Academic Programs Catalog

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Programs

Admission

Applicants for technical programs must be high school graduates.  A strong background in communications, mathematics, and science will help prepare the student for successful completion of a technical training program.
The admission process includes a consideration of the student's academic record, work experience, recommendations from employers, test scores, and other criteria. In some cases, students may be invited to Michigan State University for an interview.

Financial Aid

Institute of Agricultural Technology students are eligible for financial aid.   Scholarships are provided by industry groups and individual business firms and are awarded to students who have demonstrated superior scholastic ability or an outstanding work record.

Veterans Education

The programs offered by the Institute of Agricultural Technology are approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs as Cooperative Veterans Training Programs. Under some Chapters of Title 38, U.S. Code, veterans may receive educational benefits. Veterans planning to enroll should contact the Veterans Certification Section of the Office of the Registrar to determine their eligibility.

Michigan Works

Students in the Institute of Agricultural Technology are eligible for sponsorship under the guidelines of the Michigan Works Program.  Students must arrange sponsorship with the appropriate Michigan Works office.

Institute of Agricultural Technology Transfer Student Admission

Institute of Agricultural Technology students who have completed their respective Institute of Agricultural Technology programs will, upon completion of the applications process, be considered for transfer admission to Michigan State University. Acceptance is determined by the applicant’s previous academic record and his or her proposed program.

To complete the application process, the student must:

  1. Complete and submit a signed request (Student Intent to Transfer Form) to the Institute of Agricultural Technology, as soon as the student develops an interest in transferring, in order to inform the Institute of Agricultural Technology of the desire to transfer to a baccalaureate program.  The request must be signed by the program coordinator and by the Institute of Agricultural Technology Director in order to facilitate proper student advising by the Institute of Agricultural Technology.
  2. Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 upon completion of the Institute of Agricultural Technology program and satisfy all other requirements for admission.
  3. Earn a minimum grade of 2.0 in WRA 110 or its equivalent.
  4. Earn a minimum grade of 2.0 in MTH 103 or its equivalent.
  5. Apply to the baccalaureate program using the application form from the Office of Admissions and Scholarships.  It is recommended that students apply at the beginning of the semester they are to graduate from the Institute of Agricultural Technology.
  6. Additional requirements may apply for limited enrollment programs.
  7. Complete all other undergraduate application requirements.

For additional information regarding transfer admission, refer to the Transfer Student Admission statement in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog.

 


Agricultural Industries

The Agricultural Industries program is designed to provide students  in gaining in-depth agricultural industry and business knowledge to apply to their own operation or  to launch a career in the industry.  Students have the flexibility to focus on agronomy, horticulture, animal science or agricultural business through integration of hands-on laboratory learning and classroom formats. Students who are interested may be eligible to transfer into a four-year degree program at MSU upon completion of the certificate.

Requirements for Agricultural Industries

The student must complete 48 credits from the following:
1. All of the following courses (31 to 34 credits):
ABM 100 Decision-making in the Agri-Food System 3
ABM 130 Farm Management I 3
AT 45 Agricultural Communications 2
AT 55 Agricultural Finance 3
AT 71 Technical Mathematics 2
AT 214 Leadership Development in Agriculture and Natural Resources Industries 2
AT 293 Professional Internship in Agricultural Technology 3 to 6
CSS 101 Introduction to Crop Science 3
CSS 101L Introduction to Crop Science Laboratory 1
CSS 105 Agricultural Industries Seminar 1
CSS 110 Computer Applications in Agronomy 2
CSS 120 Issues in Food and Agriculture 3
CSS 288 Principles of Weed Management 3
2. One of the following courses (3 credits):
ABM 222 Agribusiness and Food Industry Sales (W) 3
ABM 225 Commodity Marketing I 3
3. One of the following courses (2 or 3 credits):
CSS 143 Introduction to Soil Science 2
CSS 210 Fundamentals of Soil Science 3
4. Complete a minimum of 13 elective credits in the college as approved by the program coordinator in the Institute of Agricultural Technology.
Students who do not demonstrate English proficiency through the IAT-administered Accuplacer placement test or college-level transfer credit must complete AT 045 Agricultural Communications (2 credits) or an equivalent course as approved by the program coordinator.
Students who do not demonstrate math proficiency through the IAT-administered Accuplacer placement test or college-level transfer credit must complete AT 071 Technical Mathematics (2 credits) as approved by the program coordinator.

Agricultural Operations

The Agricultural Operations program provides students with a solid background in plant and soil science, precision agriculture, water management, entomology, plant pathology and business management. It exposes students to exciting opportunities available in the industry.

