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AGRICULTURAL BIOLOGY

Do You Want to Improve the Sustainability of Food systems, Food Security, and Natural Resource Management?

Join our degree program in Agricultural Biology and acquire firsthand experience working with world-class faculty and learning how to help solve the most difficult problems we face today in food production and environmental conservation. You will gain hands-on experience studying plants, microbes, insects, and weeds that threaten the safety and sustainability of our food supply. You will learn how ecosystems function and how to protect them. You will share this experience with a cohort of students who will become your teammates in strengthening the ecosystems that we all depend on for food, fiber, and ecosystem services. Together, you will become prepared to identify applications and put in practice the knowledge gained to solve today’s biggest challenges. We look forward to having you join us!

What Do Agricultural Biologists Do?

Agricultural biologists enhance and protect ecosystems required for food production and environmental sustainability. They have numerous career options to pursue. Many work on farms or rangeland, or in state and national parks to reduce damage caused by insects, weeds, and plant diseases. Some agricultural biologists work in laboratories doing diverse work to help solve some of todays most important agricultural issues. They may work in food production and trade, where they help maintain a safe food supply and inform policy makers. Agricultural biologists also work in outreach education to help people learn about plants, insects, and microbes. Some agricultural biologists start their own companies, others may work for start-up businesses or for large global firms. They may also work in government or in education and research. Some go to graduate school, where they study entomology, plant pathology, food science, or plant biology and breeding, among others.

Agricultural biologists are necessary members of teams that work to solve complex and important problems. No matter where they work, agricultural biologists make valuable contributions towards food and ecosystem sustainability. To prepare you to meet these challenges, this degree program will help you develop skills that top employers want, such as  communication, teamwork, and leadership.

How Can You Become an Agricultural Biology Student?

If you are inquisitive about biology and have a desire to help make the world a better place, you are already on your way to becoming an agricultural biologist. In high school, be curious and focus on academic courses that emphasize communication, science, social studies, and mathematics to help you learn about the world around you. In school and in your extracurricular activities, learn to work well with diverse teams of people who are working to accomplish common goals, whether it be in science, sports, theater, or music. Develop good study habits, strong time management skills, and a sense of equity so that you can accomplish your own goals while also helping others on your team and in your community reach their goals.

As an Agricultural Biology Student, You will:

  • Integrate skills and knowledge to solve problems related to plants, insects, and microbes in natural and managed ecosystems
  • Demonstrate understanding of social, economic, and biophysical aspects of the management of biological problems in natural and managed ecosystems
  • Describe, assess, analyze, and synthesize knowledge from across the curriculum to create solutions for pests and beneficial species in natural and managed ecosystems
  • Promote and practice inclusion to form effective teams that solve complex problems in natural and managed ecosystems
  • Communicate effectively with diverse audiences regarding sustainable pest and pathogen management in natural and managed ecosystems
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