Offering career preparation for students interested in a broad, diversified education in agriculture leading to a Bachelor of Science degree and a career in agriculture.
The field of agriculture includes a very broad range of career objectives. Subject matter fields include plant science, animal science, soil science, horticulture, agricultural engineering, agricultural education, agribusiness and agricultural economics. Job opportunities are numerous, and students trained in general agriculture are in high demand. A brief list of agricultural positions might include plant breeder, soil scientist, soil conservationist, extension agent, sales representative, banker, agriculture teacher, nursery specialist, landscape designer, greenhouse manager, farmer, nutritionist, animal breeder, economist, forester, processor, food scientist and farm manager.
Students with a general interest in agriculture come to Murray State University from varied rural and city experiences. They have a wide range of interests and career objectives for employment in agriculture.
Public Relations Emphasis
Within the agricultural science program, the elective hours allow students to select journalism courses to emphasize publications, broadcasting or public relations. This will prepare the student for communications careers in the more specialized disciplines.
The program of study is listed for students desiring a B.S. degree in agriculture with a focus on communication skills. It is recommended for these areas of employment to have an in-depth knowledge of agriculture.
Public Service/Leadership Emphasis
Modern day agriculture has numerous public service and leadership positions. This curriculum emphasis will allow students to acquire a broad curricular background in agriculture and supplement it with public service/leadership course work to prepare them for agricultural and public service careers.
Modern day agriculture has been greatly improved by environmental and/or health related issues. This curriculum emphasis will allow students to obtain a broad curricular background in agriculture and supplement it with scientific, fact-based environmental course work to prepare for a wide range of agricultural and environmental careers.
Emerging Technology Emphasis
Modern day agriculture is becoming an ever increasingly technological field. Production agriculture practices now include many technology based fields such as precision agriculture, internet, guidance systems, graphic information systems and many other advanced computer applications.
This curriculum emphasis will allow students to get a broad curricular background in agriculture and supplement it with technology based course work to prepare them for agricultural and technology related careers.
Agricultural Technology Emphasis
This curriculum is designed for students transferring to Murray State University from the Kentucky Community and Technical College System Agricultural Technology Programs. It leads to a four-year bachelor of science degree that is offered through a combination of courses taught at Murray State University’s extended campus sites and main campus.
School of Agriculture facilities include classrooms, laboratories and offices housed in the south wing of Oakley Applied Science Building, the A. Carman Animal Health Technology Center and the E.B. Howton Agricultural Engineering Building.
There are three farm complexes located within a mile of the main campus. These complexes include three greenhouses, agronomy plots, a beef unit, the West Kentucky Exposition Center, the Equine Center and the Agricultural Mechanization Instructional Facility/Farm Shop. These facilities are utilized for classes, contests, field days, judging contests, clinics and numerous agriculture activities.
- Agriculture Leadership Council
- Agriculture Ambassadors
- Agribusiness Club
- Agricultural Engineering Technology Club
- Agronomy Club
- Alpha Zeta
- Animal Health Technology/Pre-Vet Club
- Block & Bridle
- Collegiate FFA
- Equestrian Team
- Horseman’s Club
- Horticulture Club
- Rodeo Team/Club
- Alpha Tau Alpha
- Sigma Alpha
- Alpha Gamma Rho
- Soil Judging Team