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Fall semester marks return of agricultural science major at Auburn

Fall semester marks return of agricultural science major at Auburn

The College of Agriculture launched its undergraduate degree program in agricultural science fall semester 2017, and 15 Auburn University students have the distinction of being the first to declare it as their major. The program is also a secondary major for five students working toward agriscience education degrees in the College of Education.

The new multidisciplinary major, administered through the Department of Horticulture, was developed in response to agriculture-related industries’ growing demand for a more broadly skilled workforce and is targeted toward students interested in a general agriculture degree that will prepare them for a wide variety of careers in the agricultural industry.

A broad spectrum of instruction is reflected in the ag science curriculum, which incorporates courses in crop and soil sciences, animal and poultry sciences, ag business, aquaculture and horticulture, among others.
Amy Wright, associate dean for instruction in the College of Agriculture, said the curriculum is highly flexible in that it gives students the option of specializing.

“Agricultural science majors can tailor their degrees by selecting supporting courses that focus on the area of agriculture that interests them most,” she said.
The ag science degree is an ideal double major for future agriscience education teachers, too.

“A secondary degree in agricultural science will give anyone working toward a teaching career in ag education an excellent foundation,” Wright said.

The university’s Board of Trustees approved the ag science major in June 2016; the Alabama Commission on Higher Education gave it the final OK in March.

For more information on the agricultural science major, contact Brian Brown at brownbw@auburn.edu, or visit hort.auburn.edu/programs-of-study/undergraduate/agricultural-sciences/.

Laura Cauthen