Agricultural Studies Major - Bachelor of Applied Science

61-62 Credit Hours
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BVU’s Bachelor of Applied Science degree in agricultural studies is designed for students who wish to develop solid agricultural science and agricultural business backgrounds while taking only the necessary general education courses. Its interdisciplinary nature provides students with coursework in livestock, agronomy, farm management, marketing, and agricultural policy.

Quick Road to a Bachelor’s Degree

BVU understands many individuals who have earned an AAS or AS look to further their education but are wary of the lengthy traditional bachelor’s degree. However, the flexibility of our agricultural studies major offers students a range of course options in agricultural science and agricultural business while weaving in only the necessary general education courses. With numerous course possibilities, students can pursue areas that interest them, whether at a BVU site location or online. Students can develop skills in areas including soil science, crop genetics, agricultural management, and entrepreneurship. 

Employment opportunities include:

  • Agricultural business/technology
  • Sustainable energy/renewable energy
  • Agricultural finance
  • Commodities trading
  • Food science
  • Plant and soil science
  • Carroll
  • Council Bluffs
  • Creston
  • Denison
  • Emmetsburg
  • Estherville
  • Fort Dodge
  • Marshalltown
  • Mason City
  • Newton
  • Ottumwa
  • Sioux City
  • Spencer
  • Spirit Lake
  • West Burlington

Transfer to BVU

100% of Associate’s degrees from our community college partners transfer to BVU. Most AA degrees require 68 credits, and we make sure that they all transfer to BVU. Talk about saving time and money!

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Mike Naig, outstanding in his field

BVU Alum Appointed Iowa Secretary of Agriculture

Mike Naig, a 2000 BVU graduate with degrees in biology and political science, was appointed Iowa Secretary of Agriculture in March 2018. He is committed to leading efforts to protect consumers, expanding economic opportunities for Iowans, and advocating in Iowa and around the globe. He is particularly dedicated to improving the state’s water quality, as well as embracing science and technology to conserve Iowa’s natural resources and to secure a safe and affordable food and energy supply. 

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