Agricultural science is a broad multidisciplinary field that encompasses the parts of exact, natural, economic and social sciences that are used in the practice and understanding of agriculture.
First year students planning a major in agricultural science will complete two junior prerequisite units of study (12 credit points) in agriculture. In second year students are introduced to plant form and function, and soil properties and processes. Third and fourth year students complete more specialised study in agricultural science.
Agricultural science graduates study farm crops and animals with the primary goal of improving quantity and quality. They seek methods to improve crop yield without increasing labor costs, strive to manage pests and weeds and to conserve soil and water. They are concerned with methods of converting agricultural commodities into healthy food products for consumers. Some agricultural scientists work in the food processing industry to maintaining high quality, healthy and safe food products. Agricultural scientists may engage in genetic studies of plants or animals using the most advanced biotechnology.
Related subject areas
Plant pathology, soil science