Food Systems

Food Systems

Do you want to create new products that fly off the store shelves? Innovate within a product line using new ingredients? Keep food safe from food borne pathogens? Or maybe you’re interested in supervising the preparation and service of food, participating in research about consumer preferences, or regulating the food supply chain? If so, then you’ve come to the right place.

Imagine yourself touring the floor of a major company where foods soon to hit the store shelves are produced. See yourself standing in front of a group explaining the process of food getting from a farm to consumers. Connect knowledge of food and nutrition to diseases. Use all the skills you learned in processing, sensory analysis, and food chemistry to create your own new product and present it to a group of industry experts. These are just some of the adventures that await you in and out of the classroom at Iowa State.

Most common majors would include culinary food science, food sciencenutritional science and microbiology. But there may be a number of additional majors that have an impact on food systems in unique ways. Be sure to check out the full list of College of Agriculture and Life Sciences majors.

Human Health

Human Health

Do you want to be an expert in nutrition? Go to medical school? Learn how proper eating promotes good health? Maybe you are interested in food security, researching a cure to cancer, or educating the community with tips to can a garden harvest. If you have an interest in keeping people healthy, then you are in good company.

Picture sitting across the table from someone who has volunteered to share their dietary habits and allows you to analyze practices and give advice to adopt a healthier lifestyle. Learn how different vitamins affect the human body from the expert researchers. Go on a club-sponsored tour of medical schools to ask questions ahead of putting together your application. So many adventures to choose from as you pursue a career path in health care.

Majors like nutritional science, microbiology, genetics, biology, and dietetics offer the ability to take courses that meet requirements for a variety of professional schools and certifications while you learn concepts to keep the public healthy. Look at the full list of majors in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

The Environment

The Environment

Are you concerned about the health of our planet? Do you want to understand the relationship between human activities and their impact on biodiversity? Perhaps you are passionate about preserving wildlife habitats or being part of the sustainability movement. Do you want to be fully aware of the environmental problems facing us and be a leader in solving them? The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences offers majors that take an interdisciplinary approach to studying the complex interactions in the environment. So your passions and your future career can be the same thing.

 

Imagine yourself traveling to camp in a national park for days to study land management in a diverse environment. Take classes at the North Central Regional Aquaculture Center and learn cutting edge information to get you ahead of this fast growing industry. Then, ride up and down the Skunk River in Iowa State’s own backyard to see first-hand the impact of taking care of the environment.

Some majors that might interest you are animal ecology, environmental science, agronomy, and global resource systems. Check out the full list of majors in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to see the many different ways students can learn about saving the environment.

Life Science

Life Science

Are you fascinated by how organisms function and love doing hands-on research in a lab? Perhaps you want to study how species come into existence. Are you curious about the interactions between systems of a cell, and how they are regulated? Do you want to learn about emerging global diseases or maybe how heredity defines the individual — and entire populations? Do you want to turn your passions into a pre-med degree? Then you’ll want to check out the majors in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. And start embarking on the adventure that’s, well, in your genes.

See the latest technology used in surgery at top-ranking hospitals. Imagine working side by side with a faculty member to see if it were possible to grow food on another planet.  Share excitement about how the laboratory plays an integral part in industry with high school students. These are just a couple of the adventures you can have in and out of the classrooms at Iowa State.

Some common majors include biology, biochemistry, microbiology, and genetics. But life science serves as a foundation for several other areas. Be sure to check out the full list of College of Agriculture and Life Sciences majors.

Animal Life

Animal Life

Would you love to work with animals? Perhaps know more about their physiology and how it relates to food production. Are you interested in researching fish and wildlife? Or maybe you want to turn your passion for animals into a career in veterinary medicine. The majors you’re looking for are in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. We have the top programs in the country and around the world, perfect for an adventurous mind like yours.

 

Imagine yourself working with production animals on beef, dairy, sheep, swine, poultry, and equine teaching farms. Join your group of friends to sell ice cream that you made. Then volunteer with the Wildlife Care Clinic and practice treating injuries of the admitted animals. Programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences related to Animal Life offer a variety of hands-on experiences suited to your interest in all kinds of animals.

 

Most popular majors would include animal science, animal ecology, biology or general preveterinary medicine. But the study of animal life is not confined to these specific majors. Students with a love for animals can follow their passion in a variety of areas. Be sure to check out the full list of College of Agriculture and Life Sciences MAJORS.

Business and Policy

Business and Policy

Do you have a knack for business and want to learn how to use market information to forecast commodity prices? Would you like to understand what help is needed to rebuild eastern European economies? Perhaps you enjoy drafting agricultural policies, food regulations, or scouting crops for a cooperative. Maybe you would like to learn sales techniques from the best in the business? Do you see yourself turning this knowledge into a pre-law degree? The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has majors that will prepare you to succeed in the real world. And more importantly, to succeed in pursuing a career you’ll be passionate about for life.

Travel around the world studying global markets. Ask questions of company CEOs who guest lecture in class. Compete in practical skills contests against peers from around the country. That is just the starting point of the adventure that awaits you at Iowa State.

Some common majors include agriculture and society, agricultural studies, food science, and agricultural business. With flexibility comes ability to select areas of the most interest. Be sure to check out the full list of College of Agriculture and Life Sciences majors.

Plant Life

Plant Life

Are you fascinated by the diversity of plants? Perhaps you are curious about the relationships between plants, soils, and the climates of the world. Are you interested in sustainable food production, and how to make soils more productive? Maybe you want to learn how selective breeding can improve the nutrition of crops. Or maybe you’re interested in cultivating flowers or in landscape design. The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has the majors that will inspire, challenge, and put you in the lead of these popular fields.

Imagine having an internship at one of the most well-known sports fields in the world. See yourself in a class taught by the faculty who mapped the maize genome.  Test your knowledge of plants against other students from across the country. At Iowa State, these adventures are just the start of what you can do.

Agronomy, genetics, horticulture, and forestry are just some of the majors that provide you knowledge of plant life. View the full list of majors in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Machinery and Technology

Machinery and Technology

Do you love to solve problems? Would you like to plan and coordinate resources in manufacturing? Perhaps you are want to tinker at developing the next generation of ag equipment. Do you want to save wetland ecosystems or be comfortable working at the forefront of biorenewables? Then settle in at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. We have majors perfect for the student who learns best in hands-on classes.

 

Imagine yourself in an electronics course, running motors for the latest agricultural equipment. See yourself making biofuels out of renewable resources. Or maybe you’ll find yourself in Germany, touring an automobile assembly line to compare German and U.S. manufacturing safety standards.

 

Most popular majors would include agricultural systems technology and industrial technology. But machinery and technology concepts are included in most other majors. Be sure to check out the full list of College of Agriculture and Life Sciences majors.