Requirements for Agricultural Operations

Students must complete 55 credits from the following:

1. All of the following courses (29 or 30 credits):
ABM 130 Farm Management I 3
AE 131 Agricultural Water Resource Management 3
AE 143 Application of Precision Agriculture Technologies 3
AT 202 Agricultural Regulation, Compliance and Safety 3
AT 293 Professional Internship in Agricultural Technology 3
CSS 101 Introduction to Crop Science 3
CSS 105 Agricultural Industries Seminar 1
CSS 135 Crop Scouting and Investigation 3
CSS 143 Introduction to Soil Science 2
ENT 110 Applied Entomology of Economic Plants 3
PLP 105 Fundamentals of Applied Plant Pathology 2
2. Completion of a minimum of 5 additional elective credits in the college as approved by the program coordinator in the Institute of Agricultural Technology.
3. Completion of 21 credits of additional course work through Delta College, Glen Oaks Community College, Kellogg Community College, Monroe Community College, Montcalm Community College, Muskegon Community College, Northwestern Michigan College, Southwestern Michigan College, or West Shore Community College. All course work must be approved by the program coordinator in the Institute of Agricultural Technology.

Applied Horse Science

The Applied Horse Science certificate, in partnership with Montcalm Community College, provides students the opportunity to study an in-depth horse science curriculum outside of the traditional classroom and provides learning experiences that improve the profitability, animal welfare, environmental stewardship and recreation by horse enthusiasts.

Requirements for Applied Horse Science

                 
1.   All of the following courses (14 credits):  
    ANS 140 Fundamentals of Horsemanship 2
    ANS 149 Horse Management Clerkship 2
    ANS 200D Introductory Judging of Horses 2
    ANS 225 Horse Behavior and Welfare 2
    ANS 243 Horse Nutrition and Feeding 2
    ANS 244 Horse Facility Design and Management 2
    ANS 247 Horse Health   2
2.   One of the following courses (2 credits):  
    ANS 140 Fundamentals of Horsemanship 2
    ANS 148 Methods of Safe Horsemanship 2
3.   Two credits from the following courses (2 credits):  
    ANS 143 Principles of Trail Riding 1
    ANS 144 Introduction to Horse Breeding and Foal Management 1
    ANS 148 Methods of Safe Horsemanship 2
    ANS 248 Horse Reproductive Technology and Breeding Techniques 2
    Students may not use ANS 148 to fulfill both requirement 2. and 3.  
4.   Complete 17 credits of course work from Montcalm Community College as approved by the student’s academic advisor.


Applied Plant Science (this program is in moratorium Fall 2017 through Spring 2018)

Employment and career opportunities continue to expand for those who have training and educational preparation in applied plant science. In response to this regional plant industry need, Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) partners with Michigan State University to offer a combined program, which enables students to complete an Associate of Applied Science degree through Northwestern Michigan College as well as an MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology certificate - without leaving their local area. 

Bringing together the world-acclaimed expertise of Michigan State University’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the “close to home” convenience of outstanding community colleges, the Applied Plant Science program prepares graduates for a wide range of employment and career choices. Each student receives personal, one-on-one help in selecting her/his program of study (including workplace internship).  Students may earn their certificate in Applied Plant Science with concentrations in Commercial Horticulture Operations, Commercial Turfgrass Operations, or Landscape Horticulture.

Requirements for Applied Plant Science

1. All of the following courses (21 credits):
AT 293 Professional Internship in Agricultural Technology 3
CSS 210 Fundamentals of Soil Science 3
ENT 111 Basics of Applied Entomology 3
ESA 225 Land and Environmental Issues in Law and Policy 3
HRT 213 Landscape Maintenance 2
HRT 215 Landscape Industries Seminar 1
HRT 218 Landscape Irrigation 3
PLP 200 Plant Diseases and Pathogens 3
2. One of the following concentrations (9 credits):
Commercial Horticulture Operations
Complete 9 credits from the following:
HRT 205 Plant Mineral Nutrition 1
HRT 208 Pruning and Training Systems in Horticulture 3
HRT 221 Greenhouse Structures and Management 3
HRT 242 Passive Solar Greenhouses for Protected Cultivation 1
HRT 251 Organic Farming Principles and Practices 3
HRT 253 Compost Production and Use 1
HRT 332 Tree Fruit Production and Management 2
HRT 335 Berry Crop Production and Management 1
HRT 341 Vegetable Production and Management 3
Commercial Turfgrass Operations
1. All of the following courses:
CSS 202 The World of Turf 2
CSS 203 Applied Turf Management 1
CSS 290 Independent Study in Crop and Soil Science 1
CSS 292 Management of Turfgrass Weeds 3
2. Complete a minimum of 2 credits from the following:
CSS 181 Pesticide and Fertilizer Application Technology 3
HRT 111 Landscape Design 3
HRT 208 Pruning and Training Systems in Horticulture 3
HRT 211 Landscape Plants I 3
HRT 212 Landscape Plants II 3
HRT 214 Landscape and Turfgrass Business Operations 2
HRT 290 Independent Study in Horticulture 2
Landscape Horticulture
All of the following courses:
HRT 111 Landscape Design 3
HRT 211 Landscape Plants I 3
HRT 212 Landscape Plants II 3
3. Complete 22 credits of course work from Northwestern Michigan College as approved by the student's academic advisor.

