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Agricultural Industries and Marketing (AIM)

The AIM major provides students with a solid background in communication, business, and agriculture. Core courses in biology, chemistry, mathematics lead to applied courses in crop science, soil science, as well as pest and weed management. Simultaneously, students pursue courses in economic analysis and business methods while they develop proficiency in scientific and technical writing and oral presentations. Students completing this degree will be well-prepared for employment in industries involving farm inputs (the manufacture and distribution of equipment, feed, seed, and agrichemicals) processing and distribution of farm products, as well as finance and insurance.

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Career Opportunities
The program prepares students for challenging careers in ag-business, production agriculture, and state, federal, and marketing agencies. Employers of the University of Minnsota graduates have included Bayer Corporation, CENEX/Land O'Lakes, Farmland Industries, John Deere, Pioneer Hi-Bred Intl. Inc., United Market Service Co,. Mid-American Dairymen, Gateway Foods, and Diversified Pharmaceutical Services.

AIM majors may join the SMSU Agribusiness/Agronomy Club and participate on the Soil Judging Team. As SMSU students, they may participate in the Global Studies Porgram, Regional and Rural Studies, academic organizations, student government, club and varsity sports, music and the arts, campus ministry, intramural sports, study abroad, the LIFE scholar program, and special events.

Field laboratory experiences and opportunities for involvement in summer internships and research projects are available through the University of Minnesota's Southwest Research and Outreach Center at Lamberton, Minnesota. Marshall is the agribusiness capital of southwestern Minnesota, providing students with part-time work, internship opportunities, and practical experience. Students may acquire internship experiences associated with agronomy, elevator management, grain merchandising, farming/ranching, chemical sales, and agricultural finance and banking.

For incoming freshmen and transfers in the AIM major, the Parker & Isabella Sanders Scholarship is available. Application are available through the SMSU Office of Admission and early application is encouraged. Incoming students may also be eligible for a number of academic and leadership scholarships through the SMSU Office of Admission. These scholarships are awarded based on a student's past academic record, including ACT/SAT scores, class rank, GPA, and leadership potential. Continuing students may seek available scholarship through the SMSU Financial Aid Office.

Students should complete the University of Minnesota's high school course preparation requirements which include 4 years of English, 3 years of mathematics, 3 years of science, 3 years of social studies, 2 years of a single foreign language, and 1 year in the visual or performing arts. Please note that applicants who do not complete this high school preparation may sometimes be admitted if they have promising academic records and meet other entrance requirements, but they must make up the deficiency before completing their degree.

In addition to the Southwest Research and Outreach Center, laboratory courses in the agricultural programs are supported by the SMSU greenhouse, which may also be used for student projects or internships. Access to DTN for market and weather information is available through the SMSU Agribusiness Management Program. Students alos have access to a GIS lab in addition to a computer lab dedicated to the AIM, CSRM, and SMSU Agribusiness Management majors.

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Science: Agricultural Industries and Marketing (AIM)

Students must complete at least 120 credits, including 86-98 credits in the major, as well as the University of Minnesota's liberal education requirements.

For more information please contact:
Tracy Pease, U of M Coordinator, at 1-800-642-0684 (
or SMSU Science Department at (507) 537-6178.

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