Bachelor of Science in Agricultural and Food Systems
The Agricultural and Food Systems degree program is an exciting, college-wide, interdisciplinary program that offers a Bachelor of Science degree with five majors from which to choose.
- Agricultural Technology and Production Management
- Agricultural Education
- Organic and Sustainable Agriculture
- Agricultural and Food Business Economics
- Agriculture and Food Security
In each major, emphasis is placed on gaining a solid background in the agricultural sciences, including learning to work with and in the complexity of agriculture and food systems. All students take a core set of classes in order to develop a broad interdisciplinary background while also studying specific subjects that prepare graduates for their chosen fields. An internship related to the students focus area is included in these requirements.
Students are encouraged to participate as part-time employees in research programs and seek professional internships for applied learning experiences. Scholarships an financial aid are available based on ability, need, and interest.
There are multiple opportunities for students to interact personally and professionally with faculty, staff, and other students outside of class through a wide range of activities, including numerous student clubs, field and/or lab jobs in research programs, and other events.
Students planning to transfer to the AFS degree program from outside WSU should take courses which meet general university requirements, and consult with AFS program faculty and WSU Transfer Center for further guidance.
If you are interested in a M.S. or PhD, see the listing of degree programs in agriculture at WSU. For organic agriculture, there are several graduate programs of study; for more information, contact Lynne Carpenter-Boggs or call her at 509-335-1553. For the M.S. in Agriculture, contact Lisa Lujan at firstname.lastname@example.org 509-335-9542.
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WSU Sustainable Ag prof Featured in National Geographic
National Geographic asks, Will “Food of the Future to Be More Diverse?” In answering that question, National Geo talked to WSU professor Steve Jones, an expert in sustainable agricultural. “From the perspective of the plate, the foods we’ll eat in the future will likely look and taste a lot like what we eat today. But take a closer peek, and tomorrow’s dinner becomes very different indeed.” Read more in National Geographic »
A feature article in Alaska Airlines Magazine recently focused on WSU’s oragnic ag program.
WSU Offers First Online Certificate in Organic Ag in United States
Washington State University, the first institution in the country to offer a major in organic agriculture, is now offering the nation’s first online certificate in organic agriculture.
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