Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Education (B.S.)
The Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Education major has a unique focus on agriculture, food and natural resources sustainability for the benefit of communities in Michigan, the U.S. and the world.
This major prepares graduates as teachers (grades 6-12) in agriculture and natural resources, as well as educators in government, community organizations and nonprofits and graduate studies. The U.S. Department of Education aims to incorporate green- and sustainability-related knowledge and skills standards into the existing National Career Clusters including agriculture, food and natural resources.
Students in the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Education program who wish to become secondary school teachers must also apply for the Secondary Education Teacher Preparation Program in the College of Education. See more details on secondary education preparation.
Core areas of study include:
- Agriculture, food and natural resources education.
- Community sustainability and engagement.
- Environmental and natural resources policy/law.
- Learning and teaching practices.
- Grant writing and fund development.
The Department of Community Sustainability infuses sustainability into all of its majors. Learn more about the Sustainability Core.
Careers in agriculture, food and natural resources offer a wide range of opportunities.
Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Education prepares students for a variety of career paths.
- Agriculture, food and natural resources teacher (6-12).
- Community educator.
- Nature and cultural interpretation educator.
- Governmental aid.
- Agricultural educator in private industries.
- Professional or graduate studies.
Faculty members and advisors maintain close relationships with government, non-profit and for-profit entities in the agriculture, food and natural resources areas, which can help with internships, scholarships and employment opportunities.
Read more about the role of academic advisors in the Department of Community Sustainability.
There are also a variety of student clubs and organizations including:
- Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources Education (AFNRE) Club.
- Collegiate Farm Bureau.
- Leadership in Environment and Agricultural Fields.
- Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences.
- National Agri-Marketing Association.
Natural Resources Majors
This program prepares students for careers as school-based agriculture, food and natural resources teachers at the secondary level, careers in education fields, or professional or graduate school program.
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Environmental Economics and Management is a broad, integrated study of environmental economics, public finance, economic development, community and regional studies and environmental science.
Environmental Studies and Sustainability examines resource use and allocation through the lenses of community engagement, sustainability and environmental justice.
Fisheries and Wildlife concentrations include conservation biology, wildlife biology and management, fisheries biology and management, water sciences, fish and wildlife disease ecology and management, and pre-veterinary.
Sustainable Parks, Recreation and Tourism is an interdisciplinary program integrating sustainability with the study of natural, social, management and behavioral sciences related to natural resources recreation and tourism.