Think studying agriculture is just about learning how to plant seeds and shear sheep? Think again! Agriculture has been at the center of human civilization since, well, since civilization began – and it remains at the heart of many of the most pressing issues for modern societies. Poverty, famine, development economics, genetic modification, environmental sustainability, disease epidemics… agriculture intersects with all of these, and agricultural graduates are involved in research and development work in all these fields.

Agriculture classes prepare students for a variety of careers, including ranching, farming, and agriculture science or horticulture management. Agriculture courses are found in associates, bachelors and graduate degree programs, and students learn everything from horticulture basics to how to run a farming business. Agricultural study courses include forestry, horticulture, equine studies (that’s horses), viticulture (that’s wine), food processing, wool science, plant breeding, soil science and plant nutrition. You may want to take extra business study units if you want to manage a large farming property or agricultural business.