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Undergraduate Programs

Trained to Lead and Serve

An exciting and dynamic field, agriculture involves a range of disciplines. And your opportunities are not limited to the local farm. Many graduates travel the globe—delivering agricultural advances to farmers around the world.

Students can choose one of three majors toward a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree and two minors:

Agricultural Education Major

Our Agricultural Education students graduate prepared to teach agriculture and be FFA advisors in public and private schools. Many of our alumni pursue careers in middle and high schools, universities and community colleges, county extension offices, and in the agricultural industry. Learn more about the many agricultural and human science career opportunities available. 

Teacher Licensure

Completion of the B.S. program in Agricultural Education leads to teacher licensure in North Carolina for grades 6-12. Because of North Carolina’s reciprocity agreements, graduates also can pursue certification in about 35 states. Download the Teacher Licensure Checklist to review the requirements for admissions to teacher education candidacy and help you stay on course.


The agricultural education curriculum has three components:

  1. General education courses required for all NC State University students.
  2. A broad understanding of agriculture. Students complete introductory courses in animal or poultry science, plant science, soil science, agricultural economics, agricultural engineering, and forestry to develop the necessary agricultural background to provide information to a variety of clients.
  3. A concentration in one area of agriculture: Agribusiness Management, Agricultural Engineering Technology, Agronomy, Animal Science, Horticultural Science, Natural Resources, or Poultry Science. Each curriculum culminates in a semester-length practicum experience in which students apply their knowledge and skills in a real-world setting.

NC Teaching Fellows

Are you a high school student or planning on transferring into Agricultural Education? Join the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program at NC State and receive at least $8,250 per year in forgivable loans to teach agriculture.

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Agricultural Science Major

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:

  1. General education courses that are required for all students at NC State University.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
B.S. in Ag Science Curriculum


Are you interested in enhancing your academic interests? An undergraduate minor from the Agricultural and Human Sciences department can do just that. We offer minors in Extension Education and Leadership in Agriculture and Life Sciences

Contact the minor coordinator listed under each minor for any questions. Application for admission to any University minor program is now available via MyPack Portal. Admission will be based upon the student’s academic record, and in most cases no longer requires departmental review. To apply to Add a Minor, go to: https://go.ncsu.edu/minor_coda

Visit the Academic Advising Services website to explore other minors offered by NC State.

We Want You Here

There’s more than one path to CALS and NC State University. Start yours by learning about the different admissions programs we offer. Want to know more before you apply? In addition to the CALS Spend a Day at State visitation program, you can arrange a visit with the Department of Agricultural and Human Sciences. Contact Dr. Travis Park, the undergraduate coordinator.

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