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Agribusiness Technology

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Program Overview

In this modern world, agriculture is business — big business — and it’s evolving every day. Participation in global supply and demand, increased implementation of technology, competition for land and other natural resources, genetic modification implications, and sustainability are challenges that need to be met head on. But thanks to the opportunities they create, career options within the field are expanding in new and exciting ways.

To be successful, those who choose a career in agriculture need a solid education in both the principles of farming and how to make it profitable in the new economy. College of The Albemarle’s (COA) new Agribusiness Technology program, offered at the Elizabeth City Campus, is specific enough for you to start that career, yet broad enough to set you on the path of success in continuing your education. The program is designed for students to transfer to North Carolina State University’s School of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Work-Based Learning opportunities are available for this program. Some classes are available online or as online/classroom hybrid.

Degree Options

  • Associate in Applied Science in Agribusiness Technology (two years)

What You’ll Study

  • Agricultural Accounting
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agricultural Law and Finance
  • Agricultural Marketing
  • Agricultural Mechanization
  • Alternative Agricultural Production
  • Animal Science
  • Biologic Pest Control
  • Farm Business Management
  • Plant Science
  • Soil Science
  • Sustainable Agriculture

Careers

  • Ag Finance Specialist
  • Agribusiness Operations Manager
  • Commercial Farmer/Rancher
  • Farm Equipment Sales
  • Farm Labor Contractor
  • Farm Manager
  • Grain Buyer

Partnership

COA’s two-year degree program is designed for students to transfer to North Carolina State University’s School of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Curriculum Guide

First Year
Fall Semester
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry Prerequisite: DRE 098 3 0 0 3 3
PSY 150 General Psychology Prerequisite: DRE 097 3 0 0 3 3
BIO 111 General Biology I Prerequisites: DRE 098 and DMA 010-050 3 3 0 6 4
AGR 110 Agricultural Economics none 3 0 0 3 3
AGR 139 Intro to Sustainable Ag none 3 0 0 3 3
Total Semester Hours 15 0 0 18 16
First Year
Spring Semester
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
COM 120 Interpersonal Communications Prerequisite: DRE 098 3 0 0 3 3
Natural Science/Mathematics:
MAT 171 (transfer)
Prerequisite: DMA 010-080 3 2 0 5 4
AGR 121 Biological Pest Management none 3 0 0 3 3
AGR 130 Alternative Ag Production none 3 0 0 3 3
AGR 160 Plant Science none 2 2 0 4 3
AGR 170 Soil Science none 2 2 0 4 3
Total Semester Hours 16 6 0 22 19
Second Year
Fall Semester
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
ECO 252 Macroeconomics Prerequisite: DRE 098 and DMA 010-050 3 0 0 3 3
PHI 240 Intro to Ethics Prerequisite: ENG 111 3 0 0 3 3
ANS 110 Animal Science none 3 0 0 3 3
AGR 212 Farm Business Management none 3 0 0 3 3
AGR 213 Ag Law and Finance none 3 0 0 3 3
Total Semester Hours 15 0 0 15 15
Second Year
Spring Semester
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
AGR 214 Agricultural Marketing none 3 0 0 3 3
AGR 220 Ag Mechanization none 2 2 0 4 3
AGR 210 Ag Accounting none 1 4 0 5 3
HOR 160 Plant Materials none 2 2 0 4 3
CIS110 Intro to Computers Prerequisites: DRE 098 and DMA 010-050 2 2 0 4 3
WBL 110 Work-Based Learning I none 0 0 0 10 1
Total Semester Hours 10 10 0 30 16
Total Semester Hours Required for Associate Degree 66