Bachelor of Science, Major in Agricultural Engineering Technology

The purpose of the Agricultural Engineering Technology curriculum is to provide an educational experience based on the fundamentals of engineering principles and practices. Theory-based lectures will be accompanied by experiential learning activities for persons who intend to pursue a career related to the technical operation and management of an agriculture enterprise. It is expected that graduates will choose a position of leadership and responsibility in a career area associated with service and sales, production, processing, product testing, alternative energies, or a government agency.

Agricultural Engineering Technology majors are required to complete the concentration in Power Machinery Management, a minor area of study or complete the Teacher Certification focus in Agricultural Education.  Common minors are Agricultural Business, Plant and Soil Science, and Construction Management.

An internship in an agricultural engineering technology-related business or industry is strongly encouraged for each student. This will provide students 'real-life' learning experiences outside their regular classroom and laboratory opportunities.  Students generally seek an internship experience at the end of their sophomore or junior year.  Internships may be arranged through a student's contact with providers or through departmental announcements or postings.  All internships must be approved by the student's departmental academic adviser prior to the initiation of the internship.  Maximum credit for the internships is six (6) credit hours.

Bachelor of Science, Major in Agricultural Engineering Technology
Core Curriculum
Component Area I (Communication)6
Component Area II (Mathematics) 13
Component Area III (Life and Physical Science)8
Component Area IV (Language, Philosophy, and Culture)3
Component Area V (Creative Arts)3
Component Area VI (U.S. History)6
Component Area VII (Political Science/Government)6
Component Area VIII (Social and Behavioral Sciences)3
Component Area IX (Component Area Option)4
Degree Specific Requirements
MATH 1314Pre Calculus Algebra 13
MATH 1342Elementary Statistics3
PHYS 1305
PHYS 1105
Classical Physics & Thermdynmc
and Class Phy & Thermodynamics Lab
4
ETDD 1361Engineering Graphics3
or ETDD 1390 Intro -Computer Aided Drafting
or AGET 3350 Plasma Arc Cutting Technology
ACCT 2301Principles of Financial Acc3
MGMT 3310Principles Of Management (or approved BUAD, AGBU (advanced))3
ACOM 3360Communication Skills for Agriculturists3
or ENGL 3330 Intro to Technical Writing
Major: Foundation
AGRI 1131Intro to Pro Leadership Skills1
AGRI 1309Computers in Agriculture (or approved substitute)3
or CSTE 1330 Introduction to Computers
AGET 2303Intro to Ag Engineering Tech3
AGBU 2317Principles of Agri Economics3
or AGBU 2389 Agribusiness Financl Analysis
PLSC or ANSC Electives - Select one from the following:4
Plant Science
and Plant Science Laboratory
Animal Science
and Animal Science Laboratory
AGRI 4120Professional Career Skills1
Major: Prescribed Electives
Advanced Electives: including internship hours. 220-26
Minor Or Concentration: Required 318-24
Minor (18 SCH) 4
Concentration: Power Machinery Management (24 SCH)
Agribusiness Org & Mgt
Agricultural Finance
Applied Electronics/Hydraulics
Agricultural Engines & Tractor
Successful Workplace Relations
Negotiation in Business
AGET 4000 Approved Elective
Time And Motion Study
Total Hours120
1

MATH 1314 satisfies the Core Curriculum requirement for Component Area II [Mathematics] and the Degree Specific Requirement.

2

Students pursing a minor take 26 semester credit hours of approved, Agricultural Engineering Technology advanced electives, including internship hours.  Students pursing a Concentration in Power Machinery Management take 20 semester credit hours approved, Agricultural Engineering Technology advanced electives, including internship hours.  

3

Students have the option of either 1) pursuing a minor with 18 semester credit hours of coursework or 2) pursuing a Concentration in Power Machinery Management with 24 semester credit hours of coursework.   

4

The following minors cannot be paired with this degree program: Minor in Agriculture Engineering Technology, Minor in Conservation Biology, Minor in Early Childhood Education, and Minor in Wildlife Ecology. 

