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Agricultural Studies

Program Overview

The Agricultural Studies major is a great choice if you want to be exposed to a wide range of agricultural disciplines or you want to design a program that fits your unique interests or needs. Many students who plan to operate their family farm and need a broad array of competencies opt for an Agricultural Studies major. Agricultural Studies majors who do not plan on farming find employment in their minor/emphasis area.

Agricultural Studies is an interdisciplinary major requiring courses from all five departments in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. Students take three courses in each of the following areas:  agribusiness management, animal science, agricultural engineering and crops and soils science. Students usually complete a minor in one of those four disciplines, though other emphases are possible.

Highlights of the Agricultural Studies Major

  • The Agricultural Studies major can be customized to meet your specific career goals.
  • You will gain competencies across all of the major agricultural disciplines.
  • You will have an opportunity to gain expertise in your minor or emphasis area.

Skills and Learning Outcomes

As a student in this program, you will:

  • Learn to make ethical decisions.
  • Demonstrate competence in agri-business management (effective decision making), agricultural engineering technology (applying engineering principles to solve technical problems), animal/dairy science (understanding nutrition, genetics and animal care), and crop and soil science (crop production management practices).
  • Demonstrate competence in a specific agriculture or related discipline.

Career Opportunities

As a graduate of this program, you will be prepared for a career in the agricultural field. Below is a list of potential job titles and employers that graduates have found employment or internship opportunities with.

Job Titles

  • Crop Production Specialist
  • Animal Feed Salesperson
  • Equipment Sales
  • Grain Logistics Manager

Employers

  • Winfield Solutions
  • Purina
  • Cargill
  • Local implement dealers
  • CHS

Related Programs

Not what you were looking for?
Here are some related programs you may also want to consider:

Agricultural Business

Agricultural Education


According to the USDA, between
2015 and 2020 there will only
be enough new U.S. graduates
with expertise in agriculture, food,
renewable natural resources
or the environment to fill

                    61%

of the expected average
annual job openings