Agriculture at Clemson

Agricultural education and research is the beating heart of Clemson University’s land-grant heritage and founder Thomas Green Clemson’s vision of an educational institution that would teach scientific agriculture and the mechanical arts to South Carolina’s young people. Through teaching, research and extension, Clemson University agriculture positions South Carolina’s agricultural industry to help feed a world population expected to exceed 9 billion by the year 2050, develop renewable sources of energy, ensure a safe food supply and maintain a healthy environment.

Agriculture at Clemson

Agribusiness focuses on agribusiness economics and management, leadership, marketing and sales, finance, accounting, and business skill development. Employment opportunities for graduates are many and diverse.  Private sector opportunities include national and international careers in agribusiness management, banking, finance, sales, marketing, and public relations.

Agricultural Education provides a broad preparation in the agricultural sciences and professional education, including communications and human relations skills.  Three options allow students to specialize their degree based on their career objectives.  The teaching option leads student to become certified teachers in the area of Agriculture.  The leadership option is focused on students gaining the basic competencies for positions within state and federal agricultural agencies or various areas within the agricultural industry.  Finally, in the communication option, students will receive a broad education in agricultural sciences and communication. 

The Agricultural Mechanization and Business major provides a program for students who desire training in areas relevant to dynamic agricultural enterprise. The program is organized with strength in both business management and technical support of agriculture and agribusiness. To produce well rounded individuals with good communication skills, the curriculum includes courses in the humanities, social sciences, English composition, and public speaking. 

Soils and Sustainable Crop Systems (SSCS) is a multi-disciplinary degree program in agriculture designed to provide students with expertise in soils, crop sciences, or applied agricultural biotechnology. SSCS offers students a science-based degree with educational opportunities in managing agricultural commodities along with soil and water resources.

  • The Agricultural Biotechnology (BS) concentration integrates conventional agronomy disciplines with the study of molecular biology. 
  • The Soil and Water Environmental Science (BS) concentration addresses issues relating to the effects of agricultural and industrial waste application, the establishment of functional septic drain fields and food and fiber crop production. 
  • Students participating in the Sustainable Crop Production (BS) concentration graduate with comprehensive knowledge of sustainable farming techniques that increase efficiency and decrease farm costs through crop rotation, soil nutrient cycing, and other ecologically sound strategies.

The Turfgrass program is designed for students interested in careers in the rapidly growing turfgrass industry, with courses in turfgrass management, pathology, agricultural mechanization, personnel management, soil fertility, soil microbiology, weed control, and park and recreation management. Graduates pursue careers in professional lawn care; maintenance of parks, athletic fields, and golf courses; production and sale of seed, sod, supplies, and equipment; or as technicians for businesses or government agencies.


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