Agricultural and Biorenewable Systems Management Major

The future of bio-based products, renewable energy, and sustainable practices.

Harness renewable resources to create sustainable production systems in agriculture and beyond. Take a unique, interdisciplinary approach that offers the technology, science, and management know-how you'll need to develop and implement innovative solutions for a greener future.

The right tools for the future.

America is trending biorenewable. Wood, cotton, hemp, and other agricultural commodities will be the building blocks of tomorrow. This major offers the science, business, technology, and analysis skills to grab this industry by the horns and launch a meaningful career.

Jobs await.

According to USDA, new college graduates with degrees in agricultural programs can expect approximately 59,400 job opportunities annually through 2025. Graduates earning degrees with emphasis in food, agriculture, renewable natural resources, and the environment (FARNRE) will account for 61 percent of the annual supply pool of graduates.

See the University Bulletin for details on program requirements, suggested academic plan, and more.

Dig deeper into corners of the biorenewable world in these focus areas:

Biorenewable graduates can work with research and development engineers, process and industrial managers.

Ag Technology

The technology behind sustainable production. Be part of advancing the development of next-generation mobile equipment and master the principles of off-road machines and precision agriculture. Dive into the world of maximizing productivity while minimizing environmental impact.

Example courses

  • Marketing and Sales
  • Power Transmission in Agriculture
  • Principles of Off-Road Machines (hydraulics)
  • Safety and Health in Agricultural and Biorenewable Industries
  • Precision Agriculture
The Bioproduct Development option focuses on the properties, uses, and production of sustainable materials.

Bioproduct Development

Bioproduct Development Focus on the design, manufacture, and maintenance of the next generation of green products. Learn to identify the right biomaterials and develop processes to create products that can be sustainably manufactured and maintained.

Example courses

  • Biobased Fiber Science
  • Deterioration and Protection of Bioproducts
  • Energy Analysis in Biorenewable Systems
  • Foundations of Sustainable Business
  • Processing and Manufacturing Systems for Bioproducts
Two students in a lab

Sustainability Management

Companies are looking for leaders to meet the technical challenges of moving toward more sustainable operations. Learn to apply the systems analysis tools that guide the reduction of negative impacts on society and the environment.

Ag Journeys

"I discovered that ag is about farming—and a whole world more."

–Nelson DiBiase

The curriculum is just the beginning.

Learning outside the syllabus has a huge impact, too. Our clubs are a great place to make friends and have fun. More important, they are a place to link up with like-minded students, returning alumni, and industry professionals who bring invaluable career insights.

Same goes with our internship opportunities. Companies compete to bring Penn Staters on board for the summer, and many students return to campus with a summer of practical experience and a job offer waiting in the wings. There are research opportunities, foreign travel opportunities, and more to gain experience and academic credit.

Craft your experience.

Related clubs and teams

  • Biorenewable Systems Club
  • Penn State Pullers
  • American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), Penn State Student Branch
  • Robotics Competitions Club
  • Environmental Resource Management Society
  • Student Farm
  • Sustainable Agriculture Club
  • See all clubs and teams

Internships

  • Crop Harvest Field Test Product Validation
  • Quality Assurance
  • Research

Examples of popular study abroad

  • Bioproducts in Germany
  • Dairy Production in Austria and Switzerland
  • Natural Resources in Chile/Patagonia
  • The University of Limerick in Limerick, Ireland
Agricultural Biorenewable Systems Management  major comes with exciting study abroad and foreign travel opportunities.
Agricultural Biorenewable Systems Management grads hiking in Patagonia.

A practical, workforce-ready degree—and a college experience you’ll love.

Penn State Agricultural and Biorenewable Systems Management grads are in the boardroom, in the lab, out on the job, in the halls of government, in the front of the classroom, all over the globe, right now.

Our alumni out in the world

  • Laboratory Technician, Avery Dennison
  • Technical Specialist, Huber Engineered Woods
  • Territory Manager, Husqvarna Group
  • Ag Product Specialist, Kubota, Inc.
  • Equipment Test Supervisor, CNH Industrial
  • Manager Trainee, Baillie Lumber Co.
  • Senior Consultant of Energy, Sustainability, and Infrastructure, Guidehouse
  • Senior Strategy Associate, Assembly Global

Example Career Pathways

A Penn State Agricultural and Biorenewable Systems Management degree paves the way to a career you want in agriculture, business, and more. Here's food for thought—a few jobs our alumni work in now: 

Field Operations Manager 

A field operations manager oversees the technical testing and evaluation of equipment. 

What will I do?

  • Test off-road equipment performance in field operations, such as agricultural or construction settings
  • Evaluate the test results to help determine points of concern and to optimize equipment performance
  • Work with engineers for design modifications based on the outcomes
  • Train and supervise technical staff for assisting with evaluations

Regional Sales Specialist 

A biorenewable regional sales specialist coordinates the sale of biorenewable products. 

What will I do?

  • Stay current on the cutting edge of biorenewable development to effectively educate customers and drive your company’s production
  • Create effective marketing strategies and materials that showcase biorenewable benefits
  • Create and follow sales leads and nurture relationships with existing customers

Technical Risk Appraiser 

A technical risk appraiser for a biorenewable company assesses computer equipment, software, training, and processes with an eye on greater efficiency, profitability, and sustainability. 

What will I do?

  • Conduct audits of company tech infrastructure as it relates to machinery and procedures for producing biorenewable products
  • Compare audits to desired outcomes and available technologies
  • Make recommendations for improvements and changes