Course Offerings

AGEC 735 - Seminar in International Agricultural Trade (3)

Theory and practice in international trade in agricultural and food products with emphasis on real-world problems. Trade policy, trade law, customs practices, exchange rates and their impact on trade in the U.S. and world agriculture. Developing real-world export marketing plans including research, pricing, distribution systems, financing and pro forma invoicing. Discussions of major global trade issues.

AGEC 780 - Project Mgt Issues in Ag

Application of current project management techniques to agribusiness planning problems. Both the technical and social or human sides of the issues are emphasized and focus will be on how they can be integrated to achieve desired results. Skills developed will include abilities to understand different types of projects and their unique characteristics, the impact of new technologies and globalization on business practices, and inclusion of all organizational levels in clearly defined recommendations.

AGET 710 - Safety and Ergonomic Sciences in Agriculture

Designing, fitting, adjusting equipment and tools to suit individuals so that agricultural tasks can be done safely, efficiently, productively, and without discomfort, pain, injury, and disability; includes comfort and well-being.

AGET 760 - Comprehensive Nutrition Mgmt Plan/Sys Des

Application of agronomic sciences and engineering technology for developing Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plans (CNMPs) for livestock production. Elements include: environmental law and regulatory policy; watershed planning considerations; animal waste characteristics; role of soils; role of plants; geologic and ground water concerns; facilities location; waste treatment systems design; land application of wastes; and agricultural waste management system design.

AGRI 741 - Statistical Methods in Agriculture and Natural Resources (3)

Statistical techniques used in design and analysis of experiments in agriculture and natural resources management. T-tests, analysis of variance, mean separation, regression and correlation, experimental design and analysis, interpretation of research results, analysis and interpretation of survey information. Prereq: MATH 210 or equivalent or instructor’s approval.

AGRI 791 - Master's Reasearch Project Agriculture (1-3)

This will be either: 1) a major research project associated with agriculture, or 2) a supervised work experience in agriculture for a minimum of three months (requires weekly reporting from student and a final report from the immediate supervisor). Research projects shall include: a review of literature, data collection methodology, data presentation and a final written report. May repeat enrollment. No more than three semester hours credit will be counted toward requirements for the MSANR degree. P/N only.

NRM 730 - Management of Interpretive Resources

Principles of interpretation and an examination of the resources used for interpretive services. There will be an overview of the application of management principles to interpretive services. Sociological concepts, relevant innovations, resource inventory, and master planning will be explored. Emphasis will be placed on the role of interpretation to accomplish an organization's mission. Same as PRAD 760.

NRM 791 - Master’s Research Project (1-3)

A major research project associated with natural resources management. Research projects shall include: a review of literature, data collection methodology, data presentation and a final written report. May repeat enrollment. No more than three semester hours credit will be counted toward requirements for the M.S.A.N.R. degree. P/N only.

AGEC 710 - Commodity Futures and Options Markets (3)

Economic theory and methods for analyzing agricultural production decisions and the underlying relationship to futures and options markets. Specific topics include the institutional structure, price formation, producer and agribusiness strategies, and financial instruments associated with U.S. and international markets.

AGEC 750 - Agricultural Risk Analysis and Decision-Making (3)

Application of current risk management techniques to issues specific to the U.S. agribusiness system. Elements include: production risk; crop insurance; diversification; contract production; integration of systems; market risk; futures and options; minimum price contracts; personal risk; estate planning; organizational concerns; interest rate risk; policy risk.

AGRI 790 - Scientific Writing and Presentations (3)

A course designed to give graduate students the skills necessary to write a thesis, and to prepare other professional materials for presentation or publication. Topics covered in this course include: searching the scientific literature; scientific writing style; writing graduate level papers, proposals, projects, and thesis components; preparing scientific presentations; presentation of data; using visual aids; and using word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. (Same as NRM 790)

NRM 760 - Management of Interpretive Resources (3)

Principles of interpretation and an examination of the resources used for interpretive services. There will be an overview of the application of management principles to interpretive services. Sociological concepts, relevant innovations, resource inventory, and master planning will be explored. Emphasis will be placed on the role of interpretation to accomplish an organization's mission. Same as PRAD 760.

NRM 755 - Clobal Climate and Climate Change

A study of the physical principles and processes important to understanding past, present, and future climates on Earth. Analyses of data, discussions, case studies, and detailed investigation into the princples that affect global climate systems will be approached from a climatologist’s standpoint. Natural and anthropogenic climatic changes and climatic influences on human activity will be studied. (Same as GEOG 755)

AGEC 740 - Advanced Econometric Applications in Agribusiness (3)

The advanced study of agribusiness research methodology using econometric tools to solve agribusiness problems. Advanced statistical methods, including multiple regression analysis, Logit, Probit, and other estimation techniques for agribusiness analysis will be presented; estimation issues such as multicollinearity, autocorrelation, heteroscedasticity, and related problems will also be addressed.

AGEC 751 - Strategic Management Issues in Agriculture (3)

Application of current strategic management techniques to agribusiness problems. Emphasis on viewing management from a broad organizational perspective through an integrated approach. The ability to assimilate and analyze information from all aspects of the organization (i.e. management, marketing, information systems, production, finance, accounting, etc.) to analyze complex problems, develop plans and propose recommendations on a top management perspective.

AGEC 784 - Applied Management Science in Agricultural Systems I (3)

Mathematical programming and constrained optimization research methods for applied decision making in agriculture. Development of computer and writing skills necessary for finding optimal solutions to complex applied problems in addition to succinctly communicating results in the proper format and context. Theory, implementation and optimal solution sensitivity of linear and integer programming as well as network and project scheduling models are examined (Same as AGET 784).

AGET 720 - Advanced Soil and Water Conservation Engineering (3)

Engineering principles for hydrologic analysis and design for small catchments including: hydrologic frequency analysis, rainfall runoff estimation, open channel hydraulics, hydraulics of control structures, sediment properties and transport, erosion and sediment yield, sediment control structures, groundwater, monitoring of hydrologic systems, and hydrologic modeling. Students are required to complete a written term report on a current topic associated with soil and water engineering.

AGET 710 - Safety and Ergonomic Sciences in Agriculture (3)

Designing, fitting, adjusting equipment and tools to suit individuals so that agricultural tasks can be done safely, efficiently, productively, and without discomfort, pain, injury, and disability; includes comfort and well-being.