CALS helps students prepare for challenging careers, as well as graduate or professional schools with high quality academic programs.

Our faculty members are nationally and internationally recognized for their teaching, research, and extension activities, and our staff members are known across campus for caring about our students. We are proud to offer a small school feel with big school opportunities.

PackTrac is a collaborative program with North Carolina Community Colleges to provide academic training and advising to students passionate about agriculture and have a desire to earn a degree from NC State.

PackTrac Program Goals

Access – successful students in the program will be admitted to NC State University in selected ag-related programs.

Advising – students in the program will receive specialized academic success training and academic advising from both CALS and their NC Community College. A general advisor in CALS as well as a departmental advisor from their major of interest will be assigned.

Agriculture – students in the program will learn about all aspects of agriculture and the life sciences to be leaders in North Carolina’s agricultural industry. Agriculture includes food, fiber and forestry, and contributes $84 billion to the state’s economy. This industry accounts for more than 17 percent of the state’s income, and employs 17 percent of the work force.

PackTrac Eligibility

Who can participate in PackTrac?

PackTrac is open to students immediately after completing high school or for first semester community college students who have completed less than 20 credit hours of college work.

PackTrac Program Benefits

Admission – guaranteed admission in the following CALS departments or majors:

  • Agricultural and Human Sciences
  • Agriculture and Resource Economics
  • Animal Science (Industry Concentration only)
  • Biological and Agricultural Engineering (Agricultural and Environmental Technology major only)
  • Crop and Soil Science
  • Horticultural Science
  • Plant and Microbial Biology
  • Prestage Poultry Science

Assistance – guidance and academic advising from a member of the CALS Advising Team and the chance to connect with your department of interest in CALS.

Awareness – gain exposure and experience related to the many careers in agriculture and life sciences.

Upon successful completion of at least 30 transferable credit hours (in recommended courses by the CALS advisor), with a cumulative grade-point average of at least a 3.0, you will be admitted to a CALS major at NC State.

Only the departments or majors listed above are eligible for this program. Once you transfer to NC State University, credits will reverse transfer to your NC Community College in order to complete the degree requirements for an Associate’s degree.

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