Agricultural Technology Management
The Agricultural Technology Management (ATM) degree program prepares students for careers that require an understanding of agriculture, technology, and management. The goal of the ATM program is to educate technology managers who can combine the critical understanding of agriculture and biological sciences with the problem-solving viewpoint of an engineer. The curriculum is intended for students who want a broader education than is provided by the engineering curriculum and who do not desire the analytical focus necessary in an engineering degree. Graduates fill key positions in food and agricultural industries, serving as technical managers for these increasingly vital sectors of the economy.
The ATM undergraduate degree program is nationally recognized by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers and produces graduates who are equipped to manage people, machines and technology. This program is unique at Kansas State University and among higher education institutions in Kansas. Students are required to select one or more agricultural science areas of emphasis (animal science, agronomy, agriculture business/economics, horticulture, grain science or food science) to complement their ATM degree.
The ATM program prepares individuals to organize and manage technology-based businesses and operations. The emphasis is on planning and directing an industry or business project with responsibility for results. This program provides an understanding of how equipment, facilities, and technology are used with plants and animals and their products. These processes all require an understanding of biological and physical sciences to produce and maintain top product quality.
The ATM curriculum emphasizes the application and integration of agricultural/biological sciences, agricultural engineered systems, and business. Courses are designed to apply physical concepts and problem solving to food and agricultural systems. Supporting courses provide a foundation of mathematics, chemistry, business, and computer and communication skills. Technical electives are available to develop a degree program that meets personal career objectives.
Students are required to select one or more agricultural science areas of emphasis (animal science, agronomy, agricultural business/economics, horticulture, grain science, etc.) to complement their ATM degree program.
Many students integrate their ATM degree into the completion of one or more academic minors, and/or a secondary major in natural resources and environmental sciences, and/or a dual major degree program (major in ATM and agribusiness, agricultural economics, animal science, or agronomy, etc.). Careful planning allows students to integrate one or all of these options into their ATM degree program and graduate in about four years.