Insects are the most diverse group of animals on earth, filling niches in ecosystems from the tropics to the Arctic. Their variety and sheer numbers make them significant factors in human economy and society, whether they are helpful or harmful. Entomologists study insects in the context of their biological systems and their importance to humanity.
Managers and scientists are faced with the challenge of managing and repairing ecological systems so the systems reliably supply human needs while conserving and sustaining ecological services and diversity. The challenge of managing for multiple goals in a changing environment is ubiquitous throughout the world's wildlands, urbanizing landscapes, rangelands and agricultural areas. Effective ecosystem management and restoration requires expertise in a wide variety of ecological and agricultural fields: ecology, management (e.g.
In a climate where advice about healthy foods and nutritious diets seems to be changing every day, a science-based approach helps to sort through the conflicting information and make clear recommendations about wise food choices. The clinical nutrition program prepares students with an interest in nutrition to work with the public in a wide range of situations, from government-funded food programs to hospital diet planning.
Every living organism, from bacteria to redwoods and humans, contains DNA as its primary genetic material. DNA directs all the cellular processes creating the great diversity of life that fills the biosphere. The integrated, multidisciplinary field of biotechnology represents new advances in understanding and controlling these life processes through the development of exciting new technologies.
Animal science and management majors are educated in not only the field of animal science, but in marketing, economics, and accounting as well. Students are part of one of the largest and most distinguished animal science departments in the world, gaining a strong background in the skills it takes to succeed in today's business world as well as in careers associated with animal breeding and production.
Since the emergence of modern humanity, the relationships between people and animals have been an integral part of our society, economy and culture. Animals provide us with food, clothing, recreation and companionship. Animal science—the study of the biological function of domestic and captive animals and their utilization by people—focuses on modern, efficient and humane ways to care for and make the best use of the animals who share our lives.
Whether as valuable economic resources, beloved companions, destructive nuisances or members of complex natural systems, animals play important roles in human economy, society and culture. Animal biology, the study of biological principles as they apply specifically to animals, bridges the gap between general biological sciences and applied animal husbandry techniques. As an animal biology major, you'll have the chance to put your theoretical knowledge into practice by working with wild and domesticated animals in hands-on situations.
Whether teaching people about their part in creating sustainable agricultural and environmental systems, or helping employees learn a new skill, graduates in Agricultural and Environmental Education (AEE) are prepared for these challenges. The AEE curriculum allows students to explore a diversity of agricultural and environmental topics. The major is designed to help students understand basic and advanced concepts in both the natural and social sciences.