Beef Cattle Management (this program is in moratorium Fall 2017 through Spring 2018)

This program allows specialization in the area of beef cattle management in a one-year intensified program.  It provides knowledge and experience in the management of both cow/calf and feedlot enterprises.  There is a demand for industrious young people with practical experience to fill positions of responsibility as herd managers, assistant herd managers, and other livestock-related jobs.

Agriculture, in this rapidly changing era, requires aggressive young people who have specialized training in modern scientific practices.  While the demands for success are great, the opportunities for success are limited only by a person’s desires or imagination.

               
Requirements for Beef Cattle Management
CREDITS
The student must complete 35 credits from the following:
1. All of the following courses:
ANS 110 Introductory Animal Agriculture 4
ANS 122A Feedlot Clerkship 2
ANS 122B Beef Cow Calf Clerkship 2
ANS 203 Principles of Livestock Feeding 2
ANS 205 Reproduction in Livestock 2
ANS 222 Introductory Beef Cattle Management 3
AT 45 Agricultural Communications 2
AT 71 Technical Mathematics 2
AT 293 Professional Internship in Agricultural Technology 6
2. Both of the following courses:
ABM 100 Decision-making in the Agri-Food System 3
ABM 130 Farm Management I 3
3. Complete 7 credits of elective course work 7


Dairy Management

Because dairy farming is among the leading agricultural enterprises 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, and farm management and the practical experience that may be obtained on any of the many cooperating dairy farms in Michigan and the surrounding 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 learn about the continuing changes in rural living, which have a great influence on agriculture.

Requirements for Dairy Management
CREDITS
The student must complete 48 credits from the following:
1. All of the following courses (32 credits):
ANS 132 Dairy Farm Management Seminar 1
ANS 203 Principles of Livestock Feeding 2
ANS 215 Growth, Health and Lactation in Dairy Cattle 2
ANS 230 Dairy Herd Management 3
ANS 232 Introductory Dairy Cattle Management 3
ANS 233 Dairy Feed Management 3
ANS 235 Dairy Herd Reproduction 2
ANS 238 Dairy Health Management 3
ANS 295 Structure and Function of Livestock 2
AT 45 Agricultural Communications 2
AT 71 Technical Mathematics 2
AT 101 Spanish for the Agricultural Industry 2
AT 293 Professional Internship in Agricultural Technology 3
CSS 110 Computer Applications in Agronomy 2
2. Complete a minimum of 16 credits of course work in the college from the following as approved by the program coordinator in the Institute of Agricultural Technology:
ABM 100 Decision-making in the Agri-Food System 3
ABM 130 Farm Management I 3
ABM 225 Commodity Marketing I 3
ANS 110 Introductory Animal Agriculture 4
ANS 222 Introductory Beef Cattle Management 3
AT 55 Agricultural Finance 3
CSS 101 Introduction to Crop Science 3
CSS 120 Issues in Food and Agriculture 3
CSS 201 Forage Crops 3
CSS 212 Advanced Crop Production 2
Students who do not demonstrate English proficiency through the IAT-administered Accuplacer placement test or college-level transfer credit must complete AT 045 Agricultural Communications (2 credits) or an equivalent course as approved by the program coordinator.
Students who do not demonstrate math proficiency through the IAT-administered Accuplacer placement test or college-level transfer credit must complete AT 071 Technical Mathematics (2 credits) as approved by the program coordinator.


Electrical Technology

The Electrical Technology certificate is an electrical apprenticeship training program with an emphasis on residential, agricultural, commercial, and industrial wiring. Students study electrical codes, fundamentals, installations, motor controls, and solid state electronic applications. Throughout the program, students receive training in energy efficiency and alternate power systems. The certificate provides advanced technical training important for a successful career in the electrical field.

Integrated in the 15-month program are a wide range of disciplines through hands-on classroom and laboratory learning, and on-the-job training. The 4,000 square feet laboratory is equipped with electrical systems found in agricultural, commercial, and industrial facilities as well as systems that serve residential homes. The laboratory also has programmable logic controls, variable frequency drives, and standard AC and DC motors used in the field. The skills learned are used to become a licensed journey electrician through the State of Michigan, which is recognized by the State Electrical Administrative Board. Students who are interested may transfer into a four-year degree program at MSU upon completion of the certificate.

