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A Bio & Ag engineering technology program and not the engineering program.
Agricultural and Environmental Technology Degree Program

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Technology focus areas:

Agricultural/Machinery Systems
A student  in the agriculture and machinery systems focus grabs a small engine to to practice on in the engine lab.
Environmental Systems
A student in the environmental technology systems focus is learning to use survey equipment.
A student in the agribusiness focus is recording inventory on a field chart

AES technology program
graduates are field-tech ready.
They are prepared for on-site environmental monitoring, equipment management, and can coordinate or assist with environmental or agricultural technical operations.

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About the Bio & Ag Technology Program

The Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural and Environmental Systems (AES degree) provides a technical program focused on applying advancements in engineering technology to an agricultural and environmentally challenged society.

Precision farming is a necessity. Today all the ramifications of a high-tech society beckon us to apply new technologies with speed and accuracy. Agriculture is feeding an ever growing world population with better quality food. The means to produce, ship and protect this food supply requires people who can implement and utilize these technologies successfully.

What Students Learn

The Agricultural and Environmental Systems program is geared to make individuals think ahead using technology responsibly, hence, our Department motto: "We Bring Engineering to Life." The program uniquely prepares students in the application of science, technology and business principles to effectively manage agricultural and environmental systems. Students can focus their studies to attain depth in science, the environment, or business areas related to agricultural systems. Upon graduation our students are prepared to apply technology to production agriculture and future environmental issues.

A agricultural and envoronmental technology student secures grass matting along a stream bed that is being restored.
An Environmental Systems student secures grass matting along a stream bed. This matting helps to stabilize the bank and prevent erosion. Students then plant grasses and saplings anchoring the bank further.

About the Curriculum

The AES degree places emphasis on basic science and technology with courses in mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, machinery, conservation, safety, and business. The AES degree provides a solid technological and management focus on the application of basic agricultural engineering technology, including new emerging technologies. Students participate in hands-on skills training and developing their own potential to solve challenging agricultural problems. The program allows students to focus their interest in Machinery Systems, Environmental Systems, and Agribusiness.

What the Agricultural and Environmental Systems program is all about...

Students  in the agricultural and environmental systems program will work with new technologies and computer software.The AES program is about hands-on technologies applied to developing, integrating, implementing, and problem-solving agricultural and environmental situations. Students are exposed to new and traditional agricultural machinery, tools, and computer programs needed to solve today’s agricultural and environmental problems. Students will have the opportunity to work in the department’s machinery lab, computer labs, and research machine shop. They will also travel to field sites throughout North Carolina and work in real-world situations gathering data and testing equipment. AES students will study and work along with the department’s engineering students, which will provide the opportunity to interface with future biological engineers, anticipating their needs, and understanding the biological engineers’ language.

Areas of Focus

Photos of engineering tech students in action...

A agricultural and machinery student works on a tractor engine in the engine shop at Weaver Labs the Agri. Engine Shop at Weaver Labs, an AES student is busy working on a large tractor part.

Students study the GPS system on this gator utility vehicle. students learn how to use GPS technologies to gather field information.

A student in a dry retention pond area places a monitoring stake. students interested in environmental technologies get hands-on field experience like working in this dry retention pond.

Agricultural Systems Technology student in the field uses a tape measure to document the depth of this pond afer a rainfall event. measures the depth of this pond after a rainfall event.

A group of faculty and students go over farm management  tasks together. students learn farm operations like evaluating farming tasks for efficiency and cost effectiveness.

On the lawn at Weaver Labs two students learn to survey. how to use land survey equipment is a valuable skill for assisting with engineering projects.

Agricultural/Machinery Systems

Icon:  Agricultural and Machinery SystemsThis area offers career opportunities in agricultural production systems, machinery, farm structures and precision agriculture. Positions are with agricultural production and machinery companies as well as with government agencies. These positions require knowledge of technology and the ability to implement and operate agricultural machinery and tools proficiently and efficiently. The employer needs in this area are changing with developments in emerging technologies like the integration of sensors and electronic controls.

Environmental Systems

Icon: Environmental Systems

This area challenges students to prepare for careers involving traditional soil and water conservation as it relates to waste management, erosion control and wetlands. Rapidly changing environmental situations have created an urgent need for both the trained environmental technologist and energetic student willing to help solve and prevent current and potential damage to our environment.


Icon: Agribusiness

This area offers a wide variety of career options to students. The department's recent graduates can be found employed with precision agricultural companies, large production farms, small family farms, agricultural processing plants and with municipal programs. Students will mix their interests acquiring a solid foundation in agricultural technology and merging it with additional business studies.

Jobs Opportunities

The diversity of the three program areas can lead students in many job directions:

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  • Water Quality & Irrigation Structures
  • Consulting Environmental Engineering Firm
  • Agricultural Associations/Agencies

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empty Produce Warehouse & Transport Manager/Supervisor
empty Technical Sales/Service Representatives

  • Farm & Earth Moving Equipment Dealer
  • Equipment Parts Operations Supervisor
  • Grain & Produce Merchant

empty Chemical/Pesticide & Waste Management Technician
empty Land Reclamation Technician/Inspector
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empty Environmental Systems Technician/Manager
empty Energy Conservationist/Advisor
empty Environmental Occupations/Safety Specialist
empty Agricultural Structures & Control System Technician
empty Farm Appraiser
empty Farm Development Technician
empty Vocational Agricultural Instructor
 (with appropriate certification)

About the Degree

The Agricultural and Environmental Systems Program is administered by The College of Agriculture and Life Science. To graduate from this program a student must meet the course requirements of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Graduates of this program receive a BS in Agricultural and Environmental Systems. NOTE: The graduates of this program are not engineers but are technologists who assist in the agricultural and environmental engineering practices.


Program flexibility allows the students to match their interest with the degree. For each focus area, the student and his/her department advisor selects biological and engineering science electives to customize his/her program.


Talk to us about this program:

Dr. Roberson

Dr. Gary Roberson
Phone: (919) 515-6715 


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