CALS offers a completely online undergraduate degree in agricultural sciences


​​For the first time, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) will offer a fully online Agricultural Science degree. The distance learning program meets the needs of the growing demand for students who want a general education in food and agriculture leadership, while giving them the flexibility to maintain other responsibilities.

“Many of our students are caring for families, running businesses, or doing both and don’t have the opportunity to come to Raleigh to attend NC State,” says John Dole, director of academic programs for CALS. “This option allows them to complete the degree entirely online, move off-campus while maintaining their coursework, or attend their local community college and then complete a four-year degree at NC State.”

Travis Park, professor and director of undergraduate programs at Department of Agricultural and Human Sciences, indicates that the online degree option for students has been in the works for several years. Many courses were already delivered remotely, even for on-campus students. Like many universities across the country, the COVID-19 pandemic forced online learning, which demonstrated that the online degree option was viable.

“We’ve proven during the pandemic that we can deliver classes robustly online,” Park says. “There was already good experience among our faculty and students for these distance learning (DE) courses. These courses offer schedule flexibility for students.

CALS has a long history of innovation in education. The online Agricultural Science degree continues that tradition as the first completely online, start-to-finish undergraduate program to be offered at NC State University.

“We are very excited to offer our students more options to earn an NC State degree and continue their professional development. The Agricultural Science major is flexible with many course options,” says Dole.

Park agrees. “Our program is tailored for the student who wants to pursue an agriculture degree from NC State. Our degree removes the barrier of distance and provides a world-class education from CALS.


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