Tractor spraying field
Area of Study

Precision Agriculture

The precision agriculture program at Northeastern focuses on variable rate technology and equipment including: planters, sprayers, and center pivots, as well as equipment guidance and steering, yield monitors, UAV’s, and more.

Precision Agriculture-Advanced


Program Requirements

Total Credits 24-26
Course Number Course Title Credits Details
Practical Crop Production 4

Cultural practices and production management of selected field crops indigenous to the Great Plains region will be covered. Laboratories in basic crop principles, crop and weed seed and plant identification, crop improvement and grain quality and grades will be covered. (3-1.5)

Integrated Pest Management 3

Identification and control of economically important weeds, insects and diseases through systems approach management concepts including cultivation, chemical and biological control mechanisms. (1-2)

Soil Fertility and Fertilizers 4

Soil fertility and plant nutrition in crop production, soil–plant relations, diagnostic techniques, and methods of evaluating soil fertility are emphasized. Also included are composition, manufacture, marketing, and use of fertilizer materials and their reactions with soils and plants. Co-requisite: Successful completion of AGY2140 with a "C" grade or better OR instructor approval. (3-1.5)

Precision AG Operations 3

Introduces various methods in precision navigation of agricultural equipment utilizing Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and other support networks. Focus is placed on working with control consoles, equipment, GIS data integration, field planning, zone management, and variable rate applications. Attention is also given to differential correction systems, error sources, environmental variables, and precision accuracy. (2-1.5)

Precision Farming Hardware 3

Focuses on the installation, operation, and troubleshooting of precision farming hardware components. Proper installation, operation, and troubleshooting of displays, GPS equipment, variable rate controllers, and other components used within precision agriculture applications are covered. (2-1.5)

Introduction Soil Science: GT-SC1 4

Focuses on formation, physical properties, chemical properties, and management of soils emphasizing conditions that affect plant growth. This is a Statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-SC1 categoryPrerequisites: Any CHE Course or instructor approval. (3-2)

Agricultural Machinery 3

The safe operation, construction, purpose, maintenance, and adjustment of farm machinery are emphasized in this course. (2-2)

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Ground School 2

Demonstrates readiness for the UAS Operator written test. Regulations pertaining to UAS operations will be introduced, including airspace, weather, and flight parameter limitations. The student will also demonstrate knowledge of UAS components and systems, maintenance, autonomy, ground stations, and telemetry.


Total Credits 4

Choose a minimum of 4 credits of electives courses. There are a total of 30 credits (minimum) required for this certificate.

Elective courses may be taken from any of the following course disciplines: ACC, ABM, AGB, AGE, AGR, AGY, AME, ASC, AVT, BUS, CIS, DPM, EQM, EQT, HLT, IMA, MAN, MAR, MGD, RAM, or WEL. Other courses may be approved by the Academic Advisor for use as elective(s). Must take (6) credits of Equine related courses and an additional (9) credits of Agriculture and/or Business related courses. See advisor or program coordinator for specific details.

Degree & Certificate Options

Precision Agriculture-Advanced


Precision Agriculture

15 Credits