Agricultural Operations

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The Agricultural Operations Program is a new partnership between Kellogg Community College and the Michigan State University College of Agriculture and Natural Resources’ Institute of Agriculture and Technology. Launching formally in the Fall 2017 semester, the program is designed to prepare graduates for jobs or further education in agricultural technology fields.

Agricultural Operations students will have the opportunity to earn an Associate in General Studies degree at KCC while simultaneously earning an Agricultural Operations Certificate through MSU – with all coursework completed entirely at KCC.

For more information about the KCC/MSU Agricultural Operations Program, see:

How to Enroll

Agricultural Operations students pay KCC tuition and fee rates for KCC classes and MSU tuition and fee rates for MSU classes, and must apply jointly to both KCC and the MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology.

For more information about the KCC/MSU Agricultural Operations Program or for assistance enrolling the in the program, contact Program Coordinator Kaite Fraser at kfraser@msu.edu or 269-965-3931 ext. 2092.

KCC Associate in General Studies

The following KCC courses count toward KCC’s Associate in General Studies degree and MSU’s Agricultural Operations Certificate. In addition to the courses below, students must complete the required service-learning experience and a minimum of five to seven elective credits.

Students must complete all of the following courses:

Course # Course Title Credits
COMM 101 Foundations of Interpersonal Communication* 3
ECON 201 Principles of Economics (MACRO)* 3
ENGL 151 Freshman Composition* 3
PSYC 201 Intro to Psychology* 3

Students must complete one of the following courses:

Course # Course Title Credits
MATH 115 Math for Liberal Arts* 3
MATH 125 College Algebra* 3
MATH 130 Statistics* 3

Students must complete one of the following courses:

Course # Course Title Credits
BIOL 111 Botany 3
CHEM 100 Fundamentals of Chemistry 1* 3
CHEM 110 General Chemistry 1* 3

Students must complete one of the following courses:

Course # Course Title Credits
HUMA 150 Encounter with the Arts* 3
ART 211 Art Appreciation* 3
MUSI 211 Music Appreciation* 3

*Courses indicated fulfill requirements for the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA), which provides for the transferability of up to 30 credit hours to meet General Education Requirements at participating Michigan colleges and universities. For more information about the MTA, visit www.kellogg.edu/macrao.

MSU Agricultural Operations Certificate

The following is a possible course sequence for the MSU courses required for MSU’s Agricultural Operations Certificate. In addition to the courses below, students must complete a minimum of five credits from MSU-approved electives. Click here for course descriptions of the classes listed below.

Fall I Spring I Summer Fall II Spring II
ABM 130: Farm Management I AE 131:
Agricultural Water Resource Management
AT 293: Professional Internship in Agricultural Technology AT 202: Agricultural Regulation Compliance and Safety AE 143: Application of Precision Agriculture Technologies
CSS 105:
Agricultural Industries Seminar
CSS 101: Intro to Crop Science CSS 143: Intro to Soil Science CSS 135: Crop Scouting and Investigation
ENT 110:
Applied Entomology of Economic Plants
PLP 105:
Fundamentals of Applied Plant Pathology

Transfer Opportunities

Many of the courses listed above are transferable to other institutions. Click here to view Transfer Guides outlining opportunities for students looking to transfer their KCC credits to a four-year institution. Contact our Academic Advising team at 269-965-4124 or advising@kellogg.edu to schedule an appointment to plot a personal transfer plan.

The Agricultural Operations Program also simplifies the process for students interested in continuing their education in a four-year degree program at MSU after graduating from KCC, and will allow students who have earned MSU credits through Future Farmers of America programming to apply up to six credits to the dual KCC/MSU degree and certificate program.

Agricultural Operations Careers

The KCC/MSU Agricultural Operations Program combines classroom instruction and theory with practical experience gained through laboratories and a professional internship. Industries with jobs available to graduates with an Agricultural Operations education include:

  • Agribusiness
  • Commodity marketing
  • Consulting
  • Crop processing facilities
  • Crop production management
  • Equipment retail sales and service
  • Farm insurance
  • Farm operations
  • Farm supply business
  • Field scouting
  • Greenhouse growing and supervising
  • Production service facilities
  • Sales

Projected Job Outlook & Salary Information

For the latest employment and wage estimates for agricultural careers in Michigan, visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics website at www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_mi.htm.

Why Study Agricultural Operations at KCC?

The KCC/MSU Agricultural Operations Program provides students with a solid background in plant and soil science, precision agriculture, water management, entomology, plant pathology and farm financial management, preparing them for any number of careers or further education upon graduation.

Accessibility & Convenience

Agricultural Operations students have full access to resources at both KCC and MSU, and are assisted by Agricultural Operations Program Coordinator Kaite Fraser through recruitment, advising, financial aid, course planning and other assistance. Fraser can be reached at kfraser@msu.edu or 269-965-3931 ext. 2092.

Flexible Classes

Agricultural Operations coursework is completed in classes on campus at KCC, online and in hybrid online/classroom formats, allowing students more flexibility and convenience in their class schedule.

Professional Internships

The MSU course AT 293: Professional Internship in Agricultural Technology is a required course for all Agricultural Operations Program students, providing each student with supervised professional experience in agencies, business and industry related to the student’s major field of study.

Credit for State FFA Degrees

In recognition of the hard work and dedication it takes to complete a state-approved program in Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Education and receive the State FFA Degree, MSU has partnered with the Michigan Department of Education to award six credits to students who meet certain criteria. Eligible students must:

  • Be admitted to MSU or the Institute of Agricultural Technology
  • Complete a state-approved AFNR Education program
  • Earn the State FFA Degree

The six credits can be applied to any MSU undergraduate program, including the Agricultural Operations Certificate Program. For more information, visit www.canr.msu.edu/iat/state_ffa_degree_completers.