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Area 4: Horticultural Science, Bachelor of Science Degree

The major in Agriculture-Business includes specializations in Agricultural Management, Animal Science, Crop and Soil Science, and Horticultural Science. The interdisciplinary curriculum provides students with a background in all phases of agriculture and specialized courses allow students to expand their knowledge in their area of interest.

Agriculture students at UCM can expect more than just four years of class work. The department believes students should obtain the hands-on experience that employers expect and that high-tech agriculture careers demand.

Students learn by doing through such opportunties as assisting in agronomic field test plot research, helping with variety testing trials, raising plants for a Horticulture Club sale, working with HeatWatch cattle estrus and ultra-sound pregnancy monitoring systems, welding or repairing tractors, and plotting cattle futures.

Employment Opportunities

The agriculture-business program prepares students for a wide variety of job opportunities in the day-to-day operation of Missouri's agriculture industry, the second largest sector of the state's economy. The Office of Career Services assists students and graduates in obtaining employment in their fields. In addition, the department plays a role in the placement of its graduates by maintaining contact with representatives of agri-business industries, the U.S. School of Environmental, Physical, and Applied Sciences, Missouri School of Environmental, Physical, and Applied Sciences agencies and other agriculture-oriented businesses.

Faculty and Facilities

Dedicated faculty and well-equipped facilities offer students a quality learning experience. All department faculty members have earned doctorates in their field of specialization and, with a university student-faculty ratio of about 20 to 1, are able to provide personalized attention and instruction. Small classes allow for informal class sessions and increased access to the department's computers and laboratory facilities. The 260-acre Prussing Farm, under development as a teaching unit, includes a new Agriculture and Conservation Classroom Building, and a Trap and Skeet Range.

Student Involvement

UCM's agriculture students participate in a number of departmentally sponsored organizations. The Agriculture Club is a social organization in the program that fosters an inclusive atmosphere for all students on campus that have an agriculture interest. Horticulture Club members visit horticulture-related businesses and sites and participate in regular plant sales that benefit members by raising funds for scholarships. Central Missouri's Collegiate Farm Bureau provides an opportunity to interact with local farmers and to participate in agriculture activities at the state level. The Delta Tau Alpha national agriculture honor society strives to promote leadership and academic excellence for its members and the department through a multitude of activities such as traveling to the group's nation convention. Students participating in the Agriculture Ambassadors program volunteer to represent the department at functions on campus and at area high schools.


In addition to more than $4 million in merit-based scholarships and awards annually presented to Central Missouri students by the university, the School of Environmental, Physical, and Applied Sciences offers over $20,000 in awards specifically for agriculture majors. These include the Ag Partner's, E.F Low, Earle and Clara Low, Edward and Trudy Denham, Farm Bureau, Lawrence E. and Eva L. Flanders, Missouri School of Environmental, Physical, and Applied Sciences, Clarence Pearce Agriculture Education, William Forrest Sterling, W.J. and Lela Budwine Foundation/ Charles Simmons Scholarship and Theiss Family Scholarships.

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