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Agriculture (Minor)

Earn a minor in Agriculture

Agriculture education at SBU includes first-hand knowledge of working with and handling cattle, feed preparation, daily farm management, equipment maintenance, planter and sprayer calibration, field scouting and harvest.

The minor includes coursework in crop production, soil science and animal science, opening up career opportunities with agencies such as departments of agriculture and conservation departments.

The 21-hour minor can be completed in three years or less.

An agriculture minor can pair with any major but pairs best with majors such as:

The Agriculture minor is offered through SBU's College of Arts and Sciences.


(This 21-credit hour minor can be completed in three years or less.)

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The SBU Advantage

  • Field experiences on a local farm provide hands-on learning alongside classroom instruction.
  • Prepare for international missions opportunities focused on meeting agriculture needs by pairing the Agriculture minor with SBU's Intercultural Studies degree.
  • Learn from field trips to farming operations, seed dealers, feeding operations and mills.

Faith Integration

SBU is home to the Darrell R. Strait Center for the Integration of Science and Christian Faith, which is intentionally focused on equipping students to study the history and philosophy of science, Biblical hermeneutics, and the integration of science and faith. Faculty encourage discussion of ethical issues that arise in the world of science and challenge students to use their Christian faith as the basis for approaching all issues. SBU believes strongly that science and Christian faith can be integrated and support each other.

Career Opportunities

Studying agriculture opens up a wide variety of career paths. Potential careers include:

  • Agribusiness operations manager
  • Agricultural and food science technician
  • Agricultural and natural resources communications
  • Agricultural economist
  • Agricultural loan officer
  • Agricultural sales
  • Conservation officer
  • Cooperative extension agent
  • Crop management consultant
  • Farmer/rancher
  • Feedlot manager
  • Government lobbyist
  • Grain merchandiser
  • Greenhouse manager
  • Farm manager
  • Landscape designer
  • Landscape manager
  • Nursery products grower
  • Pest manager
  • Turf manager
  • Turf producer
  • Wildlife manager