Public university in the Midwest for 17 years running (U.S. News & World Report)
Truman State University prides itself in involving students in research, and agricultural science majors can pursue a wide variety of undergraduate research opportunities.
You can conduct research on topics such as beef cattle, sheep, horses, crops (mostly corn), pumpkins, horticultural crops, soil conservation, agricultural economics, rural sociology, or other topics that intrigue you. The close proximity of the University Farm to Truman's campus enhances the opportunities for students to conduct research in this wide variety of areas.
It is our strongly held conviction that all Americans should understand the agricultural roots of our society and—maybe even more importantly—have an understanding of where their food comes from. Most of our faculty also teach AGSC 100, Agriculture, a course designed to educate non-majors about agriculture. As a component of this class students do a semester-long research project that involves the development of hypotheses, the design of an experiment to test their hypotheses, the gathering of data from their experiment, and the statistical testing of their data to hopefully reach a meaningful conclusion about their hypotheses.
Some of these student-designed projects are presented at the Students Research Conference held on Truman's campus each year in March.
"I love the easiness to get to know your professors and the resources that are available for students. It is easy to see the faculty’s dedication towards the students’ success, and I especially like that we are constantly challenged to be better. It can be very stressful at times, but it teaches you a lot."
– Roberto Renteria ’16, Psychology and Biology double major