The Department of Agricultural Economics at Mississippi State University is known across the country and around the world for it's ability to provide "relevant, applied analyses to address the myriad of complex problems facing agriculture." The Department is currently involved in a number of projects with the government and with private industries covering a wide range of topics.
The Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness prepares students for a variety of potential career fields including, but not limited to, agricultural law, agricultural policy analysis, economic consulting, agricultural production management, commodities marketing, and food chain supply management, including processing, sales, and distribution. Students receive an excellent foundation in applied economic analysis and business management along with the opportunity to specialize in specific areas by selecting from three concentrations: Management, Policy and Law, and Production. Students who wish to continue their education will also be well prepared to pursue graduate degrees.
The new Bachelor of Science in Environmental Economics and Management readies students to tackle one of the central public policy issues of the 21st century: how to balance the demand for natural resources and the need to preserve our environment. Individuals who can analyze these complex problems will be needed for the new "green jobs" that require sustainable solutions to resource and environmental issues. Courses in the curriculum take a problem-solving approach to preparing students to evaluate these questions from an economic perspective. A number of career paths are open to graduates, including positions with environmental and economic consulting firms, various management and analysis positions with business, and public sector employment with federal and state agencies. Students will also be well positioned to enter graduate school to pursue careers in research.
- Agricultural production management
- Commodities broker/trader
- Environmental/marine/resource economist
- Environmental protection/environmental specialist
- Environmental consultant
- Environmental policy/legislative analyst
- Resource management specialist
- Industry economist
- Government policy analyst
- Marketing manager
Dr. Steve Turner, Department Head
100 Lloyd Ricks Building
Phone: 662-325-2752 Fax: 662-325-8777
Randy Little, Undergraduate Coordinator
Barry Barnett, Graduate Coordinator
Agricultural and Biological Engineering
The Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Mississippi State University provides students with opportunities to pursue careers in the fields of biomedical engineering, medicine, environmental engineering, and agriculture and natural resources.
The department consistently has attracted some of the top academic students at Mississippi State. The faculty interacts extensively with the undergraduate and graduate students and involves them in many multi-disciplinary projects. More than 6,000 square feet of instructional and research facilities include separate labs for bio-materials corrosion and cell culture, environmental and agricultural studies, bio-mechanical testing, electronic/robotic design fabrication and testing, fiber processing, GPS/GIS, renewable bio-energy, and student computing resources.
The Agricultural Engineering Technology and Business (AETB) program prepares students for technical careers in agriculture, business, and land surveying. The curriculum is characterized by a strong technical course base with business and finance-related courses added so that the graduate is uniquely qualified to work in industry/agriculture as a technical or business person. Our curriculum emphases include aquacultural systems, enterprise management, land surveying, gin management and technology, natural resource and environmental management, and precision agriculture.
- Agricultural Lending
- Biomedical Engineer
- Environmental Engineer
- Equipment Manufacturing & Sales
- Land Surveying
- Medical Doctor
Dr. Jonathan Pote, Department Head
100 Agricultural and Biological Engineering Building
Phone: 662-325-3280 Fax: 662-325-3853
Dr. Jeremiah Davis
Dr. Filip To, Undergraduate Coordinator
Animal and Dairy Sciences
Today’s animal and dairy industries involve a complex array of disciplines that study livestock production from conception to consumption. The competitive job market requires versatile and well-educated individuals with both a basic understanding of livestock production, but also the technical expertise to excel in the expanding and changing animal industries. Graduates of the Animal and Dairy Sciences Department are well-qualified to meet the demands of a variety of occupations in the animal industry and also to continue their education in graduate schools, colleges of veterinarian medicine or medical schools.
The Animal and Dairy Sciences curriculum is designed to allow the students the flexibility to take courses that are most suited to the student's goals. Our faculty serve as academic advisors to assist student's one-on-one with course selection and to ensure a timely and successful graduation. All MSU students must complete the University's required core courses. Additionally, within our department, there are core courses in the animal sciences and students must pick from one of these four concentrations: Meat Animal Science and Production Concentration; Dairy Science and Production Concentration; Equine Science and Production Concentration; Science/Veterinary Science Concentration. Pre-veterinary students also have the option of a 3+1 program to obtain a bachelor of science degree in ADS.
