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The agricultural biotechnology major is designed for students interested in careers as laboratory or research technicians in plant biotechnology, breeding, genetics, or physiology. It can also be excellent preparation for graduate study. WSU has several excellent biotechnology-focused graduate programs.
The degree given is a bachelor of science in integrated plant sciences with a major in agricultural biotechnology. A professional internship is required for graduation.
- Strengths of the program
- Receive top-quality classroom, field, and laboratory experiences required for well-paying careers in industry, government, and farming.
- Learn from professors who are among the nation’s most productive and creative in the field. Several of the program’s faculty are members of the National Academy of Sciences, American Society of Agronomy, and Soil Science Society of America.
- Work with faculty on research funded by the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and U.S. Department of Agriculture.
- Join a math, science, and engineering community residence hall at WSU Pullman — share classes with your neighbors, study together, get free tutoring, and use the hall’s computer lab.
- Support from American Society of Plant Biologists for undergraduate research.
- Featured courses
Agricultural biotechnology majors share a set of core courses with the six other majors that are part of the integrated plant sciences degree program. All students take a year of chemistry, a year of biology, and a statistics course, in addition to the core courses specified for the degree and major.
Some of the courses you'll take
Integrated plant sciences core:
Crop Growth & Development
Soil: A Living System
Introduction to Pest Management
Pesticides & Environment
Advanced Horticultural Crop Physiology
General Plant Pathology
Introduction to Biochemistry
Plant Genomics and Biotechnology
Internships and faculty-mentored research experiences are also part of the program — when you graduate, you'll have actual professional experience.
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 agricultural biotechnology students
The College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) annually awards more than $550,000 to students. For more information, see the CAHNRS scholarships page.
- Careers in agricultural biotechnology
Jobs are available in government agencies, commercial businesses, and nonprofit organizations in the fields of crop physiology, plant breeding, biotechnology, and environmental quality.
Here are some examples of where you could find jobs; this isn't a comprehensive list, but you can see that there are plenty of places to put your degree to work.
- The USDA’s Agricultural Research Service, Natural Resource Conservation Service, and Cooperative Extension
- The Environmental Protection Agency
- The Washington State Department of Ecology, Department of Agriculture, and Department of Natural Resources
Teaching, research, and extension careers are available in community colleges and universities for graduates with advanced degrees.
Private commercial industry
- Food processing companies
- Insurance agencies
- Commercial concerns dealing with farm products, fertilizers and agricultural chemicals, and seeds
Job opportunities and advanced study in agricultural biotechnology are available through such organizations as:
- The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
- The World Bank
- Various international research institutes
- Church-run agricultural development organizations
- The U.S. Peace Corps