Agricultural Science

The Agricultural Science degree prepares individuals for a variety of agriculturally related careers. Many agricultural businesses and organizations seek graduates who have a diversified knowledge of agriculture and life sciences, which includes production agriculture, business, leadership, and management. Many graduates become involved in agriculture business and industry, production agriculture operations, agricultural research, international agriculture development, or pursue advanced graduate study in one of their specialization areas. Graduates will have knowledge of the diversified field of agriculture, basic agricultural sciences, leadership principles, the basic principles of production, and the application of basic science principles to production agriculture and agricultural business management. Graduates will be able to plan and conduct basic agricultural research, manage an agricultural enterprise (business or production), provide leadership in a variety of employment settings, and effectively communicate orally and in writing.

Focus Areas

The Agricultural Science major allows students to develop a personalized curriculum within agriculture and life sciences. Students select two agricultural focus areas that will serve their individual needs and career interests. Students can select focus areas from the following:

  • Agribusiness
  • Agricultural Education, Leadership and Communications
  • Agricultural Pest Management
  • Animal Production
  • Floral Management
  • Floriculture and Ornamental Horticulture
  • Food Science
  • Forestry
  • Golf and Sports Turf Management
  • Integrated Crop Management
  • Precision Agriculture
  • Soil and Environmental Sciences
  • Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture


Agricultural Science


Students may apply for university, college and departmental scholarships through one application. You can find the scholarship application once you login to myState. Under the banner tab, select Financial Aid and Scholarships. The application is listed as Submit/Revise General Scholarship Application.

Transfer Students

Students may transfer to Mississippi State University from regionally accredited community, junior or senior colleges for any period of enrollment, provided they have earned a 2.0 GPA (as computed by Mississippi State University) on all college courses attempted as well as earned a 2.0 GPA on the 30-hours of core courses. Transfer students should look at the transfer course equivalent guide to determine which courses will transfer.


  • High School Agricultural Education Instructor
  • County Extension Agent
  • Agribusiness Human Resources Manager
  • Agribusiness Public Relations Agent
  • Web Page Developer
  • Information Technology Desktop Support Specialist
  • USDA Resources Management Specialist
  • Mississippi Department of Agriculture Commodity Grader
  • Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Soil Conservationist
  • Agricultural Loan Officer/Lender
  • Agricultural Journalist
  • Agricultural Broadcaster
  • Agricultural Machinery Dealer
  • Agricultural Real Estate Broker
  • Agrochemicals Salesperson
  • Agricultural Insurance Agent
  • Farm Co-op Manager/Supervisor
  • Agricultural Production Manager/Consultant