Greetings from the Academic Programs Office in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University:
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences offers a variety of high quality academic programs that lead to challenging and rewarding careers, including graduate school or professional school. Our academic programs of study include disciplines in both the life sciences and the agricultural sciences. Programs in the life sciences include biochemistry, biological engineering, biological sciences, bioprocessing science, environmental sciences, microbiology, natural resources, nutrition science, plant biology, and zoology. Programs in the agricultural sciences include agricultural business management, agricultural education, agricultural sciences, animal science, agricultural engineering, extension education, food science, horticulture science, plant and soil sciences, poultry science, and turfgrass science. Students interested in medical, dental, optometry, and veterinary school can take the courses necessary to apply to these professional schools by majoring in any number of programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Information regarding these options can be found at the various departmental websites and on the Heath PAC (Health Professions Advising Center) website. Health PAC is available to all students and provides dedicated mentoring and assistance to students interested in healthcare career goals.
The quality of any academic program is only as good as the faculty that comprise it. Faculty in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences are nationally and internationally recognized for their teaching, research and extension activities. The faculty also serve as academic advisers to students enrolled in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Students receive the benefit of their disciplinary expertise as well as their firsthand knowledge of future opportunities.
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has enrichment programs available to our students. The College's Honors Program is available beginning in the sophomore year to students who have excelled academically and who have maintained an overall grade point average of at least 3.35. Many of our students participate in on-campus and off-campus career-related internships which enable them to receive academic credit for their experiences while providing them with invaluable career-related experience. We also firmly believe that it is important for students to become involved in co-curricular activities as a means of developing communication and leadership skills. There are numerous student clubs and organizations in the College and at the university-level that enrich the collegiate experience for students and strengthen these abilities in these essential areas.
Graduate education is also an important part of the academic programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Programs of study leading to the masters and doctoral degree are offered in many of the departments in the College.
The Career Services Office offers services to students and college alumni aimed at helping them develop and improve their professional skills. Workshops, mentoring programs, career advising, informational brochures, and other tools are offered to insure a smooth transition from college to the workplace or to the graduate or professional program of choice. Many of our graduates find meaningful employment in their chosen area of study and many graduates at the baccalaureate level are accepted to graduate, veterinary, medical, dental and optometry schools.
The faculty and staff in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences are pleased that you are interested in the programs of study in our College, and we invite you to further investigate the many excellent educational opportunities in the College. We encourage you to review the information on our web site and contact us if you have questions or if you want additional information. If you have already selected a program of study in our College or if you are already a student in our College, it is our hope that we will be able to provide you with any number of exciting educational and professional experiences as you strive to build the educational and professional tools necessary to achieve your career goals. We wish you success in your academic endeavors.
Dr. Sam Pardue
Associate Dean and Director of Academic Programs
111 Patterson Hall, Box 7642