* Plant and Environmental Sciences (name change effective August 2014)
The Agricultural Biotechnology concentration integrates conventional disciplines with molecular advances in plants, pathogens and biosystem interactions, and responds to the educational void between the rapid adoption of biotechnology products into agricultural production and the intermediate– and end-users, farmers and consumers.
Graduates of this concentration will be competitive as scientists in emerging agricultural biotechnology industries, educators, and as policymakers and officers in regulatory agencies.
Soil and water quality impact all agricultural disciplines. Undergraduates with a concentration in Soil and Water Environmental Science can address compelling problems including land application of agricultural and industrial wastes, reduction of contamination of ground and surface waters, establishment of functional septic drain fields, and production of food and fiber crops.
Graduates from this concentration will be able to establish careers in traditional agrarian fields such as the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Cooperative Extension Service, conservation organizations, farm consulting firms, and in the broader environmental arena, Department of Health and Environmental Control, consulting engineering or environmental consulting firms. Graduates of the program will be well prepared for graduate work in fields ranging from soil science to environmental engineering and law.
Undergraduate students with a concentration in Sustainable Crop Production will graduate with comprehensive knowledge of how to increase farm profits by decreasing the costs of crop and livestock production; build soil fertility through rotations, multiple cropping, and nutrient cycling; protect the environment by minimizing or more efficiently using synthetic agrichemicals; manage crop pests and weeds with integrated, ecologically sound strategies; develop strategies for profitable marketing of agricultural commodities; and create a strong, diversified agriculture that is stable through market and weather fluctuations.
Graduates from this concentration will be abe to successfully assume positions as self-employed farmers, farm managers, state and federal natural resource managers, research technicians, agricultural industry employees (e.g., farming equipment and supplies, agricultural chemicals), greenhouse managers, consultants in pest management and sustainable agriculture, field ecology professionals, agritourism industry specialists, extension personnel, or regulatory officers.
(** name changes effective August 2014)