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Why Study Agricultural Engineering?

Agricultural engineers combine math, science and engineering skills with creativity to design, manufacture and support a broad spectrum of machinery and structures used in the agriculture and food processing industries. You’ll have the option to focus on one of three track options - Machinery Systems, Food and Process Systems or Natural Resources and Environmental Systems -  allowing you to find your passion and focus your studies.

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Skills and Learning Outcomes

  • Apply concepts of mathematics, science and engineering to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems.
  • Use modern engineering skills, tools and techniques.
  • Conduct experiments and analyze and interpret data.
  • Design a component, system or process within realistic constraints.
  • Cultivate lifelong skills including effective teamwork, written and oral communication, timeliness, quality of work, continuous improvement and the ability to adapt. 
  • Understand the impact of engineering solutions in a larger societal context and adhere to professional, ethical and social responsibilities.


Types of Courses

  • Applied Electricity
  • Calculus
  • Differential Equations
  • Engineering Thermodynamics
  • Intro to Computer Aided Design
  • Intro to Engineering
  • Off Road Machinery
  • Structural Analysis and Design
  • Watershed Engineering

“My experience in the agricultural engineering program has been amazing. I have participated in many clubs, internships, and research throughout my four years. The courses within this program have set me up to excel at all three things, along with my job after college. The professors are extremely easy to talk to and they all have an open-door policy that makes asking for help a lot easier.”

- Madison Schochenmaier, agricultural engineering major - machinery emphasis

4-Year Plan

Potential Careers

As an agricultural engineering graduate, you’ll be prepared for a variety of engineering jobs. Future roles for you could include: 

  • Agricultural or Water Resources Engineer
  • Applications Engineer
  • Design or Development Engineer
  • Environmental or Food Process Engineer
  • Product Engineer
  • Structural Engineer