Precision Agriculture

Associate of Applied Science Degree

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

You will need to successfully complete a minimum of 69.5 Credit Hours.


Required Core Courses

Core 50.5 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 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 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
AGRI 1520 Ag Electronics and Hydraulics
The study of electrical and hydraulic systems used in agriculture. Covers basics of electricity and the laws of hydraulics in farm equipment.
3
AGRI 1525 Ag Electronics and Hydraulics Lab
Application of electrical and hydraulic law in relation to farm equipment. Includes assembly of these components and the basics of troubleshooting.
1
AGRI 1530 Introduction to Water Resources
Designed to help students develop and understandng and appreciation of the importance of water. The students will develop skills to analyze soil, plant, and water relationships; as well as understand water relationships to environment, economic, and socilogical impacts to the public. The course will begin with a historical perspective of how water resources were formed in Nebraska and the Great Plains. The course will continue by examining the process of water development historically by society through the current status of water including water quality, water quantity, water laws, and regulations.
3
AGRI 2005 Precision Agriculture Theory
This course is a study of specific components that make Precision Agriculture work and how to apply them. Students will gain and understanding of these theories through hands-on and case study exercises.
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 2500 Data Collection Methodologies
A study of advanced methods of collecting data and the technology required for collection. Methods will include the use of sensors, soil moisture probes, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. (UAVs) as well as new and emerging technologies.
3
AGRI 2510 Ag GIS Fundamentals
A study of Ag GPS software and its applications in agriculture. Includes data management, working with map layers, and underlying attribute data.
3
AGRI 2520 Ag GPS Applications
A study of principles and components that make GPS work in relation to agriculture. Includes correction levels, hardware, guidance, and mapping.
3
AGRI 2525 Ag GPS Applications Lab
An application of principles and components that make GPS work in relation to agriculture. Includes installation of hardware and guidance components, guidance calibrations, and mapping.
1
AGRI 2530 Precision Hardware
A study of principles and components that make variable rate application in agriculture possible. Includes equipment for applying fertilizer, chemicals, and seed.
3
AGRI 2535 Precision Hardware Lab
A study of principles and components that make variable rate application in agriculture possible. Includes equipment for applying fertilizer, chemicals, and seed.
1

Required Core Option Courses

Agriculture I 4-6 Credit Hours

select one
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 1540 VRI and Precision Irrigation Management
"A study of the technology used to manage irrigation and preserve water. The course will provide an overview of the hardware and software used to operate Variable Rate Irrigation and soil moisture monitoring. "
4

Agriculture II 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

Agriculture III .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

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 2030 Introduction to Statistics
Study of algebraic sets, finite probability spaces, counting techniques, random variables, and binomial distribution.
3

Science or Technology 5 Credit Hours

select one
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
PHYS 1130 Introductory Physics I
Study of principles and their application in mechanics, heat, and sound.
5
CHEM 1140 General Chemistry I
Study of general principles including atomic structure, nomenclature, reactions, and compounds.
5

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

Suggested Elective Courses

Electives 4-6 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
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 1310 Agricultural Marketing System
This course will provide and introduction to agribusiness and food products marketing in the U.S. This course includes a background on the workings of the U.S. food marketing system and how this system affects farm producers, consumers, and middlemen such as processors, wholesalers, retailers, and food services. Students will gain an understanding of how food products move through a food marketing channel to the final point of consumption and how consumer demand, marketing, and information technology as well as political forces have shaped the agricultural food marketing industry over time.
3
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 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 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 2880 Principles of Agricultural Selling
A study of fundamental concepts and methods involving a combination of technical solutions to complex problems using sales and marketing tools to achieve mutual benefit of both the customer and the agribusiness.
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

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