Requirements for Electrical Technology

                   
1.   All of the following courses (37 to 40 credits):  
    AE 172 Electrical Wiring I     4
    AE 173 Electrical Occupations   1
    AE 182 Electrical Wiring II     2
    AE 185 Electrical Applications   3
    AE 192 Electrical Wiring III     4
    AE 194 Electrical Systems Planning 4
    AT 45 Agricultural Communications 2
    AT 71 Technical Mathematics 2
    AT 293 Professional Internship in Agricultural Technology 3
    CSS 110 Computer Applications in Agronomy 2
    TSM 121 Fundamentals of Electricity 4
    TSM 130 Energy Efficiency and Conservation in Agricultural Systems 3
    TSM 222 Fundamentals of Automation and Controls 3
    Students who demonstrate proficiency through placement testing for AT 045 and AT 071 will take elective course work to substitute the credit in those courses.  
2.   The following course or equivalent certification:  
    KIN 125 First Aid and Personal Safety 3
    Equivalent certification is current first aid and CPR certification.  
3.   Complete 5 to 15 credits of additional Agricultural Technology courses chosen in consultation with and approved by the program coordinator.  


Fruit and Vegetable Crop Management

The Fruit and Vegetable Crop Management program provides students an opportunity to apply practical knowledge and training on the selection, use, and management of fruit and vegetable crops. The program combines classroom instruction and theory with practical experience gained through field laboratories and a professional internship. Graduates of the program are prepared for careers in the fruit and vegetable industry.

Requirements for Fruit and Vegetable Crop Management

Students must complete 48 credits from the following:

1. All of the following courses (18 credits):
AT 202 Agricultural Regulation Compliance and Safety 3
AT 293 Professional Internship in Agricultural Technology 3
CSS 143 Introduction to Soil Science 2
ENT 110 Applied Entomology of Economic Plants 3
HRT 206 Training and Pruning Plants 1
HRT 207 Horticulture Career Development 1
HRT 218 Irrigation Systems for Horticulture 3
PLP 105 Fundamentals of Applied Plant Pathology 2
2. Completion of 9 additional elective credits in the college as approved by the program coordinator in the Institute of Agricultural Technology.
3. Completion of 21 credits of additional course work through Delta College, Kellogg Community College, Monroe Community College, Montcalm Community College, Muskegon Community College, Northwestern Michigan College, Southwestern Michigan College, Wayne County Community College, or West Shore Community College. All course work must be approved by the program coordinator in the Institute of Agricultural Technology.

Fruit, Vegetable, and Organic Horticulture Management

The Fruit, Vegetable, and Organic Horticulture Management program provides students an opportunity to gain the necessary skills for a successful career in the multibillion dollar fruit and vegetable industries. The program combines classroom instruction and theory with practical experience gained through field laboratories and a professional internship. Graduates of the program work as owners, managers, buyers, or salespersons in a wide variety of horticultural food crop industries: fruit and vegetable plan production; farmers’ markets; organic farms and community-supported agriculture programs; urban gardening; irrigation design, installation, and management; public and/or private botanical gardens; and more.

Horticulture is a complex and diversified, yet fully integrated discipline that encompasses the biological, molecular, physical, management and marketing sciences and the arts to improve the production of nutritious, high-quality and safe food, advance the development and use of new specialty crops, enhance human health and well-being, and positively impact the natural and built environments.

Students may enroll in online courses, courses that are integrated with outreach and extension programs, and 5- or 10- week courses. They will have opportunities to be extensively involved in professional and social activities beyond the classroom including: working in research laboratories; assisting in field-based projects, assisting with food crop production; and becoming involved with the Student Organic Farm, and the Ecological Food and Farm Stewardship Club.

Requirements for Fruit, Vegetable, and Organic Horticulture Management

Students must complete 48 credits from the following:

1. All of the following courses (23 credits):
AT 45 Agricultural Communications 2
AT 71 Technical Mathematics 2
AT 293 Professional Internship in Agricultural Technology 3
CSS 110 Computer Applications in Agronomy 2
CSS 210 Fundamentals of Soil Science 3
ENT 111 Basics of Applied Entomology 2
HRT 109 Introduction to Applied Plant Science 2
HRT 206 Training and Pruning Plants 1
HRT 207 Horticulture Career Development 1
HRT 218 Irrigation Systems for Horticulture 3
PLP 105 Fundamentals of Applied Plant Pathology 2
Students who do not demonstrate English proficiency through the IAT-administered Accuplacer placement test or college-level transfer credit must complete AT 045 Agricultural Communications (2 credits) or an equivalent course as approved by the Program Coordinator.
Students who do not demonstrate math proficiency through the IAT-administered Accuplacer placement test or college-level transfer credit must complete AT 071 Technical Mathematics (2 credits) or an equivalent course as approved by the Program Coordinator.
2. A minimum of 15 credits from the following courses:
ABM 100 Decision-making in the Agri-Food System 3
ABM 222 Agribusiness and Food Industry Sales (W) 3
AT 55 Agricultural Finance 3
AT 101 Spanish for the Agricultural Industry 2
HRT 203 Principles of Horticulture 3
HRT 204 Plant Propagation 2
HRT 221 Greenhouse Structures and Management 3
HRT 242 Passive Solar Greenhouses for Protected Cultivation 1
HRT 243 Organic Transplant Production 1
HRT 251 Organic Farming Principles and Practices 3
HRT 253 Compost Production and Use 1
3. Completion of 10 additional elective credits in the college as approved by program coordinator in the Institute of Agricultural Technology.

