Agriculture: Plants & Animals

Programs in this area provide students with hands-on learning experiences in a wide variety of fields such as animal science, agribusiness management and entomology.

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agriculture-badge-area-of-studySpartans in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) cultivate the next BIG IDEAS in food, health and the environment.

Agriculture: Plants and Animals

Agriculture touches every part of our daily lives. From the food we eat, to the processing and materials that products are made from, people working in the field of agriculture have a big impact on the world around us.

In the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, agriculture encompasses the business, science and skills required to produce the food we eat and the resources we use.

We draw on our rich history of innovative research and community outreach to meet the growing agricultural and food demands of the 21st century!

Find out more! Contact Jeff Keson at kesonjef@msu.edu or (517) 353-0560.

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Certificate Programs

  • Agricultural Industries

    The Agricultural Industries Certificate Program is for students who are interested in gaining in-depth agricultural industry and business knowledge to apply to their own operation or to launch a career in the industry.

  • Agricultural Operations

    The Agricultural Operations program provides students with a solid background in plant and soil science, precision agriculture, water management, entomology, plant pathology and business management.

  • Dairy Management

    The Dairy Management program is designed to give students a foundation of knowledge and skills about dairy cows, the dairy industry, and dairy farming as a business that they can continue to build upon after graduation from the program.

  • Electrical Technology

    The Electrical Technology Certificate Program is an electrical apprenticeship training program with an emphasis on residential, agricultural, commercial, and industrial wiring.

  • Food Processing, Technology and Safety

    The Food Processing, Technology and Safety certificate program trains students on the processes and technologies used to convert commodities into consumable food products.

  • Fruit and Vegetable Crop Management

    The Fruit and Vegetable Crop Management program at community college partners provides students an opportunity to apply practical knowledge and training on the selection, use and management of fruit and vegetable crops.

  • Fruit, Vegetable and Organic Horticulture Management

    The Fruit, Vegetable, and Organic Horticulture Management program provides students an opportunity to gain the necessary skills for a successful career in the fruit and vegetable industries.

  • Horse Management

    This certificate program is designed to allow students the opportunity to specialize in the area of horse management, such as horse farm management, feeding and nutrition, basic reproduction, horse behavior and more.

  • Landscape and Nursery Management

    The Landscape and Nursery Management Program at MSU combines classroom instruction in the production, selection, use and management of landscape plants with applied learning experiences through hands-on field laboratories and a required internship.

  • Landscape Management

    The Landscape Management program provides training for students to select, use, and manage landscape plants and lawns.

  • Livestock Industries

    The Livestock Industries certificate program is designed to give students a professional advantage in the livestock production career field of their choice.

  • Sports & Commercial Turf Management

    The Sports & Commercial Turf Management program has a nationwide reputation as being the best turf management program not geared directly towards golf.

  • Turfgrass Management - Golf Course

    The certificate program in Turfgrass Management with a golf course emphasis is directed toward preparing students for a rewarding career as a golf course superintendent or other career options in the golf industry.

  • Viticulture

    The Viticulture Certificate program provides students with a solid background in plant science along with specific expertise and skills needed for careers in the grape industry.

Graduate Programs

Some College of Agriculture and Natural Resources graduate programs include:

  • Agricultural Food & Resource Economics (MS, PhD)
  • Animal Science (MS, PhD)
  • Biosystems Engineering (MS, PhD)
  • Entomology (MS, PhD)
  • Horticulture (MS, PhD)
  • Horticulture – Plant Breeding, Genetics & Biotechnology (MS, PhD)
  • Crop & Soil Science (MS, PhD)
  • Crop & Soil Sciences – Plant Breeding, Genetics & Biotechnology (MS, PhD)
  • Plant Pathology (MS, PhD)
  • Path Pathology – Plant Breeding, Genetics & Biotechnology (MS, PhD)

More information is available in the CANR Graduate section and through the MSU Graduate School.