Major Guides: Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources 2013-2014

Biosystems Engineering Major Guide for 2013-2014

Biosystems Engineering is the most “integrative” engineering discipline available today. It combines elements from biological, chemical, environmental, mechanical, civil, electrical, and other engineering disciplines to produce the broadest possible engineering skill set. This engineering background is complemented with a focus on biologically-based systems critical for solving problems involving energy, people, and the environment.

Biosystems Engineering Pre-Professional Concentration Major Guide for 2013-2014

A degree in Biosystems Engineering is no longer just preparation for a career in engineering. Many professional schools (medical, dental, veterinary, legal, and others) have realized that the rigors of an engineering curriculum prepare you for almost any challenge. The main emphasis of the Pre-Professional Concentration is to prepare you for acceptance to a professional program.

Environmental and Soil Science – Conservation Agriculture and Environmental Sustainability Concentration Major Guide for 2013-2014

There is a movement afoot to transform agriculture into a much more sustainable enterprise, including the proliferation of organic farms. The Conservation Agriculture and Environmental Sustainability Concentration in the Environmental and Soil Sciences major is challenging, science-based and emphasizes an ecosystem approach to crop production and sustainability of our precious natural resources.

Environmental and Soil Science – Environmental Science Concentration Major Guide for 2013-2014

Environmental scientists study land, soil, and water resources, and their role in natural and managed ecosystems, often working to remove the hazards that affect people, wildlife, and their environments. Understanding the issues involved in protecting the environment—degradation, conservation, recycling, climate change, and renewal energy—is central to the work of environmental scientists.

Environmental and Soil Science – Soil Science Concentration Major Guide for 2013-2014

Soil Scientists are trained to understand and manage soil and other natural resources such as water, including soil and water conservation issues, land use concerns, best management practices for urban and rural lands, waste disposal, and reclamation of disturbed lands. The Soil Science Concentration in the Environmental and Soil Sciences major is challenging, science-based and emphasizes soils and their long-term use, conservation, and productivity. 

Food and Agricultural Business Major Guide for 2013-2014

Students majoring in Food and Agricultural Business study the structure and function of markets within the global economic system with emphasis on the agri-food sector. Students also study principles for decision making by business managers, consumers, policy makers, and others within that system. 

Natural Resource and Environmental Economics Major Guide for 2013-2014

This major prepares students to assist in the process of balancing economic and environmental tradeoffs within a variety of careers in both the private and public sectors. The curriculum combines coursework in natural and environmental sciences, economics, business, and policy, allowing sufficient flexibility for students to tailor their program to their individual interests and career goals.

Plant Sciences – Landscape Design Major Guide for 2013-2014

Landscape Design and Construction is one of six concentrations in the Plant Sciences Department. Courses in basic landscape design are followed in sequence as a student is exposed to fundamentals, landscape graphics, construction, plant identification, estimating, advanced and computer-aided design.

Plant Sciences – Public Horticulture Concentration Major Guide for 2013-2014

Public horticulturists are the people who write gardening books and magazine articles, host gardening radio or television shows, and coordinate educational programs at botanical gardens or Master Gardener programs through the Extension Service. Public horticulturists also manage public gardens, parks, and greenways, and they ensure that our nation is conserving plants through managed plant collections and plant exploration research in undeveloped countries.

Plant Sciences – Turfgrass Science and Management Concentration Major Guide for 2013-2014

Turfgrass Science and Management combines science, art and creativity to develop and maintain a natural surface that is aesthetically pleasing and sturdy enough to play on. Turf is used for many sports, played for fun or health, or played professionally: football, baseball, soccer, golf, and other sports. Most turf is used in home lawn situations for looks and recreation.