The Agriculture program prepares the graduate to perform as an entry level professional in a broad range of areas including food, agricultural, and natural resource marketing, production, distribution and processing. The degree program is designed to provide a generalists emphasis that serves as the foundation for diverse careers and as a springboard for advanced study in agriculture and natural resource sciences and related fields. Concentrations are available in agricultural economics and agricultural economics with food distribution; agriculture teacher education, agronomy (Plant and environmental sciences); and animal and food science. These concentrations guide the student in defining an area for future specialization that can be attained at the graduate level and through professional practice. The emphasis in Animal and Food Science may also serve as pre-professional curricula for Veterinary Medicine. Courses that help the student qualify for professional study in veterinary medicine should be selected in consultation with an advisor.
Students enrolled in Agriculture are afforded opportunities to gain hand-on experience through laboratory,field exercises, cooperative education and summer job assignments. Students completing the program are able to demonstrate varied skills in many areas. Guidance and support are provided to foster personal development and leadership skills essential for effective professional practice in the chosen field of practice.