Agricultural Systems Technology

Program Description

A degree in Agricultural Systems Technology prepares individuals to manage agricultural systems and agribusinesses with the application of sound technical, economical and environmental practices. The focal point of the program is on the management, use and troubleshooting of agricultural technology.

Students’ coursework typically involves a broad foundation through real-world instruction in power and machine systems, natural resources conservation, electricity and electronics, precision agriculture technologies, and agricultural structural systems.­

Students have the option to take electives to focus their studies in one of two emphases: Agribusiness or Agricultural Mechanization.

An Agribusiness emphasis provides in-depth, technical education in agricultural economics and business management. It is designed to provide basic knowledge of business concepts and approaches, as well as an understanding of current agricultural changes. This emphasis is for students who wish to become managers in the agriculture industry. Students take courses in agricultural economics, agricultural business and agricultural mechanics.

An Agricultural Mechanization emphasis provides a broad understanding of the production processes in agriculture, with a depth of understanding related to using machinery. Students take courses in agricultural mechanics, animal science, natural resources, plant science and soil science.

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Frequently Asked Questions


What can I do with a degree in Agricultural Systems Technology?


Graduates with degrees in agricultural systems technology have obtained jobs as technical sales representatives, plant production managers, agricultural and industrial equipment dealership managers, agricultural equipment mechanic supervisors, natural resource conservation advisors, product testing technicians, building products sales managers and manufacturer's representatives.

What is the employment outlook?


Recent Utah State University graduates with a degree in agricultural systems technology have received jobs as farm managers for Fritolay, equipment dealerships and employees for Caterpillar in Antarctica.

According the the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of salaried agricultural managers is expected to increase by 6 percent between 2008 and 2018.

What classes will I take?


To view the list of required classes for an agricultural systems technology major, see the general catalog.

What is the salary of a graduate?


The average starting salary of a graduate with a degree in agricultural systems technology is $48,000, but ranges widely between specific job positions.

Are there scholarships available to students?     


There are many scholarships offered through the College of Agriculture. This year, the College of Agriculture awarded over $440,000 in scholarships to undergraduate students. College of Agriculture undergraduate students are may apply for college and departmental scholarships during the month of January through an online application system called STARS. You will find instructions for the online application at the College of Agriculture website.

Freshmen and transfer students may apply for scholarships through the Utah State University Admissions Office.

What student organizations are available to students?


There are applicable student organizations offered to agricultural systems technology students.

  • Ag Tech Club: This is a club specially designed for agricultural machinery and agricultural systems technology majors at USU. Students participate in activities focused on developing skills and knowledge specific to agricultural systems technology. For further information, please contact Royce Hatch.
  • USU Young Farmers and Ranchers: Sponsored by the Utah Farm Bureau Federation, the Collegiate Young Farmers and Ranchers is open to college students of all areas of study who are interested in agriculture. The club offers meetings with guest speakers and social opportunities; leadership development and educational conferences; local, state and national competitive events and an introduction to involvement in local, state and national Farm Bureau programs. For further information, please contact Brett Evans.
  • USU Ag Associates Club: This club originates from the Applied Economics Department, but all majors are welcome to join the club. The focus of this club is on agribusiness aspects of agriculture. The club offers such things as association in agriculture, national agricultural marketing competitions, and tours of farms and agricultural businesses. The club aims to understand new and different business operations, as well as, create interest in different aspects of agriculture. For further information, please contact Kynda Curtis.
For a list of all clubs within the School of Applied Sciences, Technology and Education, click here.
For a list of all College of Agriculture clubs, click here.

Where can I get more information?


For more information about the Agricultural Systems Technology program at Utah State, contact Taylor Adams.