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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 five concentrations.


  • Animal Science
  • Crop Production and Management
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Business
  • Education and Communication

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

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

Designed to introduce basic food production resources in the context of the human aspects of farming. The information is of general value for non majors and students new to the field. Several field trips enhance appreciation for the diversity of agriculture.

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/CSS 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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