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Agribusiness Technology 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) Agribusiness Technology program, offered at COA – Elizabeth City, 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: ENG 002 Tier 1
Corequisite: ENG 011
3 0 0 3 3
PSY 150 General Psychology Prerequisite: ENG 002 Tier 1 3 0 0 3 3
BIO 111 General Biology I Prerequisites: ENG 002 Tier 1 and
MAT 003 Tier 1
3 3 0 6 4
AGR 110 Agricultural Economics n/a 3 0 0 3 3
AGR 139 Intro to Sustainable Ag n/a 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 n/a 3 0 0 3 3
Natural Science/Mathematics:
MAT 171 (transfer)
Prerequisite: MAT 003 Tier 2 or MAT 143 or MAT 152
Corequisite: MAT 071
3 2 0 5 4
AGR 121 Biological Pest Management n/a 3 0 0 3 3
AGR 130 Alternative Ag Production n/a 3 0 0 3 3
AGR 160 Plant Science n/a 2 2 0 4 3
AGR 170 Soil Science n/a 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: ENG 002 Tier 1 and
MAT 003 Tier 1
3 0 0 3 3
PHI 240 Intro to Ethics Prerequisite: ENG 111 3 0 0 3 3
ANS 110 Animal Science n/a 3 0 0 3 3
AGR 212 Farm Business Management n/a 3 0 0 3 3
AGR 213 Ag Law and Finance n/a 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 n/a 3 0 0 3 3
AGR 220 Ag Mechanization n/a 2 2 0 4 3
AGR 210 Ag Accounting n/a 1 4 0 5 3
HOR 160 Plant Materials n/a 2 2 0 4 3
CIS 110 Intro to Computers Prerequisites: ENG 002 Tier 1 and
MAT 003 Tier 1
2 2 0 4 3
WBL 111 Work-Based Learning I n/a 0 0 0 10 1
Total Semester Hours 10 10 0 30 16
Total Semester Hours Required for Associate Degree 66