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Whether you’re interested in horticulture, agronomy or pursuing a career in veterinary science, the Department of Agricultural Sciences can help you lay the foundation for a successful career. As a student, you’ll have numerous opportunities for hands-on learning at the University’s 350-acre farm, the Derrickson Agricultural Complex (commonly referred to as the University Farm),  and at Browning Orchard. The University Farm includes equine facilities, greenhouses, livestock operations and a small and large animal hospital, where veterinary technology and veterinary science students assess, diagnose and treat cats, dogs and other domesticated animals.

As an agricultural science student, you’ll receive personal, one-on-one attention from faculty members who are committed to your success. In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to work side-by-side with faculty members on agricultural research through our Undergraduate Research Fellowship program. You can begin as early as your freshman year and you’ll have the opportunity to present your work at state, regional and national conferences.

You will have plenty of opportunities to get involved as an agriculture student at MSU in any number of the more than 100 student organizations on campus, including the MSU Equine Club and the Collegiate FFA, which are specifically geared toward agricultural science students.

Derrickson Agricultural Complex

The Derrickson Agricultural Complex and Browning Orchard offer numerous hands-on learning opportunities. Whether you’re interested in horticulture, veterinary medicine or raising beef cattle, our agriculture facilities will prepare you with the knowledge and practical skills to set you on the path to a successful, rewarding career. Facilities at the farm include a riding arena, stables, greenhouses and more. The University Farm also has residence halls where you can live year-round to help care for the animals.

Across Kentucky Podcast

MSU’s Veterinary Technology programs were recently featured on an episode of the “Across Kentucky” podcast. We offer both an associate and bachelor’s degree option in veterinary technology.

Collegiate FFA

The Collegiate FFA is a nationwide club designed for agriculture students. Club members compete in events like livestock showing and judging, parliamentary procedure and more. It’s a great way to connect with your fellow agriculture students.

Undergraduate Research

You’ll have a unique opportunity at MSU to conduct research projects as early as your freshman year through MSU’s Undergraduate Research Fellowship program. You’ll work side-by-side with faculty members who are conducting academic research.

Farm to Campus

Once you become an agricultural sciences student, you’ll be doing more than going to class and working on the University Farm: you’ll be helping to feed your fellow students. Through the Farm-to-Campus program, the Department of Agricultural Sciences provides fruits, vegetables, fish and meat to MSU Dining Services, providing a locally-grown dining experience.
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