- Agriculture Insurance Representative
- Animal Nutrition / Health Consultant
- Animal Pharmaceutical Sales
- Animal Product Marketing Specialist
- Breeding / Ultrasound Technician
- Meat Plant Quality Control
- Research / Product Development Technician
Dr. John Blanton, Department Head
4025 Wise Center
Phone: 662-325-2802 Fax: 662-325-8873
Jessica Graves, Undergraduate Coordinator
Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology
Mississippi State University has merged the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology to promote cost savings and further strengthen research efforts.
Biochemistry and molecular biology are disciplines involved at the cutting edge of a revolution in biology. Molecular methods and the use of genetic engineering have given scientists unprecedented power to begin to understand the chemistry of life processes. Entomology and Plant Pathology emphasizes protecting Mississippi's crops, environment and people.
The curriculum leads to a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry. The objective of the curriculum is to provide the student with a strong background in science as part of a liberal education and also to prepare the student for professional work, advanced graduate study or highly specialized and technical science careers in industry and government labs. Students may pursue numerous concentrations including:
- Pre-Medicine Concentration
- Pre-Dentistry Concentration
- Pre-Pharmacy Concentration
- Pre-Optometry Concentration
- Pre-Veterinary Medicine Concentration
- Pre-MBA Concentration
- Bioinformatics Concentration
- Forensic Sciences Concentration
- Science Concentration
- Entomology Concentration
- Plant Pathology Concentration
- Forensic Scientist
- Genetic Engineer
- Medical Doctor
- Pharmaceutical Sales
- Scientific Journalist
- Technical Writer
Dr. Scott Willard, Department Head
402 Dorman Hall
Phone: 662-325-2640 Fax: 662-325-8664
Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion
Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion (FSNHP) involves the integration of new knowledge and advances in technology and the physical and biological sciences with psychological, sociological, and behavioral sciences in the provision of a safe, nutritious food supply. Research, teaching, and outreach extend the continuum from the processing of food to its marketing, consumption, and impact on public health and community.
The Food Science and Nutrition Major learns to solve problems by applying science to food (biology, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, biochemistry, physics, etc.) to ensure that the food products that reach consumers are both safe and meet quality standards. Students may pursue five academic options including Food Science, Food Processing/Business, Food Safety, Culinology, and Nutrition.
A joint Culinology Major has been established with the Mississippi University for Women. Culinology is a course of study combining food science with the culinary arts. MSU's longstanding food science, nutrition and health promotion department provides academic preparation for careers such as food scientists, nutritionists and health educators, among others. MUW's Culinary Arts Institute, which has earned national recognition, immerses students in food preparation techniques, menu development and business skills, among others. The new degree program created from the two merged academic areas becomes one of only 12 in the nation.
- Dietetic Assistant
- Fitness Consultant
- Government Liaison
- Quality Control Agent
- Registered Dietitian
- Restaurant Manager/ Owner
- Sensory Analyst
Dr. Sam Chang, Department Head
107 Herzer Food Science Building
Phone: 662-325-3200 Fax: 662-325-8728
Dr. Wes Schilling, Undergraduate Coordinator
The School of Human Sciences provides education, research, and outreach programs related to human interaction and relationships, early childhood, child life, youth, adult and family studies and teacher education in Family and Consumer Sciences and Agricultural Education. In addition, selected School programs focus on commerce, marketing and using technology for problem solving and designing programs and projects.
The Agricultural Science degree prepares individuals for a variety of agriculturally-related careers. Many agricultural businesses and organizations seek graduates who have a diversified knowledge of agriculture and life sciences, which includes production agriculture, business, leadership, and management. Many graduates become involved in agriculture business and industry, production agriculture operations, agricultural research, international agriculture development, or pursue advanced graduate study in one of their specialization areas.
The Agricultural Information Science is the science of assisting others to learn how to access, analyze, apply, and amend information to solve problems in agriculture. The curriculum is designed to prepare students to enter professions requiring extensive knowledge and skill in solving agriculturally-related problems. Students are prepared to meet agriculture industry's needs for individuals who can create, access, disseminate, apply, amend, and integrate information to solve problems in agriculture. Students may choose to complete a concentration in either Teaching or Agricultural Leadership. Students who would prefer an emphasis in communications will complete the Agricultural Leadership Concentration and choose electives in communication, subject to advisor approval.
