Agricultural Science Quick Facts

School of Science & Mathematics: Department of Agricultural Science

Practical, Sustainable Focus on Our Most Basic Needs

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Experience a holistic approach to the study of food and fiber production and their association and  interaction with societal concerns. At Truman, our focus is on a sustainable agricultural system — including food production, processing, and consumption.

Receive hands-on instruction on our University Farm. Participate in groundbreaking initiatives, and help shape the success of student organizations. Numerous research opportunities are available where you can expand upon your classroom knowledge, enhance your critical thinking and communication skills, and begin building a very impressive resume to help you with your future aspirations.

Take an active role in building your future. Become a leader in a new, sustainable world.

Pursuing Agricultural Science

  • Major Offered: Agricultural Science, Bachelor of Science
  • Minors Offered:
  • Approximate number of students pursuing this major: 120
  • Approximate number of students pursuing these minors: 60
  • Faculty members: 6 full-time; 1 part-time
  • Faculty expertise: Faculty member’s expertise spans soil and environmental science, plant breeding, agricultural marketing, animal nutrition, animal reproduction, animal welfare, and equine exercise physiology. Students work closely with faculty through small classes and mentored research.

Student Organizations

  • Alpha Gamma Rho (fraternity-professional/social): Join Truman’s social and professional fraternity primarily for agricultural science majors.
  • Animal Agriculture Club: Join like-minded students to gain additional hands-on experience working with all species of livestock and bringing professional speakers to campus.
  • Collegiate Cattlemen’s Association: Participate in professional development activities of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association.
  • Collegiate Farm Bureau: Gain opportunities to work with local, state, and national leaders in government and agriculture policy.
  • Delta Tau Alpha (ag honorary): Receive recognition for your high standards of scholarship, leadership, and character as an agriculture major.
  • Equestrian Team: Check out our very successful Equestrian Team if you are interested in competing in either Western or English disciplines.
  • Pre-Vet Club: Prepare for a career in veterinary science. Pre-Vet Club is open to interested students from any major.
  • Sigma Alpha: Join this agricultural sorority for a balance of fellowship and service.

Curriculum

Consortium of Five Agriculture Universities

  • The Consortium of Five Universities was developed to enhance food security through education.
  • Shared resources between Truman State University, Missouri State University, University of Central Missouri, Northwest Missouri State University, and Southeast Missouri State University extend the capacity of each institution.
  • Receive expanded course selection with online elective agricultural curriculum.

University Farm

The 400-acre University Farm just 1.5 miles from campus features…

  • riding/breeding horse herd
  • herd of Gelbvieh beef cattle
  • agronomy research plots
  • greenhouses
  • orchard
  • vineyards
  • garden plots, and more!

Research

  • Deepen your knowledge by undertaking research with a faculty mentor; competitive funding is available for independent projects.
  • Recent funded projects include examinations of the effect of weight load on stride characteristics in horses and the impact of probiotics on cattle stress and feed efficiency.

Internships

  • Many students build on classroom learning through internships, which may be completed for experience, pay, and/or academic credit. Intern employers range from large companies like Monsanto and Smithfield to small community supported agriculture farms.

Careers

  • Over the past 15 years, Truman’s Agricultural Science graduates have averaged a 51% acceptance rate to University of Missouri’s Veterinary Medicine school, compared to a 39% rate for other in-state applicants.
  • Approximately two-thirds of Agricultural Science majors go directly into careers after graduation, pursuing positions in agronomy, animal science, or agricultural marketing with agricultural businesses, large and small. Other students find career opportunities in conservation or natural resource management with governmental organizations.
  • Overall, about one-third of graduates go on to graduate or professional school, pursuing degrees in law, vet medicine, plant breeding, genetics and genomics, animal nutrition, animal reproduction, and agricultural economics, among others.