Agricultural Technology Certificate Programs

The Department of Animal Science and the Institute of Agricultural Technology (Ag Tech) offer students a vocational education.  Program areas coordinated in ANS include dairy, beef, swine, and horse management.  These programs are designed to meet the needs of students who choose a career in practical production agriculture and are interested in application of knowledge to farms. Courses are animal oriented and are taught largely with a practical philosophy.  Agricultural Technology programs are 12 to 18 months in duration.  They involve two to three semesters on campus taking courses in a program area.  After about two semesters of course work, students are encouraged to participate in an internship or placement training, on a commercial farm.  These internships allow Ag Tech students to gain experience to apply classroom information, to develop skills with animals, to refine skills for teamwork, and to network with potential employers. Students may enroll for up to 6 credits and 6 months of placement training under the supervision of faculty from ANS. 

Students enrolled in Animal Science Ag Tech programs receive all services and resources available to students at Michigan State University, including intramural sports, spectator for university athletics, financial aid, and housing. Ag Tech students are encouraged to participate in student clubs within the department and college.

For additional information or to apply to the Institute of Agricultural Technology please go to http://iat.msu.edu/

Dairy Management in the Institute of Agricultural Technology
Coordinator: Dr. Joe Domecq, 517-353-7855 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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 farm. There are many opportunities for employment of people with practical experience combined with classroom training in dairy husbandry, nutrition, artificial insemination, crops, and farm business management. All students must complete an internship on a cooperating dairy farm in Michigan or other states.

Programs of study are designed to meet the needs of individuals. Consequently, in addition to dairy courses, all students may learn about agribusiness management, communications, crop and soil sciences, and agricultural mechanics.  To earn a certificate in Dairy Management students must complete 48 credits including an internship.

Suggested Curriculum 

 

 

Decision Making in the Agri-Food System ABM 100 3 cr.
Farm Management I ABM 130 3 cr.
Dairy Farm Management Seminar ANS 132 1 cr.
Introduction to Dairy Production ANS 232 3 cr.
Technical Math AT 071 2 cr.
Agriculture Communications AT 045 2 cr.
Microcomputers CSS 110 2 cr.
Dairy Herd Reproduction ANS 235 2 cr.
Principles of Livestock Feeding ANS 203 2 cr.
Livestock Physiology ANS 205 2 cr.
Dairy Health Management ANS 238 3 cr.
Spanish for Agriculture AT 291 2 cr.
Professional Internship in Ag Technology AT 293 3 cr.
Commodity Marketing I ABM 225 3 cr.
Dairy Herd Management ANS 230 3 cr.
Dairy Feed Management ANS 233 3 cr.
Growth, Health and Lactation in Dairy Cattle ANS 215 2 cr.
Forage Crops  CSS 201 3 cr.

Horse Management in the Institute of Agricultural Technology

Coordinator: Dr. Camie Heleski, 517-355-8427 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Horse Management emphasizes enterprise and animal management and equine skills. The goal is to prepare students for positions growing horse industry of the United States. For students who have the proper training in management and production techniques, students have many opportunities for employment in the saddle, pleasure, and racehorse industries. The Horse Management program offers the most current education and 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. To earn a certificate in Horse Management students must complete 48 credits including an internship.

Suggested Curriculum

 

 

Horse Behavior & Welfare ANS 145 1 cr.
Fundamentals of Horsemanship ANS 140 2 cr.
Introductory Horse Management ANS 242 3 cr.
Farm Management I ABM 130 3 cr.
Technical Math AT 071 2 cr.
Agriculture Communications AT 045 2 cr.
Microcomputers CSS 110 2 cr.
Introductory Judging Horses ANS 200D 2 cr.
Fundamentals of Horse Training or ANS 146 2 cr.
    Horsemanship II Section 002 ANS 140
Horse Management Placement Seminar ANS 147 1 cr.
Horse Management Clerkship at MSU Farm ANS 149 2 cr.
Principles of Livestock Feeding ANS 203 2 cr.
Livestock Physiology ANS 205 2 cr.
Placement Training/Internship AT 293 6 cr.
Horse Farm Management ANS 240 3 cr.
Horse Nutrition & Feeding ANS 243 2 cr.
Horse Exercise Physiology ANS 245 2 cr.
Horse Selection & Judging II (other options)   ANS 300D 1-2 cr.
Agribusiness & Food Industry Sales (other options) ABM 222 3 cr.
Forage Crops (other options) CSS 201 3 cr.

