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The Department of Agriculture offers a B.S. degree in Agriculture with emphasis in the following areas:

The Agriculture Business and Economics Curriculum focuses on the understanding and problem solving in production, distribution, and consumption of agricultural goods as well as the management of services and natural resources. In addition, the curriculum emphasizes public policy, financial management, farm management, non-farming agribusiness management and marketing. This program prepares students for advanced study in agribusiness, agricultural economics and/or employment in one of the many areas of agribusiness and/or agencies such as the U. S. Department of Agriculture.

The Agriculture Education Curriculum prepares individuals to serve effectively as secondary school teachers of agriculture, extension agents and in positions with agriculturally related agencies and industries. Students preparing to teach will meet criteria established by the Center for Teacher Education in the School of Liberal Arts and Education.

The Animal Science specialty is designed for the student who enjoys and is intrigued by science and welcomes the challenges of such a complex field of study. The program prepares students for admission to veterinary school and/or leads to suitable employment in many animal science and related specialties

The Aquatic Science program is designed to prepare students for advanced study or professional and technical careers in hydrobiology, aquaculture and fisheries-oriented occupations. The focus of our Aquatic Science program is on aquaculture, the rearing of aquatic organisms under controlled or semi-controlled conditions.

The Plant, Soil and Environmental Science program is divided in four (4) program areas. Horticulture encompasses the production of fruits and vegetables for consumption, as well as the production of plants and flowers for decor and beautification. The Plant Science area investigates all aspects of plant life from the molecular level to applied crop production systems. The program includes both traditional and alternative/niche production systems. Soil Science furthers interest in soil productivity and land use. This diverse area examines soil use for plant and crop production, as well as other areas, such as soil used for foundations, construction of roads, waterways and numerous other areas. Environmental Science is the study and process of finding answers (or at least trying) to many of life's confusing questions. Examples: How can the watering of a lawn affect the water quality of a nearby stream? How can recycling aluminum help save fossil fuels and reduce both air and water pollution? How does the exhaust from cars in New York contribute to the decline of salmon in Canada?

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