2-year Ag Tech
The Department of Animal Science and the Institute of Agricultural Technology offer students a career choice in vocational education. Program areas coordinated in the Department of Animal Science include
These programs are designed to meet the needs of students who choose to make production agriculture a career and are interested in the on farm application of knowledge.
Courses are animal-oriented and are taught with a “hands on” philosophy in most of the instruction. Agricultural Technology programs are 12 to 18 months in length. They involve 2 to 3 semesters on campus taking courses in their program area. After 1.5 to 2 semesters of course work, students are encouraged to participate in placement training on cooperating farms. These internships allow Ag Tech students to gain the experience they need on a working farm. Students may enroll for up to 6 credits and 6 months of placement training under the supervision of Animal Science faculty. A total of 48 credits are needed for graduation. For more information on any of the programs listed above, review the Undergraduate Handbook.
Because dairy farming is the leading agricultural enterprise in Michigan, the dairy program has been developed to meet the specialized needs of the herd manager and commercial dairy farmer. Opportunities abound for persons with the combination of classroom training in the areas of dairy husbandry, nutrition, artificial insemination, crops, farm management and the practical experience that may be obtained on any of the many cooperating dairy farms in Michigan and the neighboring states.
Programs of study tailored to meet the individual’s wants and needs are designed around the subject matter areas of agricultural economics, communications, crop and soil sciences and agricultural mechanics. Additionally, students may have the opportunity to secure first hand experience working with the dairy herd at the Kellogg Biological Station.
Horse Management emphasizes management and equine skills that will prepare students for positions in Michigan’s growing horse industry. There are many opportunities for students in the saddle, pleasure and racehorse industry, if they have the proper training in management and production techniques. This program offers the most current training available in these areas.
Students spend one semester on placement training working with professionals in the horse industry. Leaders within the horse industry have been very supportive and are ready and willing to work closely with students.
The Livestock Industries certificate program is a three semester program designed to give students a professional advantage in the livestock production career field of their choice. Students are exposed to a broad spectrum of applied course work and hands-on education at the university’s facilities and an extensive industry internship. Students engage with leading professors, researchers, and future professional colleagues in a manner that is directly applicable to a functioning livestock operation and also develop communication skills while bridging the gap between theory and practical best management practices.