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If there is one career field where hands-on skills are vital, it’s agricultural sciences. Our extensive programs allow you to acquire the knowledge vital for success after graduation by combining a state-of-the-art science education with practical, hands-on skills. As a student, you have opportunities for interactive learning experiences in the following areas:

  • Raising Angus cattle 
  • Swine farrow to finish operation 
  • Raising sheep
  • Equine breeding
  • Student horse boarding
  • Orchard, vineyard and greenhouses
  • Corn, hay, fruit and vegetables crop production
  • Freshwater shrimp and tilapia production

You can earn college credit and gain additional experience from internships or working in an ag-related field via cooperative education. You can also work on agricultural research with faculty members through our Undergraduate Research Fellowship program.

Our 325-acre farm, called the Derrickson Agricultural Complex, houses 24 students year-round and is home to the state-of-the-art Equine Health Education Center, which includes an indoor arena, breeding facilities and a large animal veterinary clinic. The facilities at the farm also include an outdoor riding arena, small animal hospital, kennel facilities and sheep, cattle and swine units. Students can board their own horses or work with the 40 horses the University owns and stables at the farm.
Students learn valuable real-world skills by working at the complex’s small and large animal hospitals, where they learn to treat and diagnose animals for a variety of ailments.

There is a lot to do here at MSU both in and out of the classroom with more than 100 different student organizations campus-wide. Organizations specifically geared towards Agricultural Sciences students include:

  • Collegiate FFA 
  • Delta Tau Alpha Honors Society
  • Equestrian Club
  • IHSA Hunt Seat and Western Teams
  • ISSRA Saddle Seat Team
  • Pre-Vet Club
  • Vet-Tech Club
  • Agricultural Ambassadors
  • Livestock Judging Team

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