Interested in joining the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences? Learn more about our programs and opportunities for future students.
In the agribusiness major students are prepared for careers as an agricultural loan officer, sales manager, marketing specialist, commodity trader, and more. Students can also learn small business management skills while gaining the science background needed to go directly into veterinary medicine or professional schools.
- Agribusiness Management
- Veterinary Business Management
Students in the agricultural sciences major experience an interdisciplinary program of study designed to address the growing needs of todays evolving agricultural and food systems. The agricultural sciences program produces graduates with strengths in teaching and learning in formal and non-formal settings, community education, and development, and leadership and social change.
The mission of the Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences is to provide comprehensive teaching, research, and Extension programs for our students and the seven major livestock and poultry industries that we serve including beef cattle, broilers, horses, layers, sheep, swine, and turkeys.
Agricultural and applied economics is the science of human decision-making as it applies to agribusiness, finance and com-munity and rural economic development, international trade, and the environment.
- Community Economic Development
- Environmental Economics, Management, and Policy
- Financial Planning
- International Trade and Development
Virginia Tech’s undergraduate program in biochemistry is one of the largest and most highly respected programs of its kind in the county, with more than 600 students currently enrolled. Graduates of our program attend graduate, medical, veterinary, nursing and pharmacy schools among others.
The Crop and Soil Sciences program is focused on sustainable means of crop production, utilization of soils, and stewardship of the environment and producing quality turfgrass. Graduates can prepare themselves for careers ranging from integrated pest management to international development, from environmental legislation to biotechnology, from crop production to city planning.
- Crop Genetics and Breeding
- International Agriculture
- Turfgrass Management
Dairy science is the study of the basic and applied science and technology of animal nutrition, physiology, lactation, genetics, reproduction, and the business of diary enterprise management. The dairy science major is intended for students interested in studying and/or working with animals in careers such as veterinary medicine, diary production, and laboratory or field research.
- Dual Emphasis
- Dairy Enterprise Management
Experience the creativity and rewards of the many facets of horticulture. Students can specialize in producing floriculture and nursery plants, growing sustainable fruits and vegetables, landscape design and management, and other areas of plant science.
The environmental science program emphasizes ecosystem function and protec-tion, land-use planning, waste management, water quality, recycling, decontamination, revegetation of disturbed sites, and agriculture’s impacts on the environment. If you want to become a scientist with the skills and knowledge to improve environ-mental quality through better management then the environmental science major is for you.
- Land, Water, and Air
- Water Science and Quality
- Land Restoration and Management
Food science and technology (FST) draws from many disciplines such as biology, chemistry, and engineering in an attempt to better understand food processes and ultimately improve products. Food scientists study the physical, microbiological, and chemical makeup of food. They are responsible for developing safe, nutritious foods and innovative packaging found all over the world.
- Food Business
- Food and Health
Students majoring in Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise (HNFE) are trained for a wide variety of health professions. HNFE provides a unique fusion of courses that encompass human performance, weight management disease and prevention, as well as the psychosocial aspects of health and human behavior. Our curriculum trains students to address complex issues and questions in the areas of human nutrition, foods and exercise.
- Science of Food Nutrition and Exercise
Landscape contractors are on the front line of environmental sustainability as they solve the real problems related to human development and use of natural resources. Our program will develop your ability to create, install, and maintain outdoor spaces that are beautiful, functional, environmentally sound, and cost effective.
Agricultural Technology (AT) program provides two years of education leading to an associate of agriculture degree. Our mission is to provide quality graduates who fulfill the technical– and management-level needs of rapidly changing and diverse agricultural and green industry.
- Applied Agricultural Management
- Landscape and Turf Management