College of Agriculture, Food Systems and Natural Resources

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About the College

The College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources (CAFSNR) has a tradition of excellence in teaching, research, and Extension. The three-tiered mission of a land-grant university (teaching, research, and outreach) is embodied by the faculty and staff. Our students have great opportunities to learn from and work with world-class scientists in state-of-the-art facilities. These interactions, along with a relatively low student-faculty ratio, provide opportunities for students to develop their critical thinking skills, to work in a team setting, and to capitalize on hands-on learning experiences that will allow them to be competitive in a global economy.

NDSU is a land grant university that provides educational opportunities, information, and technology that enhances the economy of the state as well as the quality of life for its citizens. The faculty and staff of CAFSNR, the ND Agricultural Experiment Station and the NDSU Extension Service are integrally connected and are critically important in allowing the college to carry out its mission.

College Highlights

  • Enrollment - 1,777 (sixth consecutive year of record enrollment)
    • Career opportunities - Graduates work in diverse areas, such as biotechnology, industry, business, sales, marketing, finance, natural resources management, research, government, international trade, law and communications. The job outlook for agriculture graduates remains strong due to the expected wave of retirements, the growing demand for food and the increase in agricultural technology. NDSU has a reputation as a top provider of students with the education and training that many large, multinational companies are seeking.  For more information about campus jobs, internships, or career search, see the NDSU Career Center.
    • Student-faculty ratio - With a student-faculty ratio of 11 to 1, students receive individual attention from faculty who are engaged in the region’s agriculture. And, most faculty have both teaching and research appointments which allows them to bring the latest, most relevant information into the classroom.
    • Scholarship opportunities - The college has one of the largest scholarship programs on campus. Each year more than one-fourth of the students receive academic scholarships.
    • Campus involvement - More than 30 agriculture-related clubs and organizations provide opportunities for students to develop leadership, organizational and communication skills.
    • Internship opportunities - Students intern at a variety of organizations nationwide. Examples of organizations students have recently interned for include; US National Arboretum, Washington, D.C.; Barrel O’Fun Snack Foods, Perham, Minn.; Avian & Exotic Animal Clinic, Indianapolis, Ind.; Dakota Plains Co-op, Valley City, N.D.; Coteau Freedom Mine, Beulah, N.D.; CHS Oilseed Processing Division, Mankato, Minn.; Woodhill Country Club, Wayzata, Minn.
    • Unique hands-on learning opportunities - The college is located in an urban agricultural center with close proximity to both production agriculture and processing. This provides unique and marketable “hands-on” experience for students involved in research projects and industry internships.
    • Superior facilities
      • The NDSU Beef Cattle Research Complex is one of four of its caliber in North America and the only one of its type at a land grant university. The facility allows research to be conducted in a number of areas of beef production including nutrition, reproductive physiology, genomics, cattle management and production, pre-harvest food safety, animal behavior, environmental management, nutrient management and meat sciences and carcass quality.
      • The NDSU Agricultural Experiment Station Research Greenhouse Complex provides enhanced education and advanced research in plant breeding, genetics, horticulture, entomology, plant pathology, plant nutrition and associated disciplines. Students have access to state-of-the-art technology and conditions as well as top-ranked scientists and educators involved in cutting-edge research.
      • The NDSU Commodity Trading Laboratory is a sophisticated learning environment and the first of its kind that specializes in agricultural commodities. The facility, which includes state-of-the-art information sources, trading software and analytical tools, provides students with hands-on learning experiences in commodity trading, marketing, logistics and risk management.
      • Other laboratories, centers, and institutes.
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