertilizer implement calibration. Infield application of irrigation practices, setting moisture blocks, tension meter, irrigation scheduling, as well as designing an irrigation system and keeping irrigation records.
1
AGRI 2040 Livestock Production
Study of farrowing house management, cow and calf management, sheep management, exotic animal management, beef feed lab management, marketing livestock systems and job opportunities in livestock management.
3
AGRI 2050 Livestock Production Lab
Treatment for pink eye and foot rot, artificial insemination, bull and boar management, castration, pasture management, breeding herd of gilts, and lamb shearing.
1

Agriculture II .5 Credit Hours

See your advisor to identify which semester is best for your interests
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
AGRI 1025 Farm Experience Lab
In this experiential course, students will perform tasks associated with successful agriculture production on-site at the Northeast Community College Farm. Students will be exposed to the decision making and task completion for the College farm as each crop and livestock season is planned, implemented and evaluated. Experiences/topics will vary by major and an interdisciplinary approach will be utilized to determine daily activities and projects on the College Farm.
.5

Agriculture III 2-3 Credit Hours

Select both AGRI 1105 and AGRI 1115 or AGRI 1120
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
AGRI 1105 Issues in Agriculture I
The purpose of this course is to expose students to the broad context of agriculture and critical issues facing the industry. A variety of experiences will provide an overview of agricultural and natural resources as well as the effects of human involvement. Connections will be made regarding coursework, experiences, and future expectations important for the development of an informed agricultural professional.
1
AGRI 1115 Issues in Agriculture II
The purpose of this course is to expose students to the broad context of agriculture and the critical issues facing the industry. Students will study the interrelationship and the impact of increased human involvement in agriculture and natural resources. Topics will include, but are not limited to, genetic engineering, food safety, ethics in animal agriculture, leadership, minority influences in the West, environmental issues such as endangered species and water, and other emerging issues. The course is intended to provide students with an appreciation of the divergent viewpoints of the stakeholders involved in the many issues confronting agriculture in Nebraska and the region.
1
AGRI 1120 Food-Agriculture-Natural Resources Systems
Exploration of careers in the agribusiness industry. Covers the various products available for agricultural use and the companies manufacturing these products. Includes numerous field trips to agricultural industries and visits with manufacturers' representatives as outside resources.
3

Required General Education Courses

Behavioral Science 3 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
AGRI 1420 Interpersonal Skills
Designed to help students understand positive interpersonal relationships and their contribution to the process of potentiality development.
3

Combination of Oral and Written Communication 3 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
ENGL 1050 Workplace Communication
Development of both oral and written communicative skills essential to career areas. Includes business letters, job applications, and analyzing and writing of technical reports.
3

Mathematics 3 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
MATH 1020 Technical Mathematics I
This course provides the math skills required in career/technical fields. The course includes a review of arithmetic operations, exponents, algebraic operations, and right triangle trigonometry with empasis placed applications.
3

Science or Technology 2-6 Credit Hours

select from list or any other Natural Science course
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
AGRI 1500 Microcomputer Applications in Agriculture
This course covers basic applications of word processing, spreadsheet, data management, and online based programs and how they relate to agriculture. Students will utilize a variety of office and online programs to learn how to create, utilize, move, and manage data.
3

Social Science 3 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
AGRI 1410 Introduction to the Economics of Agriculture
Introductory course to help students develop a basic understanding and appreciation for the role of economics in agriculture at the farm, national, and international levels. Students will learn to apply various economic principles and concepts relating to production agriculture, business management, consumer behavior, market price analysis and equilibrium, and policy information.
3

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We strongly recommend that you review your course schedule with your advisor and consult the college catalog for specific program requirements.