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

Hanging Lines
Building a trellis system for a bag culture system in HORT 497A

Student Stories - "Experience Ag Sciences"

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.
Aarushi Rana, an economics major with a minor in mushroom science and technology, prepares a log with spawn to produce shiitake mushrooms. Rana plans to take what she has learned home to Mumbai, India, where she will teach women about how to produce mushrooms.
Student uses mushroom minor to benefit her home
April 17, 2017
Rana, an economics major, is minoring in mushroom science and technology, and plans to use what she has learned to improve living conditions for people in her home city of Mumbai, India.

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.
At many universities, agriculture is putting the steam in STEM.
Agriculture: Putting the Steam in STEM Degrees at US Universities
Ag Funder News discusses a growing trend at universities, where agriculture — ag technology in particular — is becoming one of the biggest components of STEM-focused departments and disciplines.
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.