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Agricultural Biosecurity - Protecting America's Agricultural Resources

Posted: October 9, 2012

The Agricultural Biosecurity and Food Defense option in the intercollege Master of Professional Studies (iMPS) in Homeland Security through Penn State World Campus prepares students for a variety of careers safeguarding our agricultural resources.

There are many different threats to our agriculture and food supply chain that occur naturally or are man-made. Such attacks may cause illnesses or loss of life, generate fear, cause economic loss, and create social instability.

The Agricultural Biosecurity and Food Defense option in the intercollege Master of Professional Studies (iMPS) in Homeland Security can provide students with foundational knowledge about plant, animal, and food security issues, surveillance systems for infectious diseases, diagnostic and sensor technologies, disease-predictive models, protection and mitigation approaches, and microbial forensic capabilities.

As a graduate in the agricultural biosecurity option, you can choose from occupations that put you on the front line of homeland defense such as:

"Bioterrorism is the intentional, deliberate, or threatened use of bacteria, viruses, fungi, or toxins from living organisms to produce panic, death, or disease in humans, animals, or plants."
  • medical and health services manager
  • agricultural manager
  • food scientist and technologist
  • plant manager
  • quality control manager
  • agricultural inspector
  • agricultural science technician
  • food science technician

For more information, see the Homeland Security – Agricultural Biosecurity and Food Defense Option (Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security) program at Penn State World Campus.