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The Breakdown

Many of us take our easy access to food for granted.  If we want corn on the cob and steak for dinner, we simply drive to the nearest supermarket.  However, do we really understand the hard work, planning and science that go into elements of our delectable meal?  Well, agriculture majors most definitely do.

If you decide to study agriculture, you’ll be pursuing a degree in a very significant and substantial field.  After all, your coursework will cover how to cultivate food and maintain natural resources.  Through classes in biology, botany and business, you’ll learn about the best methods to breed, raise and market livestock.  You’ll also focus on planting, fertilization, harvesting and processing crops.  And you will learn how to address issues in food supply and operations.  Some programs might have you choose a concentration in areas such as agribusiness, agricultural education, animal science and sustainable development.  Finally, you can expect to complete an internship or co-op experience as part of your curriculum.   

Armed with an analytical mind, agriculture majors tend to excel in the sciences and possess solid quantitative skills.  Moreover, they are dedicated and focused individuals who maintain a strong work ethic.  And they understand how to make the most of a farmer’s tan.  


Nuts and Bolts

As an agriculture major you’ll learn all about how to till the land with classes such as: Fundamentals of Soil Science, Agricultural Sales, Introduction to Agribusiness Concepts, Animal Breeding, Sheep Science, Field Crops of the Midwest, Agricultural Markets and Prices, Economics of Natural Resources and Principles of Farm and Ranch Management.

Decisions, Decisions

Agriculture majors are interested in the cross section of food, the environment and business.  Therefore, they might also enjoy studying animal science, biology, botany/horticulture, nutrition, chemistry, soil science, business, culinary arts, pre-veterinary studies, landscape architecture, economics, food science, conservation biology, marine biology, zoology, environmental engineering, environmental science and forestry.

What's Next

Agriculture is a vital and important area of study.  Therefore, majors can rest assured that there are a substantial number of employment opportunities available upon graduation.  To begin with, agriculture majors can find themselves working in a variety of settings, from government offices to private businesses and even non-profit organizations.  And you’ll also discover them working in a number of different capacities.  Indeed, some agriculture majors might work as forestry, animal science or wildlife technicians.  Others seek out positions as crop consultants or crop breeding specialists.  Certainly, a handful of graduates also pursue jobs with an environmental focus.  For example, you’ll also see agriculture students working in renewable energy and as environmental quality specialists.  And of course, some majors continue on to graduate study, ultimately earning veterinary, business and law degrees.



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