 

Beef Management in the Institute of Agricultural Technology

Coordinator: Dr. Dennis Banks, 517-355-4704 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

This program is designed allow students the opportunity to specialize in production and management of beef cattle. The program also provides the flexibility to integrate other livestock species to develop individualized programs of study. Many livestock program graduates return to the home farm. However, many requests are received for potential employees who are capable, industrious, have the practical experience, and have specialized training provided through the Beef Management program. These requests are for positions of responsibility as herd managers, assistant herd managers, and in other livestock-related areas.

In this rapidly changing era, agriculture requires aggressive young people who have specialized training in modern scientific farming. The demands for success are limited only by desire, imagination, and knowledge. To earn a certificate in Beef Management students must complete 35 credits including an internship.

Suggested Curriculum

 

 

Farm Management I ABM 130 3 cr.
Animal and Product Evaluation ANS 211 3 cr.
Feedlot Clerkship ANS 122A 2 cr.
Computer Applications CSS 110 2 cr.
General Education1 4 cr.
Cow/Calf Clerkship ANS 122B 2 cr.
Principles of Livestock Feeding ANS 203 2 cr.
Livestock Physiology ANS 205 2 cr.
Introduction Animal Agriculture ANS 110 4 cr.
Introduction Beef Cattle Management ANS 222 3 cr.
Professional Internship in Ag Technology AT 293 6 cr.
General Education
Agricultural Communications (FS & SS)1 AT 045 2 cr.
Technical Mathematics (FS)1 AT 071 2 cr.
Suggested Electives
Decision Making in the Agri-Food System (FS) ABM 100 3 cr.
Introductory Judging of Livestock and Carcasses (SS) ANS 200A  1-3 cr.
Merchandising Purebred Livestock (SS-Even Years) ANS 212 2 cr.
Introductory Horse Management (FS) ANS 242 3 cr.
Principles of Animal Environments (SS) ANS 261 2 cr.
Introductory Sheep Management (SS) ANS 262 3 cr.
Introductory Swine Management (FS) ANS 272 3 cr.
Agricultural Finance (SS) AT 055 2 cr.
Introduction to Crop Science (FS) CSS 101 3 cr.
Forage Crops (FS) CSS 201 3 cr.

 

Swine Management in the Institute of Agricultural technology

Coordinator: Dr. Dennis Banks, 517-355-4704 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Pork is the most consumed meat in the world. As the human population increases so does the demand for quality food, including pork. To feed this growing number of people, the livestock industry will need highly-skilled people.

The Swine Management program is designed to prepare people for careers in modern pork production anywhere in the world. The one year program balances practical training with classroom instruction. Subjects addressed are animal care, nutrition, housing maintenance, swine health, reproduction, records management, environmental management and personnel management. Students also gain practical experience during an internship on a commercial swine farm in Michigan or other states. Swine Management graduates will have numerous career opportunities including: farm owners/operator, manager or assistant manager of production (breeding herd, farrowing, nursery grower-finisher, transportation, feeds, marketing), local or regional company representative. To earn a certificate in Swine Management students must complete 35 credits including an internship.

Suggested Curriculum

 

 

Farm Management I ABM 130 3 cr.
Live Animal and Carcass Evaluation ANS 211 3 cr.
Swine Management ANS 272 3 cr.
Swine Clerkship ANS 171 2 cr.
Technical Math AT 071 2 cr.
Agriculture Communications AT 045 2 cr.
Microcomputers CSS 110 2 cr.
First Aid and CPR AT 098 1 cr.
Introductory Animal Agriculture ANS 110 4 cr.
Principles of Livestock Feeding ANS 203 2cr.
Livestock Physiology ANS 205 2 cr.
Principle of Animal Environments ATM 261 2 cr.
Ag Facilities Maintenance ATM 062 2 cr.
Placement Training AT 099 3 cr.
Agriculture Communications AT 045 2 cr.
Leadership AT 095 2 cr.