Agricultural Science

BVU’s agricultural science program prepares students for successful careers in agriculture through concentrations in agronomy and animal science. By partnering with a variety of agriculture industry experts and associations in the Midwest, BVU agricultural science students gain the expertise needed to meet the needs of global economies, cultivation, and the ecosystem we inhabit.


The Science of Agriculture

By looking at agriculture through a scientific lens, BVU creates opportunities for students in the agriculture-rich region to build upon their foundational knowledge, find a rewarding career in agriculture and related industries, and build our existing hard-working communities. The program includes courses in agronomy, seed/genetics, and pre-vet.

Students who graduate with this major can pursue careers in:

  • Veterinary medicine
  • Plant breeding and genetics
  • Bioresources
  • Food science
  • Plant and soil science
  • Water quality


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Internship Interest

BVU has recently received an overwhelming number of partnership possibilities from industry experts from across the state.

Location Perfection

Located in the heart of the nation’s agricultural community, BVU is home to a number of frontline access opportunities essential to Iowa and the Midwest.

Practicality Applied

Programs focus on the general planning, economics, and use of facilities, natural resources, equipment, labor, and capital to produce products.

Domestic and International

Students will apply economics to the analysis of resource allocation, productivity, investment, and trends in agricultural sectors.


Studying The Evolution of Corn in Mexico

We Know No Limits at BVU

In Fall 2018, Dr. James Hampton, professor of biology, will be taking a group of students to Mexico on an agriculture endeavor, the focus of which is the domestication of corn. Corn was initially domesticated in the Balsas River basin of southwest Mexico approximately 10,000 years ago and has experienced dramatic changes that distinguish it from its wild relative, teosinte. Since domestication, corn has spread across the globe evolving and adapting to cooler, drier, higher latitude, and higher elevation regions when compared to its center of origin. Several speakers with expertise in the topic visited BVU in Fall 2017 to enhance student research.


Stine Endowment

BVU’s School of Science Stine Endowment

Whether students come to BVU to learn about plant science, or with goals of making a difference in underdeveloped countries, many begin their journey with an interest in one area of agriculture science or another. While some know exactly what their post-college aspirations are, and some simply feel at home in chemistry classes or a research field, the exclusive possibilities bridging their present and future are endless thanks to a $2.7 million endowment from Harry Stine and the Stine Family Foundation. For science students at BVU, cutting edge campus research, transformational internships, and academic travel to the jungles of Peru, mountains of Nepal, and the African veldt of Tanzania are more accessible than ever before.

Major in Agricultural Science (50-54 Credit Hours)
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