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The Ohio State University

Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Future Students: Agricultural Engineering

The only agricultural engineering program in the state of Ohio
Ranked 10th nationally by US News and World Reports


Ohio State’s agricultural engineering program prepares students for careers in industries and agencies providing engineering inputs and services to agricultural production. Though the Agricultural Engineering curriculum focuses on agriculture-related themes, agricultural engineers graduate with an extremely versatile set of skills and knowledge. Our engineers are well prepared for -- and often pursue careers in -- electrical, mechanical, and civil engineering. Our Agricultural Engineering degree allows students to focus on one of three areas: soil and water, structures and facilities, and machinery systems. See below for more information on these focus areas.

Students who specialize in agricultural engineering combine fundamental engineering principles (solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer system, dynamics, instrumentation, and engineering economics) with the engineering design of machines, structures, and water management systems.

Agricultural Engineering Focus Areas

Soil and Water

Student who focus on soil and water study drainage, irrigation, surface water and watertable control, agricultural constructed wetlands, effective and efficient water use, water quality, pollution abatement, and the enhancement of the environment. You will also learn about soil-water-plant relationships, and water quality and quantity in crop and livestock systems. Students who focus in this area are hired by municipalities, construction companies, petroleum and chemical companies, agricultural consulting firms, and government agencies.

Structures and Facilities

Students interested in the design and development of structures and related equipment for plant, animal, and biomass production learn to design and analyze energy- efficient and environmental control systems. Students study computer-controlled environments, irrigation systems, and solar energy applications. Agricultural engineers who focus on this area design, manufacture, and construct agricultural facilities.

Machinery Systems

In this area, students learn to design machinery to increase agricultural production with less labor and energy, while emphasizing safety and environmental benefits. Students study mechanical systems for producing crops, material handling and transportation, precision agriculture, GPS/GIS applications, computerized controls, lasers, digital imaging, and robotics. Students who focus in this area are highly versitile, working for agricultural equipment companies and non-agricultural industries involving machine design and engineering skills for mechanical applications.