Academic Programs in Agriculture

Whatever your current interests or career aspirations are, the Department of Agriculture has a program that is suited for you. Combine classroom learning with hands-on experience and strong faculty mentorship, and you’re sure to have a jumpstart within the field.

The Department of Agriculture offers two undergraduate degrees, the Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness and the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. The Agriculture major is further separated into six specialized areas of study which enables you to focus your degree program on coursework to help you meet your professional and personal goals.

Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business
Production agriculture and business are combined in the agribusiness program. You studies prepare you with a foundation in production agriculture, management, marketing, economics, and finance by taking courses in both the Department of Agriculture and the College of Business. The Agribusiness degree opens doors to exciting positions in:

agriculture communications
agricultural lending
commodity marketing
farm and agribusiness management
farm supply, including machinery and equipment
chemical and seed company management and sales
production agriculture

     Learn more about the Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business program of study.

Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Agronomy option
The Agronomy option prepares students for interesting careers in the areas of crop and soil sciences. You will graduate with a good understanding of crop growth and development, as well as soil health and fertility.  Enjoy courses in diverse topics such as soil conservation, weed science, agronomic crop insects and diseases, forages, horticulture and others.

Complement your focus on agronomy with courses in agribusiness and animal science to gain a broad, yet substantial base of knowledge that leads to careers such as:

chemical and seed representative
crop consultant
elevator manager
farm manager
landscaper

     Learn more about the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Agronomy option program of study.

Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Beef Cattle Management option
The Beef Cattle Management option includes a combination of discipline-specific courses, with a focus on developing your management, leadership, and communication skills. The program prepares you for diverse careers in the beef cattle industry and its allied partners. The semester-long internship experience gives you the important opportunity to apply classroom principles and gain work experience in a real-world setting.  This degree program admits a limited number of students each year.

Job opportunities are found in:

ag communication firms
breed associations
industry organizations
feedlots
pharmaceutical firms

     Learn more about the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Beef Cattle Management option program of study.

Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Animal Science option
In addition to the wide variety of coursework you take in the Animal Science option, gain hands-on experience in animal evaluation, selection and handling, breeding techniques, pregnancy checking, livestock ration formulation, and other important real-life skills. Exposure to the beef, dairy, horse, sheep and swine industries can lead you to career opportunities in: animal production, health management, nutrition and feeding, reproduction and marketing.

animal production
health management
nutrition and feeding
reproduction
marketing

     Learn more about the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Animal Science option program of study.

Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, General Agriculture option
If you have broader interests, you may find the General Agriculture option a great choice. Take a wide array of coursework from both the production and agribusiness areas.  This option allows a great deal of flexibility to prepare you for careers requiring broad practical knowledge, including those in the Cooperative Extension Service, general farm management, and production agriculture.

     Learn more about the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, General Agriculture option program of study.

Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Agricultural Education option 
A degree in Agriculture Education gives you the opportunity to take your passion for agriculture to another level by teaching kids.  As a dual major (which is required by the State of Kansas), you will combine Ag Ed with a degree in Secondary Education. Gain in-depth knowledge about the many areas of agriculture, along with the theory and practical experience you need to become an excellent teacher.

     Learn more about the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Agricultural Education option program of study.
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Pre-Veterinary Medicine program
The Pre-Veterinary Medicine (Pre-vet) curriculum emphasizes coursework in the natural and physical sciences, giving you the academic background and hands-on experience necessary for admission to a professional veterinary medicine program. The Pre-vet curriculum is not a degree program, so you are encouraged to pursue a major program of study, such as the Agriculture-Animal Science option, while you take the Pre-vet course sequence.

     Learn more about the Pre-Veterinary Medicine course sequence.

Agriculture Minor