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

Field Dendrology
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Student Stories - "Experience Ag Sciences"

As part of their senior capstone project in biological engineering, students designed a device that assists apple pickers. The device mounts on a vehicle that can travel between the trees in an orchard.
Senior capstone projects teach students skills for the industry
July 25, 2017
For their senior capstone projects, biological engineering students at Penn State designed possible solutions to real problems in agriculture and the environment.
Francis Alvaré participated in a multi-part prescribed fire experience for the National Guard at Fort Indiantown Gap as part of his major in forest ecosystem management.The National Guard conducts controlled fires to maintain the safety of its grounds and practice how to deal with wildfires.
Ag sciences student completes prescribed fire experience at Fort Indiantown Gap
June 6, 2017
Francis Alvaré, a forest ecosystem management major with a minor in military studies, assisted the National Guard's forestry department in a series of prescribed fires on training facilities as part of an independent study program in the spring of 2017.
Cullen Dixon, a plant sciences major, helped to perform research to create a biofungicide from sorghum compounds.
Plant sciences student helps research natural fungicide
April 27, 2017
Cullen Dixon, a plant sciences major, participates in a lab that tests the effectiveness of secondary metabolite compounds produced by sorghum as potential biopesticides in combating foliar diseases of Zea mays, or corn.

In the Media: Job Outlook for Ag Sciences Students

Jobs in the agricultural industry to outnumber graduates in the next five years
The Red and Black, an independent newspaper covering the University of Georgia, explores what the future holds for agricultural science graduates as opportunities balloon in the public and private sectors.
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.
Agriculture Employee Opportunities. Source: NIFA, USDA, and Purdue University
Job Outlook Bright for Ag Students
According to the USDA, there are nearly 60,000 high-skilled agriculture job openings expected annually in U.S., yet only 35,000 graduates available to fill them.