The science behind healthy farming.
Growing profitable, healthy field crops like wheat, corn or barley is a complex science that requires an understanding of microbiology, entomology, engineering, business and many other fields.
This program provides the broad-based knowledge to grow successful crops. You will explore soils, weeds, plant breeding, microbes, insects and other areas related to plant growth. You will also study advanced growing techniques, like biotechnology and global positioning systems (GPS).
Much of your education takes place in the on-campus greenhouses and in the lab, where you might insert a jellyfish gene into tobacco to make it glow in the dark, produce biodiesel from canola seeds and create a dual potato-tomato plant through grafting.
This program could be a good fit if you:
- Are strong in science
- Have an interest in agriculture
- Are involved in 4-H, FFA or other agriculture-related activities
- Enjoy working in the outdoors
- Plan to work on a farm
With this degree, you could become a/an:
- Field representative
- Weed management specialist
- Agricultural consultant
- Research technician
- Field inspector