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Agricultural Science Program


Agriculture is an exciting and dynamic field involving a wide range of disciplines.
Agricultural sciences is a broad multidisciplinary field that encompasses the parts of exact, natural, economic, and social sciences that are used in the practice and understanding of agriculture. Students in this degree program will study all aspects of the food and fiber industry, developing the skills needed to improve yields with less labor, control pests safely and effectively, conserve soil and water, manage or administer research and development programs, and manage marketing or production operations in agribusinesses. Successful and sustainable agriculture production systems and enterprises require knowledgeable and proficient leaders. The B.S. degree in

Agricultural Science is our response to the growing need in the agriculture industry for professionals with a broad range of knowledge and experience in the agricultural sciences.

Career Opportunities


Agriculture continues to be an important industry in North Carolina. Students in this program learn to manage or lead in an agricultural setting. A graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Science can move quickly into the research or teaching fields or choose from a variety of other careers. With experience, an agricultural science graduate may advance to jobs such as supervisors of research programs or managers of other agricultural activities.

The agricultural sciences curriculum has three components:

1. general education courses that are required for all students at NC State University 

2. a broad understanding of agriculture. Students complete coursework in both basic agricultural courses (animal or poultry science, plant science, and shop processes and management) as well as agricultural specialty areas.

3. Students must select two of the following specialty areas to study:

• Animal science
• Agricultural business management
• Agricultural environmental technology
• Crop science,
• Horticultural science,
• Poultry science
• Soil science,
• Feed mill management.

The typical student in this program will complete a program of study that includes communications, mathematics, economics, business, physical and life science course, in addition to a variety of technical agricultural science courses. Beyond the technical knowledge, students will learn leadership skills that help them learn how to work
independently and as part of a team, communicate effectively, solve problems and understand basic business concepts. The primary focus is to provide graduates with the skills they need in order to be successful as teachers, as extension agents or as leaders in the agricultural industry.

Visit this link to see how you can complete this degree in eight semesters.

The department provides a Minor in Leadership in Agriculture and Life Sciences for those students interested in developing expertise in leadership. The Leadership in Agriculture and Life Sciences minor is open to all interested baccalaureate students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.  The minor is especially appropriate for students enrolled in agricultural and life science majors seeking a competitive edge when applying for supervisory or management positions in careers related to the agriculture and life sciences industries.  Students completing this minor will be able to apply the theory, principles and skills required by leaders in their discipline. 

For more information, please contact:

Dr. David Jones
Undergraduate Coordinator and Leadership Minor Program Coordinator
Campus Box 7607
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-7607
Voice: 919.513.2187
Fax: 919.515.9060