Future Students

Discover our 17 majors and 23 minors, and learn about student life in the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences.

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Future Students

Discover our 17 majors and 23 minors, and learn about student life in the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences.

Future Student Videos

Planting A Deep-float Hydroponic System
The deep-float hydroponic system is one of several aquaponic and hydroponic systems being built in HORT 497A

Student Stories - "Experience Ag Sciences"

Laura Reese, a plant sciences student who interned at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, often communicated with the astronauts working on the International Space Station via this live link. Here, astronaut Peggy Whitson harvests cabbage plants.
The Final Ag Frontier: Plant sciences student looks to the skies
September 15, 2017
Plant sciences student Laura Reese spent her spring semester working for NASA in Cape Canaveral, Florida. She performed research in conditions meant to emulate growing plants in space.
Aaron Blakney, an environmental resource management major, tries out the HAZMAT suits with his fellow CDC interns during the summer of 2017.
Student uses summer internship at CDC to fight environmental contaminants
September 13, 2017
Senior environmental resource management student Aaron Blakney spent the summer of 2017 analyzing the impacts of hazardous materials during an internship with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Alex Barna performs with Essence of Joy, one of seven faculty-conducted choral ensembles in the Penn State School of Music. Organized in November, 1991 by Anthony Leach, the choir performs sacred and secular music from the African/African American choral traditions.
Medicine and music: Immunology major makes his own way at Penn State
August 24, 2017
Alex Barna, a junior from Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, has discovered an opportunity to distinguish himself from other pre-med students in the College of Agricultural Sciences' immunology and infectious disease major.

In the Media: Job Outlook for Ag Sciences Students

Let's Talk About Jobs in Food & Ag!
Forbes' "The Mixing Bowl" speaks with Sonny Ramaswamy, Director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) at the United States Department of Agriculture about the future of jobs in agriculture and food.
Cargill exec: Why millennial employees are vital to the future of food science
Enrollment among millennials in some IFT-approved food science and production programs has been dropping, creating opportunities for students to become high-demand employees with a food science or related degree.
Colleges See Higher Demand for Degrees in Agriculture
According to USA TODAY, enrollment is booming at many colleges of agriculture, as students flock to study subjects they feel offer a clear path to a job on graduation.