All students take core courses in sustainable agriculture, soil science, animal science, horticulture, business management, international agriculture, and integrated pest management, and gain practical experience by completing an internship for academic credit. The requirement to select one or more concentration areas encourages students to become experts in the area of agriculture that is most exciting to them.
To receive a full list of concentration course options and the curriculum, email the coordinator.
The Animal Science concentration focuses on the biology, nutrition, and management of farm animals. Courses in this concentration are selected to complement the collective agricultural skills gained from the major core requirements. There are additional courses in beef, dairy, equine, meat science, and sheep management. Interested students may choose to become involved with Cornell's extensive dairy management program, including hands-on educational facilities on campus and a nearby teaching and research center. This concentration will prepare students for careers with animal agriculture operations.
Business Management and Policy
Students concentrating in Business Management and Policy choose one track, either management or policy studies. Management-track students take foundation courses in accounting, finance, and marketing, in addition to the introductory business management course required of all Ag Sciences graduates. Policy-track students take introductory and intermediate economics followed by course choices in agricultural policy. This concentration aligns well with related business minors.
Education and Society
Students concentrating in Education and Society have exceptional flexibility to explore the social aspects of agriculture. Focus areas range from classroom teaching and non-formal education, to social justice, world health, and science writing. Students complete 12 credits towards one of seven minors: Communication, Community Food Systems, Creative Writing or English, Development Sociology, Education, and Global Health.
Students in this concentration will learn about the philosophy and regulations involved with certified organic crop production and will learn practical ways of growing crops and managing pests using organic methods. Course requirements include three set foundation courses and one choice course. Students often gain farm experience on campus through Dilmun Hill Student Farm and also through bountiful production internships. Graduates have gone on to work in farm ownership and management, graduates studies, as well as in the non-profit sector.
Sustainable Cropping Systems Management
The Sustainable Cropping Systems Management concentration aims to strengthen the student's knowledge and skills in the production and management of crop systems, including the use of both organic and conventional methods. Within the concentration, students take courses in field crops, horticulture, pest management, and soil science. Students can learn the importance of weed management, the principles of vegetable production, nutrient cycling in cropping systems, and how to calculate returns on different management systems. This concentration encourages students to learn more about how to overcome environmental stresses such as drought, cold, and weeds in cropping systems and to develop pest control methods that are sustainable and do not harm the ecosystem.