Agriculture is part of everything we do. It is one of the most important majors you could choose because it addresses a basic human need - FOOD! A degree in Agriculture can teach you the essentials of planting, cultivation, fertilization, harvesting, processing, and fruit and vegetable distribution as well as the most effective ways to raise, breed, and market livestock. As a graduate of the program, you could enter a variety of careers in business, government, or a nonprofit sector like working for yourself.
Plan, organize, direct, control, and coordinate activities of workers engaged in propagating, cultivating, and harvesting horticultural specialties, such as trees, shrubs, flowers, mushrooms, and other plants.
Direct and coordinate, through subordinate supervisory personnel, activities of workers engaged in fish hatchery production for corporations, cooperatives, or other owners.
Use chemistry, microbiology, engineering, and other sciences to study the principles underlying the processing and deterioration of foods; analyze food content to determine levels of vitamins, fat, sugar, and protein; discover new food sources; research ways to make processed foods safe, palatable, and healthful; and apply food science knowledge to determine best ways to process, package, preserve, store, and distribute food.
Conduct research in breeding, physiology, production, yield, and management of crops and agricultural plants or trees, shrubs, and nursery stock, their growth in soils, and control of pests; or study the chemical, physical, biological, and mineralogical composition of soils as they relate to plant or crop growth. May classify and map soils and investigate effects of alternative practices on soil and crop productivity.
Plan or develop coordinated practices for soil erosion control, soil or water conservation, or sound land use.
Advise, instruct, and assist individuals and families engaged in agriculture, agricultural-related processes, or home economics activities. Demonstrate procedures and apply research findings to solve problems; and instruct and train in product development, sales, and the use of machinery and equipment to promote general welfare. Includes county agricultural agents, feed and farm management advisors, home economists, and extension service advisors.
Directly supervise and coordinate activities of aquacultural workers.
Directly supervise and coordinate activities of agricultural crop or horticultural workers.
Directly supervise and coordinate activities of animal husbandry or animal care workers.
Select and breed animals according to their genealogy, characteristics, and offspring. May require knowledge of artificial insemination techniques and equipment use. May involve keeping records on heats, birth intervals, or pedigree.