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Agricultural Studies (Minor)

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Civilization depends on the development of innovative and sustainable agricultural practices for food, shelter, clothing, fuel and economics. Engaging in work with such far-reaching impact, the Agricultural Studies program at SVSU is highly interdisciplinary. Pairing the Agricultural Studies minor with a major like biology, chemistry, geography or business prepares students for the complex social, economic, environmental and political roles that agriculture plays across contexts, locally to globally.

Cardinal Points

  • SVSU has an agreement with Michigan State University, where students enroll at SVSU for two years before transferring to MSU to complete their Bachelor of Science degree. 

  • Opportunities for hands-on research with professors and internships with regional agribusinesses.

While especially applicable for biology and chemistry majors, Agricultural Science is an interdisciplinary minor open to all majors. The minor is completed with nine credits of foundation courses in accounting, communication, economics and geography. 12 elective credits focus on either the plant, animal and natural resource systems track or the power, structural and technical systems track. One course from a different track may be applied to the 12 credits, and a maximum of two courses may be applied from the student’s major. The chair of the Agricultural Studies committee may approve other courses to be counted toward elective requirements.

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Key Electives

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Our Students After Graduation...

Employers

Caterpillar
Michigan State University

Graduate Programs

Michigan State University

Career Opportunities

Research and Development
Crop Consulting

  • 7% projected growth for the employment of agricultural and food scientists. (U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • $64,020 is the median yearly pay for agricultural and food scientists. (U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • The career opportunities for those who minor in Agricultural Studies are diverse. Graduates find careers that span industry, government and nonprofit. They work in research and development, food science, crop management, animal science, horticulture, environmental studies, marketing and management, entrepreneurship and other areas where agriculture, science and society intersect. 

Fully integrated into social networks, SVSU Connect is a valuable networking space dedicated to the community of SVSU students, faculty and alumni which cultivates a culture of helping and giving back. In addition to connecting with each other, students at all points along their journey can reach out to alumni mentors for guidance and insight into making the most of their SVSU experience and successfully transitioning into life after graduation.

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