Grounds Management (this program is in moratorium Fall 2017 through Spring 2018)

The Grounds Management certificate is delivered in partnership between Wayne County Community College District and the Michigan State University Institute of Agricultural Technology.  It is designed for persons interested in careers managing commercial, private, school, or community athletic facilities and landscapes.

Graduates of the program will receive a certificate from the Michigan State University Institute of Agricultural Technology and will have the opportunity to complete a test to become a certified pesticide applicator with the Michigan Department of Agriculture.  Additional course work may lead to a Certificate in Grounds Management from Michigan State University and a Certificate in Facilities Maintenance from Wayne County Community College District, making the graduate more qualified to manage both indoor and outdoor facilities. Students may continue their course work to obtain an Associate in Applied Science Degree from Wayne County Community College District in addition to the certificate from Michigan State University.

Requirements for Grounds Management

The student must complete 50 credits from the following:
1. All of the following courses (25 credits):
AT 291 Special Topics in Agricultural Technology 1
AT 293 Professional Internship in Agricultural Technology 3
CSS 202 The World of Turf 2
CSS 203 Applied Turf Management 1
CSS 210 Fundamentals of Soil Science 3
CSS 269 Turfgrass Strategies: Integration and Synthesis 2
CSS 292 Management of Turfgrass Weeds 3
ENT 111 Basics of Applied Entomology 2
HRT 214 Landscape and Turfgrass Business Operations 2
HRT 218 Landscape Irrigation 3
PLP 104 Applied Plant Pathology for Ornamentals and Turf 3
2. Complete 25 credits of course work from Wayne County Community College District as approved by the student's academic advisor.


Horse Management

The horse management program places emphasis on acquisition of equine husbandry skills that will prepare students for jobs in the ever-growing horse industry or for the management of their own farms and horses. Students are required to complete a one-semester placement training experience working with professionals in the horse industry. Study abroad opportunities may also be incorporated into the student’s program. The horse industry has exciting job opportunities for students who have a passion for horses and a strong work ethic. Students who complete this program will be prepared for positions ranging from assistant trainers to managers of small farms and from racetrack grooms to tack and equipment sales personnel.

               
Requirements for Horse Management  
              CREDITS
The student must complete 48 credits from the following:  
1. All of the following courses (37 to 40 credits):  
  ABM 130 Farm Management I 3
  ANS 140 Fundamentals of Horsemanship 2
  ANS 145 Horse Behavior and Welfare 1
  ANS 146 Fundamentals of Horse Training 3
  ANS 147 Horse Management Placement Seminar 1
  ANS 149 Horse Management Clerkship 2
  ANS 200D Introductory Judging of Horses 2
  ANS 203 Principles of Livestock Feeding 2
  ANS 205 Reproduction in Livestock 2
  ANS 240 Horse Farm Management 3
  ANS 242 Introductory Horse Management 3
  ANS 243 Horse Nutrition and Feeding 2
  ANS 245 Horse Exercise Physiology 2
  AT 45 Agricultural Communications 2
  AT 71 Technical Mathematics 2
  AT 293 Professional Internship in Agricultural Technology 6
  CSS 110 Computer Applications in Agronomy 2
2. Complete 8 to 11 credits of elective course work from the following:  
  ANS 110 Introductory Animal Agriculture 4
  ANS 141 Draft Horse Basics 2
  ANS 142 Horse Training for Competition 2
  ANS 148 Methods of Instructing Safe Horsemanship 2
  ANS 290 Independent Study in Agricultural Technology 2 to 6
  ANS 300D Advanced Horse Judging 2
  AT 291 Selected Topics in Agricultural Technology 2
  CSS 201 Forage Crops 3
  KIN 125 First Aid and Personal Safety 3
  Study abroad         6

 


Landscape and Nursery Management

The Landscape and Nursery Management program at Michigan State University provides students an opportunity to gain the necessary skills for a successful career in the multibillion dollar green industry. The program combines classroom instruction and theory with practical experience gained through field laboratories and a professional internship. Graduates of the program work as owners, managers, buyers, or salespersons in a wide variety of horticultural industries: landscape design, construction, and management; irrigation design, installation, and management; retail garden center management; herbaceous and woody plant production; urban tree management; and public and/or private botanical gardens.

Horticulture is a complex and diversified, yet fully integrated discipline that encompasses the biological, molecular, physical, management and marketing sciences and the arts to improve the production of nutritious, high-quality and safe food, advances the development and use of new specialty crops, enhances human health and well-being, and positively impacts the natural and built environments.

