Students will be participating in core courses over the duration of the program. Courses will meet four days with two 2-hour corresponding laboratories. The program will also feature an all-day industry or production-based tour related to the courses.

COVID UPDATE: We are eagerly planning for this program to take place once again on the University Park campus of Penn State. However, should COVID-19 requirements prohibit an in-person experience, our team is also prepared to host the program fully online.

The below examples of courses offered to our PSEAS scholars in past programs showcase a diverse representation of the College of Agricultural Sciences and the careers that the agricultural sciences has to offer! Here is a bit more info about the courses:

Course Title Primary Course Goals
Animal Science A to Z 1. Enhance student understanding of basic animal science concepts with focus on: feeds/feeding, digestion, lactation, behavior, welfare, genetics, meat science.
2. Relate animal science to meeting needs of a growing population.
3. Recognize scientific concepts in hands-on laboratories.
Environmental & Natural Resource Systems 1. Enhance student understanding of basic environmental resource system concepts with focus on: water/air quality issues, riparian buffers, soils, wetlands.
2. Experience successful environmental systems through place-based education.
3. Utilize concepts of natural resource systems to solve real-world problems.
Global Agriculture 1. Investigate the global food and fiber system.
2. Experience intercultural activities.
3. Identify opportunities for individuals to impact global agriculture.
Plants & People 1. Explain basic plant biology and role of environmental factors in plant growth and development.
2. Identify the role of plants in society and how humans have shaped the plant world.
3. Evaluate the importance of plants as foods, drinks, non-foods, and drug sources.
4. Determine how plants can be used in a sustainable, cyclical aquatic system.
Food Science 1. Identify the major components of sensory evaluation and product development in the food industry.
2. Process meat products using proper laboratory techniques.
3. Recognize the major microbiological groups, their effects, and control in food.
4. Observe food texture and flavor and their relation to food chemistry.
5. Discuss the basic principles of food processing.
Ecosystem Ecology
1. Understand the concepts of ecosystems and ecology
2. Investigate and describe the dominant natural ecosystems of PA (forest, wetland, open water, farm)
3. Explore how humans influence ecosystems and foster understanding of the importance of ecosystems management and services

Pennsylvania Youth Institute (PYI)

Pennsylvania School for Excellence in the Agricultural Sciences