Ag. Operations Management
The Agricultural Operations Management (AOM) program provides students with core fundamental knowledge and critical thinking skills as well as specialized tracks providing career path options. The program teaches both management and technical skills and provides students with the ability to apply this knowledge to solve problems common in family-owned businesses and large municipal entities.
Students focus on the application of technology used in agriculture and natural systems management with the integration of business management concepts. The AOM graduate is able to identify system problems, formulate possible solutions, evaluate the impact of alternatives (including social and economic dimensions), and then implement the best solution.
A major strength of the AOM program is its small class sizes. Students benefit from engaging discussion in a welcoming environment, interacting with and getting to know professors, and connecting with classmates through hands-on projects, activities and club functions.
AOM students complete a common core curriculum to build knowledge and strengthen critical thinking skills. Each student also selects a specific focus or concentration. All new AOM students will consult with an advisor and select from the above list to determine their specific coursework. Concentration areas include:
- Sustainable Energy and Facilities
- Agribusiness Management
- Fishery and Aquatic Production
- Animal Production Management
- Horticulture and Crop Management
- Soil and Water Science
The AOM program provides a solid foundation for management of technical assets, infrastructure, money, and personnel. Graduates become an integral part of profitable business operations such as building materials, environmental structures, citrus processing, and commercial nurseries. Students also graduate with specialized skills including geographic information system (GIS), unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), precision systems management, business and accounting, energy usage, utilities, sustainability, and construction.
- Commercial Construction Manager
- Farm or Ranch Manager
- Heavy Equipment Sales and Management
- Irrigation Specialist
- Landscape Manager
- Production Manager
- Precision Ag Specialist
- Sales Representative