Notes

Students must earn a 2.0 minimum overall GPA in all coursework. 

Students must meet a 2.0 minimum overall major GPA in all major coursework.

Students must earn a 2.0 minimum SHSU GPA in all coursework.

Students must meet a 2.0 minimum SHSU major GPA in all major coursework.

Students should use elective and/or minor hours to satisfy the 42 advanced hour requirement.

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Component Area I3Component Area I3
Component Area II13Component Area III4
AGET 23033Component Area VI3
AGRI 11311Component Area VII3
AGRI 1309 or CSTE 13303PLSC 1307
PLSC 11072
4
 13 17
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Component Area VI3Component Area III4
Component Area VIII3Component Area IV3
AGBU 2317 or 23893Component Area V3
MATH 13423ACCT 23013
Minor or Concentration 3,4,53ETDD 1361, 1390, or AGET 33503
 15 16
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Component Area VII3Advanced Electives63-6
Component Area IX4MGMT 3310 (or Advanced AGBU Elective)3
Advanced Electives63Minor Advanced OR Concentration 3, 4, 56-9
PHYS 1305
PHYS 1105
4 
 14 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ACOM 3360 or ENGL 33303AGET Advanced Electives68
AGET Advanced Electives66-9AGRI 41201
Minor Advanced OR Concentration3, 4, 53-6Minor Advanced OR Concentration 3, 4, 56
 15 15
Total Hours: 120
1

MATH 1314 satisfies the Core Curriculum requirement for Component Area II [Mathematics] and the Degree Specific Requirement.

2

Or ANSC 1319 & ANSC 1119

3

Students have the option of either 1) pursing a minor with 18 semester credit hours of coursework or 2) pursing a Concentration in Power Machinery Management with 24 semester credit hours of coursework.   

4

See, below Power Machinery Management Concentration course list.  

5

The following minors cannot be paired with this degree program: Minor in Agriculture Engineering Technology, Minor in Conservation Biology, Minor in Early Childhood Education, and Minor in Wildlife Ecology. 

6

Students pursing a minor take 26 semester credit hours of approved, Agricultural Engineering Technology advanced electives, including internship hours.  Students pursing a Concentration in Power Machinery Management take 20 semester credit hours approved, Agricultural Engineering Technology advanced electives, including internship hour.

Power Machinery Management Concentration Courses 4
AGBU 3361Agribusiness Org & Mgt3
AGBU 3367Agricultural Finance3
AGET 4385Applied Electronics/Hydraulics3
AGET 4387Agricultural Engines & Tractor3
BUAD 3336Successful Workplace Relations3
BUAD 4325Negotiation in Business3
AGET 4000 Approved Elective Course3
ETEC 3374Time And Motion Study3

Notes 

Students must earn a 2.0 minimum overall GPA in all coursework. 

Students must meet a 2.0 minimum overall major GPA in all major coursework.

Students must earn a 2.0 minimum SHSU GPA in all coursework.

Students must meet a 2.0 minimum SHSU major GPA in all major coursework.

Students should use elective and/or minor hours to satisfy the 42 advanced hour requirement.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) marketable skills initiative is part of the state’s 60x30TX plan and was designed to help students articulate their skills to employers.  Marketable skills are those skills valued by employers and/or graduate programs that can be applied in a variety of work or education settings and may include interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skill areas.

The BS in Agricultural Engineering Technology is designed to provide graduates with the following marketable skills:

  • Understand the importance and use of technology found in agriculture and related industries for real-world problem solving.

  • Evaluate how technology has changed in our society and how those technologies are utilized in modern agriculture and related industries.

  • Analyze engineering issues found within agriculture and/or other related industries, and the technological solutions to those problems.

  • Apply independent and team-working skills to accomplish objectives and meet organizational goals.

  • Demonstrate a work ethic and soft skills that are desirable of an employee.

  • Use professional oral and written communication skills for the transfer of technologically-rich knowledge.