Programs at SUU

Agricultural Sciences and Industries Bachelor's Degree Program

Earn a degree that leads to future serving or working in agriculture

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Southern Utah University’s roots are deeply embedded in the study of agriculture. In fact, over a century ago, general agriculture was one of the first programs offered by the university. Today, as a student in SUU’s Agricultural Sciences and Industries bachelor’s degree program, you will study in the classroom the latest science behind farming, and then experience what you’ve studied first hand on the university’s 800-acre farm and 2,800-acre mountain property.

As a student in this bachelor’s degree program, you will take a common core of classes and then choose an area of emphasis in which you will take more specialized courses. Areas of emphasis include:

  • Plant Science
  • Animal Science
  • Agricultural Business
  • Equine Science
  • Range Management and Natural Resources

Students also have the option to customize a general agricultural degree program to achieve specific career goals.

While lower division Agricultural Sciences classes may include between 30-40 students, upper division courses in this degree program are much smaller and include only 10-15 students. This intimate learning environment gives instructors an opportunity to work closely with all students and help them fine-tune their career plans to meet their personal objectives.

Many students in the program complete internships to gain valuable job experience before graduation. A number of our students have interned at government agencies such as the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the National Park Service (NPS), Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), and other such potential employers. Some have interned on farms and ranches in the Cedar City, Utah, region.

Between the strong reputation of the Southern Utah University program, the internship experiences our students undertake, and the high quality of our graduates, the Agricultural Sciences and Industries program has earned an excellent track record for job placement of graduates in the agriculture field. 

Why Choose SUU for Agricultural Sciences Studies?

  • Agricultural Sciences majors take part in an excellent Agriculture Club on campus that is active in the local community.  
  • The program’s deep ties to the Cedar City community have led to strong internship opportunities for our students in private organizations and governmental agencies.
  • Students gain first-hand experience in agriculture at the university’s 800-acre farm that includes alfalfa hay production, grazing pastures, a 50-cow beef herd, 400 ewe sheep flock, and riding horses. There is also a 2,800-acre mountain range used for summer sheep grazing. 

Career and Salary Potential for Agricultural Sciences and Industries Graduates

A bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Sciences and Industries can open career options in many different directions. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics gives information about a few of these positions.

Position Median average annual salary Anticipated growth  through 2022

Agricultural and food scientist


9 percent

Conservation scientist or forester


3 percent

Farmers or ranchers


-19 percent

Agricultural sales


9 percent

Campus Opportunities for Agricultural Sciences Majors

  • Agriculture Club
  • Range Club

Agricultural Sciences and Industries Courses You May Take

  • Agriculture and Society – Gain an understanding of the role agriculture plays in modern society.
  • Principles of Animal Science – Explore the principles used in production of agricultural animals. Learn about the different products animals yield.
  • Crop Production – Examine the underlying principles involved in the growing of agronomic crops.

Agricultural Sciences and Industries Bachelor Degree Requirements

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Contact information for department resources

Program Contact: Paula Lambeth, Administrative Assistant
Phone: 435-865-8321

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