Bachelor in Agriculture Science


Program Description

The Agricultural Science major at Northwest is an interdisciplinary program that prepares students for a career in a variety of agricultural-related occupations and farm operations. This major provides an opportunity to explore interests in agriculture. Students will gain the fundamental skills in agricultural economics, plant science, animal science and soils.

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Career Opportunities

More than 94% of students who graduated with a degree in agriculture science obtained employment or continued their education within six months after graduation.

The following is a listing of common positions for graduates with an agricultural science major:

  • Agricultural Journalist
  • Environmental Science
  • Farm Manager
  • Production Agriculture
  • Sales Representative

*Based on self-reported data in recent years.

Learning Resources

R.T. Wright University Laboratory Farm is a 448-acre facility that provides a profession-based learning experience with livestock and crops.

Profession-Based Learning Experiences

Study Abroad is an opportunity for students to apply hands-on international experience to their own academic development. Faculty members supervise short-term study abroad programs that prepare students before, during and after the program. Two types of study abroad programs are available – faculty-led and traditional study abroad.

The traditional program may be a semester, summer or year-long program and is taught by Northwest’s international partner institutions. Students of from the agriculture school have studied in Puerto Rico, Ireland, and Germany.


Although internships are not required in the agricultural science major, they are highly encouraged to gain hands-on, real-world experience.

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55 Credit Hours

Agricultural science prepares students for a wide variety of positions in agriculture and agriculturally-related occupations, as well as farm operations.

In addition to the courses listed below, a program to total 55 hours of agriculture courses is designed by the student and an advisor to meet the needs of each student.

The Northwest Core (48-52 hours)
Must include the following:

CHEM 24112 General Chemistry
CHEM 24113 General Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 24114 General Chemistry I
CHEM 24115 General Chemistry I Laboratory
MATH 17118 College Algebra


Required Courses

AGRI 03102 Introductory Agricultural Economics
AGRI 03130 Plant Science
AGRI 03150 Animal Science
AGRI 03234 Fundamentals of Soil Science
AGRI 03296 Seminar
Advisor-approved electives in agriculture

Students selecting a Comprehensive Major in Agricultural Science must complete a minimum of 9 credit hours in at least three of the agricultural areas: agricultural economics, agricultural mechanization, agricultural education, agronomy, animal science and horticulture. Each course may be counted in only one major area.

AGRI 03102, AGRI 03130: Cannot be used to fulfill any Northwest Core requirement.

NOTE: Grade Requirement: Students may have no more than eight hours of “D” in courses required by this major.

Last updated September 2018

About the School

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