Combine business and science to help farmers produce a product and make a profit.

As a student in the Agribusiness Science & Technology – Agribusiness Management program, you’ll learn: agricultural input supply, production, finance, commodity assembly and processing, and marketing

You may also choose from electives in animal and plant sciences to prepare for managerial careers in agriculture.

  • Overview
  • Is This Program for You?

    Do you enjoy both business and agriculture? Do you work well as part of a team? Are you a problem solver, analytical thinker, and a strong communicator? If so, the Agribusiness Science & Technology – Agribusiness Management program may be a great fit for you.

    Students entering the Agribusiness, Science & Technology - Agribusiness Management program should:

    • Have good oral and written communication skills.
    • Enjoy working with people.
    • Be willing to try new and innovative ideas.
    • Have a good understanding of agriculture.
    • Enjoy science and mathematics.

    Program Basics

    • Associate degree - requiring a minimum of two years to complete
    • Classes are offered daytime, face to face, and on campus
    • Fall or Spring Start
    • Financial aid eligible
    • Credit for prior learning may be available
    • High school articulation courses accepted

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  • Curriculum & Costs
  • Requirements
  • Admission and Program Requirements

    • Submit Application
    • To make sure your classes are the right fit, we consider any previous college credit you've earned, Accuplacer or ACT scores, high school GPA, or an assessment at your registration session. Submit High School Transcripts, College Transcripts, and Test Scores to: Southwest Tech, Attn: Admissions, 1800 Bronson Blvd, Fennimore, WI 53809

    Helpful Academic Background

    • High school agriculture
    • Communication skills
    • Science
    • Math courses

    Program Fees

    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Estimated cost for each semester can be found under the Curriculum tab. Please note that costs are approximate and are based on the current academic year.
    • Please discuss additional fee questions with the program advisor or instructor.

    Additional requirements

    Students must have eye wear protection (safety glasses with side shields or wrap around safety glasses over prescription glasses) and must meet OSHA Z87.1 or greater while they are conducting operations that are deemed hazardous in nature. These glasses can be purchased at the College Bookstore.

  • Outcomes
  • Program Outcomes

    At the completion of this program, students are expected to be able to:

    • Analyze opportunities in agriculture.
    • Apply relevant technologies.
    • Demonstrate professionalism skills within the agricultural career areas.
    • Develop a management plan in agriculture.
    • Apply economic and marketing strategies to agribusiness industry.

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  • Career Opportunities
  • Graduates obtain positions in a wide variety of specialty areas, and there is a vast amount of potential for those who have mid-management or upper-management career aspirations. The demand in this field is expected to remain high for several years in such jobs as:

    • Sales Representative: Solicits and communicates with potential customers and follows up to assure customer satisfaction.
    • Service Representative: Samples and analyzes soils and feeds and recommends corrective measures.
    • Manager Trainee: Works in areas of sales, promotion, personnel, finance, and administration.
    • Crop Specialist: Works with farmers in evaluating crops, recommending alternative practices and chemicals.

    Southwest Tech's Career Connections Center offers Services to assist students looking for job placement.

  • Transfers
  • Prior Learning
  • Credit for Prior Learning

    Experience Pays! You've Been There... You've Done That... Let's See If You Can Get Credit For It!

    Credit for prior learning gives you opportunities to earn credit for college-level knowledge that you have already acquired. This may be the result of work or volunteer experiences, certifications, apprenticeships, military training, extensive self-instruction, or professional development. Credit for Prior Learning affords you the opportunity to accelerate the completion of your educational goals.

    For more information on Credit for Prior Learning see our Credit for Prior Learning page.

    At any time, you may Request Credit for Prior Learning.

    Agribusiness Science & Technology - Agribusiness Management Courses that may have Credit for Prior Learning options:

    Course # Course Title
    Challenge Exam
    Challenge Exam
    10-006-113Precision Ag TechnologiesYes
    10-006-133Agribusiness Financial ManagementYes
    If Portfolio is approved, Challenge Exam will be administered.
    10-006-134Agricultural Equipment ManagementYes
    10-006-136Agricultural Commodity MarketingYes
    If Portfolio is approved, Challenge Exam will be administered.
    10-006-137Agribusiness Marketing & PromotionYes
    10-006-180Animal ScienceYes
    10-006-197Agribusiness Experiential Learning Yes
    10-101-111Accounting 1Yes
    CLEP Test - Financial Accounting
    10-102-129Human Resources ManagementYes
    PHR (Professional in Human Resources), SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources)
    10-103-106Beginning Microsoft ExcelYes
    Any Microsoft MOUS certification (even an old certification) will also be considered for CPL
    10-801-195Written CommunicationYes
    College Composition CLEP test would also be accepted for credit. However, the challenge exam is the preferred method.
    10-801-196Oral/Interpersonal CommunicationYes
    10-804-123Math with Business ApplicationsYes
    10-809-172Introduction to Diversity StudiesYes