Welcome Bachelor of Science in Agriculture
Major: Agricultural Biology
The agricultural biology coursework prepares you for a variety of careers in the biological sciences and agriculture. You will develop your curriculum with an academic adviser to attain your individual goals. Many will pursue advanced degrees in the sciences or prepare for admittance to professional schools (medical, dental, etc.). A diverse program is offered with five separate options that allow you to tailor your program for careers in the commercial sector, such as agricultural consulting, and pest management, or for careers with the county, state, or federal agencies, such as research technicians, inspectors, and extension agents.
We offer one major and several options: Entomology, Plant Pathology, and Weed Science coursework prepare students for a variety of careers in the biological sciences and agriculture.
Pest Biology and Management
Agricultural Biology Degree Requirements
The majority of the agricultural ecosystems in which department members work are considered regional specialty crops and are responsible for significant economic contributions to the state.
Left unresolved, biotic plant, urban, and livestock pests significantly reduce income, yields, product quality, marketability, and quality of life. Solutions for biotic pest threats are rarely permanent due to continued changes in hosts, pest adaptability, new plant pest introductions, and the inclusion of evolving genetic research.
Several of New Mexico’s most economically viable crop systems are grown in only a few other areas of the country with few, or no other institutions involved in providing solutions to our regional pest problems.
The education of department undergraduate and graduate students benefits greatly from faculty research directives, as do commercial agriculture and urban communities. Department research laboratories employ approximately 65 students in positions that encompass all the departmental research disciplines including molecular-based plant protection programs and applied research.
The diversity and in-depth research experience adds significantly to not only the academic side of a student’s formal education but also enhances that student’s ability to compete for numerous career positions. Faculty research experiences continually find their way into the classroom where current pest management issues are incorporated into lectures.
The career outlook for department graduates remains strong. Few universities are able to provide the diversity of crop, urban, and livestock protection skills to which Entomology, Plant Pathology, and Weed Science graduates are exposed.