Agricultural Sciences Major

Agricultural Sciences is a flexible, interdisciplinary major that helps students improve their family farms; start their own farms; and pursue careers in policy, education, research, or agricultural business. With CALS’ individualized approach to Agricultural Sciences, there is no “typical student.” Agricultural Sciences students have multi-faceted interests and want to develop as leaders within a vibrant and supportive academic community.  Agriculture Science provides an overview of agriculture, as well as more intense study and hands-on experience in one of six concentrations.


  • Animal Science
  • Business Management and Policy
  • Education and Society
  • Organic Agriculture
  • Sustainable Cropping Systems Management

Employment Fields

  • Food Production and Marketing
  • Agriculture Education
  • Organic Farming
  • Cooperative Extension
  • Crop Consultation
  • Ag. Business
  • Farming
  • General Business
  • Horticulture
  • Natural Resources & Environment (Parks & Recreation)
  • Research

What recent graduates are doing

  • Food production and marketing
  • Organic farming
  • Crop consultation
  • Teacher
  • Ag Business Sales & Marketing
  • Horticulture Field Assistant
  • Sagamore Institute of the Adirondacks Environmental Interpretation & Stewardship intern

Sample Classes

PLSCS 1900 Sustainable Agriculture: Food, Farming, and the Future

Introduction to agronomy and agroecology and an exploration of environmental, economic, and social factors that influence agriculture. Students participate in interactive discussions about food systems and food security. Labs include field trips to a variety of field crop, vegetable, and dairy farms and experiential activities designed to enhance understanding of important themes in sustainable agriculture, including multifunctionality and resilience.

AEM 3020 Farm Business Management

Intensive study of planning, directing, organizing, and controlling a farm business, with emphasis on the tools of managerial analysis and decision making. Topics include financial statements, business analysis, budgeting, and acquisition, organization, and management of capital, labor, land, buildings, and machinery.

ENTOM/PLSCS 4440 Integrated Pest Management

Lectures integrate the principles of pest control, ecology, and economics in the management of pests across multiple systems. Labs consist of exercises to reinforce concepts presented in lecture and demonstrate pest monitoring techniques and the application of computer technology to management problems.

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