The complexity of managing insects, plant diseases, and weeds is increasing as costs, regulations, and environmental concerns necessitate an integrated approach to management strategies. Professionals engaged in integrated pest management of the future will be ecologically-oriented professionals engaged in manipulating biological and cultural technologies while minimizing chemical control options. The Master of Science degree program in Agricultural Biology is designed to produce graduates with the academic and research background needed to facilitate effective, innovative, and environmentally sound protection of plants and animals production from a wide and varied spectrum of pests. Students will be prepared for careersin research, extension, teaching, private consulting, industry, and government or to continue in a broad range of Ph.D. programs. Specific opportunities will include positions as agricultural consultants, technical and sales representatives for industry, state departments of agriculture and USDA specialists, agricultural extension agents, industry research and environmental technicians. There is currently a strong need for M.S. graduates trained in these areas, and the demand is expected to increase dramatically.
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
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Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive
Locale: Small City
Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999