Agricultural Industries

For more information about this program or to schedule a campus visit contact:

Erin Bosch
Program Coordinator
Department of Plant, Soil, and Microbial Sciences
1066 Bogue St., room A162
Plant & Soil Sciences
East Lansing, MI 48824
Office: 517-353-0160
boscher2@msu.edu 

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Program Description

The Agricultural Industries Certificate Program is for students who are interested in gaining in-depth agricultural industry and business knowledge to apply to their own operation or to launch a career in the industry. This program consists of both on-campus learning and hands-on experiences through a professional internship. The program also allows students the flexibility to focus on agronomy, horticulture, animal science or agricultural business.The Agricultural Industries Program is for students who are interested in gaining in-depth agricultural industry and business knowledge to apply to their own operation or to launch a career in the industry.  The program allows students the flexibility to focus on agronomy, horticulture, animal science or agricultural business.

This 18-month program integrates a wide range of disciplines including business, leadership, technology and communications through hands-on laboratory learning and classroom formats.  Of the 48 credits required for the Certificate, 30 are for required classes and the remaining 18 credits can vary with area of interest including agronomy, animal science, horticulture, welding and mechanics.  It is possible for students to complete the Agricultural Industries Certificate and transfer on to a four-year degree program.

To see the courses required for this program, visit the Agricultural Industries certificate listing in the MSU course catalog.

Internship

All students in the Agricultural Industries Program are required to do an internship. There is a wide array of local, state and national internship opportunities available. Students will be guided on the selection of the internship that best fits their goals. The internship provides a hands-on learning experience and an opportunity to see what lies ahead in their career area. Students who travel out of state for their internship experience new places, activities and ideas that may enhance their lives and careers. Below are a few of the recent internship experiences:

  • Wheat harvesting crew
  • Field scouting, spraying, spreading for agricultural chemical companies
  • Research facilities such as Pioneer and MSU Kellogg Biological Station
  • Equipment sales and service
  • Poultry operations
  • Beef cattle operation in Texas

Career Opportunities

Students who choose the Agricultural Industries Program choose careers in the following areas:

  • Farm management
  • Agricultural retail store management
  • Farm input sales (seed, fertilizer, chemicals, feed)
  • Agricultural processing or manufacturing
  • Agricultural finance (banking, farm credit, insurance

Admission Requirements

The Agricultural Industries Program is for students who have a desire to work in a variety of career fields within the agricultural industry. To be admitted into the program, students must have a high school diploma or equivalent and at least a 2.0 GPA. ACT or SAT scores are used as needed in the admission process.  This is an excellent program for recent high school graduates, workers seeking to retrain or retool, and those seeking a career change to explore new options.

For more information visit the Department of Plant, Soil, and Microbial Sciences.

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