Students will have opportunities to enroll in online courses, courses integrated with outreach and extension programs, and 5- or 10-week module courses. Students are extensively involved in activities beyond the classroom such as working in research laboratories; assisting in field-based projects, landscape, greenhouse, garden, and nursery operations; running the Horticulture Club’s annual spring show and plant sale; and participating in academic and field events associated with the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET).

The Landscape and Nursery Management program is offered by the Department of Horticulture in cooperation with the Institute of Agricultural Technology.

Requirements for Landscape and Nursery Management

1. All of the following courses (30 credits):
AT 45 Agricultural Communications 2
AT 102 Turf and Landscape Analytical Practices 2
AT 293 Professional Internship in Agricultural Technology 3
CSS 110 Computer Applications in Agronomy 2
CSS 210 Fundamentals of Soil Science 3
ENT 111 Basics of Applied Entomology 2
HRT 109 Introduction to Applied Plant Science 2
HRT 207 Horticulture Career Development 1
HRT 211 Landscape Plants I 3
HRT 212 Landscape Plants II 3
HRT 213 Landscape Maintenance 2
HRT 213L Landscape Maintenance Field Laboratory 1
HRT 214 Landscape and Turfgrass Business Operations 2
PLP 105 Fundamentals of Applied Plant Pathology 2
2. Complete at least 9 credits from the following courses in the college as approved by the program coordinator in the Institute of Agricultural Technology:
AE 153 Engine and Equipment Technology 2
AT 101 Spanish for the Agricultural Industry 2
CSS 181 Pesticide and Fertilizer Application Technology 3
CSS 202 World of Turf 2
HRT 204 Plant Propagation 2
HRT 218 Irrigation Systems for Horticulture 3
HRT 219 Landscape Computer Aided Design 2
HRT 221 Greenhouse Structures and Management 3
3. Complete a minimum of 9 additional credits in the college chosen in consultation with and approved by the program coordinator in the Institute of Agricultural Technology.
Students who do not demonstrate English proficiency through the IAT-administered Accuplacer placement test or college-level transfer credit must complete AT 045 Agricultural Communications (2 credits) or an equivalent course as approved by the program coordinator.

Landscape and Lawn Management (this program is in moratorium Fall 2017 through Spring 2019)

The Landscape and Lawn Management program is a unique partnership between the Michigan State University College of Agriculture and Natural Resources' Institute of Agricultural Technology and Grand Rapids Community College. This program provides students an opportunity to gain the necessary skills for a successful career in the billion-dollar landscape and nursery industry without leaving the Grand Rapids area. Graduates of the program work as owners, managers, buyers, or salespersons in retail firms, commercial landscape construction and maintenance operations, and as well as for private enterprises.

The program combines the theories and principles of classroom instruction with the practical experience of placement training. Although the emphasis is on landscape and lawn management, other important aspects of a college education are included. Students are required to take courses in fields such as written communications, botany, business management, computer science, soil science, plant pathology, entomology, ornamental plant identification, and much more.

Upon completion of the program requirements for the certificate, students also have the option of completing 20 additional credits at Grand Rapids Community College to obtain an Associate of Applied Arts and Sciences degree. The additional courses are in business, chemistry, written communications, humanities, and social science.

Requirements for Landscape and Lawn Management

1. All of the following courses (25 credits):
AT 293 Professional Internship in Agricultural Technology 3
CSS 202 World of Turf 2
CSS 202L World of Turf Lab 1
CSS 210 Fundamentals of Soil Science 3
ENT 110 Applied Entomology of Economic Plants 3
HRT 211 Landscape Plants I 3
HRT 212 Landscape Plants II 3
HRT 213 Landscape Maintenance 2
HRT 214 Landscape and Turfgrass Business Operations 2
PLP 104 Applied Plant Pathology for Ornamentals and Turf 3
2. Complete a minimum of 3 credits of course work from the Institute of  Agricultural Technology as approved by the program coordinator.
3. Complete 20 credits of course work from Grand Rapids Community College as approved by the program coordinator.


Landscape Management

The Landscape Management program provides training for students to select, use, and manage landscape plants and lawns. Students obtain a working knowledge of plant growth, development, and identification which prepares them for careers in the green industry.

Requirements for Landscape Management

Students must complete 48 credits from the following:

1. All of the following courses (25 credits):
AT 202 Agricultural Regulation, Compliance and Safety 3
AT 293 Professional Internship in Agricultural Technology 3
CSS 143 Introduction to Soil Science 2
ENT 110 Applied Entomology of Economic Plants 3
HRT 207 Horticulture Career Development 1
HRT 211 Landscape Plants I 3
HRT 212 Landscape Plants II 3
HRT 213 Landscape Maintenance 2
HRT 218 Irrigation Systems for Horticulture 3
PLP 105 Fundamentals of Applied Plant Pathology 2
2. Completion of 2 additional elective credits in the college as approved by the program coordinator in the Institute of Agricultural Technology.
3. Completion of 21 credits of additional course work through Kellogg Community College, Monroe Community College, Montcalm Community College, Muskegon Community College, Northwestern Michigan College, Southwestern Michigan College, Wayne Country Community College, or West Shore Community College. All course work must be approved by the program coordinator in the Institute of Agricultural Technology.

