Big data and precision tools are revolutionizing agriculture. Companies are eager for students that combine a strong background in soil and crop sciences with technical and professional skills. Students in this concentration utilize advanced information technology to drive decision-making in crop production, soil and environmental management, and in developing new technologies. Coursework in computer science, data analytics, and GIS/GPS prepares students for exciting and well-paid careers.

Precision Agriculture at Colorado State University

Effective Fall 2018

Freshman
AUCCCredits
AGRI 192 or 292Orientation to Agricultural Systems
Transfer Seminar
 1
BUS 150 or CS 110Business Computing Concepts and Applications
Personal Computing
 3-4
BZ 120Principles of Plant Biology (GT-SC1)3A4
CHEM 107Fundamentals of Chemistry (GT-SC2)3A4
CHEM 108Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory (GT-SC1)3A1
CIS 200Business Information Systems 3
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
MATH 117College Algebra in Context I (GT-MA1)1B1
MATH 118College Algebra in Context II (GT-MA1)1B1
MATH 124Logarithmic and Exponential Functions (GT-MA1)1B1
PH 110Physics of Everyday Phenomena (GT-SC2)3A3
SOCR 100General Crops 4
SOCR 177Applied Information Technology in Agriculture 1
 Total Credits 30-31
Sophomore
 
AREC 202Agricultural and Resource Economics (GT-SS1)3C3
CIS 210Information Technology in Business 3
CIS 240Application Design and Development 3
MATH 141Calculus in Management Sciences (GT-MA1)1B3
PHIL 110Logic and Critical Thinking (GT-AH3)3B3
SOCR 240Introductory Soil Science 4
SPCM 200Public Speaking 3
Arts and Humanities3B3
Diversity and Global Awareness3E3
Historical Perspectives3D3
 Total Credits 31
Junior
 
CO 300 or JTC 300Writing Arguments (GT-CO3)
Professional and Technical Communication (GT-CO3)
23
LIFE 220 or 320Fundamentals of Ecology (GT-SC2)
Ecology
3A3
CIS 320Project Management for Information Systems 3
FSHN 125 or 150Food and Nutrition in Health
Survey of Human Nutrition
 2-3
NR 322Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 4
NR 323/GR 323Remote Sensing and Image Interpretation 3
STAT 301 or 307Introduction to Statistical Methods
Introduction to Biostatistics
 3
SOCR Electives1,2 3
Electives1 5-6
 Total Credits 29-31
Senior
 
AREC 478Agricultural Policy 3
CIS 355Business Database Systems 3
NR 423/GR 323Applications of Global Positioning Systems 1
SOCR 377Geographic Information Systems in Agriculture4A,4B,4C3
SOCR 487Internship4A6
SOCR 492Seminar4A,4C1
SOCR Electives1,2 6
Electives1 4-7
 Total Credits 27-30
 Program Total Credits: 120
Freshman
Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one course from the following:   1
Orientation to Agricultural Systems    
Transfer Seminar    
Select one course from the following:   3-4
Business Computing Concepts and ApplicationsX   
Personal ComputingX   
BZ 120Principles of Plant Biology (GT-SC1)X 3A4
MATH 117College Algebra in Context I (GT-MA1)X 1B1
MATH 118College Algebra in Context II (GT-MA1)X 1B1
MATH 124Logarithmic and Exponential Functions (GT-MA1)X 1B1
SOCR 100General Crops   4
 Total Credits   15
Semester 2CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CHEM 107Fundamentals of Chemistry (GT-SC2)X 3A4
CHEM 108Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory (GT-SC1)  3A1
CIS 200Business Information SystemsX  3
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)  1A3
PH 110Physics of Everyday Phenomena (GT-SC2)  3A3
SOCR 177Applied Information Technology in Agriculture   1
CO 150 and AUCC 1B (Quantitative Reasoning) must be completed by the end of Semester 2.X   
 Total Credits   15
Sophomore
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
AREC 202Agricultural and Resource Economics (GT-SS1)  3C3
CIS 210Information Technology in BusinessX  3
CIS 240Application Design and Development   3
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Diversity and Global Awareness  3E3
 Total Credits   15
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
MATH 141Calculus in Management Sciences (GT-MA1)X 1B3
PHIL 110Logic and Critical Thinking (GT-AH3)  3B3
SOCR 240Introductory Soil ScienceX  4
SPCM 200Public Speaking   3
Historical Perspectives  3D3
 Total Credits   16
Junior
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one course from the following:   3
Fundamentals of Ecology (GT-SC2)  3A 
Ecology    
NR 322Introduction to Geographic Information Systems   4
NR 323/GR 323Remote Sensing and Image Interpretation   3
Select one course from the following:   3
Introduction to Statistical Methods    
Introduction to Biostatistics    
SOCR Elective (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab)   3
 Total Credits   16
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CIS 320Project Management for Information Systems   3
Select one course from the following:   3
Writing Arguments (GT-CO3)  2 
Professional and Technical Communication (GT-CO3)  2 
Select one course from the following:   2-3
Food and Nutrition in Health    
Survey of Human Nutrition    
Electives   5-6
AREC 202 must be completed by the end of Semester 6.X   
 Total Credits   14
Senior
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
AREC 478Agricultural Policy   3
CIS 355Business Database Systems   3
SOCR 377Geographic Information Systems in AgricultureX 4A,4B,4C3
SOCR 492SeminarX 4A,4C1
SOCR Elective (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab)   3
Elective   3
NR 322 must be completed by the end of Semester 7.X   
 Total Credits   16
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
NR 423Applications of Global Positioning SystemsX  1
SOCR 487InternshipX 4A6
SOCR Elective (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab)X  3
ElectivesX  3-4
The benchmark courses for the 8th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of study.X   
 Total Credits   13
 Program Total Credits:   120