- Offered as:
- Graduate program
Develop innovative solutions to agricultural problems at home and around the world.
Students in this hands-on major gain a science-based overview of agriculture and food systems with an emphasis on the practical application of technology to production systems.
The program combines students' creativity and interest in physical and biological sciences, technology, mathematics, and business with their desire to develop innovative solutions to a variety of agricultural problems.
Areas of application include precision agricultural operations and services, management of agricultural businesses, production operations, sales, and promotional work in domestic and international agricultural communities. A professional internship is required for graduation.
The major in agricultural technology and production management is part of the bachelor of science degree in agricultural and food systems.
- You can live with similar-minded students in the University's science/technology/math/engineering residence hall — share courses with your neighbors, study together, get free tutoring, and use the hall’s own computer lab.
- Learn and practice new agricultural technologies for the future.
- Interact personally with faculty — students are encouraged to participate in research programs with faculty scientists who are on the leading edge of their fields.
- Benefit from the University's rich selection of agriculture courses, science and general education classes, and modern classrooms and laboratories.
Due to the interdisciplinary nature of this program, students get the opportunity to take classes from a wide range of departments and emphasis areas.
Here are some examples of the courses you can expect to take.
- AS 101: Introductory Animal Science
- Chem 101: Introduction to Chemistry
- Chem 102: Chemistry Related to Life Sciences
- CropS/Hort 102: Cultivated Plants
- Stat 212: Introduction to Statistics
- AFS 101: Introduction to Agricultural and Food Systems
- Soils 201: A Living System
- EconS 350: Introduction to Farm/Ranch Management
- CropS 403: Adv Cropping Systems
- AgTM 436: Ag Technology Design
Ag tech & production management courses
- Advanced Cropping Systems
- Agricultural Precision Systems
- Electrical Power Systems for Agriculture
- Fluid Power Systems
- Irrigation Systems and Water Management
- Human and Machinery Risk Management
- Agricultural Technology Design
You can go deeper into topics that interest you with electives like these:
- Advanced Farm/Ranch Management
- Agricultural Marketing
- Principles of Management and Organization
- Local Impacts of Global Commodity Systems
- Beef Cattle Production
- Dairy Cattle Production
- Forage Crops
- Natural Resource Ecology
- Soils: ArcGIS
- Ecology and Management of Weeds
- Systems of Integrated Pest Management
- Sustainable Food Systems
- Organic Farming
Note: See the WSU Catalog for degree requirements and talk with your academic advisor about planning and scheduling your courses. All students must meet requirements as outlined in the catalog in order to graduate.
A variety of state, federal, and university-sponsored programs are available to help students with educational costs. Washington State University awards millions of dollars in financial aid and scholarships to thousands of students every year based on financial need, academic merit, or a combination of the two.
For agriculture majors
The College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) annually awards more than $600,000 to students. For more information, see the CAHNRS scholarships page.
For all students at WSU
To make yourself eligible for scholarship consideration, complete the Washington State University general scholarship application by January 31. Also be sure to fill out the FAFSA by February 15 to ensure your eligibility for the widest range of scholarships and need-based financial aid.
For more information or to apply for financial aid and scholarships from WSU, see the Scholarships and Finances section of the WSU website.
Graduates are prepared to own, operate, and manage their own enterprises or to provide services for private or governmental entities.
Areas of application include:
- Precision Agricultural Operations and Services
- Management of Agricultural Businesses
- Production Operations
- Agricultural Sales
- Promotional Work in Domestic and International Agricultural Communities
- Forest Science
- Food Quality Assurance
- Plant or Animal Breeding
- Seed Production
- Consultation Services