Livestock Industries

The Livestock Industries certificate program is 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.

Requirements for Livestock Industries

1. All of the following courses (27 credits):
ABM 130 Farm Management I 3
ANS 110 Introductory Animal Agriculture 4
ANS 111 Livestock Industries Seminar 1
ANS 201 Animal Products 3
ANS 203 Principles of Livestock Feeding 2
ANS 295 Structure and Function of Livestock 2
AT 45 Agricultural Communications 2
AT 71 Technical Mathematics 2
AT 293 Professional Internship in Agricultural Technology 3
CSS 101 Introduction to Crop Science 3
CSS 110 Computer Applications in Agronomy 2
2. One of the following Livestock Clerkships (2 or 3 credits):
ANS 115 Meat Technology Clerkship 3
ANS 122A Feedlot Clerkship 2
ANS 122B Beef Cow Calf Clerkship 2
ANS 151 Poultry Production Clerkship 2
ANS 162 Sheep Production Clerkship 2
ANS 171 Swine Clerkship 2
3. Two of the following Livestock Management courses (6 credits):
ANS 222 Introductory Beef Cattle Management 3
ANS 232 Introductory Dairy Cattle Management 3
ANS 252 Introduction to Management of Avian Species 3
ANS 262 Introductory Sheep Management 3
ANS 272 Introductory Swine Management 3
4. Complete a minimum of 12 credits in the college as approved by the program coordinator in the Institute of Agricultural Technology.
Students who do not demonstrate English proficiency through the IAT-administered Accuplacer placement test or college-level transfer credit must complete AT 045 Agricultural Communications (2 credits) or an equivalent course as approved by the program coordinator.
Students who do not demonstrate math proficiency through the IAT-administered Accuplacer placement test or college-level transfer credit must complete AT 071 Technical Mathematics (2 credits) as approved by the program coordinator.

Swine Management (this program is in moratorium Fall 2017 through Spring 2018)

Food production, including that of pork, is increasing along with the world’s population due to the use of scientific technologies and skilled people. If we are to keep pace with the growing population, we will need more of these two vital inputs. The tasks of developing new technologies and new human resources are equally challenging.

The swine management program is designed to prepare people for careers in modern pork production anywhere in the world.  The one-year program judiciously balances “hands-on” training with classroom instruction in the areas of animal care, nutrition, housing maintenance, swine health, reproduction, records management, environmental management and personnel management.  Students also gain practical experience through a summer-long internship on a commercial swine farm in Michigan or beyond. Swine management graduates will have numerous career opportunities including: farm owners/operators, managers or assistant managers (breeding herd, farrowing, nursery, grower-finisher, transportation, feeds, marketing), department supervisors or regional representatives.

               
Requirements for Swine Management
CREDITS
The student must complete 35 credits from the following:
1. All of the following courses (32 credits):
ABM 130 Farm Management I 3
AEE 110 Foundations of ANR Communications: Learning and Leadership 2
ANS 110 Introductory Animal Agriculture 4
ANS 171 Swine Clerkship 2
ANS 203 Principles of Livestock Feeding 2
ANS 205 Reproduction in Livestock 2
ANS 272 Introductory Swine Management 3
AT 45 Agricultural Communications 2
AT 55 Agricultural Finance 3
AT 71 Technical Mathematics 2
AT 291 Selected Topics in Agricultural Technology 2
AT 293 Professional Internship in Agricultural Technology 6
CSS 110 Computer Applications in Agronomy 2
2. Complete 3 credits of elective course work 3


Turfgrass Management

A rapidly expanding turfgrass industry offers many challenging job opportunities for trained personnel.  The growing demand for recreational areas and rededication to the maintenance of beauty in America has created a shortage of turfgrass specialists.

Golf Course Emphasis

The golf course emphasis provides the fundamentals of turfgrass technology necessary primarily for the supervision and management of golf courses.  Attractive starting salaries and many job opportunities are available with excellent potential for advancement.  Previous work experience on a golf course maintenance crew is expected.

