Agricultural Systems Technology

Agricultural Systems Technology

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Agricultural systems technology resides at the forefront of new and emerging technologies, enabling you to solve agricultural challenges of the 21st century and beyond. This hands-on major combines coursework in technology, agricultural sciences and business. Prepare to apply a systems approach to managing technology in agriculture and related industries. This major is ideal for students interested in working with machinery and technology from a practical perspective.

The Nebraska Difference

Own Your Experience

Create your career pathway in the only four-year Ag Technology focused program in Nebraska.


Make an Impact

Develop management strategies and technologies that will change the evolving world of agriculture.


Co-create Your Path

Work with dedicated faculty and staff with valuable experience who are eager to assist you.

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Program Features

Personalized Advising 

Our 1-to-1 advising model focuses on you and your needs as a student. Work with an academic advisor to mold your degree pathway and a faculty career mentor to prepare for the transition from student to graduate.  

Systems Approach 

Learning about systems-based thinking allows you to approach a multitude of career paths by looking at the bigger picture. Your diversity in skill and systems will lead you to a wide array of opportunities after your time at Nebraska. 

Hands-On Learning 

Through lectures to labs, you’ll connect what is being taught by faculty to hands-on experiential learning. The only program of its kind in Nebraska, we pride ourselves in providing up-to-date experiences in and outside of the classroom. 

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Notable Courses

Physical Principles in Agriculture and Life Sciences (AGST 109)

Fundamental principles of mechanics, heat, electricity, magnetism and electromagnetism and their relationship to energy utilization and conservation applied to situations in agriculture and life sciences.

Power and Machinery Principles (AGST 232)

Operational characteristics of IC engines, field, materials-handling and processing machines and their components, including analyses, estimations and objective comparisons of performance.

Fundamentals of Electrical Systems (AGST 245)

Overview of the digital agriculture technologies and techniques to support crop and livestock production systems with emphasis on data life cycle and hands-on experiences.

Agricultural Products Processing and Handling (AGST 364)

Analyze processing and handling operations and discuss safety issues, logistics and survey of industry technologies. Learn about chemical and physical characteristics of agricultural products.

Hydraulic Power Systems (AGST 412)

Theory and application of fluids under controlled pressure to perform work in mobile and industrial applications.

Sensors and Control Systems for Agri-Industires (AGST 416)

Application of sensors for measurement of process control variables and implementation of microcomputer-based measurements and control systems.

Huskers Do Big Things


  • Ag services operations intern, ADM Grain, Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Operations intern, Dow AgroSciences, York, Nebraska
  • Test engineer assistant, Global Industries, Grand Island, Nebraska
  • Equipment testing technician, CLAAS, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Plant operations, Scoular, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Product support intern, John Deere, Ottumwa, Iowa


  • Operations management LDP, Ardent Mills, Kenosha, Wisconsin
  • Field test engineer, AGCO Corporation, Hesston, Kansas
  • Ag specialist, JR Simplot Company, Scottsbluff, Nebraska
  • Product support technician, Lindsay Manufacturing, Lindsay, Nebraska
  • Ag services operations management, Archer Daniels Midland, Fremont, Nebraska
  • Production supervisor, Land O’ Lakes, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Graduate Schools

  • M.S. Agricultural & Biological Engineering, Purdue University
  • M.S. Mechanized Systems Management, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Ph.D. Engineering, Purdue University
  • M.S. Agricultural & Biological Systems Engineering, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Ph.D. Engineering, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Outside the Classroom

Take your experience in agricultural systems technology one step further by making connections to coursework outside of the classroom.


Academics & Experiential Learning

  • Interactive lectures and hands-on labs further incorporate information taught in class and puts it into practice.
  • You can earn up to 5 hours of credit for internships you complete while studying agricultural systems technology.

Career Preparedness

  • Career exploration in AGST 162: Introduction to Agricultural Systems Technology informs you of the pathways available to you after graduation.
  • Career exploration in AGST 262: In this sophomore level class, you’ll explore current issues relevant to your career and receive personalized feedback on your resume.


  • Through the departmental peer mentoring program, you will be partnered with an upper-class student in your major to serve as your mentor and guide you through the transition to college.
  • Monthly networking events allow you to decompress and get to know other students, faculty and staff in the department.

Have Questions? We're Here to Help

If you have questions about the Agricultural Systems Technology major or navigating the application process, contact us.

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Contact Name
Taryn King
Contact Title
Recruitment Specialist