The Human Sciences major offers two academic pathways. In the Apparel, Textiles, and Merchandising (ATM) program, students gain an understanding of the fashion and textile industries, apparel design, consumer behavior, product knowledge, and business principles. The Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) program focuses an interdisciplinary approach to the study of children, youth and families.
- Agriculture Teacher
- Child Life Specialist
- Clothing Designer
- Family and Consumer Science Teacher
- Family Life Educator
- Fashion Trend Forecaster
- Human Resources Manager
- Merchandise Planner
- Preschool or Child Care Teacher
Dr. Michael Newman, Director
Phone: 662-325-2950 Fax: 662-325-8188
Mrs. Emily Shaw, Student Services Coordinator
Landscape Architecture (LA) is a design profession dealing with the harmonious relationship of man and his environment. Students learn how to apply design process to discover how the physical installations or activities of man can be placed upon the land in a fashion that functionally and aesthetically accommodates and compliments the environment.
The Bachelor of Landscape Architecture is a four-year, first professional degree which prepares students for entry level positions in landscape architectural firms and the subsequent licensing examinations required by most states. The Bachelor of Science in Landscape Contracting and Management is a four-year program of study which includes three summer semesters of internship with an approved landscape contracting company. This program also is directed toward required licensing examinations.
- Landscape Architect
- Landscape Contractor
Professor Sadik Artunc, Department Head
Phone: 662-325-4554 Fax: 662-325-7893
Mr. Jason Walker, Undergraduate Coordinator
Plant and Soil Sciences
Plant and Soil Sciences is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary department with academic programs in Agronomy, Horticulture and Weed Science. Our programs integrate teaching, research and extension missions to find answers to some of the major issues facing agriculture today. Our graduates find rewarding careers as golf course managers, in the greenhouse/nursery industry, in the retail floristry industry, in sales and marketing, in agricultural research, in extension, and with government agencies.
The Agronomy major studies soil management and crop production, including irrigation and the use of herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers. The Agronomy major offers four academic options: Integrated Crop Management, Golf and Sport Turf Management, Agricultural and Environmental Soil Sciences, and Integrated Pest Management. Integrated Crop Management is the study of food and fiber production utilizing ecologically sound and technologically advanced methods. Golf and Sports Turf Management is the study of plant and soil sciences for the culture of turfgrass on golf and sports facilities. The Agricultural and Environmental Soil Sciences concentration provides an educational foundation in soil processes involving physical, chemical, and biological interrelationships. The Integrated Pest Management concentration prepares students to enter the pest management profession. An interdisciplinary program of study in Entomology, Plant Pathology, and Weed Science; this concentration provides a strong background in biological sciences, the pest disciplines, and practical training through an internship.
The Horticulture major studies the cultivation of fruits, vegetable, flowers, and ornamental plants. The major offers two academic options: Floriculture and Ornamental Horticulture and Floral Management. Floriculture and Ornamental Horticulture is the science and art of producing, distributing, marketing, and using flowers, flowering and foliage plants, and woody ornamental landscape plants. Floral Management blends business, horticultural science, and design disciplines to prepare graduates for careers in the floral industry.
- Extension Agent
- Golf Course Management
- Golf Superintendent
- Landscape Management
- Sports Turf Manager
- Technical Representative Plant Breeder
- Wholesale Flower Distributor
Dr. Mike Phillips, Department Head
117 Dorman Hall
Phone: 662-325-2311 Fax: 662-325-8742
The Poultry Science Department serves citizens of Mississippi by providing educational and research opportunities for the largest agricultural enterprise in the state, "Poultry".
Poultry is the number one farm revenue commodity in Mississippi. The Poultry Major provides for in-depth study of scientific principles important in the production, processing and marketing of poultry and poultry products. The curriculum is designed with academic and experiential components to ensure that graduates are prepared to manage people and resources vital to this important food industry. Poultry students should also expect to develop creative thinking skills that will allow them to develop solutions for complex real world problems as they develop their careers as managers. The strong science content of the curriculum also makes it an excellent fit for pre-vet students and students interested in graduate studies. Concentrations available are: Production Systems, Business Management, Processed Products, and Pre-Veterinary Medicine
- Pharmaceutical Sales
Dr. Mary Beck, Department Head
208 Hill Poultry Science Building
Phone: 662-325-3379 Fax: 662-325-8292