Requirements for the Golf Course Emphais

1. All of the following courses (52 credits):
AE 153 Engine and Equipment Technology 2
AT 101 Spanish for the Agricultural Industry 2
AT 102 Turf and Landscape Analytical Practices 2
AT 293 Professional Internship in Agricultural Technology 3
CSS 110 Computer Applications in Agronomy 2
CSS 171 Operations Budgeting for Golf Course Managers 2
CSS 178 Turfgrass Irrigation 3
CSS 181 Pesticide and Fertilizer Application Technology 3
CSS 210 Fundamentals of Soil Science 3
CSS 232 Turfgrass Management 4
CSS 262 Turfgrass Management Seminar 2
CSS 264 Golf Course Design and Construction Techniques 2
CSS 267 Performance Turf Design and Construction 2
CSS 269 Turfgrass Strategies: Integration and Synthesis 2
CSS 272 Turfgrass Soil Fertility 2
CSS 282 Turfgrass Physiology 2
CSS 288 Principles of Weed Management 3
ENT 364 Turfgrass Entomology 3
HRT 109 Introduction to Applied Plant Science 2
HRT 213 Landscape Maintenance 2
HRT 213L Landscape Maintenance Field Laboratory 1
PLP 266 Turf Pathology 3
Students must enroll in two separate 1-credit sections of CSS 262.
2. Complete a minimum of 2 elective credits in the college as approved by the program coordinator in the Institute of Agricultural Technology.
Students who do not demonstrate English proficiency through the IAT-administered Accuplacer placement test or college-level transfer credit must complete AT 045 Agricultural Communications (2 credits) or an equivalent course as approved by the program coordinator.


Sports and Commercial Turf Management Emphasis

The sports and commercial turf management emphasis is designed for persons interested in careers in these areas.  These are rapidly growing areas of turfgrass management and offer rewarding job opportunities.

Requirements for the Sports and Commercial Turf Management Emphasis

1. All of the following courses (52 credits):
AE 153 Engine and Equipment Technology 2
AT 101 Spanish for the Agricultural Industry 2
AT 102 Turf and Landscape Analytical Practices 2
AT 293 Professional Internship in Agricultural Technology 3 to 6
CSS 110 Computer Applications in Agronomy 2
CSS 171 Operations Budgeting for Golf Course Managers 2
CSS 178 Turfgrass Irrigation 3
CSS 181 Pesticide and Fertilizer Application Technology 3
CSS 210 Fundamentals of Soil Science 3
CSS 232 Turfgrass Management 4
CSS 262 Turfgrass Management Seminar 2
CSS 267 Performance Turf Design and Construction 2
CSS 269 Turfgrass Strategies: Integration and Synthesis 2
CSS 272 Turfgrass Soil Fertility 2
CSS 282 Turfgrass Physiology 2
CSS 288 Principles of Weed Management 3
ENT 364 Turfgrass Entomology 3
HRT 109 Introduction to Applied Plant Science 2
HRT 213 Landscape Maintenance 2
HRT 213L Landscape Maintenance Field Laboratory 1
HRT 214 Landscape and Turfgrass Business Operations 2
PLP 266 Turf Pathology 3
Students must enroll in two separate 1 credit sections of CSS 262.
2. Complete a minimum of 2 credits in the college as approved by the program coordinator in the Institute of Agricultural Technology.
Students who do not demonstrate English proficiency through the IAT-administered Accuplacer placement test or college-level transfer credit must complete AT 045 Agricultural Communications (2 credits) or an equivalent course as approved by the program coordinator.

Program offerings in both emphasis areas are integrated with other areas in turfgrass and landscape and nursery.  Courses  include technical, communication, mathematics, and business content.  Placement training opportunities are offered at many leading industrial businesses.


Viticulture

The Viticulture certificate is delivered in partnership between Monroe Community College, Northwestern Michigan College, Southwestern Michigan College, the Viticulture and Enology Science and Technology Alliance (VESTA), and the Michigan State University Institute of Agricultural Technology.  The combination of online viticulture courses delivered by experts from throughout the United States, hands-on experience at local vineyards, fresh markets, juice processors, packing plants and wineries and fundamental plant science courses provide graduates with the specific expertise and skills needed for careers in the rapidly expanding grape industry – supplying grapes for table, juice and wine making.

Graduates of the program will receive a certificate from the Michigan State University Institute of Agricultural Technology. Students may continue their course work to obtain an Associate in Applied Science Degree from the community college partners in addition to the certificate from Michigan State University. Should students wish to continue their education, the appropriate pre-designated credits may be applied to a bachelor’s degree program at Michigan State University if students meet the established transfer guidelines.

Requirements for Viticulture

1. All of the following courses (21 credits):
AT 202 Agricultural Regulations, Compliance and Safety 3
AT 293 Professional Internship in Agricultural Technology 3
CSS 143 Introduction to Soil Science 2
ENT 110 Applied Entomology of Economic Plants 3
HRT 231 Clerkship in Grape Harvesting and Processing 1
HRT 232 Principles and Practices of Grape Production 3
HRT 233 Field Practices of Viticulture 3
HRT 234 Current Issues in Viticulture and Enology 1
PLP 105 Fundamentals of Applied Plant Pathology 2
2. Complete 21 credits of additional course work through Monroe Community College, Northwestern Michigan College or Southwestern Michigan College as well as 6 credits through the Viticulture and Enology Science and Technology Alliance. All course work must be approved by the student’s program coordinator.