College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

Agricultural and Food Systems

Healthy Plants.
Healthy Industry.
Healthy Environment.

WSU provides global
leadership in food security

Alternative Agriculture

WSU leads the way
with its revolutionary
Organic Agriculture program

The Business of Food

WSU teaches a systems approach
to business and economics

Preparing the Next
Generation of Educators

WSU offers a world-class
program in Agriculture Education

Practicing Innovation

WSU teaches students the
practical applications of
Agricultural and Food Systems

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.

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.

Transfer Students

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.

Graduate School

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 llujan@wsu.eduor 509-335-9542.

Teach K-12, Go to College for Free

The Future Teachers Conditional Scholarship and Loan Repayment program encourages outstanding students and paraprofessionals to become teachers, and assists current teachers in obtaining additional endorsements in shortage subjects.

In return for conditional scholarships or loan repayments, participants agree to teach in Washington K-12 public schools (usually two years of teaching for each year of funding). Funding is available for approximately 100 recipients in 2009-10. Learn more »

In the News

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 »

Green Degrees

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.
Read more » or apply for the program »

Regents Professor John Reganold on Sustainability

Check out this short (2.5 mins) video featuring WSU’s John Reganold

Contact Information

Dr. Colette Casavant
Academic Coordinator
(509) 335-8406

Agricultural and Food Systems, PO Box 646242, Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164-6242, 509-335-4562, Contact Us
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