- Offered as:
- Graduate program
Develop innovative solutions to agricultural problems at home and around the world.
Students in this hands-on major study the science, business, and technology of agriculture and food systems with an emphasis on the management applications supporting production agriculture.
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 farms and agricultural businesses, production operations, sales, and promotional work in domestic and international agricultural communities. A professional internship is strongly recommended prior to graduation.
The major in agricultural technology and production management is part of the bachelor of science degree in agricultural and food systems.
- Strengths of the program
- 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.
- Signature courses and program information
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.
- ANIM_SCI 101: Introductory Animal Science
- CHEM 101: Introduction to Chemistry
- CHEM 102: Chemistry Related to Life Sciences
- CROP_SCI/HORT 102: Cultivated Plants
- STAT 212: Introduction to Statistical Methods
- AFS 101: Introduction to Agricultural and Food Systems
- SOIL_SCI 201: Soil: A Living System
- ECONS 350: Introduction to Farm/Ranch Management
Ag tech & production management courses
- CROP_SCI 403: Advanced Cropping Systems
- AGTM 405: Agricultural Precision Systems
- AGTM 330: Electrical Power Systems for Agriculture
- AGTM 416: Fluid Power Systems
- AGTM 315: Irrigation Systems and Water Management
- AGTM 412: Human and Machinery Risk Management
- AGTM 436: 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
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.
- Scholarships and financial aid
A variety of state, federal, and university-sponsored programs are available to help students with educational costs.
For all students at WSU
Washington State University awards millions of dollars in financial aid and scholarships to students every year based on financial need, academic merit, or a combination of the two.
To get all the financial help WSU can provide, start by doing these two things:
- Complete the University's general scholarship application so you can be eligible for scholarship consideration.
- Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) so WSU can consider you for aid (scholarships, grants, loans, etc.) based on financial need.
For agriculture majors
The College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) annually awards more than $500,000 to students. For more information, see the CAHNRS scholarships page.
Graduates are prepared to own, operate, and manage their own enterprises or to provide services for private or governmental entities.
Graduates from this program have found employment varying from returning to their family farming operation to working in the farm chemical industry, the health food industry, in food processing, for banking institutions supporting agriculture, or with many of the multi-national agricultural based equipment management based corporations.
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