Agricultural Operations

Degree program at Bay College

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Why Agricultural Operations?

Agricultural Operations is an innovative program that develops career ready graduates with a solid background in plant and soil science, precision agriculture, water management, plant pathology and business management.


Why Bay College?

The Agricultural Operations program at Bay College develops knowledge through intensive, practical learning, becoming prepared for today's high technology agricultural operations. Bay College has partnered with Michigan State University to offer regionally relevant training programs for careers in some of Michigan's highest demand industries.  Students will benefit from dual enrollment at both institutions with all courses delivered at the Escanaba campus. This partnership allows students to earn an associate degree from Bay College and a certificate from the Michigan State University Institute of Agricultural Technology (IAT). Full-time students will be able to complete the associate degree and certificate in just two years.

By working together, Bay College and Michigan State University are able to offer this program close to home and at a lower overall cost. Interested students need to apply for admission to the MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology and for admission to Bay College.

Degree Options
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Beyond Bay College

Students interested in transferring to a four-year institution to obtain a bachelor's degree or higher may find opportunities in the following areas of study:

  • Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Education
  • Agribusiness Management

Career Opportunities

Graduates in the Agriculture Operations program will find employment in the following agriculture industries:

  • Equipment Retail Sales and Service
  • Farm Operations
  • Crop Production Management
  • Production Service Companies
  • Crop Processing Facilities

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