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College expands undergrad options with new BATMan major

College expands undergrad options with new BATMan major

The College of Agriculture will introduce an undergraduate degree program in biological and agricultural technology management this fall semester, bringing to 14 the number of agriculture-related majors available to Auburn students.

Offered through the Department of Biosystems Engineering, the new course of study was created in response to industry calls for employees with the knowledge and skills to manage and develop solutions to the technological challenges of increasingly complex food, agricultural and biological production and manufacturing systems.

“The goal of the program is to produce practical, technologically savvy problem solvers,” biosystems engineering department head and professor Oladiran Fasina said. “Our graduates will be equipped to apply technology to resolve problems in agricultural and biological systems and to manage the increasingly complex food and agriculture systems of the 21st century.”

The university’s majors code for the biological and agricultural technology management program is BATM. Fasina said that, for that reason, it will be known as the BATMan major.

The curriculum for the program will include extensive hands-on training and a broad background in applied science, technology, management and economics.

“Graduates of the program will be prepared for jobs with leading equipment manufacturers, seed and grain companies, federal agencies, food processors, poultry integrators, emerging biofuel companies and more,” Fasina said.

Auburn BATMan majors will be enrolled in the College of Agriculture.

More information about the new degree program is available online.

Margaret Smith