Agriculture and Technical Studies

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Department of Agriculture and Technical Studies

Physical Address
400 State Ave.
Dickinson, ND 58601

Mailing Address
291 Campus Drive
Dickinson, ND 58601

Call 701-483-2185

New! 4 + 1 Program

Dickinson State University, in collaboration with North Dakota State University, allows you to earn a bachelor's and master's in 5 Years! 

  • 4 years on DSU campus - Bachelor of Science in agricultural studies with agricultural education minor
  • 1 year online through NDSU - Masters of Education in agricultural education

Career Options

You must choose at least one option as part of your Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural studies. Each option offers you unique potential employment opportunities.

  • Entrepreneur
  • Farm Cooperative 
  • Cooperative Extension Service
  • Realtor

  • Entrepreneur
  • Ag Banking and Finance
  • Business Manager
  • Grain Sales
  • Farm Input Supply/Retail
  • Retail - General Supply

  • Exporter
  • Market Development

  • Self-employed Rancher 
  • Ranch Manager
  • Allied Ranching Industry
  • Feed and Pharmaceutical Sales
  • Range Planner

  • Self-employed Farmer
  • Farm Manager
  • Allied Farming Industry
  • Agronomy Consulting
  • Business Consulting

  • Government Service
    • Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
    • Soil Conservation District (SCD) 
  • NGO Environmental Consulting (domestic and international)
  • Farming Industry
  • Agronomy Consulting
  • Land Reclamation
  • Environmental Consultant

  • Government Service
    • United States Forest Service (USFS)
    • Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
    • Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
  • Range/Grassland Manager
  • NGO Environmental Consulting (domestic and international)
  • Ranching Industry
  • Range/Grassland Consulting

  • Government Service
    • All sectors employing entry-level soil scientists
    • Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
    • Soil Conservation District (SCD)
  • NGO Environmental Consulting (domestic and international)
  • Agronomy Consulting
  • Land Reclamation
  • Environmental Consultant

  • Horse Farm/Barn Manager
  • Entrepreneur in the Horse Business
  • Retail Sales
  • Rodeo Stock Provider
  • Beginning Trainer

Equine Programming

Dickinson State University, in conjunction with the Global Equine Academy, proudly offers a fully accredited online program focusing on equine – the first fully online Associate in Science degree program with an Equine Option in the nation! 

Click here to find specific degree planning guides, course rotations and fees for these certificates. 

For course descriptions and additional information, visit Dickinson State University’s online catalog.

  • Associate in Science in Agricultural Sales and Service
    There are three main parts to the associate degree program:
    1. General Education curriculum (40-42 credits, which includes one credit for UNIV 100 – Freshman Seminar, an institutional academic requirement)
    2. Agricultural Sales and Service core curriculum (9 credits)
    3. Equine Management or Equine Training Option curriculum (20 credits). Course lectures are delivered via the internet and video.
      • Equine Management Option
        • No horse or riding required – students learn the theory behind training horses in Equine Training Theory classes.
      • Equine Training Option
        • Requires a horse and riding – students video themselves performing the tasks learned in the Equine Training Techniques classes and are graded based on their proficiency in performing the techniques.
  • Equine Minor
    Pair this minor with a bachelor’s degree program – typically, online students pursue a Bachelor of University Studies or Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and add the Equine Minor to their chosen program of study.
  • Horse Production Certificate
    Interested in learning more about horse production but already have or don’t want an associate degree? The Horse Production Certificate can give you a concise learning program that fits your life. 

  • It gives you the academic and hands-on training needed to become an advanced trainer.
  • It's designed to give breeders the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in an equine business.
  • It gives you the credentials to make you more marketable in the equestrian industry.
  • It's ideal for a person who wants to know more about the care and training of their own horses.
  • Dickinson State University is fully accredited with the Higher Learning Commission – making this program the only accredited Associate in Science equine program offered online in the nation!

Samantha Wohletz
Professional Advisor for Online Equine Students
701-483-2923
Samantha.Wohletz@dickinsonstate.edu

DSU arenas

DSU arenas are primarily used for the DSU Men's and Women's Rodeo Teams who are competitive regionally and use the arenas to practice so they can be competitive on the national level, too. The arenas are available for public use on a limited basis.

Any individual desiring to use the DSU Indoor or Outdoor Arenas MUST complete an informational form and a waiver of liability form before being allowed to use the facilities.

Per North Dakota Law, any rider in the indoor or outdoor arenas must be given the following two documents:

DSU Public Use of Indoor/Outdoor Arena - Horseback Riding Operating Procedures

North Dakota Century Code Chapter 53-10 - Equine Activity Sponsor or Professional

All riders must complete the following documents before being allowed to ride in the indoor or outdoor arenas. These documents are kept on file with the DSU Department of Agriculture and Technical Studies.

Adultย?Forms:

DSU Public Use of Indoor/Outdoor Arena - Horseback Riding Approved Participant Roster (Adult)

DSU Indoor/Outdoor Arena Waiver of Liability, Indemnification and Medical Release

Minor Forms:

DSU Public Use of Indoor/Outdoor Arena - Horseback Riding Approved Participant Roste (Minor)

DSU Indoor/Outdoor Arena Parent's or Guardian's Agreement of Waiver of Liability, Indemnification and Medicalm Release

The fees for using the DSU Indoor or Outdoor Arenas are $5.00/day/horse. The fees must be paid to the DSU Department of Agriculture and Technical Studies office prior to riding. The DSU Department of Agriculture and Technical Studies is located adjacent to the DSU Indoor Arena. The address is 400 State Ave. in Dickinson.

Open Public Riding is Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 7-10 a.m. Please call 701-483-2185 to ensure arena is open and available for use as schedule is subject to change due to holidays or scheduled events.

Many individuals in the arena need to board their horses. The following document shows horse boarding facilities near DSU.

Horse Boarding Facilities