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Bachelor's Degrees in Agriculture

The future of the world’s food and energy resources is being built right now. Become a part of it with an agriculture degree from Buena Vista University. Located in the heart of Midwest ag country, you’ll have opportunities at BVU that you can’t find at any other institution. Through experiential learning, internships, and research opportunities in our agriculture programs, you will build your future, one experience at a time.

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Undergraduate Degrees in Agriculture

Agricultural Business

From operating your own business to managing production or analyzing ag loans, BVU’s agriculture degree in business sets you up for success in today’s environment.

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Agricultural Science

Dive into agronomy and animal science curriculum with an ag major that explores the science behind production and research practices that feed, clothe, and fuel the world.

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Agriculture Education

An ag major in education lets you share your passion with others, by teaching agriculture science and business in classrooms, as well as through extension and virtual environments.

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Agricultural Studies

BVU’s Bachelor of Applied Science degree in agricultural studies is an ideal ag degree for students who have earned an A.A.S. or A.S.

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Other Degree Options

Pre-Veterinary: Biomedical Sciences

Combine biomedical sciences with animal science courses and experiences. In the past 10 years, 100 percent of our pre-vet graduates have been accepted into veterinary school! Learn more...

Interdisciplinary Degree

Combine courses from complementary areas of study to develop truly personalized interdisciplinary agriculture majors that uniquely set you up for success in your future.

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Building a Future in Agriculture

Located in the heart of Northwest Iowa, BVU students are literally minutes away from dozens of partners in the ag industry. Our faculty and staff have extensive expertise in agricultural finance, farm management, and agricultural research. They share that experience with students in all our agriculture programs! 

Take advantage of our connections to secure internships and real-world experiences. This unique combination of theory and practical involvement gives you not only an ag degree, but a solid foundation to build your future. 

Firsthand Experiences

Facilities

While many institutions limit practical onsite opportunities, BVU students get involved right away. All students pursuing agriculture majors engage beyond the classroom, building important skills. Perform research in the state-of-the-art Estelle Siebens Science Center or put theory into practice at our Agricultural Experiment Station, located just outside Storm Lake, Iowa—only minutes from campus! These facilities enable you to get hands-on with ag.

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Experiences Beyond the Classroom

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Travel

BVU agriculture programs offer travel opportunities and support, with specific value-added funds to cover travel. A recent trip to Argentina only cost students $200 each!

Industry Connections

With faculty that come from the industry, we don’t just connect you with recruiters. We connect you with the movers and shakers in executive management roles, those active in entrepreneurial endeavors, and those who are innovators in the field of agriculture.

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Research

Work one-on-one with faculty on research in many agriculture programs... or develop your own project. Up to $2,000 in support funding is available per student... each year!

Entrepreneurship

Have a business idea? We can help make it a reality. The Lamberti Center for Rural Entrepreneurship offers support in developing your idea... and can potentially provide support funding!

Enhance Your Experience

Teams & Organizations

The BVU agricultural experience is more than classrooms and field experiences! Blow off some steam and have some fun with friends in the Ag Club and our Rodeo and Livestock Show Teams. They are a great way to have outdoor fun with a focus on ag. And it’s not just for agriculture majors –whether you are a farm or ranch kid who wants to continue your favorite activities, or someone who has never been in a barn... we have the perfect opportunity for you.

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Your Degree Makes a Difference

Career Opportunities

According to the USDA, every year approximately 60,000 new agriculture job openings require advanced skills or degrees, and only 35,000 new college graduates are there to fill these roles! With an agriculture degree from BVU, you will be in high demand. Talk about career opportunities—when you are an ag major, the sky is the limit! 

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Agriculture Faculty

Melanie Bloom
Melanie Bloom
Instructor of Agricultural Education
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Rich Crow
Rich Crow
Director of Agriculture
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Dr. Geoffrey Ecker
Dr. Geoffrey Ecker
Assistant Professor of Agronomy
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Jennifer Hecht
Ms. Jennifer Hecht
Associate Professor of Accounting
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Kevin Price
Kevin Price
Instructor of Management and Agricultural Business
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Landon Sullivan
Landon Sullivan
Instructor of Animal Science
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