Montana State University-Northern
College of Technical Sciences
Agricultural Operation's Technology BS
Make an Impact on the World's Food Production with Quality Agricultural Education
Ag students in the lab

Montana State University-Northern's Agricultural Operations degree gives you the background you need to pursue a career in ag management. The agricultural education program is offered as both a two-year Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Agricultural Technology and a four-year Agricultural Operations Technology Bachelor of Science (BS) degree.

  • Be ready for a career in a huge and diverse industry that's in the midst of significant change.
  • Learn the fundamentals of agricultural education so you can work with people, animals, plants, technology, and machinery.
  • Study at an agriculture school that's located in the heart of Montana's ranching and farming land.
  • The AAS degree meets all requirements for the first two years of the Bachelor's degree in Agricultural Operations Technology, forming a two plus two-year degree program.
Bachelor's Degree in Agricultural Operations: Ready to work.
  • Complete MSU-Northern agriculture school coursework that integrates agricultural sciences, agribusiness, and related applied technologies.
  • Prepare to enter a complex and growing career field.
  • Gain experience with an employment-friendly combination of hands-on training and comprehensive ag education.
Agricultural Operations Faculty: Experienced. Student-Focused.
  • Explore the changing world of agricultural operations with MSU-N professors who have decades of experience both in the classroom and in practical understanding of the course material.
  • Go further with your agricultural education thanks to faculty who support students with one-on-one advising.
  • Join the MSU-Northern Postsecondary Agriculture Students (PAS) club, an award-winning group that sends teams to national competitions under the leadership of the ag school professors.
Agricultural Operations Courses: Research-based. Current Practices.

Plant and Animal Science – Understand best practices for establishing and maintaining healthy production cycles in farming and ranching.

Agriculture Technology – Learn how to use new technology to make the most of ag production, including Global Positioning Systems, Geographic Information Systems, and other computer-based techniques.

Operations Management – Become familiar with principles of ag management with classes on Agricultural Marketing & Economics, Economic Development in Rural Areas, Commodity Marketing, and Trends & Issues in Agriculture.

Cooperative Education – Practice agriculture school skills in real life when you participate in cooperative education; work in your field and gain experience and earn money at the same time.

Career Opportunities
bullet Production, agribusiness, government agencies, agri-lending
bullet Almost 1/5 of the jobs in the U.S. are related to agriculture
bullet Agriculture is a huge and diverse industry with many unique career opportunities
bullet A changing scene (bio-fuels, alternative agriculture, organic farming/ranching, spatial mapping)
bullet Opportunities to work with people, animals, plants, technology, machinery or a mixture of these

The Agricultural Operations Bachelor's degree from MSU-Northern is in demand by the agriculture industry; employers benefit by gaining students with both applied agriculture knowledge and business and management skills. Choose from a number of agriculture career options with government agencies and agribusinesses. Agriculture school graduates are also frequently self-employed as owners of commercial farming/ranching businesses, as technical consultants, and production specialists. Depending on the specific career, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects growth in the agriculture industry.

Advisors

William (Bill) Danley
   Office: Brockmann Center 210E
   Phone: (406) 265-4154

Tom Welch
  Office: Brockmann Center 210M
  Phone: (406) 265-4149