Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences

“Everyone in our college has a common purpose—solving the world’s most important problems. Gabrielle Henrichs, Plant Sciences, Class of 2022

Healthy and affordable food. Clean air and water. Reliable energy. Vibrant economies and communities.

The Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences is in the hands-on business of producing the pioneering research, cutting-edge technology, and, most of all, leaders of tomorrow to tackle these challenges head on.


“My Penn State Ag journey is so much more than an education. They want you here. They want you as a classmate, as a student, as a teacher, and most of all as a friend. And when you leave, they want you to get out there and make an impact.”

Melissa Mercado, with professor and mentor Donald D. Davis, Ph.D.

$2.9+ Million in scholarships annually

75% of graduates completed an internship

200+ students study abroad annually

What's Happening in AgSci

News and Events from the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences

September 14, 2023

Penn State-led team to study climate-threatened Colombian Paramos’ soil microbes

Some scientists believe the Paramos, a grassland ecosystem found in the northern Andes Mountains of South America, are “the world’s fastest evolving and coolest biodiversity hotspot,” according to Estelle Couradeau, assistant professor of soils and environmental microbiology in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. This ecosystem — which is the prime headwater for lower tropical ecosystems and downstream urban centers in the Andean and the Orinoco-Amazon regions — is in jeopardy, she explained. Couradeau will lead a National Science Foundation-funded international team conducting research on how climate change will affect soil microbes in the ecologically fragile and important Paramos ecosystem in Colombia’s Andes Mountains.

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September 5, 2023

Penn State’s Great Insect Fair returns to Snider Ag Arena on Sept. 30

Technology is an integral part of everyday life in the 21st century. Fittingly, Penn State’s 2023 Great Insect Fair will highlight the theme, “Bugs in the System,” focusing on the technology used in entomology. The fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Snider Agricultural Arena on the University Park campus.

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August 28, 2023

Penn State receives $3M grant to address insect biodiversity crisis

A team of Penn State researchers has received a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to spearhead a new initiative to create novel monitoring systems for insect populations, many of which are experiencing dramatic changes across the globe due to changes in land use, pollution and climate change.

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