The agricultural industry needs professionals with extensive knowledge and experience in the agricultural sciences who are prepared to lead in their organizations and communities. Students pursuing a B.S. in Agricultural Science study theory-based leadership and the dynamic aspects of the food and fiber industry with concentrations in two agricultural areas. Our graduates succeed in leadership roles across agricultural industries. Learn more about career opportunities for Ag Science graduates.
We Grow Leaders
The leadership component is a unique feature of the Agricultural Science program. Students have opportunities to develop the competencies and theoretical understandings necessary to work independently and as part of a team, communicate effectively, solve problems, and understand basic business concepts. When they graduate, they are poised to work in agricultural organizations and advance into leadership positions.
The agricultural science curriculum has three components:
B.S. in Ag Science Curriculum
- General education courses that are required for all students at NC State University.
- Leadership courses taught within the department. Students complete course work in contemporary leadership theories, personal leadership development, team leadership, and organizational leadership which they then apply to complete their senior seminar in leadership. In these courses, students develop relationships with each other and with department faculty as well.
- A broad overview of agriculture. Students complete coursework in both basic agricultural courses (animal science or poultry science, plant science, and shop Processes and management) as well as agricultural specialty areas. Students then select two specialty areas to study. Students often use these concentration areas to secure two minors from within the College of Ag & Life Science.