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Agriculture & Natural Resources

The Agriculture and Natural Resources (AAS) degree is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in the areas of agribusiness or the management of agricultural and natural resources. In this program, you will learn general planning, economics, and the use of facilities, natural resources, equipment, labor, and capital to produce plant and animal products. As an AAS student, you will complete approximately 15 credit hours of general education courses and 46-58 credit hours of courses most appropriate to address the intended outcome of the career program. The AAS is designed to prepare a student for employment in a specific occupational area.

First Year

First Semester

CS102College Seminar for AGNR1
AG105Plant Science3
AG106Plant Science Lab1
AG107Animal Science3
AG108Animal Science Lab1
AG130Farm & Environ. Safety2

Second Semester

AG103Soils & Fertilizers3
AG104Soils & Fertilizers Lab1
AGNR Elective or
AG112Beef Production or
AG114Crop Production or
AG125Light Horse Production3
AG100Intro. To Agribusiness Systems
EN101English 13
BT160Microcomputers 13

Second Year

First Semester

AG132Agriculture Mechanics4
AG270Farm Management & Records Analysis
BT130Business Comm.3
HI103American History or
PL216National Government3

Second Semester

AG117Agriculture Math3
AG148 Agriculture Sales3
AG163 Ag Credit & Finance3
AG215 AGNR Internship6

*Please see your advisor or the NCMC Academic Catalog for specific course choices in each area.

  • Dual credit/Transfer credit – This plan is designed for students with no dual or transfer credit. Consider any prior college credit to avoid repeating coursework. We will need official transcripts for these courses.
  • Developmental Studies – This plan assumes that the student does not need to take Developmental Studies courses. Placement test scores determine whether or not the student will need to complete Developmental Studies courses. You can learn more about Developmental Studies courses in the NCMC Academic Catalog.
  • Tracking classes – It is very important to meet with your advisor prior to enrollment every semester. Your advisor will be sure that you are staying on track to graduate, taking appropriate courses that will transfer, meeting transfer requirements, and remain eligible for any financial aid.
  • Financial Aid – Financial Aid can be affected by the number of credit hours you take each semester. Speak with a Financial Aid Representative if you have questions or want to withdraw from a class.
  • Changes – Keep your advisor informed of any degree changes or future educational goals. If you start to struggle, your advisor can assist you in developing a plan to get you back on track!


Students who complete the Associate in Arts degree will acquire the mentioned skills.

Academic Skills Areas

To develop students’ effective use of the English language and quantitative and other symbolic systems essential to their success in school and in the world. Students should be able to read and listen critically and to write and speak with thoughtfulness, clarity, coherence, and persuasiveness.

Higher-Order Thinking
To develop students’ ability to distinguish among opinions, facts, and inferences; to identify underlying or implicit assumptions; to make informed judgments; and to solve problems by applying evaluative standards.

Managing Information
To develop students’ abilities to locate, organize, store, retrieve, evaluate, synthesize, and annotate information from print, electronic, and other sources in preparation for solving problems and making informed decisions.

To develop students’ abilities to understand the moral and ethical values of a diverse society and to understand that many courses of action are guided by value judgments about the way things ought to be. Students should be able to make informed decisions through identifying personal values and the values of others and through understanding how such values develop. They should be able to analyze the ethical implications of choices made on the basis of these values.

Knowledge Skills Areas

Social and Behavioral Sciences
To develop students’ understanding of themselves and the world around them through study of content and the processes used by historians and social and behavioral scientists to discover, describe, explain, and predict human behavior and social systems. Students must understand the diversities and complexities of the cultural and social world, past and present, and come to an informed sense of self and others. (Students must fulfill the state statute requirements for the United States and Missouri constitutions.)

Humanities and Fine Arts
To develop students’ understanding of the ways in which humans have addressed their condition through imaginative work in the humanities and fine arts; to deepen their understanding of how that imaginative process is informed and limited by social, cultural, linguistic, and historical circumstances; and to appreciate the world of the creative imagination as a form of knowledge.

To develop students’ understanding of fundamental mathematical concepts and their applications. Students should develop a level of quantitative literacy that would enable them to make decisions and solve problems which could serve as a basis for continued learning. (The mathematics requirement for general education should have the same pre-requisite(s) and level of rigor as college algebra.)

Life and Physical Sciences
To develop students’ understanding of the principles and laboratory procedures of life and physical sciences and to cultivate their abilities to apply the empirical methods of scientific inquiry. Students should understand how scientific discovery changes theoretical views of the world, informs our imaginations, and shapes human history. Students should also understand that science is shaped by historical and social contexts.

Learn about this program’s assessment data. For more information or questions, please contact Dr. Tristan Londre at [email protected] or (660) 357-6301.

Program Contact Information

Rustin Jumps

Agriculture & Natural Resources Instructor
[email protected]
(660) 357-6336

Jack Green

Agriculture & Natural Resources Instructor
[email protected]
(660) 357-6314

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