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Agricultural Automation and Robotics

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AAS Degree - Code #122

Dr. Philip Schroeder, Department Chair and Program Coordinator
Email Address: schroepd@alfredstate.edu

Careers related to agriculture are diverse and constantly changing. Today’s students need the flexibility to tailor a degree to suit their needs. That’s why our agricultural automation and robotics curriculum has been designed to prepare students to enter the workforce as an agricultural automation technician or continue their education in one of Alfred State’s baccalaureate programs.

ADVANTAGES

  • Opportunities for hands-on experience with automated milking equipment.
  • Hands-on experience and class work in both agriculture and engineering.
  • The only program of its kind in the U.S.

DIRECT ENTRY INTO BACCALAUREATE DEGREE PROGRAMS

Alfred State agricultural automation and robotics graduates may also enter directly into either the interdisciplinary studies BTech or the technology management BBA degree program.

RELATED CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES

Students have the opportunity to participate in the Collegiate Agricultural Leaders (CAL) Club, Collegiate FFA, Equestrian Club, Dairy Judging Team, Agricultural Skills Day, Spring Fling Consignment Sale, Community Supported Agriculture projects, local foods projects, showmanship contests, and Robotics Club.

CONTINUING EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES

Many schools, including Cornell University, grant full credit to students wishing to transfer to four-year programs. A formal articulation agreement exists between Alfred State and Cornell University for transfer options.

OCCUPATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

  • Installation and maintenance of agricultural automation equipment
  • Agricultural automation equipment operations
  • Agricultural automation equipment research and development
  • Salespeople and consultants for agricultural equipment distributors

EMPLOYMENT STATISTICS

No data available yet on this new program

RELATED PROGRAMS

Agricultural Technology
Agricultural Business
Electrical Engineering Technology
Mechanical Engineering Technology
Mechatronics Technology

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS/RECOMMENDATIONS

Required: Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2/Trigonometry

Recommended: Physics

Students who believe they need a reasonable accommodation to participate this program may contact Melanie Ryan in the Office of Accessibility Services.  This office may be contacted by email at DisabilityServices@alfredstate.edu or by phone at 607-587-4506.  Please keep in mind that some accommodations may take time to implement, so students seeking accommodations are encouraged to contact OAS as early as possible.

A typical day consists of two, one-hour lectures and a two-hour studio in the freshman and sophomore years. At the junior and senior levels, three-hour studios are required.

TYPICAL FOUR-SEMESTER PROGRAM

First

ANSC 1204 Introduction to Animal Science 4
AGRI 1001 Farm Practicum I 1
MATH 1033 College Algebra 3
COMP 1503 Freshman Composition 3
MECH 1603 Graphics/CAD 3
ELET 1202 Intro to Electrical Eng Tech 2
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Second

AGPS 1104 Soils 4
MATH 2043 College Trigonometry 3
MECH 4523 Control System Fundamentals 3
ELET 1103 Circuit Theory I 3
ELET 1151 Circuit Theory Laboratory 1
XXXX xxx3 Gen Education Elective 3
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Third

ELET 1133 Digital Logic 3
ELET 1111 Digital Logic Laboratory 1
AGPS 2113 Field & Forage Crops 3
MECH 1203 Materials Science 3
CISY 4423 Intro to Mobile Robotics & Ani 3
    or  
CISY 1113 Computer Programming I 3
XXXX xxx3 Gen Education Elective 3
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Fourth

XXXX xxxx Technical Elective
XXXX xxxx Technical Elective 3
XXXX xxx3 Gen Education Elective 3
AGRI 4900 Directed Study 1
    Or  
MECH 4900 Directed Study 1
ELET 1142 Electronic Fabrication 2
AGRI 2001 Farm Practicum II 1
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Suggested Technical or Transfer-related Electives:
  • MCET 2423 Circuits Fundamentals
  • MCET 2461 Circuits Fundamentals Lab
  • MECH 1663 Manufacturing Processes
  • MECH 4003 Solid Modeling
  • MECH 3334 Statics
  • MECH 3223 Mechanical Design Principles
  • MECH 4024 Dynamics
  • MATH 1063 Tech Calc I
  • ELET 2103 Electronics Theory I
  • ELET 2151 Electronics Theory I
  • ELET 4224 Alternative Energy Generation
  • CHEM 1114 General Chemistry
  • PHYS 1024 General Physics I
  • AGPS 3004 Soil Fertility
  • ANSC 3202 Dairy Management Analysis
  • ANSC 3003 Feeds and Nutrition
  • ANSC 3223 Dairy Calf Management
  • ANSC 3103 Livestock Management & Production
  • ANSC 3204 Dairy Cattle Production III
  • AGPS 5103 Sustainable Vegetable Prodcution Tech
  • AGPS 5003 Integrated Pest Management
  • AGRI 2013 Organic & Sustainable Ag Tech
  • AGRI 6103 Precision Agriculture
  • BIOL 2803 Environmental Science
  • BIOL 2801 Environmental Sciences Lab
  • BIOL 4254 General Microbiology
  • BIOL 6534 Genetics

Graduation Requirements

Students must:
  • successfully complete the precribed sequence of courses
  • achieve a minimum index of 2.0 in their core courses
  • achieve a minimum index of 2.0 overall
  • be recommended by the department faculty