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Agriculture, Exploring

Campus: Columbus

College: Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

This program is designed for those students interested in agriculture who aren't sure of the exact path that they want to pursue. By completing general education courses and introductory courses, students can better define their area of interest.

Undecided majors are matched with advisors who help them clarify their interests and move into a specific major within the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

Browse all majors within the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

Note: International students cannot apply to undecided majors.

Admitted students who select "agriculture, exploring" on the admissions application directly enroll in the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Academic counselors assist students in program planning and academic consultation.

Students will complete general education courses and introductory classes in their area(s) of interest to help settle on a specific degree program.

Nearly 40 percent of students in the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences participate in a study abroad program. Students can go to places such as Chile, New Zealand, Antarctica, China, the Czech Republic, England and Ghana. There are a number of different programs students can choose from that fit their interests, including human impact on a fragile environment, human and animal interactions, arts and community development, and service learning. View all study abroad programs offered in the college at

Students can start their internship search through Hire-a-Buckeye and college career expos and can receive additional help from a college career counselor. Students have interned at Cargill, the Ohio Department of Agriculture, Archer Daniels Midland, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Nestle, Farm Credit of Mid-America, and many other companies and organizations. Learn more at

Students who are exploring majors in the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences may be interested in the Environment and Natural Resources Scholars Program, which connects students with a passion for environmental change and teaches students about environmental issues and possible solutions to these issues. Students participate in hands-on activities, recreational opportunities and service projects to learn more about the natural world and to connect with peers, faculty and environmental professionals.

Ohio State and the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences host annual research forums that allow students to share their discoveries with the community and prepare for other forums. Acceptance of students' research abstracts into these research forums adds significant value to their  research experiences and resumes. Students can also participate in forums and national meetings at professional societies and conferences. Learn more at

Students can join any of the more than 35 clubs and organizations in the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, including Multicultural Students in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS), Peer Mentors, College Ambassadors, and Study Abroad Voyagers.

Students can also participate in clubs and organizations within a department or the School of Environment and Natural Resources, including the Agricultural Education Society, the Animal Welfare and Behavior Club, the Construction Systems Management Club, and the Fish and Wildlife Society. 

Students can also join a learning community on campus. The Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (FAES) Learning Community allows students with shared interests in agricultural and environmental issues to live together, participate in activities, and interact with faculty and other industry professionals. Students also have the opportunity to go on trips and study abroad programs. The SUSTAINS Learning Community helps students learn about sustainability while living with others with the same interest. Students can also get involved in sustainability initiatives on campus and service projects in the community and engage with faculty on research and learning opportunities. Learn more at

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The College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences awards over $2 million annually to its students, and three out of every four freshmen entering the college receive a scholarship.